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How 6 SEO Experts Are Navigating Google Update Chaos



How 6 SEO Experts Are Navigating Google Update Chaos

Google’s core algorithm updates have always been something SEO experts, marketers, and growing businesses alike have had to adapt to.

Each update evolves how search results are curated for your audience, and some updates are more significant than others. For example, we recently saw two major Google algorithm updates roll out in October 2023 and March 2024, both focused on addressing low-quality or spam content. These updates can impact rankings over the course of the following few weeks or months, and many businesses have had to pivot their SEO strategy accordingly.

To understand exactly how these updates have been affecting various sites, we talked to six experts to get their take on what they’ve noticed so far and how businesses should pivot during these tumultuous times on the SERP.

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1. Previously high-ranking content may have lost value

Taking a deeper dive into the updates, it’s apparent that some content you may have not previously considered to be spam could now fall into this category inadvertently.

“In the March update announcement, spam is categorized into three categories: scaled content abuse, expired domain abuse, and site reputation abuse. These types of abuse have become increasingly common in the SEO world over the past two years,” said Goran Mirkovic, Chief Marketing Officer at Freemius.

“Scaled content abuse primarily targets the surge of mass-produced AI-generated content. Google’s policy explicitly states that it rewards high-quality content, regardless of how it is produced. The problem lies in the misapplication of AI, resulting in generic and low-quality content which is now overflowing the internet in every category,” said Goran.

“Meanwhile, expired domain abuse aims to end the misuse of expired domain authority to host irrelevant and low-quality content. Google will penalize domains that are irrelevant when comparing their old content to their new content.

Lastly, site reputation abuse is Google’s attempt to combat ‘parasite SEO,’ which involves using high-authority websites to rank for competitive keywords. You may have noticed many big publishing sites hosting pages with titles like ‘X best products’ in an attempt to gain visibility,” said Goran.

google core algorithm updates - announcement screenshot

Now, you might be thinking at this point that your business doesn’t have content that falls under any of these three spam categories. However, other types of common website pages could still see a hit from these updates.

“I’ve seen some sites begin to struggle with original content that they’ve copied and minimally altered,” said Mark Irvine, Vice President of Search at SearchLab.

“For instance—a client previously wrote a decent page about his services, no issues there. But the client then copied that content and published that same page for over 100 towns that he serviced—only changing the city name for each page. That may have gotten him some small incremental SEO bumps when he first did it, but now we’re increasingly seeing even the original page get less and less traffic to it,” said Mark.

google algorithm updates - example of multilocation sitesIn this example, individual site pages for each service location could potentially lose SEO value.

2. AI-generated content is seeing the biggest hit

Aside from unoriginal, expired, or disreputable content, varying AI-generated content is the primary reason we’re seeing these updates from Google. Generative AI can be great for content ideation, brainstorming, and more. However, there are some serious risks involved with using AI to scale your content and SEO strategy.

“The biggest challenge I’ve seen is with clients who previously benefitted earlier in 2023 with an overabundance of easy (and often unoriginal) content. AI-generated content was a very fast and painless way to speed up filling out blog or site pages. In moderation, with the correct AI prompts, AI content can still be helpful,” said Mark.

“But the current large language models (LLMs) that drive popular AI tools borrow from the content and language that’s already published across the web. It’s difficult for AI content to contribute a unique or creative perspective that’s different from other pages across the web. These new updates penalize a lot of content that’s not very different from original sources,” said Mark.

Remember, the problem doesn’t lie in AI-generated content itself. It seems Google is looking to strike a balance between the most efficient search results while maintaining that “human touch.”

“Google’s core updates always aim to improve the results being served to users. The latest updates are no different. As the internet is flooded with AI-generated content Google’s task has grown more difficult,” said Milen Vasilev, Director of Digital Presence Implementation at LocaliQ.

“They are aiming to keep their results more relevant through more granular weeding and accounting for more unique, quality content in which the ‘human touch’ shows.”

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3. Competition has increased for some industries

How you approach your SEO content is going to depend on your niche market. It’s more important than ever to make your business stand out within your specific industry.

“Google isn’t just targeting AI-generated content. I’ve unfortunately seen several clients lose a lot of their organic traffic after previously partnering with a respected SEO agency that specializes in one particular vertical (agencies that just do SEO for lawyers, car dealerships, HVAC, etc.).

Google’s updates strongly prefer original, unique content. Some agencies fall into the trap of writing a great piece of relevant content for one client but reusing it dozens or hundreds of times for their different clients,” said Mark.

“A good oil change page on a car dealership’s site can bring a lot of great SEO value to your first client’s site—but that same page reused a thousand times over begins to get ignored by Google, particularly after these updates.

I’d encourage clients to check the originality of their key site content. Open some of your most popular website pages, copy the first sentence, and paste it in quotation marks into the Google search bar. If Google returns hundreds of pages with the same wording, there’s no way that it’s going to prefer your page over any others.”

google algorithm updates - example of similar types of content on serp

This auto repair shop website has similar content to other adjacent businesses.

4. Some sites are seeing a decrease in traffic…

One of the most noticeable impacts of the October 2023 and March 2024 core updates is the dip in website traffic some businesses have been experiencing.

“We’ve seen some dips in organic traffic and keyword rankings, more so with clients who’ve previously used AI to produce content at scale (with little human editing),” said Allie Decker, co-founder at Omniscient Digital.

“By the end of March, most of our clients had rebounded, and those pages that are still recovering have indicated where we need to optimize and update content.”

google algorithm updates - traffic drop chart screenshot

An example of a website traffic drop that aligns with the start of the March 2024 update.

5. …and others have only seen traffic fluctuations

On the other hand, other websites have only seen fluctuations in traffic and keyword rankings. This might be because the updates are still rolling out. Plus, SEO is a long-term game, so it’ll be crucial to watch your site over the next few months to see how these updates develop results over time.

“Personally, I haven’t noticed any significant changes just yet,” said Goran. “It’s still early, and I predict it will take about a month for the update to be fully implemented. However, I expect to see some fluctuations in search results and a noticeable decrease in the visibility of what Google now considers ‘unhelpful’ content.”

