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Google Business Profiles To Drop Product Management For Merchant Center?

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Google Business Profiles To Drop Product Management For Merchant Center?

The folks at WhiteSpark showed screenshots of Google Business Profile limiting the control you have over your product listings within your local panel. They showed how “businesses can no longer edit existing Products on their Google Business Profiles and can only add new Products through Merchant Center.” Google Products is now automatically linked to Merchant Center in the GBP Manager. Google later on in the day reverted this change.

I spoke with someone at Google and they reassured me this was a bug that lasted a few hours or so and they have no intention to force people to manage their products in the Google Merchant Center.

Honestly I guess it would makes sense to move product management from Business Profiles to Merchant Center, as Google is gently pushing people away from the Google Business Profile Manager in general but again, Google said no – while you can manage your products in Merchant Center, Google has no intention to stop anyone from managing their products in Google Profile Manager.

Darren Shaw asked on Twitter “Is it the end of Google Products as we know it? Businesses can no longer edit existing Products on their Google Business Profiles (GBP) and can only add new Products through Merchant Center!”

When they try to edit products, they get this red notice that reads “Products can’t be edited. You can only delete products.”

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Personally, I see the ability to add products on my business profile. But I have never done so, so I do not know if this will work and then I won’t be able to edit it after. I don’t sell product, so I rather not test this out – I believe the folks at WhiteSpark:

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After a few hours of this bug, Google put things back, but it does make you wonder if this is the direction Google is headed. I mean, it makes sense Google would do this based on all other signals. Again, Google said no – this is not the direction Google is going with this.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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New Google Rich Results Guidelines Prevent Prohibited, Regulated Or Harmful Products

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New Google Rich Results Guidelines Prevent Prohibited, Regulated Or Harmful Products

Google Search has added new content guidelines to the rich results help document. These new guidelines directly disallow you to markup product or content that are widely prohibited or regulated, or that can facilitate serious harm to self or others. Google said it will simply not show rich results on such products.

Product examples include firearms & weapons, recreational drugs, tobacco, vaping products, gambling-related products and other products that can pose acute threats of physical harm.

The new guidelines were posted over here and read:

Don’t mark up content that promotes widely prohibited or regulated goods, services, or information that may facilitate serious and/or immediate or long term harm to self or others. This includes content related to firearms & weapons, recreational drugs, tobacco & vaping products and gambling-related products.

This new policy is effective already and I assume you will soon, if not already, not see rich results in Google Search for these types of products. This includes Google not showing star ratings, prices, or availability information and so on.

Google told me “this policy change will align the rich snippets feature with other Search surfaces that display product information from merchants, to help provide consistency and clarity.”

Google will not issue manual actions in Google Search Console for violation of this guidelines, Google will simply will just not show the rich results in Google Search.

Here is a screenshot from Glenn Gabe of it already going missing for sites:

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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