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Google SEO Office Hours Now Down To Once Per Month

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Google Changes Format Of SEO Office Hours

Google’s John Mueller has been doing Google SEO office hours for what feels like a decade or so. It is when John Mueller would answer questions live from SEOs and then that would be published on YouTube for all to watch later. We would cover a lot of those recordings here and even ask some questions live.

Well, as you know, John recently stopped doing these hangouts live and only really takes pre-submitted questions and spends about 30 minutes answering those pre-submitted questions. This format change started a couple of months ago and we have seen a difference in terms of new useful nuggets we are getting from them.

More so, John use to conduct these about four or more times per month. I think his schedule was two hangouts in English and German, every other week.

Now John said he is switching to doing these shorter, less interactive, SEO office hour hangouts, only once per month.

John said on Twitter “I’m currently aiming for about 1/month, so unfortunately that’s even less frequent than you’re recommending.” “They’re always quiet time-intensive for me, so I need to find a workable balance,” he explained.

We have been able to pull out a couple of nuggets from some of the videos in this format, but it has so far proven to give us less new information to cover. Maybe that is the goal or maybe that will change over time.

It is a shame but I have to imagine John is doing this for good reason and we should give John the benefit of the doubt here.

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Google Product Grid Results Are Organic

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Google Search Results Rolls Out Much More Visual Design

We’ve been seeing a lot of grid-like formats with products and shopping results. We know some are ads and some are organic. John Mueller of Google just added official Google representative confirmation that many of these are organic – if you don’t trust that there is no ad label on them as evidence enough.

The other day, Dan Shure posted on Twitter this screenshot (click it to enlarge) of this grid product format and said “This is quite the search result page – there are up to SIXTEEN products below a SINGLE organic listing (in addition to the image carousels) and desktop is infinite scroll.”

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Well, yea, these are organic. John responded on Twitter saying “They’re organic results too. This is one of the reasons it’s good to dig into our ecommerce site guidance if you sell products.”

Honestly, like I said before, I am not a huge fan of these grid formatted results for products. At least, they should be in some “click to expand” feature so you can see more. So show one line of these results with a click to expand. It is just too much in my opinion, even if Google is confident of the intent of the query.

Also, not all of these image snippets need markup to work, although these with the pricing and reviews probably do…

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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