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Google to Review Photos & Videos Uploaded to Google My Business

Google has made an adjustment to the photo and video content policy for Google My Business listings. Given that a mandatory review was not in place before, you can likely expect some delay with photos and videos showing up on a GMB profile after being uploaded.

Google Ads Expands Portfolio Bid Strategies With More Options

Google Ads is rolling out new options for portfolio bid strategies, making them compatible with more types of smart bidding. A Portfolio bid strategy can help advertisers optimize performance across multiple campaigns. It’s an automated, goal-driven bid strategy that groups together multiple campaigns, ad groups, and keywords.

Reddit Launches a Twitter-like Ad Unit: Trending Takeovers

Reddit is launching a new ad unit that is familiar to anyone who’s seen Twitter’s takeover ads in the ‘trending’ section. The aptly-named Trending Takeover ad offers brands the opportunity to be prominently displayed in Reddit’s ‘Popular’ feed.

Google Says Paid Links Don’t Work

John Mueller answered the question about the ability of paid links to help sites rank. He insisted that in “pretty much all of the cases” he’s reviewed it wasn’t the links.

Google Ads Mobile App Updated With New Features and Dark Mode

Twitter confirmed it’s testing a new feature, called Fleets, which is similar to Instagram and Snapchat stories.

Google Ads Mobile App Updated With New Features and Dark Mode

Google is updating its Google Ads mobile app with new optimization score features and a new dark mode option.

Let’s Encrypt Revoking 3 Million Security Certificates

Let’s Encrypt announced that a bug affecting over 3 million websites using their Let’s Encrypt security certificate. Let’s Encrypt is revoking over 3 million affected certificates on March 4, 2020.

Facebook is Rolling Out a Faster and Simpler Version of Messenger

An update to Facebook Messenger said to be “faster, smaller, and simpler” is rolling out to users over the coming weeks. It was also reported that the new version of the app has a greater emphasis on stories, and prioritization of people over chatbots.

Valimail to offer free DMARC monitoring solution to domain owners

Valimail has announced the general availability of its DMARC monitoring solution to domain owners — for free. Valimail DMARC Monitor is a cloud-based tool that provides visibility into email sending activities from the domain, allowing domain owners (brands) to monitor for unusual activity — and protecting brands’ IP reputations as inbox providers indicate to recipients that an email is safe to open and engage with.

Google mobile-first indexing to be applied to all sites within a year

Google is sending out notices via Google Search Console with “mobile-first indexing issues detected” alerts. In those emails it communicates the issues Google has when it comes to moving that site over to mobile-first indexing. It also says “Google expects to apply mobile-first indexing to all websites in the next six to twelve months.”

All Google Ads Campaigns to Utilize Standard Delivery As of May 2020

Google Ads is making standard delivery the only ad delivery method for all campaigns, including Display, Video, App, and Hotel campaigns. Starting in April 2020, accelerated delivery will no longer be available as an ad delivery method for any new Display, Video, App, and Hotel campaigns.

Google is Testing AMP Results in Desktop SERPs

Google has been spotted serving AMP pages in desktop search in what appears to be either a test or a glitch.

Domains Ending in .Com to Reportedly Get More Expensive

As per a new agreement between ICANN and Verisign, the price of domains ending in .com may go up in the coming years.. Within 10 years time, the price of .com domains could cost roughly 70% more than their current selling price.

Google Search Console launches new removals tool

The new tool temporarily block URLs from showing in Google, it shows outdated content and content filtered by SafeSearch.

Google Ads Makes it Easy to Share Audience Lists Across Accounts

Google Ads is introducing an easier way for manager accounts to share audience lists across all accounts.

DuckDuckGo Adds Quick Answers to Search Results

DuckDuckGo has been spotted serving quick answers in search results, which are largely similar to Google’s featured snippets.

Google Will Soon Let People Customize Their Profile Cards For Search Results

Google is testing the ability for people to customize their own Knowledge Graph cards that are displayed in search results.

Bing Webmaster Tools Gets Refreshed With New Design & New Features

The new Bing Webmaster Tools has a redesigned user experience which is compatible with both mobile and desktop devices. The backend datastore has also been updated to improve the speed of data extraction. The first version of the new Bing Webmaster Tools comes with the following 3 key features:

  • Backlinks Report: The current inbound links report is being integrated with the disavow tool to create the new backlinks report.
  • Search Performance: The current page traffic and search keywords report are being integrated to create the new search performance report.
  • Sitemaps: A refreshed version of the current sitemaps portal.

Microsoft Advertising Introduces New Features for Shopping Campaigns

Microsoft Advertising is bringing new functionalities to shopping campaigns which are designed to help advertisers save time and gain more insight into account performance.

New Instagram Feature Helps Users Clean Up Their Following List

Instagram is rolling out a new feature that will allow users to group their following list into different categories.

Tripadvisor Launches “Review Hub” to Help Restaurants Easily Manage their Online Reviews across Major Dining Sites and Apps

New service gives restaurant owners the ability to subscribe in order to respond to reviews on tripadvisor, google, facebook, thefork, yelp and more, all from one easy-to-use platform

LinkedIn Will Soon Get An Instagram-Like Stories Feature

LinkedIn confirmed that it will soon be following Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat by adding its own stories feature.

Snapchat’s New Ad Unit Prompts Users to Call or Text Businesses

Snapchat is launching a new ad unit that, rather than linking to a website, directs users toward calling or texting a business.