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6. October 2023 and March 2024 updates are more complex than others

If you’ve been struggling to get a handle on the recent Google core algorithm updates, it’s not just you. Business owners, marketers, and experts have all agreed that changes to the SERP have become more unpredictable.

“The organic landscape as a whole has changed substantially since the more rapid onset of core algorithm updates started in October of 2023,” said Alex Chefalo, Senior Strategist at 829 Studios.

“This update is more complex than previous ones because it involves changes to multiple core systems, whereas previous updates focused on updating single systems. The main purpose of this update is to combat what Google identifies as ‘spam’ in the search engine results pages (SERPs),” said Goran.

7. Specific industries may have been impacted more than others

Updates from Google over the past few months have impacted rankings across the board, but it’s been found that some industries may be feeling the heat more than others.

“We saw the helpful content update roll out in September through October 2023—this focused on the quality user-centric content and, on the flip, side weeding out AI-generated content,” said Milen.

“We also saw more core updates in October through November 2023 that shook up rankings a bit. In early March 2024, Google rolled out a core and a spam update. We saw the highest volatility in ranking in food and drink, beauty and fitness, and shopping industries (according to Semrush data). Home and garden sites also saw a lot of ranking shifts.”

If you’re in these industries, this doesn’t mean you have to throw in your SEO towel altogether. However, it’s important to know whether your business’s vertical has a higher risk of impact from Google’s updates. That way, you can better prepare and maintain a keen eye over your site’s performance.

google algorithm updates - home and garden industry serp screenshot

An example of how search results for the home and garden industry could vary.

8. The updates are impacting PPC, too

Let’s not forget what shares the SERP with organic results: Google Ads. While the core algorithm updates apply to organic search rankings, the same SEO trends emerging from these updates have trickled into PPC. When one part of the SERP changes, every part of the SERP changes.

“One of the biggest things I watch for when a core algorithm rolls out is upticks in keyword variant matching,” said Navah Hopkins, Brand Evangelist at Optmyzr. “While this is anecdotal, I tend to see a rise in close variant search terms with algorithm updates. Since Google Ads broad match behavior and organic search share a lot of the same technology, it makes sense they would impact each other.”

“My biggest advice is to keep an eagle eye on those search terms, as well as any rules you might have for negatives,” said Navah.

If you sell products via organic search or Google Ads, consider trying Google Merchant Center (GMC) to secure more SERP placements.

“Starting with the SERPs, Google has been dedicating an increasing amount of space to rich results. If you are in the ecommerce space, making sure that you set up Google Merchant Center and add the relevant schema to your product pages should be a major priority,” said Alex.

“Not only does GMC offer free listings but they are constantly beta testing new ways to use these rich results. For example, I was looking at running shoes for a client. The SERP was an interactive rich result that allowed me to swipe left and right on styles I liked.

While the end goal is clearly to get you into paid Shopping ads, taking advantage of the free GMC listings can be a great way to gain more value for your own business or (if you’re an agency) your clients’ business.”

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How can you prepare for future Google core algorithm updates?

While changes coming from Google can sometimes feel unpredictable, one thing you can always count on is more to come. So, how can you be ready for the next major Google core algorithm update? Here are a few expert tips to help you prepare.

1. Continue to prioritize E-E-A-T…

The four themes of E-E-A-T (experience, expertise, authority, trust) are the foundational pillars of any strong SEO strategy. While focusing on E-E-A-T may feel like a given, it’s important to remember how sticking to the fundamentals during tumultuous times on the SERP can pay off.

“The best way to prepare for future updates is simple: create high-quality, human-written content infused with fresh data, first-hand experience, and other E-E-A-T factors,” said Allie. “Optimize for the user—think from first principles and build programs to serve your target market (your current or potential customers).

Know what your audience cares about, understand how they utilize and interact with search, and create content to meet them where they are. This is not only effective in the short-term—Google appreciates topical consistency and fresh, quality content—but it also builds long-term resilience in the form of an organic growth program. As a bonus, you won’t have to panic every time there is an algorithm update,” said Allie.

“TL;DR: be patient and don’t try to “hack” the system. It never serves you well!”

The hardest part of digital marketing is patience, but with dedication to E-E-A-T, your long-term SEO goals can still pay off.

“The best bet is to start evaluating the quality of your content by ensuring it’s optimized for EEAT,” said Goran. “If you leaned on AI these last two years to get a lot of SEO stuff out, it’s time to think about how to elevate the quality of that content.”

google algorithm updates - eeat for seo chart

2. Emphasize your site’s UX and navigation

Beyond the basics of E-E-A-T, businesses should pay extra attention to how the user interacts with content. Google is putting more and more emphasis on user experience (UX), so you’ll want to optimize your website content with that in mind.

“The SEO fundamentals are largely the same—what matters most is focusing on quality and execution while creating for users—not for search engines,” said Milen.

“We think of SEO in terms of content, core technical, deep technical, health checks, and off-site. Across all these, the key is to create for users and help them get the answers or services they need.

Write helpful content, structure your site logically and neatly, and fix broken pages (so users do not go to dead ends—nothing is more frustrating!). Last but not least, keep a stellar online presence on Google Business Profile, social media platforms, and everywhere that matters to your business.”

google algorithm updates - example small business blog post with table of contents built in

Including a table of contents like this on your page is one way to help users find answers to their questions quickly and easily.

3. Create question-based content

As you create and optimize content, you’ll want to think of the customer journey and consider how your potential customers might structure search queries. For example, a lot of Google’s updates are meant to help better answer common question queries. Looking at the “people also ask” and “related searches” portions of the SERP can give you ideas for long-tailed, question-based keywords you could work into your page headers, subheadings, and text.

“Another area of change has been the way that people search,” said Alex.

“Generative AI is shaping the way that people interact and ask questions within search engines. Creating content based on questions or including questions inside of headers isn’t exactly an earth-shattering revelation, especially for those out there who have been optimizing this way for voice search.

