30 Days In Search: SEO & SEM News-Recap of September 2019
Summer is over, September is over. The autumn started and we’re ready to rock the last quarter of 2019 – which comes in handy, seen the many features and important updates Google threw at us in just a month’s time. Wanna rock with us? Here’s an overview of the most important updates and changes, of the last 30 days in search.
Google Evolves “nofollow”, And Introduces Two New Link Attributes
September 10, 2019
The nofollow link attribute Google introduced 15 years ago, always has been used as a directive for ranking purposes; to ‘fight content spam’. You add the nofollow attribute to flag advertising-related or sponsored links, and Google would ignore the link for ranking. Recently, the attribute has been evolved and Google now sees the rel=“nofollow” as a hint on how to treat the links, rather than ignoring them. The change from ‘ignore’ to ‘hint’ is due to the fact that Google is now able to collect data on the links, including anchor text.
With that, Google adds two more link attributes to be considered as ‘hints’: rel=“sponsored” and rel=“ugc”. The sponsored attribute is used “to identify links on your site that were created as part of advertisements, sponsorships or other compensation agreements”, and the ugc attribute is “for links within user generated content, such as comments and forum posts”.
Updates To Reviews In Rich Results On Google
September 16, 2019
With the algorithmic updates to reviews in rich results, Google wants to make the search results more meaningful. Google therefore now only shows star ratings in search snippets for (1) reviews with certain schema types, (2) reviews that aren’t self-serving, and (3) reviews that have the name property within the markup.
Google Adds “In This Video” Search Feature
September 17, 2019
When searching for content on Google Search, we can get video results – but we don’t really know if the video is what we’re looking for or answers our questions; videos aren’t skimmable. With the new ‘in this video’ feature, we now can see exactly what’s covered in the video, and skip directly to the moment we want to watch.
The greatest thing of all: Google can show timestamps for your videos too – without any difficult or technical coding needed. All you need to do is add a new content section to your video description on YouTube. Something simple like this will already trigger the timestamps to show on Google Search:
00:10 – Intro
02:30 – Step 1
03:15 – Step 2
04:40 – Step 3
05:15 – Conclusion
New Snippet Settings For Search Result Customization
September 24, 2019
By default, Google creates search snippets according to the users’ queries and the devices they’re using. But: with the new snippet settings, you are now able to customize how you want your content to be shown in the search results (expected to go live mid-to-late October). To customize, you can either use robot meta tags or HTML attributes.
Google released four new meta tags that can be used to an HTML page or specified via the x-robots-tag HTTP header: (1) “nosnippet”, to not show any textual snippet for the page, (2) “max-snippet:[number]”, to specify the maximum text length in characters of a snippet for the page, (3) “max-video-preview:[number]”, to specify the maximum duration in seconds of an animated video preview, and (4) “max-image-preview:[setting]”, to specify the maximum size of image preview to be shown for images on the page using either “none”, “standard”, or “large”. You can use one meta tag, or combine multiple.
With HTML attributes, you can prevent that a certain part of an HTML page is being shown within the textual snippet. For this, you use the “data-nosnippet” HTML attribute on span, div, and section elements.
Google September 2019 Core Update
September 24, 2019
Every few months, Google launches a new core update – and in September, it was time again. It wasn’t until a couple of days later, that people started noticing the impact of the September core update; from ranking higher and huge increases in traffic, to keywords dropping in positions. With every search ranking update, our site either starts performing better or worse. Knowing when such an update takes place helps us to understand whether our traffic dropped or increased due to the update, or due to the changes we’ve made on our website.
Google Ads: New Features For Recommendations
September 25, 2019
To optimize your Google Ads campaigns, you can use the ‘Recommendations’ section on Google Ads. Recently, Google improved its existing features and added new recommendations to help you improve your account performances. Improved and newly added are the keyword recommendations, the recommendations table view, and bulk apply and dismiss for manager accounts.
Source: Kubix Digital Blog
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