11 Jan | Digital weekly roundup

Our weekly digest of what’s happening/trending in the digital world provided by Search Engine Land, Marketing Land and Search Engine Roundtable.

From Search Engine Land

Google’s Rich Results testing tool now supports code editing
You can now edit the code in the rich results test and see what those edits do in real time. Read more

Google Manufacturer Center adds rich content, deeper analytics, expands availability
A new “From the manufacturer” section in Google Shopping product pages can feature brand-supplied rich content. Read more

Need to expedite page removal in Google’s search index? Try a temporary sitemap file
Do you need to remove a lot content from Google quickly? Here is how to do it if you own the site. Read more

Google lets user see their related search history with new card
Google helps searchers remember what they saw on Google in their past searches and web site visits with a new search feature. Read more

From Marketing Land

Google Chrome’s filtering of ‘annoying’ ads will apply to sites worldwide starting in July
Sites that don’t adhere to the Better Ads Standards could see ads blocked. Read more

Reaching global equilibrium: The value of consent and user preference
While consent is core to operating ethically, it is crucial not to forget about user experience. Read more

Instagram’s e-commerce success is building with Stories
Instagram’s shoppable update for Stories earlier this year and a standalone IG Shopping app in development, it is well positioned to continue its journey into e-commerce. Read more

From Search Engine Roundtable

Google Drops Unicode Hack In Local Panel
Earlier this week we reported how one Google My Business listing added unicode like text to their business name listing and it shows up all funky and cool in the local panel. Read more

Google: Too Many Repeated Internal Links Doesn’t Hurt
Google’s John Mueller responded to a question on Twitter around having too many internal links with repeated links to the same page. Read more

Google Featured Snippets Tests Blue Feedback Bar
Two SEOs from India noticed and told me about Google showing them a new blue bar under some of the featured snippets that let them give Google feedback about that specific featured snippet. Read more

Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update Around January 6th
Google may have pushed out their first larger search algorithm update of 2019 over this weekend. Read more

Google’s John Mueller Gives Hard Advice To Low Quality Site
Google’s John Mueller often doesn’t give direct advice that contains hard messages. Read more

Google: Geolocation Redirects Are Okay
This is not a new topic, we’ve been saying this for probably over a decade and even Matt Cutts posted a video answer on it in 2013. Read more

Google AJAX Crawling Scheme Workarounds?
I spotted John Mueller of Google giving a Reddit user advice on how to handle helping Google index content that still uses some of the old AJAX crawling scheme that Google deprecated long ago. Read more

Google Local Listings Tests Your Match Scores
Google is testing a feature in the local listings, the local pack, that shows how closely the listings match you. Read more

Google My Business: Reconfirm Location Vs Verify Now
I am not sure what this is about but one local SEO is being asked to verify their business by clicking verify now or reconfirm location. I am not sure what the difference is and neither are any of the local SEOs in the Local Search Forums. Read more

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