However, it is a good way to target long-tailed keywords with high intent while future-proofing your content as AI integrates more directly with organic search. Gemini (formerly known as Bard) is already pulling in results from informational site pages if you ask for product recommendations, so including FAQs in your content, tagging them with the proper schema, and making them as efficient as possible for crawlers to evaluate should help give you a leg up.”

google algorithm updates - example faq page


4. Conduct SEO audits regularly

This last tip for surviving Google algorithm updates could arguably be the most important. To get ahead of Google at its own game, you’ll want to stay on top of your performance tracking. Regularly checking in on your SEO performance with scheduled SEO audits can help you account for any traffic or keyword ranking changes before they snowball into large-scale issues.

“To survive this update, people need to do some auditing and see if they have something on their sites that falls into these new categories,” said Goran. “If you have bad listicles—delete and redirect them! If you have irrelevant content on the site—delete that too!”

What these expert takes on Google core updates have in common

While everyone’s experience in the current world of SEO is different, one thing we can all agree on is that quality content with a human touch is still king. While the state of SEO will continue to ebb and flow, being able to pivot and flex to the changes Google throws at us is half the battle when looking to rank on the SERP. If you tried our tips for staying afloat during these updates, but still want more out of your SEO strategy, see how our solutions can help you maximize your SEO success no matter what Google throws your way!

To recap, here is what the latest Google core algorithm updates mean for growing businesses:

  1. Previously high-ranking content may have lost value
  2. AI-generated content is taking the biggest hit
  3. Competition has increased for some industries
  4. Some sites are seeing a decrease in traffic…
  5. …and others have only seen traffic fluctuations
  6. October 2023 and March 2024 updates are more complex than others
  7. Specific industries may have been impacted more than others
  8. The updates are impacting PPC, too

Here is what you can do to prepare for future Google core algorithm updates:

  1. Continue to prioritize E-E-A-T…
  2. Emphasize your site’s UX and navigation
  3. Create question-based content
  4. Conduct SEO audits regularly

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The Important Takeaways from Google I/O 2024




Google I/O 2024

Google I/O 2024, the Silicon Valley giant’s annual developer conference, brought a bunch of exciting updates and advancements across various Google platforms and services. signalling a new era of intelligent, creative, and responsible technology.

Here’s an in-depth look at the key announcements and features unveiled during the event.

Google Search Gets Smarter

No surprises that one of the biggest stories to come out of Google I/O 2024 is about the enhancement of Google Search. AI Overviews are now being rolled out to all users in the U.S., providing deeper insights with just one search query. This feature leverages Google’s latest AI model, Gemini, allowing users to ask complex questions and receive comprehensive answers.

For example, users can now search for “best yoga or pilates studios in Boston” and not only receive a list of studios, but also specific details such as introductory offers and walking times from their location. This level of detail and integration aims to make search results more actionable and relevant, and improve user experience.

Enhanced Brainstorming Capabilities

Google Search is also becoming a tool for creativity and inspiration. The new brainstorming feature helps users find tailored suggestions for various needs. For example, if someone searches for “anniversary celebration dinner places Dallas,” they will elicit personalized recommendations, complete with categories to explore, such as types of cuisine, ambiance, and special offers.

This enhancement transforms Google Search into more than just an information retrieval tool—it becomes a creative assistant, helping users plan and make decisions with ease and confidence.

Interactive Video Search

Another ground-breaking update is the introduction of Interactive Video Search. This feature allows users to search within video content to find specific insights. Imagine watching a cooking video and being able to search for a particular step or ingredient explanation within the video. This capability deciphers complex video content, making it easier to locate and understand the information presented.

Interactive Video Search is expected to be a game-changer for educational content, tutorials, and entertainment, providing a more dynamic and user-friendly way to engage with video media.

Gemini Tools for Developers

Google is also empowering developers with new tools. The Gemini 1.5 Pro and Flash models are now available in over 200 countries, offering advanced capabilities and integrated collaboration features within Workspace apps like Gmail and Docs. These tools is to enhance productivity and innovation in the development community.

The integration within Workspace means developers can collaborate more effectively, leveraging AI to streamline coding, debugging, and deployment processes. The global rollout ensures developers everywhere have access to the latest technologies to build and improve their applications.

Generative Media Models

Content creation is set to become more intuitive with the introduction of generative media models. Google unveiled Imagen 3 and Veo, tools that allow users to create images and videos from text prompts. This technology is especially useful for marketing campaigns, social media content, and other visual storytelling demands.

With Imagen 3, users can generate high-quality images simply by describing them, while Veo enables the creation of compelling video content from text-based descriptions. These tools lower the barrier to professional-grade content creation, making it accessible to individuals and businesses alike.

Responsible AI Initiatives

Amid all these advancements, Google says it remains committed to the responsible deployment of AI. The introduction of SynthID is a significant step towards easier identification of AI-generated content. SynthID embeds a subtle but detectable watermark in AI-generated images, ensuring transparency and authenticity in digital media.

Additionally, LearnLM is another innovative tool aimed at promoting responsible AI use. It provides educational resources and best practices for developing and deploying AI models, helping developers understand the ethical implications and technical standards required for safe AI usage.

In Summary

Google I/O 2024 showcased a range of innovations that not only enhance user experience but also push the boundaries of what’s possible with technology. From smarter search capabilities and creative brainstorming tools to advanced developer resources and responsible AI practices, Google continues to lead the way in making technology more accessible, intuitive, and ethical.

These updates reflect Google’s ongoing commitment to leveraging AI for the betterment of society, ensuring that their technological advancements are both innovative and responsible. Users and developers alike can look forward to a more connected, efficient, and creative future with these new tools and features.

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Ultimate Guide to Product Data Feed Management




Ultimate Guide to Product Data Feed Management

From the early days of simple online catalogs to today’s dynamic, data-driven shopping experiences, the e-commerce landscape has seen a monumental shift, driven by advances in technology and changes in consumer behavior. This transformation has not only expanded the reach of retailers but also heightened the competition and complexity of selling online.

