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Daily Search Forum Recap: February 11, 2022

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Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.


Google is testing a more visible ad label with a green curved border – this is a bit shocking. Google AdSense has a cuter revenue calculator that might be a bit over promising. Google will upload its own videos to your Google Ads performance max campaigns if you do not upload your own. SEMs go super deep with their keyword research. Google updated its Google Search Ads 360 platform. Plus, don’t miss the weekly SEO video recap.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google Tests A Curved With Green Border & More Visible Ad Label

    Google seems to be testing a new ad label on the search ads that is way more noticeable than the normal ad label. This one has the black ad text but it is outlined in a curved green border making the ad label stand out much more than previous ad labels.
  • Poll: SEMs Go Deep On Keyword Research

    A Twitter poll by Liraz Postan showed that many SEOs and SEMs go pretty deep with their keyword research. 60% of those who took the poll said they go as low as 10 on the volume chart when digging into keywords.

  • PSA: Upload Your Own Videos To Your Google Ads Performance Max Campaign Or Google Will For You

    There have been some recent complaints that Google Ads is creating and picking its own videos for your Performance Max campaigns. Alex van de Pol wrote on Twitter “Note if you do not add video assets yourself in the performance max campaigns Google will do this for you. These videos are 19 secs long and are very generic. You cannot delete these automatically created videos.”
  • Google AdSense Has A Revenue Calculator Widget

    Google AdSense has a revenue calculator widget that estimates how much money you can make from Google AdSense on your website. It is not new, it has been around for around a year, but Sunny pointed it out to me on Twitter a few weeks ago.
  • New Updates To Google Search Ads 360

    Google has made some big updates to its Search Ads 360 platform. Search Ads 360 is a search management platform that helps marketers manage search marketing campaigns across multiple engines and media channels. It currently supports Google Ads, Microsoft Advertising, Yahoo! Japan Sponsored Products, Baidu and Yahoo! Gemini.

  • Search News Buzz Video Recap: Weird Google Algorithm Patterns, New Google Ad Label, Unusual Googlebot Crawling Issue, Search Console Loss & More Messages

    The Google algorithm ranking tracking tools seems to be having fun, or maybe they are off, I am seeing mixed signals of Google ranking updates. Google is testing a way more visible Google ad label with a green curved border, shocking…

  • Green Google Android Barista

    Let me start off by saying that I don’t drink coffee or baristas – so if I call it the wrong thing, I am sorry. But here is a photo I found on Instagram from the GooglePlex of an android shape with gr

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Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

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Mobile & Voice

SEO

PPC

Search Features

Other Search

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Billions Of Google goo.gl URLs To 404 In The Future

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Google Lazer Bounce

Google announced that it will stop serving the Google URL Shortener, so any URL that was set up to redirect using goo.gl, which Google stopped supporting adding new ones back in 2019, will also stop serving.

Starting August 23, 2024, goo.gl links will start displaying an interstitial page for a percentage of existing links to notify users that the link will no longer be supported after August 25, 2025 prior to navigating to the original target page. Then after August 25, 2025, the link will then 404 and not redirect to the right destination URL.

So any redirects you have pointing to your site using goo.gl Google’s service, will die and not be counted.

As Glenn Gabe noted on X, that means billions of URLs on the web will simply vanish and begin to 404. Glenn shared how Majestic knows of 3.6 billion goo.gl links 36 billion historical links in its database.

This is the Interstitial page shown for some goo.gl links starting on August 23, 2024:

Goog Gl Links No Longer Work

Here is the Majestic report from Glenn Gabe:

Majestic Goog Gl

Google wrote:

Over time the percentage of links that will show the interstitial page will increase until the shutdown date. This interstitial page should help you track and adjust any affected links that you will need to transition as part of this change. We will continue to display this interstitial page until the shutdown date after which all links served will return a 404 response.

Note that the interstitial page may cause disruptions in the current flow of your goo.gl links. For example, if you are using other 302 redirects, the interstitial page may prevent the redirect flow from completing correctly. If you’ve embedded social metadata in your destination page, the interstitial page will likely cause these to no longer show up where the initial link is displayed. For this reason, we advise transitioning these links as soon as possible.

Note: In the event the interstitial page is disrupting your use cases, you can suppress it by adding the query param “si=1” to existing goo.gl links.

Is this a pain for any of you? I personally won’t be asking anyone with goo.gl links to update them for me.

Forum discussion at X and WebmasterWorld.



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Google Core Update Coming, Ranking Volatility, Bye Search Notes, AI Overviews, Ads & More

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Google Core Update Coming, Ranking Volatility, Bye Search Notes, AI Overviews, Ads & More


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Google said that the next Google core update should be coming in the coming weeks. Google had some search ranking volatility, an unconfirmed Google update, around July 18th. Google said it will host more creator meetings. Google Search Notes is coming to an end this month. Google is testing AI Overviews for Workspace accounts and in the UK. Google barely shows Reddit and Quora in the AI Overviews anymore. Google may have an AI generated content score for sites. A public company lowered its earnings forecasts because of the Google site reputation abuse policy. Google said removing your disavow list should not make you worry. Google URL shortener links will stop serving in a year, resulting in billions of links and redirects to all 404. Google is testing AI-organized local search results pages. Google may be rolling out more 3D and AR images in Search. Google Merchant Center Next is rolling out to all merchants. Merchant Center Next now also supports supplemental feeds. Google knowledge panels are testing store rating reviews. Google Search chat feature for local businesses no longer works. Google Ads changed broad match to intent match in Japan. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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Daily Search Forum Recap: July 19, 2024

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Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.


Google’s URL shortener will stop working in a year and all those billions of links / redirects will vanish. Google says ccTLDs do help a little for ranking. Google gave advice on how to know if your SEO team is doing good. Google Merchant Center Next now supports supplemental feeds. Google local lets you search by product with your camera. And I posted the weekly SEO video recap.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:

Analytics

Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice

SEO

PPC

Search Features

Other Search

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