Messenger Launches One-Time Notification API to Enable Businesses to Send Important Follow-up Messages

TikTok is Projected to Surpass 50 Million US Users by 2021

TikTok grew by 97.5% in the US in 2019. That means growth is expected to slow down considerably in the coming years, and even drop to single-digit percentages in 2022.

Google Maps Updated With New Icon & New Features

As Google Maps turns 15 years old, the product is getting a slight overhaul with a new icon, new navigation tabs, and new features.

Google is Expanding Shopping Ads to Gmail

Google Ads is notifying advertisers that standard Shopping campaigns will soon be able to reach Gmail users.

Google Partners Program Puts New Requirements on Companies

A new Google Partners program is launching later this year, which may require current partner companies to make a number of changes. In order for companies to maintain their Google Partner status, they will have to meet a new set of requirements that go into effect in June 2020.

Google to Highlight Image Licensing Information in Image Search Results

Google & Other Search Engines Found Indexing Links to Private WhatsApp Groups

It has been discovered that search engines, including Google, are indexing invites to private groups on WhatsApp.

Facebook’s New Creator Studio App Helps With Managing Pages On the Go

Facebook is launching a Creator Studio app for iOS and Android that assists users with managing page content and monitoring performance. This marks the first time Facebook’s Creator Studio has had a mobile app, which is designed to be a companion to the more robust desktop app.

Google Ends Rich Results for Data-Vocabulary.org Structured Data

Google announced they are sun-setting data-vocabulary.org structured data. Beginning in April 2020, structured data using data-vocabulary.org microdata will not be eligible for rich results.

All sites still using data-vocabulary.org structured data should begin moving to Schema.org structured data.

A New Search Engine Enters the Market

An unlikely competitor enters the search engine market as Verizon Media launches its privacy-focused OneSearch.

OneSearch promises not to track, store, or share personal or search data with advertisers, which puts it in direct competition with DuckDuckGo. It’s available now on desktop and mobile at OneSearch.com.

Instagram Drops IGTV Button Due to Lack of Use.

LinkedIn Brings 3 New Features to LinkedIn Pages

LinkedIn pages are gaining three new features designed to facilitate more community engagement and form stronger relationships with followers.

Google: Structured Data Has No Impact on Ranking in Web Search

YouTube’s Organic Visibility Tops Wikipedia in Google SERPs

YouTube has steadily (and stealthily) increased its organic visibility in Google’s SERPs over the past two years and recently surpassed Wikipedia for the #1 spot.

Google Introduces a New Shopping Section in Search Results

Google is rolling out a new addition to search results this week which makes it easy to shop for popular products.

Pinterest Overtakes Snapchat in Popularity Among US Users.

Facebook is Preparing to Launch a Desktop Redesign to All Users

Facebook is planning to roll out a redesign of its desktop website to all users before this spring.

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Introducing Bing Pages for Brands

Bing Pages is a new beta program that will allow you to create search results pages for your own brand.

Google Ads is Killing Message Extensions

Google announced that starting January 27, 2020, message extensions will no longer serve. After that date, advertisers will not be able to create new or edit existing message extensions.

Twitter Rolls Out a New Ad Unit in the Explore Tab

Twitter is launching the Promoted Trend Spotlight, a takeover ad displayed at the top of the Explore tab.

Google Ads Introduces Bid Simulator Support for Smart Bidding

Google Ads is rolling out bid simulator support for the Target ROAS (return on ad spend) bid strategy, as well as a new budget simulator.

Spotify Launches Podcast Streaming Ad Insertion and Measurement

Google Ads to Explain Why Changes in Performance Occurred

Google Ads will now provide explanations for why specific changes in performance likely occurred. Advertisers can request explanations by clicking on the new “See Explanations” button.

Google is Working on Adding Package Tracking to Search Results

Google is working on integrating package tracking into search results, allowing users to get information without visiting the carrier’s site. People will be able to enter a tracking number into the Google search bar and find out the status of their order.

Google Ads’ Optimization Score Now Includes Display Campaigns

Google Changes How Local Search Results Are Generated

Google confirmed an update affecting local search results has now fully rolled out, a process which began in early November.

Pinterest launches Pinterest Shop for small businesses that make and sell products

Facebook Can Now Deliver Ads That Are Dynamically Tailored to Each User

Facebook is rolling out new advertising features that use machine learning to dynamically customize ads for individual users.

Snapchat Lets Advertisers Run Video Ads Up to 3 Minutes in Length

Bing is Now Utilizing BERT at a Larger Scale Than Google

Google Quietly Rolls Out Combined Audience Targeting for Search Campaigns

Combined audiences allow advertisers to layer combinations of in-market, affinity, demographic, and remarketing audiences using “AND”, “OR”, or “NOT” directives.

YouTube to Display Shopping Ads on the Home Feed and in Search Results

Google Rolls Out New Extensions for YouTube Ads

Google is introducing new extensions for YouTube ads, which are similar to the extensions for search ads.

Google Ads Officially Announces Rollout of Lead Form Extensions

Google confirmed it’s rolling out lead form ad extensions in the coming weeks, a feature that was recently spotted in testing.

Chrome May Warn Users of Slow Pages Before They Click.

Google Lets Anyone Register a .New Domain to Create Custom Shortcuts

Google Registry has made the .new domain extension available for anyone to use to create custom shortcuts.

Google Ads Brings New Sets of Data to Shopping Campaigns

Google Ads can now report on cart data for shopping campaigns, tracking all information related to purchases.