Overview of the E-commerce Landscape

The current e-commerce landscape is a vast, interconnected ecosystem. It is one where businesses of all sizes compete to capture the attention and loyalty of digital consumers. 

Ecommerce spans various channels, including online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. It involves social commerce platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. It is conducted by countless individual online stores powered by platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, and WooCommerce

Each of these channels offers unique opportunities and challenges. Each demands a particular approach to engaging with potential customers.

As the digital marketplace continues to grow, so does the importance of maintaining a strong online presence. 

For businesses, this means more than just listing products online. It involves creating comprehensive, engaging, and personalized shopping experiences that resonate with consumers across multiple touchpoints.

The Evolution of Online Shopping and the Role of Data

The evolution of online shopping is a story of technological innovation and changing consumer expectations. 

Initially, online shopping offered a convenient alternative to physical stores, allowing consumers to purchase products from the comfort of their homes. 

Over time, the advent of mobile technology, social media, and advanced data analytics has transformed online shopping into an immersive and interactive experience. 

Today, consumers can receive personalized product recommendations, see targeted ads, use augmented reality to “try on” products, and enjoy seamless omnichannel shopping experiences that blur the lines between online and in-store.

At the heart of this evolution is data. 

Data fuels the algorithms that predict shopping behavior, tailor marketing messages, and optimize the online shopping experience. 

Effective product data feed management plays a crucial role in this ecosystem. It involves not just listing products online but strategically managing and optimizing product information, ensuring it reaches the right audience, at the right time, in the right way. 

This process is vital for improving product visibility, enhancing customer experiences, and ultimately driving sales in a crowded and competitive digital marketplace.

As we delve into the intricacies of product data feed management, it’s important to recognize its significance as the backbone of successful e-commerce strategies. 

By understanding and leveraging the power of data, businesses can navigate the complexities of the digital marketplace and create meaningful connections with their customers.

What is Product Data Feed Management?

The ability to efficiently distribute, update, and optimize product information across multiple online channels is paramount. Product data feed management facilitates this critical function. It is a process that stands at the core of successful online retailing.

Definition and Explanation of Product Feeds

A product feed, fundamentally, is a structured file—often in formats like XML, CSV, or JSON—that contains detailed information about the products in an online store’s catalog. 

This file serves as a digital product list, designed to be ingested by various e-commerce platforms, search engines, social media channels, and comparison shopping websites. 

Product feeds include essential details such as product titles, descriptions, images, prices, stock levels, and more—each attribute meticulously organized to meet the specific requirements of different digital channels.

Product data feed management encompasses the creation, maintenance, and optimization of these product feeds. 

It involves regular updates to ensure accuracy of product information, strategic modifications to enhance product visibility and appeal, and careful adherence to the data standards and specifications of each target platform. 

The goal is to streamline the process of listing and advertising products across the web, ensuring that potential customers encounter consistent, accurate, and engaging product presentations, no matter where they find them.

Importance of Product Data in E-commerce

We cannot overstate the significance of product data in e-commerce. In an online marketplace where consumers rely heavily on product information to make purchasing decisions, the quality and presentation of this data directly impact sales performance. 

High-quality product feeds enable:

  • Improved Visibility: Optimized product data feeds help products to surface in search results and feature prominently in comparison shopping engines, directly influencing discoverability.
  • Enhanced Customer Experience: Detailed, accurate product descriptions and high-quality images help build consumer trust and reduce the likelihood of returns. They provide the necessary information to aid consumers in making informed purchasing decisions, enhancing the overall shopping experience.
  • Increased Conversion Rates: By ensuring product listings are optimized for relevance and appeal (including SEO-friendly product titles and descriptions, compelling images, and competitive pricing), merchants can significantly improve their chances of converting browsers into buyers.
  • Streamlined Operations: Effective data feed management simplifies the process of listing products on multiple channels, reducing manual effort and minimizing the risk of errors. This efficiency is crucial for businesses scaling their online presence across various platforms.

In the context of today’s online shopping environment, where customer engagement and satisfaction are key drivers of success, the role of data feed management extends beyond mere product listings. 

It is about crafting a narrative for each product that resonates with potential buyers, leveraging data to tell compelling stories that captivate and convert. 

As such, product data feed management is a critical component of any e-commerce strategy, ensuring that products are not just seen but also chosen, liked, and purchased.

Why Product Data Feed Management is Important

In the digital marketplace, where competition is fierce and consumer attention is fleeting, the strategic management of product data feeds emerges as a crucial lever for e-commerce success. 

Its importance is multifaceted, impacting everything from how products are discovered to how they’re evaluated by potential customers.

Impact on Visibility and Sales Across Channels

A well-managed product data feed is instrumental in amplifying a product’s visibility across various online channels. 

Each e-commerce platform, marketplace, and comparison shopping engine has its own unique set of requirements for listing products. By meticulously optimizing product feeds to meet these specifications, businesses ensure that their products are not only listed but also positioned favorably within these channels. 

This optimization can include keyword-rich product titles and descriptions, high-quality images, and competitive pricing information, all tailored to align with the search behaviors and preferences of the target audience.

The direct result of increased visibility is, quite naturally, an uplift in sales. 

Products that are easy to find and presented compellingly are more likely to attract clicks and, subsequently, purchases. 

Furthermore, optimized product feeds contribute to more effective and efficient advertising campaigns. By targeting the right consumers with the most relevant and appealing product information, businesses can significantly improve their return on investment (ROI) in marketing, driving both sales and profitability.

Role in Improving Customer Decision-Making and Satisfaction

Beyond the immediate benefits of visibility and sales, product data feed management plays a vital role in enriching the customer’s shopping experience. 

In an online environment devoid of physical touchpoints, product information is the primary means through which consumers interact with and evaluate offerings. 

Detailed and accurate product feeds help bridge the gap between online browsing and the tangible experience of shopping in a store. They provide customers with the information needed to make informed purchasing decisions, reducing uncertainty and the likelihood of dissatisfaction.

High-quality product data feeds also allow for the personalization of the shopping experience. By leveraging data insights, businesses can tailor product recommendations, ads, and promotions to match the specific interests and preferences of their audience. 

