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VOL. IX, No. 3282 - Archive
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The latest jobs in search marketing

Land your next job in SEO or PPC. These brands and agencies are hiring to fill open search marketing positions right now. Search Engine Land

Google Launches June 2024 Spam Update via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

Google begins rolling out the June 2024 spam update, which should take a week to complete. Search Engine Journal

Google unleashes June 2024 spam update

This update will take about a week to roll out. Search Engine Land

Google Spam Update Sparks Relentless Discontent via @sejournal, @martinibuster

Google's Spam Update derided by site owners, saying Google defines SPAM as Small Publishers Are Meaningless Search Engine Journal

Most Google People Also Ask Responses Are Wikipedia

Surprise, surpise... Wikipedia is the number one source of information that comes up when you click on the people also ask feature within the Google Search results. People also ask is just another [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google turns off Universal Analytics July 1: What you need to know

Universal Analytics shuts down on July 1, 2024, forcing a swift transition to Google Analytics 4 to maintain data access and measurement capabilities. Search Engine Land

Google Clarifies Organization Merchant Returns Structured Data via @sejournal, @martinibuster

Google adds clarification to the merchant returns section of the organization structured data requirements Search Engine Journal

Google Dials Back AI Overviews In Search Results, Study Finds via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

A new study finds Google is reducing the frequency of, but lengthening, AI overviews in search results. Search Engine Journal

Study: Google Favors Ecommerce Sites & User-Generated Content via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

Study reveals Google search shifts: ecommerce and user-generated content rise, while product review sites lose visibility. Search Engine Journal

Daily Search Forum Recap: June 21, 2024

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Google unleashed a new spam update - the June 2024 [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google Search Bug: Not Indexing or Serving New Content?

Google Search may be having a new indexing or serving (or both) bug where it is now showing new content from sites that are creating new content. Sites like the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, CNN, [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google Search Tests Top-Quality Store and Shop Rating Labels Together

Google is testing placing both the "Top-quality store" and "shop rating" labels or badges on the same page of the search results, for the same search result snippets. Generally, [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google Map Pin Exploit Leads To Local Rankings Drop & Possible Suspension

A few months ago I posted about a possible bug with Google Maps where map pins were being moved around into one location. I later updated the post to suggest it was more of a spam or hack exploit. [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Google Warns On Using JavaScript For Structured Data

In the Google Merchant Center structured data documentation, it says that you should add structured data to the HTML source and that it "can't be generated after a page has been loaded using [...] Search Engine Roundtable

Local Service Ads Coming To Google Maps On iOS

Google is notifying some advertisers that use Google's Local Service Ads program that soon their ads will be shown on Google Maps. It will start with the iOS version of the Google Maps app and then [...] Search Engine Roundtable