Google BERT Update – What it Means

Google announced what they called the most important update in five years. The BERT update impacts 10% of search queries. What is BERT and how will it impact SEO?

Google Ads Rolls Out 2 New Tools for Responsive Search Ads

Google is introducing two new tools for responsive search ads, which are now available to all advertisers in all languages.

Google Ads Introduces 2 New Ways to Target Users in Google Search

Google Ads is rolling out two new ways to reach your target audiences in Google Search.

Facebook is Changing How it Calculates Organic Impressions

Facebook pages are likely to see organic impressions go down as a result of changes being made to how impressions are calculated.

Google Ads is Testing New Lead Form Extensions

Google Ads is testing a new way for businesses to capture customer information with lead form extensions.

LinkedIn Rolls Out 3 New Features for Company Pages

LinkedIn is introducing new features designed to help companies stay better engaged with their employees.

Reddit rolls out mobile landing pages, standard sizes, optional referral URLs for video ads

Reddit announced three new video ad updates on Wednesday, launching a new mobile landing page experience, adding two more aspect ratios for ad sizes and offering optional referral URLs for CPV (cost per view) campaigns.

Google Lets Site Owners Customize Their Search Results Snippets

Google is giving site owners the ability to customize how their content is previewed in search results.

Snapchat Extends Length of Video Ads from 10 Seconds to 3 Minutes

Snapchat has substantially increased the maxmimum duration of video ads from ten seconds to three minutes.

Pinterest Introduces Redesigned Business Profiles

Pinterest is rolling out a new ad format as well as an all new design for business profiles.

Facebook to Officially Start Hiding Like Counts on Posts

Google Says Internal Nofollow Links Will Continue to Work

Google’s John Mueller clarified an important question about how Google treats nofollow links that are internal. This is important to publishers who use the nofollow attribute to block Google from thin or duplicate content.

In his answer, Mueller stated that the nofollow change was primarily for outbound links.

Yet he also affirmed that internal nofollows are no longer directives while also confirming Google will still regard nofollows as links the publisher doesn’t want Google to follow.

Google Ads Changes the Design of Call-Only Ads

Google is rolling out a new look for call-only ads which is said to help drive higher quality leads.

Google Search Console Adds a New Structured Data Report for Breadcrumbs

Google has added another new structured data report, allowing site owners to quickly check whether breadcrumb markup has been implemented correctly. The ‘Breadcrumbs’ report appears under the Enhancements section in Search Console along with other reports related to the implementation of structured data.

Pinterest Enhances Group Boards With New Collaboration Tools

Pinterest is enhancing users’ ability to collaborate on group boards with the roll out of three new features.

Facebook Rolls Out New Types of Interactive Mobile Ads

Facebook is giving advertisers access to new types of interactive ads, including AR ads and video poll ads.

Google Updates Reviews Rich Results – Check Your Structured Data

Google announced an update to Reviews Rich Results. The goal is to improve the Reviews Rich Results for users and to “address” abusive implementation and impose limits to where rich results trigger. Additionally,the “name” property becomes required.

Pinterest Upgrades Visual Search With Shoppable Pins

Pinterest is integrating shoppable pins with visual search, making it easier for users to buy products they’ve taken photos of.

Snapchat Introduces 3D Effects for Selfies

Snapchat is introducing a new 3D camera mode that adds depth to photos taken with the front-facing cameras of certain phones.

Google Ads App Now Displays Campaign Optimization Scores

Google has updated the Google Ads app with support for campaign optimization scores.

Google Launches a Native Lazy-loading Plugin for WordPress

Facebook gives creators new ways to build audiences via Stories, more monetization features

Collaborative Stories let multiple public figures to contribute to a single Facebook Story.

Google Ads Offers More Choices for Automated Bidding Strategies

Google Ads is expanding its automated bidding solutions by giving advertisers three more options to choose from.

Google Makes Big Change to Nofollow, Introduces 2 New Link Attributes

Google is evolving the nofollow link attribute and introducing additional attributes to help Google understand the nature of links.

Microsoft’s Responsive Search Ads Now Available to All Advertisers

Microsoft is opening up its responsive search ads beta to all advertisers. Advertisers without a dedicated Microsoft Ads account team can join the beta by filling out this form.

Google Introduces New Structured Data for Movie Carousels

Google is rolling out a new type of structured data to help movies appear in new dedicated movie carousels.

Microsoft Advertising Now Identifies Negative Keyword Conflicts in Shopping Campaigns

Microsoft Advertising has launched a report that identifies negative keyword conflicts in shopping campaigns.

Google now showing competitor ads on local business profiles

Now, the company is starting to show competitor ads in local business profiles.

Google Removes Some Filters from Image Search Results

Google appears to have removed the ability to filter image search results by “minimum size,” “exact size,” and “full color.”

Facebook Rolls Out Automated Lead Generation in Messenger

Facebook is launching automated lead generation, which lets businesses qualify leads in Messenger and continue the conversation in their preferred channel.

Google testing highlighting content on-site based on the search result clicked

Google confirmed it’s testing a feature that takes the searcher from the search results page to a third-party site, then anchors them to that exact location on the site while highlighting that content.

Google Ads Introduces Seasonality Adjustments for Smart Bidding

Google Ads is rolling out seasonality adjustments for smart bidding for search and display campaigns.

Instagram confirms it is testing increased ad loads in Stories

The company reports it is experimenting with running back-to-back Story ads from different advertisers.