This level of personalization enhances customer engagement and loyalty, as shoppers feel understood and valued by the brand. It also streamlines the shopping process, making it easier and more satisfying for customers to find products that meet their needs and desires.

Moreover, effective management of product data feeds ensures consistency across channels, further improving customer trust and confidence. 

When product information, pricing, and availability are synchronized across all platforms, it creates a cohesive and reliable brand experience. This consistency is crucial for maintaining customer satisfaction and fostering long-term loyalty.

Optimized product feeds are a powerhouse for e-commerce marketing, offering substantial benefits for ad campaigns and search relevancy. These advantages are pivotal in navigating the competitive landscape of online retail, where the ability to capture consumer attention at the right moment can make the difference between a sale and a missed opportunity.

Benefits for Ad Campaigns

For advertising campaigns, particularly those running on platforms like Google Shopping, Facebook, and Instagram, the quality and optimization of the product feed directly influence the campaign’s effectiveness. 

A well-optimized product feed ensures that ads are not only displayed but also resonate with the target audience. This optimization includes accurate and enticing product descriptions, high-quality images, and the right use of keywords and categories that align with what potential customers are searching for.

An optimized feed allows for more targeted and personalized ad campaigns. 

By segmenting feeds based on product categories, price ranges, or even customer behaviors, businesses can create tailored ad experiences that speak directly to the interests of different audience segments. 

This targeted approach increases the relevance of ads, improving click-through rates (CTR) and conversion rates, thereby maximizing the ROI of advertising budgets. 

Furthermore, dynamic remarketing campaigns, which display products that a visitor has previously viewed or shown interest in, rely heavily on the precision and detail of product feeds to re-engage potential customers effectively.

Data feeds play a pivotal role in the integration and success of paid search campaigns on platforms like Google Ads and Microsoft Advertising

Understanding how these feeds interact with paid search platforms can significantly enhance the effectiveness of your advertising efforts, leading to better targeting, higher conversion rates, and improved ROI. 

Here’s an in-depth look at how data feeds work within the context of paid search platforms.

Fundamentals of Data Feeds in Paid Search

At the core of paid search advertising, especially for e-commerce, are product data feeds. 

These feeds serve as the foundation for creating dynamic and highly targeted ads based on the product information stored in your e-commerce platform. 

For platforms like Google Shopping and Microsoft Shopping Campaigns, your product feed is uploaded to their Merchant Center, where it’s used to generate Shopping ads that are displayed across search results and other Google or Microsoft properties.

Structure and Optimization

A product data feed for paid search is typically structured in a CSV, XML, or a Google Sheets format, containing detailed attributes of each product such as title, price, image URL, product ID, and stock status. 

Optimizing these attributes is crucial for the success of your campaigns. 

Effective titles and descriptions that incorporate relevant keywords can improve the visibility of your ads, while high-quality images enhance click-through rates. 

Additionally, accurate pricing and availability information helps to reduce the bounce rate and increase consumer trust.

Dynamic Ad Creation

Paid search platforms utilize the information in your product feed to automatically create ads that are tailored to the search queries of potential customers.

This process involves matching the keywords and product categories in your feed with the terms users are searching for. 

As a result, when someone searches for a product that matches an item in your feed, the platform can dynamically generate an ad that showcases the product, complete with its image, title, and price.

Targeting and Personalization

Data feeds enable sophisticated targeting and personalization options in paid search campaigns. 

By analyzing the data in your feed, these platforms can serve ads to users based on their previous interactions with your website, search history, and purchasing behavior. 

For instance, remarketing campaigns can target users who have viewed specific products on your site but did not make a purchase, showing them ads for those very products as they browse the web or use social media.

Performance Tracking and Optimization

Integrating your product feed with paid search platforms allows for detailed performance tracking at the product level. 

You can see which products are generating clicks, impressions, and conversions, and adjust your feed and campaign settings accordingly. 

This might involve pausing ads for underperforming products, increasing bids for high-value items, or optimizing product titles and descriptions for better performance.

Continuous Updates

To maintain the relevance and effectiveness of your paid search campaigns, it’s vital to keep your product feed updated. 

Changes in product availability, pricing, or promotional offers need to be reflected in your feed in real-time or as close to it as possible. 

Many platforms offer the option to schedule regular feed uploads or enable direct API connections for continuous updates, ensuring that your ads always display the most current information.

Enhancing Search Relevancy

For search engines and online marketplaces, the relevancy of product listings plays a crucial role in visibility. 

Optimized product feeds contribute to higher search relevancy by ensuring that product information is comprehensive, accurate, and keyword-optimized. 

This means that when consumers search for products, the chances of your listings appearing in their search results are significantly increased.

Moreover, detailed and well-structured product feeds help algorithms better understand and categorize your products, making it more likely for them to show up in relevant searches and for related products. 

This alignment with consumer search intent not only boosts visibility but also drives more qualified traffic to your listings—consumers who are actively seeking what you’re offering.

Optimizing product feeds for search relevancy also involves updating feeds regularly to reflect changes in inventory, pricing, and product details. This consistency ensures that search engines and marketplaces have the most current information, further improving the accuracy of search results. 

It reduces the likelihood of customer frustration caused by outdated information, such as discontinued products or incorrect prices, enhancing the overall shopping experience and fostering trust in your brand.

Who Needs to Conduct Product Data Feed Management?

While product data feed management is a universal necessity in e-commerce, the scale and approach can vary significantly based on several factors.

Differentiation by Business Size, Catalog Complexity, and Sales Channels

Small Businesses and Startups: Small businesses, especially those with a limited number of products, may initially manage their product feeds manually or with minimal automation. 

However, even small operations can benefit from basic product data feed management practices to ensure their products are accurately listed across preferred sales channels. 

As they grow, the complexity and time investment required to manage feeds manually can quickly become impractical.

Mid-sized Businesses: For mid-sized businesses with larger catalogs and sales across multiple channels, the complexity of managing product feeds escalates. 

These businesses often deal with dynamic inventories, frequent promotions, and the need to optimize product listings for different platforms. 

