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Weekly Search Roundup – 22nd May 2020

Google is phasing out Gallery Ads in favour of using Image Extensions

Google has announced that it will be slowly phasing out Gallery Ads around August time this year to prioritise Image Extensions. Although Image Extensions are still in beta, Google first started to test them out on mobile-only, slowly transitioning on to desktop.Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 15th May 2020

Amazon introduces Amazon Posts, a new feed-based shopping experience 

Amazon aims to create a new brand experience for its users called Amazon Posts. This new feed-based shopping experience can be found by customers by visiting brand pages, product detail pages, and more.Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 7th May 2020

Google rolling out new May 2020 core update 

Google has announced a new May 2020 core update that is the second core update of the year. Over the years, Google usually releases a new core update every few months which is why it makes sense that an update will be rolling out this month, considering the first one of 2020 was back in January.Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 1st May 2020

Spotify launches a new video conference to podcast conversion tool

Spotify has decided to turn its attention to podcasts during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking advantage of video conferencing that everyone is now heavily relying upon during this global crisis. Anchor, the Spotify owned company, is a platform that allows users to create and distribute their own podcasts to other streaming services (including Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and Overcast, as well as Spotify).Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 24th April 2020

Local businesses can solicit GoFundMe donations via Bing Places

A new donation feature is now available on Bing for local businesses, this comes from Bing and GoFundMe partnering up together to increase donations to help any businesses that have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 17th April 2020

Facebook introduces hours and services update for COVID-19 

Facebook has introduced changes that allow users to publish updates regarding hours and services on Facebook Pages, as well as marking themselves as “temporarily closed” similar to Google My Business. Businesses with Facebook Pages will also be able to pin posts to the top of their timelines to make sure important messages get across to customers.Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 27th March 2020

Google has now removed right sidebar featured snippets

Google has begun to migrate the featured snippet sidebar into the main search results, which is all part of the plan announced in January to crack down on deduplication for featured snippets. If you currently hold the position for a right sidebar featured snippet, the changes mean your URL will only appear once on the main search results.Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 20th March 2020

Bing’s Coronavirus tracker allows you to filter data, news and video by region

In light of the ongoing pandemic, Bing has launched a Coronavirus tracker that shows the number of confirmed cases worldwide. This new resource from Bing allows users to view recent news or videos by region.Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 13th March 2020

Google is putting stricter rules in place for GMB image guidelines

Google has started to crack down on the content that is uploaded to Google My Business listings by reviewing all images and videos before they are published. Google has made it clear that any content that you intend to upload must be relevant to the business and also must be taken at the location.Read the rest

Weekly Search Roundup – 6th March 2020

Google enforces stricter guidelines for FAQ markup

Google has introduced an updated set of guidelines for FAQ schema markup, which states that you can no longer include duplicate question and answers if they appear on multiple pages of your site. The new guidelines released by Google include the following statement, “If you have FAQ content that is repetitive on your site (meaning, the same question and answer appear on multiple pages on your site), mark up only one instance of that FAQ for your entire site.”Read the rest