Twitter Reveals Tweets With Video Generate 10X More Engagement

LinkedIn Introduces a Central Hub for Actionable Marketing Insights

LinkedIn rolled out a new page dedicated to insights and research, which is designed to help marketers make informed decisions about their social media strategies.

Facebook Makes Changes to Housing, Employment, and Credit Ads

Facebook is requiring that advertisers use a new process when buying ads related to housing, employment, and credit. This new process applies to advertisers who are either based in the United States or using ads to reach US-based audiences.

Google Ads Lets Users Add Filters to the Overview Page

Google Ads is introducing filters to the Overview page.

Google Introduces Relative Mobile Conversion Rate Metric

Google rolls out maximize conversion value smart bidding strategy

The newest smart bidding strategy in Google Ads’ lineup, maximize conversion value, is now available in all Search campaigns.

Google Search Console Shows New Image Search Data for AMP Pages

Google has started to show data in the Search Console related to a new image search feature introduced last month. Data will be tracked for images that appear on AMP pages and interacted with via Google’s new ‘swipe to visit’ feature, which is exclusive to AMP.

Google’s Lightweight Search App ‘Google Go’ Available Worldwide

In addition to using less memory, less storage, and working well with spotty internet connections – Google Go offers some advanced features such as the ability to read content out loud. Google Go can read web pages in a natural-sounding voice across 28 languages, even on connections as slow as 2G. It can also read text captured in photos with Google Lens. Google Go is available now on the Play Store for Android devices.

Twitter introduces 6-second viewable video ad bids

Brands will only be charged if their 15-second (or shorter) video ad is viewed for at least six seconds.

Google Ads is Switching Search & Shopping Campaigns to Standard Delivery

Google Ads is changing its ad delivery methods, switching search and shopping campaigns from accelerated delivery to standard delivery. After September 17, Standard delivery will be the only ad delivery method for search campaigns, shopping campaigns, and shared budgets.

Are your Google text ads getting truncated? Here’s what to consider

Cut off expanded text ad headlines and descriptions aren’t new, but you may have noticed it recently.

Facebook now shows Movie ads

Today, we’re rolling out the red carpet for two new ad solutions—movie reminder ads and movie showtime ads—to help film studios increase ticket sales and to help people find the movies they want to see.

New Google Easter Eggs: Multi-Sided Dice

Google has updated its “roll a die” tool, one of its longest-standing Easter eggs, with multi-sided dice. Now, users can roll 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 20 sided dice. Previously, this Easter egg was limited to a single six-sided die.

Google Chrome Will Soon Support Lazy Loading at the Browser-Level

Google is adding support for native lazy loading to the latest version of the Chrome browser – Chrome 76. Lazy loading delays the loading of below-the-fold images until the user begins scrolling closer to them. The end result is faster load times, minimized bandwidth for users, and reduced memory usage.

Google Ads’ Optimization Score Now Includes Shopping Campaigns

Optimization scores in Google Ads will now include shopping campaigns as well as search campaigns. Google Ads will assign an individual score to each campaign type, and provide a combined score at the account level.

WordPress’ Parent Company Acquires Tumblr for $3 Million

Google Search Console Now Reports on More Types of Structured Data

Google is adding three more types of structured data to the rich results report in Search Console.

TikTok’s Parent Company ByteDance is Launching a Search Engine called Toutiao Search

Google Ads to Remove Average Position Metric on September 30

Google announced that the average position metric is getting removed from Google Ads starting the week of September 30. Google is removing the average position after introducing two new metrics that provide a clearer view of where ads actually appear in a SERP. Those metrics include absolute top impression and top impression.

Google My Business Lets Hotel Listings Customize Their Amenities

Hotel listings in Google My Business can now customize their services and amenities in a new “hotel attributes” section.

Pinterest adds new e-commerce layer with personalized ‘shopping hub’ atop user feed

Products highlighted in the personalized shopping hub are curated from retailers’ organic Pins and Catalog feeds.

Google Makes Podcasts Playable in Search Results

Google is now surfacing podcast episodes that can be played directly in search results. Playable podcast episodes will be displayed in addition to regular search results when users are specifically searching for podcasts.

Google Officially Launches Gallery Ads in Beta

Google’s new gallery ads, first introduced this past May, are now rolling out to advertisers in beta.

Google Announces Featured Snippets Update

Google announced an update to it’s Featured Snippets algorithm. The update is intended to make Featured Snippets more useful by understanding which information needs fresh content.

Snapchat Introduces a 3-Step Ad Creation Tool

Snapchat is introducing a new tool, called Instant Create, that offers a simple way to create Snapchat-optimized ads.

Google to Unify App and Website Measurement in Google Analytics

Google is making it easier to measure users’ interactions across platforms with unified app and website analytics.

Google Makes YouTube Masthead Ads Available to All Advertisers

Google is now letting all advertisers buy YouTube masthead ads, following a successful beta test in select markets. Ads will be available to buy on a CPM basis.

Microsoft Ads Makes it Easier to Change a Campaign’s Audience Targeting

Microsoft Advertising is rolling out campaign-level associations which will make easier to apply audience targeting.

Google’s John Mueller: Sitelinks Search Box May Take a Month to Show in SERPs

Facebook is Letting Advertisers Place Ads in Search Results

Google Ads Editor Updated With 4 New Features

Here are the new features in the latest version of Google Ads Editor:
Image Picker: Browse and select from previously used images, in addition to selecting images from your desktop. Warnings and error checks are shown in the thumbnail before the image is selected.
Dark Mode: Activate dark mode by clicking the moon icon in the bottom right-hand corner. Revert back to light mode by selecting the sun icon.
IP Exclusions: Add and update IP exclusions, ensuring that your IP exclusion settings are consistent when copying and pasting campaigns.
Accounts Manager: Managing multiple accounts is now easier with checkboxes in the accounts manager that allow users to select and open multiple accounts.