At this stage, the efficiency, accuracy, and scalability provided by a dedicated product feed management solution become increasingly critical.

Large Enterprises: Large enterprises with extensive product catalogs, global markets, and sales across numerous channels face significant challenges in maintaining consistency, accuracy, and optimization of product data feeds. 

Advanced product feed management solutions, often customized and integrated with other enterprise systems, are essential to manage the scale and complexity of their operations effectively.

Indications Your Business Needs a Data Feed Management Solution

Expanding Product Catalog: As your product range grows, so does the complexity of managing each product’s data. A solution that can automate updates and optimize listings becomes invaluable.

Increasing Sales Channels: Selling across multiple platforms (e.g., your website, Amazon, eBay, Google Shopping) introduces specific requirements and complexities for each channel. Managing feeds for each platform manually can become overwhelming.

Time and Resource Constraints: If updating product listings is consuming a disproportionate amount of time or if errors are becoming more frequent due to manual updates, it’s time to consider a more streamlined approach.

Marketing and Sales Challenges: If you’re finding it difficult to effectively target or retarget potential customers through ad campaigns due to poor data quality or if you’re unable to leverage dynamic pricing and promotions effectively, a product data feed management solution can offer significant advantages.

International Expansion: Selling in multiple countries requires tailoring product information to different languages, currencies, and cultural nuances. Managing these variations without a robust feed management system can limit your ability to scale globally.

Inventory Management Issues: Difficulty in synchronizing inventory levels across different channels, leading to overselling or stock discrepancies, indicates a need for better feed management.

How to Do Product Data Feed Management

Effective product data feed management is a multifaceted process, requiring attention to detail, strategic planning, and the right tools. Here’s a comprehensive approach to managing your product data feeds efficiently and effectively.

1. Assess Your Current Data Feed Status

  • Audit Your Product Data: Begin by evaluating the quality and completeness of your current product data. Identify gaps, inaccuracies, or areas lacking optimization, such as missing product descriptions, poor-quality images, or inadequate use of keywords.
  • Understand Channel Requirements: Each sales channel has its own set of requirements for product feeds. Familiarize yourself with these specifications to ensure your product data aligns with each channel’s format, data fields, and quality standards.

2. Optimize Your Product Data

  • Enhance Product Titles and Descriptions: Make them descriptive and keyword-rich to improve search visibility and relevancy. Tailor content to match the search behavior of your target audience.
  • Improve Image Quality: Use high-resolution images and ensure they accurately represent the product. Consider multiple angles and use cases to provide a comprehensive visual overview.
  • Standardize and Enrich Data: Ensure consistent use of categories, types, and attributes across your product range. Add any missing information that could enhance the listing, such as dimensions, materials, or special features
  • Map Your Product Attributes to Channel Specifications: Create a mapping document that aligns your product attributes with the requirements of each sales channel. This ensures that critical product information is translated correctly and efficiently into each channel’s specific format, minimizing the risk of errors and omissions.
  • Utilize High-Quality Data Sources: Ensure your product information is being pulled from high-quality, reliable sources within your organization. This might involve integrating with your ERP or inventory management system to access the most up-to-date and accurate product data.
  • Implement Rich Media: Beyond standard images, consider incorporating videos, 360-degree views, and other rich media into your product feeds. This can significantly improve engagement and conversion rates by providing a more immersive product experience.
  • Optimize for Mobile: Given the increasing prevalence of mobile shopping, ensure your product feeds are optimized for mobile platforms. This includes mobile-friendly images, concise and impactful product titles, and descriptions that are easy to read on smaller screens.
  • Adopt Schema Markup: Utilize schema markup for your online store’s pages to help search engines better understand and display your product information in search results, potentially increasing visibility and click-through rates.
  • Ensure Cross-Channel Consistency: Regularly review your product feeds across all channels to ensure information is consistent and up-to-date. Discrepancies in pricing, availability, or product details can erode customer trust and hurt your brand’s reputation.
  • Regularly Refresh Promotional Content: Update your product feeds to reflect current promotions, seasonal offers, or limited-time discounts. This keeps your listings fresh and encourages repeat visits and purchases.
  • Implement Dynamic Pricing: Where possible, use dynamic pricing strategies within your product feeds to remain competitive. Adjust prices based on market demand, competitor pricing, and inventory levels to optimize sales and margins.

3. Select the Right Product Feed Management Tool

  • Evaluate Features and Compatibility: Choose a tool that not only offers feed creation and optimization features but also integrates seamlessly with your e-commerce platform and preferred sales channels.
  • Consider Scalability: The tool should be able to grow with your business, handling an increasing number of products and complexity without performance issues.
  • Look for Automation Capabilities: To save time and reduce errors, opt for a solution that automates routine tasks like feed updates and inventory management.

4. Implement Feed Management Best Practices

  • Regularly Update Your Feeds: Ensure your product feeds are refreshed frequently to reflect inventory changes, price updates, and any modifications to product details.
  • Monitor Feed Performance: Use analytics to track how your products are performing across different channels. Identify trends, such as top-performing products or channels, and adjust your strategy accordingly.
  • Test and Optimize: Continuously experiment with different aspects of your product data (e.g., titles, descriptions, images) to see what resonates best with your audience and leads to higher conversion rates.
  • Conduct Competitive Analysis: Regularly review your competitors’ product listings on key channels to identify trends and strategies that may be effective. This could include promotional tactics, use of specific keywords, or presentation styles. Understanding what works for competitors can offer valuable insights to refine your own product feed strategy.
  • Engage in Continuous Learning: Stay informed about the latest trends and best practices in e-commerce and product data management. Participating in webinars, following industry blogs, and joining professional groups can provide ongoing education and insights into how to manage your product feeds more effectively.

5. Stay Compliant and Up-to-Date

  • Keep Abreast of Channel Updates: Sales channels often update their feed requirements and algorithms. Stay informed about these changes to ensure your feeds remain compliant and optimized.
  • Adapt to Market Trends: Be responsive to shifts in consumer behavior and market trends. Update your product data to highlight relevant features or benefits that meet evolving customer needs.

