SearchCap: It’s all about Google today–political ad transparency report, local packs, featured snippets launched & more

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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Google launched more than 1,600 new changes in search last year

Google has been busy with 1,653 launches, 9,800 live traffic experiments, 18,015 side-by-side experiments and 130,336 search quality tests. The post Google launched more than 1,600 new changes in search last year appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Help! I just launched a new website and my search rankings tanked!

Inadvertently ruining your newly redesigned website’s SEO can be a nightmare. Columnist Will Scott explains four mistakes you must avoid before you launch. The post Help! I just launched a new website and my search rankings tanked! appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Official: Google Payday Loan Algorithm 2.0 Launched: Targets “Very Spammy Queries”

Google has confirmed they have released a new algorithm update to their Payday Loan Algorithm update over this weekend. This algorithm specifically targets “very spammy queries” and is unrelated to the Panda or Penguin algorithms. A Google spokesperson told us: Over the weekend we began…

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