Google Ads Close Variants to Include Words With the Same Meaning

Google Ads is expanding close variants to include words that have the same meaning as the original keyword.

Google Keyword Planner Updated to Show the Most Relevant Keyword Ideas

Google has updated its Keyword Planner tool with the ability to show the most relevant keyword ideas based on the seed keyword.

Google Cancels Support for Robots.txt Noindex

Google officially announced that GoogleBot will no longer obey a Robots.txt directive related to indexing. Publishers relying on the robots.txt noindex directive have until September 1, 2019 to remove it and begin using an alternative.

Facebook Updates News Feed Algorithm to Reduce Sensational Health Claims

Facebook updated its news feed algorithm to reduce the reach of posts making sensational or exaggerated health claims.

Microsoft Advertising Offers Clearer Data on Ad Positions in Search Results

Microsoft Advertising will now provide clearer insights on where ads are appearing in Bing search results.

Microsoft Advertising, FKA Bing Ads, Rolls Out Support for Parallel Tracking

Microsoft Advertising, formerly Bing Ads, is rolling out a series of new features designed to help pages load faster after an ad click.

Google Ads Introduces New Ways to Promote In-Store Sales

Google Ads is rolling out new ways for local businesses to advertise in-store sales.

LinkedIn Changes its Algorithm to Surface More Personalized Content

Linkedin is moving away from ranking trending content and, instead, putting more weight on niche-specific professional conversations. LinkedIn’s algorithm follows the company’s new framework: “People You Know, Talking About Things You Care About.”

Google Adds Shareable GIFs to Image Search Results

Google now has a “Share GIFs” section in image search results that lets users immediately share GIFs to different apps. This feature is powered by Google’s own GIF search engine, which has grown considerably since acquiring Tenor last year.

Wayback Machine Now Shows When a Page Was Updated and What Changed

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine has a new tool that shows the exact date a page was changed & what was changed on it.

LinkedIn Pages get new CTA buttons, mobile editing capabilities, more

The new customer call-to-action buttons include five options & more.

Instagram to start showing ads in the Explore tab

The company said it will be introducing ads in Explore “slowly and thoughtfully” in the coming months.

Google Search Console Offers Three New Sets of Googlebot Crawling Data

Google has updated Search Console with new sets of data to help people understand how their site is crawled by Googlebot.

Google No Longer Uses Social Profile Markup for Knowledge Panels

Google is deprecating the use of social profile markup, which was once necessary for social media buttons to display in knowledge panels. Going forward, Google says it will automatically discover relevant social media profiles and include them in knowledge panels

Google Ads portfolio bid strategy changes: Removing eCPC, average daily budget replacing target spend

In an effort to help simplify settings, Google said, it is making changes to two portfolio bid strategies. Portfolio bid strategies can be applied across multiple campaigns in a Google Ads account.

Google My Business Listings Can Offer Discounts to New Followers

Google is rolling out new ways for businesses to market their GMB listings, including giving discounts to new followers. Businesses can now attract people to their listings with welcome offers, cover photos, logos, and photo displays.

Google Ads Begins Reporting on Shopping Campaign Landing Pages

Google Ads will now report on landing page performance from shopping campaigns. Data will be included in the “Landing pages” page.

Twitter Removes the Ability to Add Precise Location Tags to Tweets

Twitter users can no longer tag their precise location in tweets, a feature that has been available for roughly 10 years. Precise geotagging will still be available when using the Twitter camera to share photos and videos.

Google Ads App Now Has Ability to Create & Edit Responsive Search Ads

Google Search Console Removes Ability to Set a Preferred Domain

Google is sunsetting the preferred domain setting in Search Console that allowed site owners to specify which URL to display in search results.

Google Introduces Interactive Ads With 3D Objects

Google is introducing a new display ad format, called Swirl, that allows users to interact with 3D objects. Marketers can utilize their company’s existing 3D assets to produce ads that engage users by letting them rotate the object and zoom in and out.

Google Lets Advertisers Promote YouTube Live Streams as Display Ads

Google is introducing a new ad format that lets marketers run YouTube live streams in display ads. Live stream ads can appear anywhere Google’s display ads are shown. So a person could be scrolling through a website, such as this one, and see a live stream playing right where an ad would be.

Google is Reportedly Adding Timestamps to YouTube Videos in Search Results

Google has been spotted testing the addition of timestamps for certain types of YouTube videos in search results. The timestamps allow users to jump directly to key moments within the video without having to sit through content they’re not interested in.

Advertisers can now target Spotify podcast listeners

Spotify has expanded its ads capabilities with podcast listener targeting. Advertisers can reach Spotify Free podcast listeners, and in select markets, they’ll also be able to narrow their campaigns to certain podcast categories, such as “Comedy,” “Lifestyle & Health” and “Business & Technology.”

Campaign-level conversion actions now live for Google search, display campaigns

Campaign action sets are also available to optimize campaigns for multiple conversion actions.

Google Rolls Out a New Look for Desktop Search Results

Google has widely rolled out a new design for desktop search results which features colourful icons in the top navigation bar.

Google Search Console Now Shows 90 Days of Search & Discover Data

Google is making an adjustment to the performance report in Search Console, which will now display 90 full days of data by default. This change will affect data shown for clicks from search results and clicks from the Discover feed.