Product Data Feed Management Tools and Services.

There are many companies who offer some form software that aids the potentially laborious process of product data management. Some only work for certain marketplaces, others are limited to certain ecommerce platforms like shopify or woocommerce.

Amongst them you should be able to find a suitable partner to manage your product data feed though.

Feedonomics ( offers a leading full-service data feed management platform that optimizes and syndicates product data across a wide range of digital marketing channels and marketplaces. 

Their service emphasizes improving feed quality for better ad performance and e-commerce success.

Adsmurai ( provides advanced marketing technology solutions with a focus on optimizing social media advertising campaigns. 

They offer tools for creative management, campaign automation, and performance analysis across platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

FeedSpark ( specializes in data feed optimization and management, helping businesses improve their online presence and sales through better product visibility across shopping channels and search engines.

ShoppingIQ ( offers a technology platform geared towards optimizing e-commerce operations, particularly in managing and optimizing product feeds for shopping comparison engines and marketplaces to enhance ROI.

DataFeedWatch ( is a comprehensive data feed management tool designed to help merchants and agencies optimize and customize their product feeds for over 1000 shopping channels and marketplaces to improve campaign performance.

WakeupData ( provides a powerful feed management platform that allows e-commerce businesses to transform, optimize, and automate their product data feeds to increase sales and performance across multiple marketing channels.

Channable ( offers an e-commerce tool for feed management, PPC automation, and order synchronization, helping online retailers and marketers streamline their sales and advertising operations across various platforms.

Feedoptimise ( provides services for managing and optimizing product feeds for e-commerce businesses, focusing on maximizing product visibility and performance across shopping channels and marketplaces.

SellerApp ( specializes in e-commerce analytics and intelligence, offering tools and services that help sellers optimize their presence and sales on platforms like Amazon with data-driven insights and strategies.

Scale Insights ( is platform focused around Amazon PPC which helps their customers scale and automate their advertising campaigns on the mega successful ecomerce marketplace.

Arthy ( is another Amazon focused tool. It’s broader than just feeds offering functionality around managing reviews, inventory etc.

Adverso ( is a platform to manage, optimize and track your Amazon campaigns smoothly with a solution designed for Amazon teams & agencies

ExportFeed ( specializes in creating and managing product feeds for e-commerce businesses, ensuring their products are listed across multiple shopping channels and marketplaces efficiently.

Lengow ( provides an e-commerce automation platform that helps merchants optimize their product listings and manage their sales across various online channels, including marketplaces, comparison shopping engines, and affiliate platforms.

Rithum ( came about from the combination of CommerceHub and ChannelAdvisor and claim to be a company providing end-to-end platform and network capabilities that create more durable, sustainable, e-commerce businesses to the leading brands, retailers, and suppliers of the world.

Baselinker ( offers an integrated e-commerce platform that connects online stores with marketplaces, couriers, and sales support tools, automating sales processes and order management to increase efficiency.

Versafeed ( provides a managed service for optimizing and managing product data feeds, focusing on enhancing product visibility and performance on search engines and shopping channels.

GoDataFeed ( offers a cloud-based feed management platform designed to simplify and automate the process of syndicating product data across a multitude of shopping channels, improving reach and efficiency.

AdNabu ( specializes in Google Ads automation, offering software solutions that help e-commerce businesses optimize their Google Shopping campaigns for better performance and higher returns.

Relayter ( Simplify your marketing production for promotions and products. Automate creative work and streamline content workflows.

Adcore ( provides a suite of marketing automation tools designed to help advertisers streamline their digital advertising efforts, with a focus on simplifying campaign management and optimization. Feeditor is there feed management tool.

Productsup ( offers a leading cloud-based platform for product content integration, syndication, and feed management, empowering businesses to manage and optimize their product data across various e-commerce channels.

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Advanced Google Ads Techniques To Master In 2024




Advanced Google Ads Techniques To Master In 2024

We’re nearly halfway through 2024, and already we PPC heroes have experienced a plethora of changes to get our heads around. How can we cut through the noise and focus on the specific tactics that will make an impact for the better?

Today we’ll take a look at a few advanced Google Ads techniques tips and tricks to master in 2024 – everything from making account management easier to tailoring your messaging at scale, and making your campaigns as effective and efficient as possible.

1. Auto-apply (some) recommendations

Fighting those pesky ‘optimization score’ reminders can be time-consuming – especially when they’re not always applicable. With targets to hit and maintain for Google’s partnership and support, it’s important to keep our optimization scores high at 80% or above.

Google’s optimization recommendations are split into the following categories:

  • Ads and assets
  • Automated campaigns
  • Bidding and budgets
  • Keywords and targeting
  • Repairs
  • Measurement

Each of these will have a unique score that will affect your overall optimization total for each of your accounts. Repairs are usually critical fixes, while minor keyword tweaks may come further down the priority list. (You can dismiss recommendations if they’re irrelevant, but I recommend reading the details behind each of them before rejecting them.)

To save time on manual campaign management, you can ask Google to auto-apply some of these tweaks for you – with a thorough ‘auto-applied recommendations’  history as well as optional email alerts. 

I recommend adding these four as must-have auto-optimizations:

  1. Removing redundant keywords (keywords that have a close match within the same ad group and bidding strategy that performs better)
  2. Removing non-serving keywords (keywords with no impressions over a set period)*
  3. Updating keywords bids to meet ‘top of page’ bids etc. (You can still set an upper limit on this)
  4. Use optimized ad rotation (to show the best-performing ads more often instead of all ads within the same ad group equally, despite performance)

*As of June 2024, Google will automatically pause low-activity keywords: “Positive keywords in search ads campaigns are considered low-activity if they were created over 13 months ago and have zero impressions over the past 13 months.”

To opt-in to certain auto-applied recommendations:

  1. In your Google Ads account, click the Campaigns icon 
  2. Click Recommendations.

At the upper right-hand corner, click Auto-apply, and select which recommendations to auto-apply.

