LinkedIn to Let Users Add Polls to Posts via @MattGSouthern

LinkedIn to Let Users Add Polls to Posts via @MattGSouthern

LinkedIn has been spotted working on a feature that will allow users to easily add a poll to any post. The feature was uncovered by Jane Manchun Wong, an expert at finding unreleased features by reverse engineering apps. LinkedIn is working on polls pic.twitter.com/Dwh8IrSsOw — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 18, 2020 According to the screenshot shared by Wong, LinkedIn polls will function much the same way as Twitter polls. Users can create a simple poll with one question and up to four responses. One important difference to note is that LinkedIn polls can last up to two weeks, while the maximum length of time for Twitter polls is seven […]

Google Makes it Free to Sell Products in Search Results via @MattGSouthern

Google Makes it Free to Sell Products in Search Results via @MattGSouthern

It will soon be free for merchants to list products in the Google Shopping tab in search results. SEOs and site owners focusing primarily on organic search can, for the first time, add Google Shopping to their toolkit. Before the end of the month, this change will take effect in US search results with plans to expand globally by the end of the year. The rollout will begin as soon as next week, at which time search results in the Google Shopping tab will consist primarily of free product listings Explaining why this decision was made, Google cites the fact that struggling businesses cannot afford to pay for Google Shopping […]

Google’s Martin Splitt Explains Why Infinite Scroll Causes SEO Problems via @MattGSouthern

Google’s Martin Splitt Explains Why Infinite Scroll Causes SEO Problems via @MattGSouthern

Google’s Martin Splitt once again had to remind SEOs and site owners that Googlebot doesn’t scroll through pages. When infinite scrolling is implemented on a web page it can cause issues with how the content is indexed in Google Search. In an issue addressed by Splitt during a  virtual conference, a website’s content was missing from the Google Search index because of infinite scrolling. Here’s more about the issue, why infinite scroll prevents content from being indexed, and what Google recommends doing instead. Google’s Martin Splitt Debugs JavaScript SEO Issues at Virtual Conference Splitt was one of several guest speakers at a technical SEO virtual conference called ‘Better Together,’ held […]

Google and Facebook Ordered to Pay Australian Media to Use Their Content via @MattGSouthern

Google and Facebook Ordered to Pay Australian Media to Use Their Content via @MattGSouthern

Google and Facebook must now share data and advertising revenue with local media companies in order to display their content. This decision was made after complaints by local media that Google and Facebook have a stronghold on advertising. Considering advertising revenue is the main source of income for Australian media, this is a particularly contentious issue. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tells reporters they’re ready for a fight with the two tech giants due to the nature of what’s at stake. “We understand the challenge that we face, this is a big mountain to climb. These are big companies that we are dealing with but there is also so much at stake, […]

YouTube to Show Creators What Time of Day Their Audience is Online via @MattGSouthern

YouTube to Show Creators What Time of Day Their Audience is Online via @MattGSouthern

YouTube is expanding its analytics capabilities by showing video creators when their audience is most likely to be online. This upcoming feature was previewed in the latest video on YouTube’s Creator Insider channel. In the video a member of YouTube’s analytics engineering team gives a detailed walkthrough of how to navigate the new data. Recommendations on how to best use the data are provided in the video as well. Here’s a recap of YouTube’s presentation on this first-ever addition to its analytics platform. New Data: When Your Viewers Are on YouTube YouTube always gave creators access to basic demographics data like age, gender, location, and those kinds of things. This […]

Google is Fixing an Issue Affecting Large Images in Google Discover via @MattGSouthern

Google is Fixing an Issue Affecting Large Images in Google Discover via @MattGSouthern

Google confirms it is fixing an issue that’s preventing non-AMP pages from displaying large images in Google Discover. Google’s John Mueller addressed the issue in a Webmaster Central hangout held on April 14. Actually, this topic was brought up several times over the past couple of weeks. It’s been the subject of an ongoing discussion between Mueller and our lead developer, Vahan Petrosyan. Petrosyan first brought this issue to Mueller’s attention in a Webmaster Central hangout on March 31. Mueller was asked whether it’s possible to have large images in Google Discover without utilizing AMP. Web pages in Google Discover display thumbnail-sized images unless specific criteria is met. Petrosyan mentioned […]

Google is Launching a New Video Series to Replace its In-Person Conferences via @MattGSouthern

Google is Launching a New Video Series to Replace its In-Person Conferences via @MattGSouthern

Google is bringing several of its top advocates together for the first time in a new series of videos. No, it’s not called “Google: Endgame” –this crossover event is called Webmaster Conference Lighting Talks. The series will feature presentations from: Martin Splitt – Google Developer Advocate Daniel Waisberg – Google Search Advocate John Mueller – Google Search Advocate John Brown – Publisher Policy Outreach Lead As the title of the series suggests, each episode will be a short discussion similar to what would be seen at a Google Webmaster Conference. 📢 Calling all… 🥋Webmasters🔎SEOs📚Publishers💻Web Developers We’re rolling out a new series, Webmaster Conference Lightning Talks, featuring short conference-style talks presented […]

Facebook Designs Templates for Posts Related to COVID-19 Business Changes via @MattGSouthern

Facebook Designs Templates for Posts Related to COVID-19 Business Changes via @MattGSouthern

Facebook is providing a set of templates to help businesses communicate need-to-know changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The templates are designed for messaging such as: Informing customers they can still place orders while the business is temporarily closed. Encouraging customers to shop online. Reaching out to the community for support. Sharing links to buy gift cards. Expressing gratitude to customers. “We know that many businesses are facing unexpected challenges right now including keeping in touch with customers, so we wanted to share a few things you can do to get ahead of these challenges and stay connected.” Here’s a look at the new templates, which are available to […]

Facebook Templates for Business Posts About COVID-19 Changes via @MattGSouthern

Facebook Templates for Business Posts About COVID-19 Changes via @MattGSouthern

Facebook is providing a set of templates to help businesses communicate need-to-know changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The templates are designed for messaging such as: Informing customers they can still place orders while the business is temporarily closed. Encouraging customers to shop online. Reaching out to the community for support. Sharing links to buy gift cards. Expressing gratitude to customers. “We know that many businesses are facing unexpected challenges right now including keeping in touch with customers, so we wanted to share a few things you can do to get ahead of these challenges and stay connected.” Here’s a look at the new templates, which are available to […]