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Google Seemingly Confirms Algorithm Update After Week of Turmoil

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Google Remains Vague Regarding Possibility of Several Algorithm Updates

After nearly a week of turmoil, Google has finally broken its silence about a potential algorithm update by confirming that an update did in fact take place. Well, sort of. Google didn’t exactly come out of the woodworks to announce an algorithm update, however, Google Public Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, responded to a discussion on Twitter by stating: https://twitter.com/dannysullivan/status/1227854223972261888 So, while Sullivan didn’t outright say that an update took place this week, by linking to a previous Twitter thread from the Google Search Liaison account confirming several updates that had taken place back in November, he potentially revealed some insight into the reasoning behind Google’s silence this week. Confused yet? The thread stated that:

“Sometimes, a particular update might be broadly noticeable. We share about those when we feel there is actionable guidance for content owners. For example, when our Speed Update happened, we gave months of advanced notice and advice….If we don’t share about them, there is no particular actionable guidance to follow nor changes to make other than to keep focused on great content.”

https://twitter.com/searchliaison/status/1194365014703923200

So, What Does This All This Mean?

So, what can we gather from all this? Based on the series of Google Search Liaison Tweets and Sullivan’s comments, it would seem that several updates rolled out this week, causing rankings to fluctuate like crazy. However, Google didn’t feel the need to announce them like they would with a broad core algorithm update. What appears to be confusing about Google’s “stance” is that there was a very noticeable impact noticed by many within the SEO community along ranking tools which reported serious fluctuations since last weekend. And especially considering the fact that this supposed update has lasted longer than most previous unconfirmed updates. Adding further insult to injury is the fact that there really isn’t anything actionable you can do to offset the impact of the updates, except continue to produce quality content. So, what gives? Barry Schwartz from Search Engine Round Table has some theories, stating that this could have either been a search algorithm update unrelated to the core updates or just a bug released somewhere that was reverted. Either way, Google is remaining tight lipped and has provided no other information to squash the rumours, so we’ll never really know what actually happened, except for the fact thank ranking tools went wild across the board.

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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!

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.

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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TikTok More Popular Than Google In 2021

12/30/2021

For the first time in the last 20 years, Google wasn’t the most popular web address in a year – the title now belongs to TikTok.

The social video app owned by ByteDance has been a key digital platform for a while now. Gaining popularity during the pandemic, TikTok is now an opinion-maker of its kind and a go-to solution for targeting the younger generation, Gen Z.

According to Cloudfare, TikTok gained (and remained) number one in the global ranking on August 10, 2021. Before that, it was a back and forth battle with Google, but since then, the video app has mostly taken the lead.

Even though Google managed to come first again a few times, it didn’t win for the holidays. On Black Friday, TikTok rose again – a key fact for e-commerce businesses that rely on Google during the holidays shopping spree.

In comparison, TikTok was number seven in ranking after Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Netflix and Amazon in 2020.

The app now has more than 1 billion monthly active users and doubled down on privacy, ad measurement and commerce, so it isn’t surprising that brands and marketers are getting more comfortable with advertising on it. The fact that the number of consumers exposed to ads nearly doubled, going to 37% this year, also helps.

After managing to surpass the potential ban in the U.S last year, TikTok continued attracting users and gaining more downloads. It became the first non-Facebook mobile app to surpass 3 billion downloads.

While staying in touch with its users and adapting to changes such as the return of longer videos, TikTok might have the potential to become a leader in the advertisement in the future.

The Year’s Winners By Cloudfare

Top 10 — Most popular domains (late) 2021

  1.  TikTok.com
  2. Google.com
  3. Facebook.com
  4. Microsoft.com
  5. Apple.com
  6. Amazon.com
  7. Netflix.com
  8. YouTube.com
  9. Twitter.com
  10. WhatsApp.com

Top 10 — Most popular social media domains (late) 2021

  1. TikTok.com
  2. Facebook.com
  3. YouTube.com
  4. Twitter.com
  5. Instagram.com
  6. Snapchat.com
  7. Reddit.com
  8. Pinterest.com
  9. LinkedIn.com
  10. Quora.com

 

 

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