2. Drive personalization through audiences

One way to drive personalization via search ads is by leveraging Google’s audiences. While marketers of yesteryear used to rely on keywords and geotargeting, today Google has a multitude of interested audiences to exploit across search, performance max, display, video, and demand gen campaigns. Don’t forget, audiences can be applied with both the observation setting and the targeting setting. Consider adding audiences to the observation setting first, adjusting to targeting once you have sufficient data.

By applying the following audience types to your campaigns and ad groups, you can double down on efforts to reach your target audiences through search.

Custom audiences

Create your own custom audience based on signals such as interests, behaviors, website viewing history (by URL), and app history. Think competitor brands or products, industry-related websites and apps, and recent relevant Google searches.

You could use custom audiences to personalize your ad copy on campaigns where you’re targeting customers of your competitors. For example, by encouraging them to ‘switch’ to your brand, product, or service, rather than treating them like a first-time purchaser. You could focus on the benefits of your product or service over the one they currently have, rather than focusing your ad copy on educating the audience from scratch.

In-market audiences

In-market audiences are a must-have in 2024. Curated by Google, these audiences actively research a specific product or service and are actively considering their options ahead of purchasing. 

While there isn’t a master list of in-market audiences (because many of these are hidden!), head to the Audiences tab on your current Google Ads campaigns. Click “Edit Audience Segments”, then the Browse tab, and navigate to In-Market Audiences. You can look at all available groupings by industry, and add the most relevant ones to your campaigns. You can also use this function to type in keywords under the Search tab, and type in relevant keywords to find relevant in-market audience suggestions to apply.

Knowing these audiences are already convinced of the benefits of the general product or service you’re advertising, you can use your ad copy to highlight the USPs of your brand.


While the use of RLSAs (remarketing lists for search ads) has dropped since their arrival in 2013, they still have a place in an effective PPC strategy in 2024. By creating an RLSA, you can personalize your ad copy at scale.

The use of RLSAs is particularly applicable for brands with lengthier sales cycles, or longer customer consideration and comparison stages. Your brand could be 1 of 5 that a consumer is considering buying a hot tub from – it’s uncommon that a hot tub is an impulse purchase decision. A user may use Google to search multiple times for generic hot tub terms, and may whittle this down to certain brands based on their needs. Once a user who is actively looking for a hot tub has visited your website without converting, upon their next Google search, your ad may contain a coupon code, a complimentary gift item, or other differentiating ad copy to encourage them to purchase through your website.

It’s important with RLSAs to ensure that you have separate ad groups or campaigns. Also to separate RLSA audiences from other custom, in-market or demographic-based audiences.

Remember to test all new audiences by adding them as ‘observation’ audiences, before switching to the ‘targeting’ setting.

3. Harness your data

One of the more critical elements of a top-performing PPC campaign is data. You can have the best keywords, ad copy, and landing page in the world, but you need the right data to meet your goals.

A big data piece for 2024 is the perfection of conversion tracking, conversion events, and key events. With enhanced conversions also forcing their way to the fore, Google is no longer letting a lack of data confuse the attribution story.

At one time it was best practice to aim for a single conversion goal across all campaigns. In 2024, it’s important to measure a mixture of lighter conversion events too. For example, measuring PDF downloads and highly engaged video views on the path to a lead form submission. Or tracking customers who have abandoned their carts. Not only do these signals give you a clearer picture of the path to conversion, but these lighter goals can better guide Google’s machine learning and automated bidding strategy efforts.

Not only is conversion tracking crucial to success, but your conversion settings are key. Review the conversions list on your Google Ads account and check each goal for whether it’s a primary or secondary, or account default conversion setting. Having multiple account-default primary conversion goals will make it harder for Google to auto-optimize conversion-based bidding strategies. Choose one or two must-haves to keep as your primary conversion goal, and set the rest to secondary conversion goals.

4. Stop working on your Google Ads in isolation

One of the most valuable traits of a top-performing PPC manager is their knowledge of where PPC fits within the marketing funnel and wider marketing mix. Traditionally, PPC tactics have been assigned a bottom-of-funnel or lower-funnel position in the marketing mix. 

In 2024, we need to adapt our thinking. Google Ads is no longer a BOF-only strategy. In fact, Google Ads can generate upper-funnel, mid-funnel, and lower-funnel results with the right strategy, campaign type, and goal tracking in place. 

Not only that but Google Ads can support a multitude of cross-channel activities. You can use Google Ads to:

  • Drive brand awareness and consideration on YouTube and other video partner platforms
  • Capture brand demand generated from activity on social platforms such as Meta, TikTok, or Snapchat
  • Similarly, capture brand demand generated from offline or traditional channels such as TV advertising, billboards, or print media
  • Remarket to website traffic (from all sources) to generate conversions
  • Boost brand loyalty, cross-sell, and up-sell opportunities using current customer data

This is another reason why data-driven attribution is a must-have in 2024. Today, Google Ads can influence multiple customer touchpoints. Last-click attribution is no longer an effective, representative, or scientific way of measuring the success of Google Ads activity.

5. Perfect your exclusions

For peak efficiency, exclusions are a must-have throughout your account. Particularly with the increased push for automated campaigns and campaign management that we’re experiencing. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re only running search or performance max activity. Exclusions are almost always a part of an efficient campaign structure. The exclusions on your account might include negative keywords, specific audience exclusions (such as remarketing and already-converted audiences), brand exclusions, geotargeting exclusions, or placement exclusions.

Common negative keywords to consider may include:

  • Free
  • Jobs
  • Download
  • Cheap
  • How to
  • YouTube
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Sample
  • Guide
  • Logo
  • Resource
  • DIY

Without exclusions, you may find your ads are appearing to the wrong audiences, next to questionable or harmful content, or even that your ads are being triggered by irrelevant search terms entirely. 


In 2024, there is a lot of noise in PPC advertising. By getting to grips with the above fundamentals of a healthy Google Ads account – targeting, personalization, data, simpler campaign management techniques, and adding relevant exclusions – you’ll be able to successfully navigate the complexities of managing your accounts at an advanced level.

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