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Short Videos To Overtake Web Stories In Google Search?

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Short Videos To Overtake Web Stories In Google Search?

There is some speculation, and for good reason, that Google is showing more short videos over showing web stories in Google mobile search. Glenn Gabe and Brodie Clark both noticed this trend and the two of them follow web stories closer than almost anyone else I know.

As a reminder, short videos first debuted in November 2020 and started to add sources of short video content beyond YouTube, also Instagram and TikTok and Facebook video – we’ve even seen them tested on desktop.

Web stories have been around for a similar time, but started really as AMP Stories in 2018 and then Visual stories in 2019 and now web stories since then. Just a few months ago we saw Web stories showing for competitive key phrases.

But like I said above, there are signs that short videos will replace them in the long term. Glenn Gabe wrote on Twitter “Look out Web Stories, a Short Videos carousel is now ranking for various celebrity names.” Brodie Clark added “Looks like short videos are starting to appear more often. I saw a case where both short videos/visual stories were on the same SERP – both were ranking quite high also.” “this is the first time I’ve seen it in that format (almost like it will overtake the Visual Stories SERP feature at some point),” Glenn Gabe added.

Web stories are a bit of a pain to create – so should you continue to invest in them? I guess time will tell?

Here are those tweets:

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Source: www.seroundtable.com

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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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Source: www.seroundtable.com

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