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AdWords Dynamic Search Ads gain page feeds, will soon support expanded text ads

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Google announced updates to AdWords Dynamic Search Ads on Tuesday, including support for expanded text ads. Dynamic Search Ads (DSAs) will transition to expanded text ads through April, bringing them in line with search and display campaigns. Google is introducing a new solution for DSAs called page feeds. Page feeds consist of two columns: …

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An answer box experiment (my journey into known and unknown factors)

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Disclaimer: I’m sharing my experience below without making any claims. I’m simply sharing my observations in hopes the SEO industry might be able to further test with me. Remember, correlation does not imply causation.  I’m fascinated by Answer Boxes. You know, these things: While Answer Boxes go back several years, they …

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Why and how entities are shaping location marketing

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A year ago, I wrote in Search Engine Land about how Google is making entities smarter. Since that time, entities have become more important to Google — which means they are more important to businesses that want to be found on Google. It’s time for brands to get better acquainted with …

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Google thaws (a little) on defamation cases

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Google’s recent freeze on granting defamation removal requests has thawed a little. Even so, the company’s actions around harmful and dishonest items attacking the reputations of individuals and organizations continue to be mystifyingly inconsistent. In this column, I’ll share some facts and thoughts on how defamation victims should proceed given …

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Google Posts: GIFs and Videos published directly to SERPs

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To relatively little fanfare, Google launched its “Posts” initiative during the US presidential election campaign last year. The launch was accompanied by a landing page that labeled this “an experimental new podium”. That same landing page remains live, unchanged, and with the same call to action at its conclusion to …

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Google to further dilute exact match in AdWords; will ignore word order & function words

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In the good old days, “exact” meant exact. Then things got fuzzier. Now they’re about to get downright blurry. On Friday afternoon, Google announced another change to the way exact match targeting works in AdWords. Matching for close variants — plurals, typos, abbreviations, adverbs and so on —  will be broadened to include …

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Advice for AMP-curious publishers

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The Accelerated Mobile Pages project has some big numbers on the scoreboard: More than 860,000 domains are publishing over 35 million AMPs per week, according to stats shared by Google at a recent AMP developer conference, where the company also announced the expansion of AMP to more than a billion …

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