On Wednesday, Google’s Danny Sullivan confirmed that web pages with featured snippets would no longer be repeated under the organic listings on page one, and would affect all searches worldwide that include featured snippets.
Let’s explore what this means for you, and what you can do if your website’s performance is affected by this update.
What is a Featured Snippet?
Featured snippets appear at the top of Google’s search Photo Editing Services results as special boxes with a short selection of text, aimed to answer a searcher’s query. Featured snippets can include definitions, tables, and lists. Google determines whether a page’s content makes a good featured snippet for a search result, which counts towards one of the ten listings shown on a page.
Since it appears at “position 0”, i.e. above the traditional organic number one search, it gets approximately 8% of all clicks – massively boosting your click-through rate.
What does Google’s Featured Snippets Update mean?
Previously, 99% of all featured snippets came from pages that ranked on page one. However, with the arrival of this new update, it means that while a featured snippet may still be first on the list of results, the web page it comes from may have its organic results pushed back to page two, or even further.