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Yet Another Google SERP Layout Test

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8:54 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Via CyberNet [tech.cybernetnews.com] (includes screenshots):
The new layout will provide more information to users about a site simply by selecting the expandable arrow. Once the arrow is selected then more information will be displayed about the site, including a longer description/summary and a related image. They will also include related links to that site to help users find the information they are looking for more quickly.
11:00 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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With that amount of text + pics (GoogleExp03.jpg on above site), that's basically pulling the whole page for smaller pages into the serps. :\
8:01 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is probably an implementation of the new Orion tech Google bought recently...

MacWorld: Google tests new results page [macworld.com]

8:08 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I notice the "search this site" bar in the results. Could that be for sites/pages that display the sitesearch?
8:19 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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ugly. i do not like it.
9:02 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Some publishers aren't going to be too happy with this.
10:26 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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From the POV of a searcher, I kinda like it, though I wonder how much it'll increase the size (in bytes) of the search results page.

I wonder how the images are selected and whether there's a danger of ending up with a background image or piece of template.

10:41 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Do you think this will favor better organized sites that are clearly structured? I am referring to the 'Inside this site' element.

Or am I expecting too much of Google?

5:47 am on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sweet, now no one ever needs to visit our sites. Yay for Google!
3:58 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This could be a good thing. If Webmasters are able to manipulate the SERPs (ie what photo appears ect) this could be a nice little 'billboard' in the SERP if it can in any way be controlled you could do a lot with it.