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Google Clarifies that Nofollow Change Was a Policy Update with No Action Taken

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Google Confirms They Have Not Made Use of Nofollow Link Update

Just when you thought you’d heard the last about Google’s recent nofollow link change, Google decided it wanted to have the last word on the matter by speaking out about some confusion surrounding the change. The change, which allowed Google to treat the nofollow link attribute as a hint, rather than a directive, for ranking, crawling and indexing purposes, was rolled out on March 1st. However, shortly before the rollout, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, John Mueller, stated on Twitter that he didn’t anticipate the change having an impact on sites. https://twitter.com/JohnMu/status/1233369331561615361 Other than that, we didn’t have much more to go on, so we were forced to just take Mueller’s word for it. Until now, that is. Mueller recently clarified his vague Twitter statement and provided a bit more insight into the change during a Google webmaster hangout by saying: “So, this is something where we made some changes in our search algorithms with regards to how we treat nofollow links. I believe the change was split into two parts, one kind of being able to pass signals through nofollow links and the other with using nofollow links for discovering new URLs.” Mueller added that this nofollow attribute change was merely a policy update, and that as far as he knows, no engineer nor anyone else at Google had actually done anything differently since the change.

“Essentially on our side the change is that internal systems are now able to do this,” said Mueller. “That doesn’t mean that internal systems are currently doing it. But at least from a policy point of view they’re able to take this on. And if there are teams within Google that say I will be able to I would want to use this then that’s something that they’re open to doing that. So, it’s possible for them to do it, it’s not the case that it’s like we’re like pumping everything full through those links now. It really depends on what teams internally are kind of testing evaluating and what makes sense for them.”

Translation – just because they can do something, doesn’t mean they will. via GIPHY When probed further and asked whether “teams are actually doing anything with that now?” Mueller added that he wasn’t sure. “They can but I don’t know,” he said. So, the takeaway here is that while the change has been in place since March 1, nobody at Google has actually made use of it yet, and they may or may not do so in the future. Thanks for the very ambiguous update, Google.

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Smart Campaigns Will Be Gone For Good Soon

07/22/2022

Google began rolling out automatic updates to convert Smart Shopping campaigns to Performance Max – Search Engine Land reports.

For most users, the updates will finish rolling out in two months. They will receive a notification around 2 or 3 weeks before the updates take effect. They will also be notified of the specific date when the campaigns will be converted. However, some Smart Shopping campaigns, like the ones using vehicle ads, will be completed early next year.

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Don’t Wait For Google

You don’t have to wait for Google to do this for you. Actually, you shouldn’t – take this into your own hands and have more control over the settings of your campaigns.

If you want to update campaigns on your own, because you’re smart, strong, and pretty – you can do that by using the ‘one click’ upgrade tool.

Whether your campaigns are automatically- or self-upgraded with the tool, all the history and learnings from your previous Smart Shopping Campaigns, along with its settings are automatically transferred over to your new Performance Max campaigns.

Read More: Google Performance Max Getting 7 New Updates

New Ad Creation Tools

Google also launched three new ad creation tools which could help drive better results, especially on YouTube:

  • Asset Storage
  • Video Ad Templates
  • Voice-over Audio

These new tools should help advertising teams out there create and collaborate on campaigns without leaving the ads platform.

Read More: Discovery Ad Users Get Four New Features

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Google Updated Performance Max Campaigns

04/28/2022

Performance Max campaigns in Google Ads have been updated with three new features, Google announced earlier this week. Among the additions are New customer acquisition goals, new Performance Max insights reports, and a one-click upgrade tool for Smart Shopping. Let’s dig right in and see how these features can help drive your business!

Read More: Four New Shopping Campaign Features Added To Google

New Customer Acquisition Goals

You can now use your data to help Google identify (and target) new customers with PMax campaigns. This feature should help you identify who’s a new sure, who’s an old one, which will definitely help with the strategy. There are a few options available:

  • Customer Match Lists – When first-party data is uploaded (name, email, phone, country, postal code), Google gives a match rate that shows how many of your customers have a matching Google account that can be used for targeting. Much cooler than third-party cookies, eh?
  • Conversion Tags – using them might help the new feature cut out people that aren’t new
  • Google’s Autodetection Method – Besides the previously seen Google detected purchase conversion tracking in Smart Shopping, Performance Max also has new machine learning models that predict whether a user is a new customer or an existing customer.

Performance Max Insights Reports

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If you’re looking for more information on campaign performance, you will be pleased with this new feature. There are two new additions to the insights page:

  • Asset Audience Insights – this will tell you how text, images and videos ‘resonate with specific customer segments’. That means you will be able to see what your customers engage more with, with what content.  Using those insights, you can customize your marketing strategy!
  • Diagnostic Insights – these insights will show you all the issues that might prevent your ads from showing. It will also give you some suggestions on how to fix it.
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One-click Upgrade Tool For Smart Shopping

This will begin rolling out soon, Google said, and Smart Shopping and Local campaigns will no longer exist. You’ll get notified when the tool becomes available and after you upgrade it, a new Performance Max campaign will be generated and keep the information from previous campaigns.

Here’s how to upgrade:

 

Why Is This Important?

You already know that tracking everything is the key to success. Well, one of the keys. These additional insights will not only help you keep track of your customers’ engagement and preferences, but will help you develop and customize your marketing strategy. Like it or not, Performance Max is alive and kicking and adapting to it sounds like the smartest choice.

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