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Google Search Console Video Index Report Rolling Out

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Google Search Console Video Index Report Rolling Out

A couple months ago, Google teased the new video indexing report in Google Search Console. Well now, Google said this report will roll out to some sites “over the next few months.” The tricky part, you may never see it, you would only see it if Google detects videos on your site.

Also, Google’s URL Inspection tool was upgraded to show these coverage issues on video content.

So you won’t know if the report is not showing yet because of the slow rollout or because there is an issue with Google detecting if there are videos on your site.

Again, if Google sees videos on your site, Google will display the new “Video indexing report” on the left navigation bar in the coverage section of Google Search Console. The report shows the status of video indexing on your site. It helps you answer the following questions:

  • In how many pages has Google identified a video?
  • Which videos were indexed successfully?
  • What are the issues preventing videos from being indexed?

Like the old coverage report, if you fix an existing issue, you can use the report to validate the fix and track how your fixed video pages are updated in the Google Search index.

The video indexing report shows how many indexed pages on your site contain one or more videos, and on how many of those pages a video could be indexed. The report shows the following information:

  • How many indexed pages on your site contain a video that Google has indexed, and details about the indexed video.
  • How many indexed pages on your site where Google found one or more videos, but could not index any video, and details about why not.
  • This report does not show a count of unique videos on your site (unless some very specific conditions* apply to your site).
  • The report covers only indexed pages. If a page is not indexed for any reason (including being blocked or being a non-canonical page) then it won’t appear in this report.

Here is a list of errors the report can show you:

  • No prominent videos on page
  • Cannot determine video position and size
  • Video too large or too small
  • MRSS failure; try using schema.org instead
  • Invalid video URL
  • Unsupported video format
  • Unknown video format
  • No thumbnail URL provided
  • Unsupported thumbnail format
  • Invalid thumbnail size
  • Thumbnail blocked by robots.txt
  • Thumbnail is transparent
  • Thumbnail could not be reached
  • Video not processed
  • Video not processed yet
  • Video not found on host service
  • Thumbnail is missing or invalid
  • Invalid thumbnail

Here is a sample of the report (click to enlarge):

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Like I said above, the URL Inspection tool now checks the video indexing status of a specific page. Note, this does not work on the live URL inspection tool, it works on the normal version. When inspecting a page, if Google detected a video on it, you will see the following in the results:

  • Details such as the video URL and the thumbnail URL.
  • The page status shows whether the video was indexed or not.
  • List of issues preventing the video from being indexed.

Here is what that looks like:

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Here are more details on this new report from Google.

Forum discussion at Twitter.



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Google Search Coupons From Stores

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Almost a year ago, Google began to integrate clipable coupons into Google Shopping. Well, now it seems that Google is testing showing those clipable coupons directly in Google Search, and not just in Google Shopping.

Saad AK spotted this the other day and posted some videocasts of it in action on Twitter. Here is a screenshot:

Google Search Coupons From Stores

Note, clipable coupons went live in Google Shopping results in November 2022, several months after Google tested it.

Now we are seeing Google test this in the Google Search results, as its own box. Note, I cannot replicate this on my device.

Forum discussion at Twitter.



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Google Business Profiles Removing Emojis & Special Characters From Business Names

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For the past few weeks, there have been reports via the Local Search Forum that Google has been removing emojis and special characters from business names within Google Business Profiles. This means if you try to add an emoji for your name to stand out in the Google local listings, Google may remove that emoji.

Marcin Karwowski posted about this in the forums, he said, “I just noticed that a while ago a huge number of business owners received an email with the same content, that their name was updated and the emoticon was removed from the name. Apparently, Google finally decided to clean it up and removed emojis from names en masse. It’s a beautiful day if emoticons in company names finally disappear.”

Here is a screenshot of a notice he received from Google about Google Business Profiles removing an emoji from the business name:

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Darren Shaw said shortly after that he noticed this also with special characters. Shaw wrote, “I got a notification today about an “®” being removed from a name. This client needs that in their name, though.”

Google has a history of adding and removing emojis from the search results, but the local space has been somewhat left alone from those decisions – that is until now.

Forum discussion at Local Search Forum.

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Microsoft Bing Updates Webmaster Guidelines For Conversation Mode and Bing Image Creator

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Microsoft has updated the Bing webmaster guidelines to support the updates with the new co-pilot, AI, ChatGPT-powered version of Bing. Bing updated the answers section and added a new section for “conversation mode and Bing image creator.”

The current Bing webmaster guidelines is here and the section Bing updated was around here – it should jump you there.

Here is the new section titled “Conversation Mode and Bing Image Creator”:

The new Bing conversation mode builds on the existing Bing experience to provide users with a new type of search interface. Bing conversation mode generates responses using an AI model that has learned by processing a vast amount of text from the Internet. Based on the user query or prompt, the model produces an output that is coherent, relevant, and creative, according to the input and the context. The output can be a response, a web result, a poem, a story, a code, an essay, a song, or anything else that can be expressed in natural language. Bing Image Creator similarly uses an AI model that has learned by processing a vast number of images from the Internet. Based on the user prompt, the model generates an output image. The conversational model is also informed by and refines its output using available context, such as web results, feedback, and interactions, to improve its performance and accuracy. Ranking within conversation mode generally relies on the same parameters as the main web search results page.

User activity in these features is governed by the Terms of Use and Code of Conduct.

That section was not in the previous version.

Also, Bing updated the answers section to say:

Bing may enhance the results page with additional features to provide a richer search experience for some search queries. For example, if a user types “How tall is the Eiffel Tower?” Bing will respond with the answer of “300 m”. For some queries, Bing looks at search results across the web, returns a summarized answer, and links to its sources.

If the query is related to a business, Bing may return relevant information about the business, such as store hours and location. Business owners can claim and verify existing listings on Bing using Bing Places for Business (available in limited markets) to create, edit or update their listing information. In some cases, Bing may partner with third-party content providers, such as local restaurant review sites, to further enhance the user experience.

Previously it said:

Bing may enhance the results page with additional features to provide a richer search experience for some search queries. For example, if a user types “How tall is the Eiffel Tower?” Bing will respond with the answer of “300 m”. If the query is related to a business, Bing may return relevant information about the business, such as store hours and location. Business owners can claim and verify existing listings on Bing using Bing Places for Business (available in limited markets) to create, edit or update their listing information. In some cases, Bing may partner with third-party content providers, such as local restaurant review sites, to further enhance the user experience.

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