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New Format for Google Search Results?

July 15th, 2011 by

As I was doing some searches on Google today, I noticed an interesting change to the way search results are displayed. Do you notice what I noticed?

 

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If you look closely, you’ll notice that the URL is now appearing under the title instead of underneath the body copy. This format is being used in both the organic and paid search results.

 

I’m not sure how I feel about it. It looks okay on the organic side, but looks unusual on the paid side. Maybe it’s because I’m so accustomed to seeing the URL at the bottom of the ad and not directly under the title.

 

I couldn’t find any mention of this change on the Adwords blog, but it seems to be a change affecting all searches.

 

Lacking any data, I wonder how this affects CTR…

 

Is the title even more important than before — because the URL “cuts off” the body copy and leaves it floating at the bottom? Does it make the URL more important? Or does it favor brands with more well-known URLs? If you have any thoughts or data, please share it below. Thanks!

 

ryan-healy About the Author: Ryan Healy is a direct response copywriter and BoostCTR writer. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Alex Mandossian, Terry Dean, and Pulte Homes. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business, and is the creator of the world’s first trust seal for affiliate programs.

 

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3 Responses to “New Format for Google Search Results?”

  1. brad says:

    Ryan, here’s Google’s post on this: http://adwords.blogspot.com/2011/05/showing-display-url-domain-in-headline.html

    It seems fairly inconsistent when its showing up except for very large spends; so its not really been possible to see the CTR implications of this change yet.

  2. Ryan Healy says:

    Thanks for the info, Brad. I just checked out the link, and I think we’re talking about two different things. One is where Google adds the domain to the title field of paid ads automatically. I can see that in the top three ads in the image I posted above.

    But the change that caught my attention is how Google is displaying the green URL under the title — and before the body copy — instead of putting the URL at the bottom. This change is affecting organic and paid search results.

  3. brad says:

    Oh – good eyes. I’ve been seeing that; but it didn’t register that its new. I’ve gotten so accustom to seeing some of those other options at the bottom of snippets; I missed the fact that the URLs had moved.