Google Announces Site Diversity Change to Search Results

Google’s Search Liaison announced a “change” that will reduce duplicate site listings in the search results. The goal of this change is to show more diverse websites. This change is called the Site Diversity Change. It’s a change to how Google shows websites in the search results, but it’s not a change to how Google ranks websites.

Mozilla makes anti-tracking the Firefox default

Firefox today announced a privacy-first browsing experience that has anti-tracking settings turned on by default. The announcement voiced strong opposition to the security practices of big tech companies like Chrome and Facebook

80% of Voice Search Answers Are From Top 3 Organic Results

A recent study on voice search indicates that content is more likely to be returned for a query if it ranks in the top 3 web search positions.

Facebook Makes it Easier to Create Video Ads Out of Static Images

Facebook is adding new features to its Video Creation Kit which simplify the process of creating mobile video ads.

Instagram Lets Advertisers Boost Organic Posts as Feed Ads

Instagram advertisers can now promote organic posts as ads that appear in other users’ feeds. This ability is intended for posts that users publish as sponsored content.

PayPal is Rolling Out its Ecommerce Solution to All Businesses

PayPal’s e-commerce platform, used by Instagram Shopping and Facebook Marketplace, is now available to businesses of all sizes.

Google Maps to Highlight a Restaurant’s Popular Dishes

A new feature in Google Maps utilizes machine learning to recommend a restaurant’s most popular dishes.

Google to No Longer Display Text-Only AdSense Ads

Major Update to Moz Local in June 2019

Moz Local is unveiling an important update to its service in June 2019. I interviewed David Pierce, a software engineer for Moz about this update. He shares details on the improvements that promise to make Moz Local even more useful for managing online listings in local search.

LinkedIn looks to improve ad targeting, attribution capabilities with Drawbridge acquisition

Drawbridge’s technology will be used to help improve reach for LinkedIn’s Matched Audiences and Audience Network campaigns and provide better attribution.

Google Ads is Removing Two Bidding Strategies

Google is planning to remove the ‘Target Search Page Location’ and ‘Target Outranking Share’ bid strategies in late June.

Twitter Lets Users Host Live Videos With Up to Three Guests

Twitter is upgrading its live streaming capabilities by letting up to four users broadcast simultaneously.

Instagram is Testing an “Order” Sticker for Stories

Instagram has been spotted testing “order” stickers in stories, which may indicate it’s working on new ways to complete transactions.

Google Moves to Mobile-First Indexing by Default for New Websites

Mobile-first indexing will be enabled by default for all new websites as of July 1, 2019.

Twitter Experiments With Showing Users More Ads

Twitter is displaying more sponsored posts in users feeds in an experiment that tests how often ads are shown.

Google is Adding Favicons to All Search Results

Google will soon roll out a new look for the mobile search results which includes favicons in SERPs. It will display the website’s icon, site name, & the bread crumbs above the title of the specific page being surfaced.

Google Adds Ability to Order Food Directly From Search Results

Google is rolling out a new ability to Search, Maps, and Assistant that allows users to order from local restaurants.

Google Ads Offers New Recommendations to Improve Optimization Score

Google Ads is making its optimization score even more useful by adding new recommendations to improve campaigns.

LinkedIn Users Can View All Sponsored Content From the Past 6 Months

LinkedIn pages will soon feature an ‘Ads’ tab showing all sponsored content an advertiser has run in the past six months.

Mobile, desktop search traffic split may have stabilized at roughly 60% – 40%

Hitwise found an average of 61.3% of searches across key categories were initiated on mobile devices.

Facebook Rolls Out Multiple Updates to its News Feed Ranking Algorithm

Facebook is updating its news feed algorithm to prioritize the ranking of more personal content. One of these updates will allow the news feed to surface more content from friends a user might want to hear from most. The other update prioritizes the links a person might consider most worthwhile. Both updates are inspired by feedback collected by Facebook through user surveys.

Advertisers seeing dwindling results with Facebook’s 1% Lookalike Audiences

The ad targeting capability was a highly efficient tool for finding like-minded audiences once upon a time, but some marketers are seeing diminished outcomes.

Google Confirms it Will Show Ads on its Mobile Home Page

Google has introduced a new ad unit that will be displayed on the search engine’s home page in mobile browsers.

Google Lets Users Shop Directly From Search, Images, and YouTube

Google is expanding its shopping experience, letting users add items to a universal shopping cart from several of its services. The new shopping experience lets users buy items while in Google Search, Images, and YouTube.

54% of Podcast Listeners Likely to Buy From Brands They Hear Advertised

Mailchimp set to launch full-service marketing platform

In an announcement on Monday, the email service provider revealed the launch of their first full-service marketing platform, adding a variety of features designed to benefit their SMB customers.

Google Launches a New Performance Planner for Google Ads

Google Ads is getting a new tool in the form of a Performance Planner that helps with planning ad spend. Google says that, on average, Performance Planner can help advertisers drive up to 43% more conversions.

YouTube is Developing a Tool That Creates 6-Second Ads Automatically

YouTube is working on a tool called a “Bumper Machine” that can cut down a longer ad into 6 seconds. This is all done automatically using machine learning. The Bumper Machine takes a 30 or 90-second ad and creates a 6-second bumper ad.

Google Ads Reports Can Now Be Downloaded in Sheets

Facebook Launches New Tools for Small Businesses

Facebook is rolling out new tools to help businesses run automated ad campaigns, book appointments, and edit videos.

