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Google Implements Stricter Criteria for YouTube Monetization by @MattGSouthern

Google is implementing stricter criteria for YouTube users to meet before they’re eligible to run ads on videos. YouTube’s Partner Program allows content creators to make money by placing ads alongside their videos. To qualify for the partner program, YouTube users had to meet a previous threshold of 10,000 total views. Now there are entirely […]

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New Google Search Console Reports Have More Filtering Options by @MattGSouthern

Google’s new Search Console experience has some advanced filtering options that weren’t previously available when the public beta launched earlier this week. One of the most notable changes to the new Search Console is that reports now contain 16 months of data. Along with access to all this new data there are now new ways […]

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Google to Publishers: Optimize Your Content for Google Assistant by @MattGSouthern

Google has been sending notices to publishers with directions for how to make their content more discoverable by Google Assistant. Notifications are being sent via Search Console, which means they may be sent via email as well. Google is currently sending notifications to US podcast, recipe, and news publishers who have invested in either AMP […]

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New Google Search Console Now Available: More Data, More Features by @MattGSouthern

Google has announced that a beta version of the new Search Console, released a few months ago to select users, will now be available to everyone. The new Search Console will be rolled out gradually, and webmasters will be individually notified when they receive access. Still in beta, the new Search Console will live side […]

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Negative Google Reviews from Former Employees Are Now Against Guidelines by @MattGSouthern

Google has updated its Google My Business review guidelines with more specific information about conflicts of interest. According to Google’s new review guidelines, posting negative reviews about a current or former employer is considered a conflict of interest. Moreover, since these types of reviews are now against Google’s guidelines, businesses can request to have them […]

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Google Integrating Third Party Reviews in Local Search Results by @MattGSouthern

Google has been spotted integrating reviews from third party sources in the Knowledge Graph cards for Google My Business listings. Third party reviews from sites like TripAdvisor have been showing up in Knowledge Graph cards for hotels and resorts. These are included along with reviews left directly on Google. To be clear, this is different […]