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Google AdSense To Test Chrome’s Topics API

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Google announced that starting July 1, 2022, Google AdSense will begin testing the Chrome’s Topics API for ad requests on a “small percentage of traffic.” The Topics API was announced early year as a replacement for the flopped FLoC Google cookie replacement.

The Topics API is Google’s latest replacement for third-party cookies and aims to create a privacy-focused, interest-based advertising model, which Google failed to do with FLoC. The Topics API proposes a way to provide topics that a user might currently be interested in, based on their recent browsing activity. These topics can supplement contextual information to help select appropriate advertisements.

AdSense will start using them as a test on a small sample of ad requests next month. Google said “This initial test is to validate that our systems are operating as designed, and no revenue or performance impact is expected.”

You can opt out of Topics testing in Google AdSense, you can do so using Chrome’s Permissions-policy header.

So just a heads up for those of you who still use AdSense to monetize your sites.

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Source: www.seroundtable.com

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Google Says Google Search Handles marquee Tags Appropriately

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Gary Illyes, from the Google Search Relations team, said on LinkedIn that Google Search handles the marquee HTML tag “appropriately.” What does it mean by appropriately? That is Gary for you.

I assume it means Google can read the text within the marquee HTML tag.

The marquee HTML element is used to insert a scrolling area of text. You can control what happens when the text reaches the edges of its content area using its attributes.

Google even has this long standing marquee tag new easter egg that looks like this:

Google Marquee Easter Egg

Here are some funny comments in the LinkedIn thread:

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Again, Gary wrote, “Please note that, after digging through some ancient code, I can confidently confirm Google handles marquee tags appropriately. You’re welcome, internet.”

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Google Search Result Snippet Scrollable On Some Browsers

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Did you know that in some browsers, specifically on Android on Chrome and maybe others, that you can scroll to see more of a longer and truncated snippet in the Google Search results? I didn’t but Kamran Badal spotted this the other day and Glenn Gabe was able to replicate it.

I am not sure if you would care but I found it super interesting that you can kind of scroll to see more of a snippet in the mobile Google Search results. I cannot replicate this on iOS devices but this can be replicated on Android devices.

Kamran Badal wrote on Twitter, “Fun fact, kind of? The descriptions in #Google search results mobile layout are scrollable.”

Here is his screenshots showing this in action:

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Glenn Gabe also replicated it himself:

How interesting.

Again, not sure any of you should care about this, but I found it interesting because it seems like some sort of hack or bug that should not work in Google Search.

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Most SEOs Won’t Recommend Using AI To Write Content

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A new Twitter poll shows that most SEOs do not yet feel comfortable recommending using AI to write client content. The poll asked, “Would you recommend using an AI writer to your clients?” Most SEOs said no.

Mordy Oberstein posted this poll on Twitter and there were over 600 votes. About 66% said no, they would not recommend an AI writer to their clients, the rest said yes, they would recommend an AI writer.

Here is the poll:

Do you think this poll is representative of the SEO industry?

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