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Google Processing Manual Actions For Discover & Google News Quickly

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Google Processing Manual Actions For Discover & Google News Quickly


A couple of weeks ago we reported that Google was sending out its first batch of manual actions (Google penalties) to news publications for Google News and Google Discover policy violations. Well, I am happy to report that Google is processing and even removing some of those manual actions already.

That is a super fast response time being that we’ve seen take several months to clear out recently.

Glenn Gabe posted on Twitter saying he is “seeing several publishers that received manual actions for violating Discover & Google News policies have those manual actions removed.” He said this was done “after changes were implemented & reconsideration requests filed.” Yea, this was a very quick turnaround time for Google with these manual actions.

As a reminder, about a year ago, Google first introduced guidelines around manual actions for Google Discover and Google News. Keep in mind, these manual actions to not impact web search, they should only impact Google Discover and Google News.

You can see a list of the manual actions for Google News and Discover over here.

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Google Updates Video Best Practices For Thumbnail Transparency

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Google Updates Video Best Practices For Thumbnail Transparency

Google has added one line to its video best practices document explaining that you should have at least 80% of your thumbnail pixels have little or no transparency to enable video indexing.

The new line was added over here and says “Transparency: At least 80% of the thumbnail’s pixels must have an alpha (transparency) value greater than 250.”

This is specifically under the “ensure your videos can be indexed” section of the document.

So if you want those videos or video thumbnails indexed, make sure they are not that transparent.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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