Google Shows Off the New Speed Report Coming to Search Console

Google previewed the new page speed performance report making its way to Search Console. Users can sign up for early access to the beta version by filling out this form.

Google Brings Augmented Reality to Search Results

The new features use a combination of the camera, computer vision, and AR to overlay information and content onto one’s physical surroundings.

Later this month, AR features will be rolling out in search results allowing users to view and interact with 3D objects. Using a smartphone, people can search for a 3D model and place it in their physical space with their phone’s viewfinder.

Here’s an example showing how you can search for an animal and get an option to view it in 3D and AR:

Google Deprecates Old Keyword Planner, New Version is Now Complete

Google is deprecating the old Keyword Planner this week as the new version is now finalized.

Facebook Changes How Videos Rank in the News Feed

Facebook is putting into effect three factors that will impact video ranking.
The following changes will affect how videos are ranked in the news feed, Facebook Watch, and in recommendations:

  • Loyalty and intent: Facebook will strengthen the ranking signals of video that people look for and return to over and over.
  • Video and viewing duration: Facebook will strengthen the ranking signals of videos that keep people engaged for an extended period of time. Videos longer than three minutes will benefit the most.
  • Originality: Facebook will more strongly limit distribution and monetization for unoriginal or repurposed content.

Instagram to Let Creators Tag Products in Posts

Instagram will soon let creators link to products in posts, which users can shop for without leaving the app. Creators will be able to tag products in their posts from businesses that are part of Instagram checkout. Users can tap on the product tags to be taken to an in-app shopping page.

Google Introduces Three New Search Console Reports

  • New enhancement reports for the ‘Sitelinks searchbox’ and ‘Logo’ structured data join existing reports on Recipe, Event, Job Posting, and others.
  • Enhancement reports display the overall trends of errors, warnings, and valid items on a site. They also display warnings and errors per page.
  • Unparsable Structured Data report lets users can check this report to see if there’s any structured data on a site that Google couldn’t identify because of a parsing error.

Facebook is Introducing New Business Tools for Messenger

Facebook is making Messenger even more useful for businesses with Lead-generation templates, Appointment bookings, & Other tools designed to generate leads and book appointments.

Mark Zuckerberg Announces a New eCommerce and Payment Platform

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote presentation at the F8 Conference where he revealed that Facebook-owned WhatsApp is moving toward hosting web shops where customers can browse a store’s products and make purchases. This may represent a way to move beyond the advertising model by becoming an eCommerce platform.

Bing Ads rebrands to Microsoft Advertising

The new name reflects a broader focus on ad inventory, data and targeting capabilities.

Google My Business May Offer Premium Features for a Monthly Fee

Google is sending out surveys to gauge peoples’ interest in paying for access to premium Google My Business features.

Instagram Introduces Quiz Stickers

Instagram has officially launched quiz stickers which allow users to create multiple-choice questions for their followers to answer. Quiz stickers are designed for use in stories and function similarly to other interactive stickers, such as the poll sticker and emoji slider. Users can add quiz stickers to their stories by selecting it from the sticker tray after taking a photo or video. Write your question and add between two to four possible answers. Select the correct answer and share it to your story.

Google Makes it Easier to Find Work-From-Home Jobs

Google is making it easier for job searchers in the US to find work-from-home positions. Users can now search for jobs in Google and filter their location to “work from home” to find remote jobs.

10% of Twitter Users are Creating 80% of Tweets

New Google smart bidding signals coming: price competitiveness, seasonality for Shopping campaigns

Google starts showing more images in web search results

Multiple tools that track the Google search results have been showing an increase in the percentage of time that Google shows image results in the core web search results. The image search result box that is sometimes shown in the main search results is now showing up for 1/3rd of all queries according to some reports. SEOClarity published their data this morning showing “images in the Top 10 leaped from an approximately 24% occurrence to a 34% occurrence.” The increase has started around April 13.

Google confirms AJAX (i.e. XHR) calls consume crawl budget

One more thing to look at if you need to optimize your crawl budget for the most efficient Googlebot crawl of your pages.

Instagram May Hide Like Counts to Reduce the Sense of Competition

Instagram is considering hiding like counts on posts to reduce the sense of competition amongst users. They say “We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who shared a post will see the total number of likes it gets.”

Byte, the Follow-Up to Vine, Begins Sending Out Beta Invites

54% of Users Have Bought a Product Right After Seeing it on Instagram

People Using Voice Search Through a Digital Assistant in 2019

  • 72% of people use voice search through a personal digital assistant
  • 35% of people have used voice search through a smart home speaker

Here’s what people are searching for with smart speakers and digital assistants:

  • 68% of people say they search for quick facts
  • 65% of people say they look up directions
  • 52% of people say they search for a product or service
  • 44% of people say they conduct additional research for products and services
  • 31% of people say they use voice search to compare products and services.

So, 2 out of 3 of the top types of searches are shopping-related. Voice search is shaping up to be a big business driver for retailers.

Facebook Lets Users Share 3D Photos in Stories

Facebook is expanding 3D photos to stories and offering two new ways to create them.

Google Posts can now highlight customer testimonials in some countries

Google has announced that Google Posts in select countries now supports the ability to highlight customer testimonials. Specifically reviews with 4 to 5 stars can showcase positive reviews left for your business.

Free Google AI Image Analysis Tool

A new tool published by Google analyzes your images. The machine learning/artificial intelligence algorithm tells you what it thinks the image is relevant for.

