Google temporarily disables local reviews

Google has apparently disabled local reviews functionality — both for consumers and business owners. SterlingSky’s Jason Brown first flagged this issue on Friday. Joy Hawkins, also of SterlingSky, added, “Any review responses posted right now aren’t publishing live. Same thing with leaving new reviews. None of the reviews I left 5 min ago are publishing.”…

Bing launches new portal for URL and content submission APIs

Bing has launched a new portal for the indexing API and content submission API. Announced Friday, the new portal can be found at https://www.bing.com/webmasters/url-submission-api. The portal. The portal educates developers, web site owners and SEOs about these two APIs that Bing has been pushing for the past year or so. The portal provides an overview…

Google’s right-sidebar featured snippets are no more

The right-sidebar featured snippet variant of Google search results has been migrated into the main results column, a Google spokesperson has confirmed. This change is the part of Google’s featured snippet deduplication, which began on January 22. Mordy Oberstein, CMO of RankRanger, spotted the update had rolled out Thursday. Google formerly showed featured snippets in…