Last year, Google started including thumbnail images with search results as another way for users to find the result that best fits what they were searching for. Although thumbnail images have been common throughout the past year, RankRanger, an SEO tool provider, reported a spike in the frequency that thumbnail photos are popping up in mobile search results through Google.
The report from RankRanger found that from March 7 to 11, the percent of mobile search result pages with thumbnail photos on Google jumped from 40 percent to 75 percent. This jump in frequency comes a few months after Google announced that they will be heavily focusing on image search in 2019, so this test with mobile search results showing more photos may be part of Google’s shift in focus for the next year.
With thumbnail photos clearly becoming a focus for Google, companies should stay ahead of the game and evaluate their websites and pages to ensure they are populated with relevant and optimized images that may be pulled by Google for thumbnail photos. When it comes to SEO, even if your company’s website is not ranked in the first couple of spots, it is possible for a thumbnail photo to make your result stand out from your competition while featuring a product or corresponding image.
As Google continues to push out more features that makes search more user-friendly, it is necessary for companies to keep up and make changes accordingly to benefit from the changes. As we dive deeper into 2019, images will only continue to be useful tools that should not be overlooked when designing a website and implementing an SEO strategy.
Marketers were taken aback recently when possible evidence that Google is beginning to test ads in Assistant results was posted on social media. Last Wednesday, an Android user, Gennaro Cuofano, posted a screenshot of his Assistant search results to Twitter. The screenshot showed an advertisement at the top of the search results with organic results following it.
After this screenshot caused a frenzy on the internet, Google responded by saying, “we’re always testing new ways to improve the experience on phones, but we don’t have anything specific to announce right now.” Although Google did not confirm whether or not it is currently testing the ads, Assistant advertising has been an obvious next move from Google now that more than one billion devices are equipped with Assistant technology.
If the Twitter post was indeed a test for Assistant ads, the next wave of pay-per-click and search engine optimization strategy tweaks could soon be approaching. From the screenshot, it looks as if the top ad in search results would be the ad that got the highly-visible spot in Assistant results. This means that competition to be first on search results could heighten (thus making bids more expensive) as more and more users turn to voice assistant technology.
At the rate that Assistant searches on mobile devices are growing, it will become increasingly valuable for Google to start this kind of advertising. Because of this, marketers should stay on top of these advancements to be ahead of the game if (or, more likely, when) Assistant ads do go live.
The “near me” search phenomenon has significantly increased over the past few years due to the rise of mobile and voice search. This explosive change in search behavior stems from users expecting instant and accurate results on the fly, whether they are looking for restaurants, doctors, shopping, or more in their area. In order to catch these users in a short window of time, here are some tips for optimizing your website for “near me” searches.
- Mobile Optimization
Mobile optimization has been a necessity for years now, but with the majority of “near me” searches coming from mobile devices, it is even more crucial to have a responsive website. Users who are making “near me” searches are often looking for quick results, so if your website is hard to navigate on a mobile device, users are more likely to leave the site and find a different business in the area with more readily available information. Optimizing your website for mobile users will give your business more opportunity to be recognized by consumers.
As for content, there are a couple of steps you can take to increase the chance of your business showing up in “near me” searches. The simplest step is to make sure your business’s address is located throughout your website, preferably at the bottom of each page. Some business website owners have also added the keyword “near me” in title tags and throughout their pages, while others focus mainly on creating localized content or blogs (“Best Restaurants in (City Name)”, “Top Doctors near (Street Name)”, etc.) or incorporating geo-targeted keywords (boutiques in (Neighborhood Name), law school (City Name)”, etc.) which gives Google a better idea of your business’s exact location.
- Business Listings & Reviews
Updating your business listings on Google My Business, Yelp, Yellow Pages, and more provides users with your most accurate information. Having your business’s current information on listing sites will not only allow for more opportunities to be found by users but will also give Google more opportunity to verify your information and location. Reviews also help enhance the credibility of your business to Google, so having more positive reviews on your listing sites, as well as responses to reviews, will help increase your visibility for “near me” searches.
The social media giant Facebook recently published a blog post announcing an algorithm that will shake up how certain posts are displayed in a user’s newsfeed.
Over the next few months, Facebook will measure how long it takes for a webpage to load on its mobile app and compare it to different online websites. If the site takes a long time to load, the page may move down a user’s feed or disappear altogether. Many factors are being considered, such as current network connection and general speed of corresponding web pages. If signals indicate that a page will load faster than others, the link to that page will appear higher on your Facebook feed. But for those worried about Facebook hurting their website’s chances of being seen, Facebook has already released a “best practices” guide to assist companies on how to speed up their web pages and how to make their websites more mobile friendly.
Not sure how fast your website is loading and/or how your site’s speed stacks up against competitors’ sites? Google offers a free tool to help test how quickly your website is loading. To test your website’s load time, click here.
Robmark Web is proud to announce the launch of another website: GoPrimalNow.com! This brand-new website showcases one-of-a-kind, made in the USA archery and outdoor products from Primal Gear Unlimited LLC.
If you are looking for a quality bow that stays in one piece, will hold up during rigorous outdoor adventures, is lightweight and convenient, then check out GoPrimalNow.com. This easy to navigate website showcases products divided by category with a design that makes shopping online easy. With a unique community photo gallery feature, customers can view and share products being used in the real world. Also, each product page is custom built with a ‘watch related videos’ feature that allows the client to tag related YouTube videos, in turn offering customers unique video content specific to each product. With helpful product details and descriptions, customer reviews, detailed product photos, and videos throughout the site, it’s easy to find the best products for your specific needs. From archery gear to outdoor camping essentials, cutting tools to heirloom seeds, Primal Gear has you covered.
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Ever wonder if the news stories you read on the Internet are actually true? Well, now you don’t have to thanks to Google. Google has launched a new feature that will give publications the option to highlight articles that have been fact checked and are considered accurate.
The new tag, “Fact check,” is meant to help readers find fact checking in news stories from various publications. According to Google’s Head of News, Richard Gingras, fact checking articles has become very popular and more than 100 active sites are conducting thorough fact checks to make sure the information you are reading is accurate. These sites are examining articles about the media, health, education, and, yes, politics, which could be very helpful this election year.
Be mindful that Google is not manually fact checking your stories; that is still the job of the publication. Google is just giving publishers the opportunity to add the “Fact check” label next to their articles. But there is a strict set of criteria that must be met before Google will allow you to add the “Fact check” label to your work. This is accomplished through following Google’s standards and including the new schema.org markup called ClaimReview.
Google will look for the ClaimReview markup, and will also be looking at sites that already follow common criteria in fact checking to help determine if the article is truthful. If Google discovers a publication is using the markup but does not meet the required criteria, it may remove the site from Google News. This is intended to help separate fact from fiction for readers. Google launched the new feature on Thursday, October 13, available on the web through Google News and Weather iOS and Android apps, starting with the United Stated and the United Kingdom.