Facebook is Testing Upvotes and Downvotes for Comments

Facebook has been spotted testing the ability for users to upvote and downvote comments. This test appears to be limited to the Android app, which is common when tests like these are spotted in the wild.

Google My Business Suggests Positive Reviews to Share as Posts

Google My Business is launching a new feature which will help business owners showcase positive reviews. GMB will automatically suggest positive reviews which can be shared as customer testimonials via Google Posts.

Official AMP Plugin for WordPress Now Supports AMP Stories

Google announces ‘Signed Exchange’ solution to deliver AMP speed to publisher URLs

The loudest criticism of AMP has been that it doesn’t display publisher domain URLs. Instead, users have historically seen the “google.com/amp/” URL structure, which is required by AMP pre-rendering. Google has been trying to address that issue for some time and, in November, offered a developer preview of a solution.

Now it’s formally rolling out that solution, which will still deliver AMP speed to publisher URLs. It involves use of Signed Exchanges, a technical framework that, as a practical matter, enables browsers to display publisher URLs on cached AMP results. It’s currently only available for Chrome 73 or higher (soon Microsoft Edge).

Facebook gives Ads Manager a design refresh and launches new cost cap bidding strategy

Facebook announced on Tuesday it is refreshing its Ads Manager interface to improve navigation and deliver a cleaner design to help advertisers manage campaigns. The company also said it will be updating its Business Manager platform later this year to make it easier for agencies to on-board new clients within the system.

Facebook also introduced a new “cost cap” bidding strategy for advertisers, giving them a third option beyond bidding strategies focused on conversion volume and cost predictability.

Google My Business Lets Users Create Custom Short URLs

Google is now letting users create customized short URLs for Google My Business listings. Google is calling these custom URLs “short names” and it appears only some businesses have access to them at the moment.

After creating a short name, a GMB profile can be accessed directly by going to “g.page/[yourcustomname]”. You can also solicit reviews by appending ‘/review/’ at the end of the URL, which would look like “g.page/[yourcustomname]/review/”

Facebook and Instagram May Be Forced to Remove Likes for Users Under 18

Social networks may have to prevent users under the age of 18 from liking posts, according to new privacy rules.

Yoast SEO Becomes First WordPress Plugin to Offer Proper Schema Implementation

Popular WordPress plugin Yoast is releasing an update which offers complete implementation of Schema.org markup.

What makes this a first-of-its-kind update is that it solves two problems:

  • It makes Schema.org implementation easy
  • It cleans up the “fragmented mess” created by most Schema implementations

Facebook Introduces Cost Cap Bidding to Maximize Cost-Efficiency

“Cost cap maximizes cost efficiency by getting you the most results, such as purchases or installs, at or below your set maximum cost per optimization event.” What separates cost cap bidding from other cost-optimized bidding strategies is that it allows advertisers to set the max CPA/CPI they’re willing to pay.

Facebook Tests Integrating Stories into the News Feed

Facebook has been spotted testing a redesigned version of the news feed which also includes stories. In addition, this version of the news feed has a new interface which prompts users to tap through as though they were viewing a series of stories on Instagram or Snapchat.

PPC Audit – The Best Feature in new Google Ads Editor

The Google Ads Editor  v 1.0 offers so many awesome features – maximise conversions for TrueView for action campaigns, maximise conversions for display campaigns, new support for App campaigns, Audience targeting in Smart Display Campaigns, Message extensions, etc. to name a few. But PPC Audits is a real winner. Read this quick guide on ‘How to do a PPC Audit’.

YouTube Tests New Internal Metrics For Measuring the Success of a Video

YouTube is reportedly testing two new internal metrics for determining which videos should be considered successful.

LinkedIn Aims to Boost Engagement With a Range of Reactions to Posts

LinkedIn explains how it arrived at these four reactions:

“We took a thoughtful approach to designing these reactions, centered around understanding which ones would be most valuable to the types of conversations members have on LinkedIn.

This process included looking at what people are already talking about to better understand what feedback they wanted to express and receive…

We also conducted global research with LinkedIn members to get feedback on the specific reactions to ensure they were universally understood and helpful.”

Google announces use of new search commands –  before: and after: commands

Google gives some more advanced ways to restrict your searches to specific date ranges. One can replace the old way of searching date-specific content – (SERP > Tools > Custom [Select date range]) with these new search commands – before: or after: commands.

For e.g: <Your keyword> before: [YYYY]

Pinterest introduces new conversion features for Promoted Pins and Videos

The new campaign features come to Pinterest in advance of its pending IPO, allowing advertisers on the platform to define conversion goals with greater accuracy.

Remove Your Personal Information from Google

Learn how to submit a Legal removal request to Google.

LinkedIn gives SEO tips

LinkedIn has published a series of SEO tips for getting company pages found in search engines.

How to Use Before/After Date Search Command

The commands accomplish the same functionality as the date range tools for restricting searches to specific date ranges.

Google adds Android filters to Google Search Console.

You can now slice and dice your Android app data in Performance Report of Google Search Console. You can read more on this Twitter about the official confirmation.

Google now starts adding Rich Answers to Google Assistant

Google recently started adding “Rich Answers” like direct answers, knowledge panels, rich answers to Android devices.

LinkedIn Expands Its Document Upload Feature

Now upload PDFs, PPTs directly to the feed as Linkedin expands document feature.

Facebook Ad Library

Facebook is updating its Ad Library to include all active ads any Page is running on its platform.

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