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Google Launches Trusted Store Badge Based On Shopping Experience Scorecard

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Google Launches Trusted Store Badge Based On Shopping Experience Scorecard


Google has launched a new Trusted Store badge for merchants who have an excellent Google Shopping experience scorecard score. Google also launched a new set of Google Merchant Center insights reports.

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Here is what the new Trusted Store badge looks like in Google Shopping:

Google Trusted Store badge

How does a Google merchant get this badge? Google said the badge is available to merchants who provide excellent shipping and returns services. Merchants receive a Trusted Store badge based on their performance across metrics relative to other merchants, including but not limited to shipping speeds, shipping and return costs, and return windows.

So I guess these same merchants do not get a ranking boost, like Google originally said when they introduced the Google Shopping experience scorecard? Maybe Google didn’t want to offer the ranking boost incentive based on some SEO concerns?

Google added “based on our early testing, merchants displaying a Trusted Store badge are more likely to receive clicks.” Google said they are also “seeing stronger traffic to lesser-known merchants.”

This should roll out to US based merchants in the upcoming months.

New Merchant Center Insights Reports

Google also introduced new insights reporting in Google Merchant Center. Google said this “helps merchants keep reaching customers and growing their businesses.” The new reports shows merchants the total traffic, impressions and conversion rate of their free listings, helping them make decisions about future ones. Here is the help document for how to use this new insights report.

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Forum discussion at Twitter.





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Google Local SAB Search Ranking Bug Fix Rolling Out

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Google Local SAB Search Ranking Bug Fix Rolling Out

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a possible Google local search ranking update that turned out to not be an update but rather a bug. Well, that bug seems to be fixed or being fixed now and rankings are beginning to return for these local service area businesses.

The bug seemed to start being fixed on Friday, September 23rd, in the afternoon.

Local SEO, Jason Brown wrote in the Local Search Forum “Good news, one of my clients got their rankings back. They are back in the map pack, but not in the same number one spot as before.” He also said later “My other client is back ranking again too. Looks like the fix is being rolled out now.”

He shared this chart showing how all the rankings returned:

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Joy Hawkins also posted about it on Twitter:

So hopefully this is now fully resolved – at least this specific bug? It may have been related to the Kansas Google local bug.

Forum discussion at Local Search Forums.

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Note: This was pre-written and scheduled to be posted today, I am currently offline for Rosh Hashanah.



Source: www.seroundtable.com

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