ISSUE 6 9th November 2016
Google Map Maker will be integrated directly into Google Maps in March 2017 when they will retire the standalone Map Maker product.
Google has introduced an update to GMB editor which allows users to update business info for multiple locations via the editor.
Once Safe Browsing has determined that a site is a Repeat Offender:
the webmaster will be notified via email to their registered Search Console email address.
the webmaster will be unable to request additional reviews via the Search Console for 30 days, and warnings will continue to show to users.
If you have tried sharing a URL from an AMP article in Google, chances are you have noticed that the link copied is a www.google.com/amp/ URL and not the actual URL of the page. Now Google is testing an easier way to share to link and share the actual URL on AMP pages.
Google has recently removed most of the sitelinks from the desktop search results listings. Currently, only sites that have expanded sitelinks – usually brand searches – still have sitelinks with descriptions.
Google has recently dropped the feature that shows a miniature knowledge graph overall for individual snippets.
Google is currently experimenting with a new "Back to Top" button, which will make it easier for mobile users to scroll to the top of a SERP page.
Goole has started testing the long awaited Mobile Index. Traditionally Google has gone with a desktop index but with more users searching from mobile devices they are planning to switch to a mobile index as the primary index.
Will you need to make any change?
If you serve different content to mobile users compared to desktop users, then yes.
If you have removed structured data markup from your mobile pages, then yes.
This post from Jennifer Slegg on The SEM Post covers a lot of changes you should be aware of.
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If you’re a business that provides support in Direct Messages, you can set a default welcome message today in the support settings page of Twitter Dashboard to greet people when they start a conversation.
Are you a business that wants to further promote a job opening? Here's your chance. Facebook is introducing a job opening feature that will rival Microsoft’s $26.2 billion cash acquisition - LinkedIn.
Google is testing a traditional carousel format for Shopping Ads on YouTube. Rather than showing a couple of ads along the right-hand side of a video on desktop, a scrollable carousel shows four ads below a video at any one time.