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The SERPs Show Video Thumbnails When There Is No Video on a Page Could OG Code Be The Issue?

author image Written by: Rabije Gashi Corluka           Categories - In The News, SEO Tips>Google Search

Google is showing video thumbnails in SERPs even if the video wasn’t embedded on the page. Why? No one knows.

Crystal Carter, an SEO expert, posted an example on Twitter of Google doing this for her page. If you were to go to her page, there would be no video.

However, with her example, the OG video tag is present in the source code but there is no visible video rendered to the user. So, the best practice would be not to include the OG video tag if there is no video on the page.

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As you can see, Google did add the ‘uploaded by’ reference and admitted it was uploaded by them, the Google Search Central. Still – why is it showing a video if it’s not playable on the page? I guess that’s something Google needs to figure out on its own.

In this specific example, the search was for videos, and Google does show landing pages that have video elements.

Also, Crystal did link to the Youtube video with the featured image from the video.

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So, seems like the logic behind Google showing the thumbnail when there is no playable video on the page might be the adding of the video in the OG tag. At least that’s what the Twitter discussion says.

Rabije Gashi Corluka

Rabije always enjoyed finding different angles to a story, so it’s not surprising her curiosity influenced a move to a new continent, widening her perspective. She enjoys hearing people's stories and learning about different cultures and places - but most of all, she loves putting her thoughts on a piece of paper. Her love for writing led to her studying Journalism and PR, but she actually became a storyteller during her radio-hosting era. Now, she uses her skills, experience, and love for writing to help your brand stand out.

Google’s December Helpful Content Update Confirmed

12/08/2022

Guess what? Google has officially confirmed that the December 2022 Google Helpful Content Update is rolling out. This will be the second launch of this system is getting since its start this past summer. Google started the system update on December 5th but waited until December 6th to announce that it was in the rollout process.

The Specs

The first rollout of Google’s helpful content system was only hitting low-quality content in English. Well that’s changed now since this system update is looking at all languages and weeding out the good from the bad across the board. Another notable feature of this system update is the new signals added.

Google’s list of search ranking systems has been updated with the most recent information about the helpful content system. Remember, this system is designed to single out low-quality content that isn’t written for users first. Sure, ranking on Google is important but writing content for people first is key to having good content. A computer won’t tell you if something is boring to read, but a real person sure will.

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Google says that the helpful content update will “tackle content that seems to have been primarily created for ranking well in search engines.” While Search Engine Roundtable reports “if you are writing content to drive search engine visibility and traffic, you might be hit by this type of update, and non-English sites are no longer safe from this update.”

How The Last Update Went

Around September 9th, SEOs and users alike started noticing fluctuation and believed that it was attributed to the first rollout of the helpful content update. But after a couple days, it was noted that this could not be the cause for changes in ranking. Barry Schwartz says “I believe a good percentage of that 20% are confused and misattributing the changes they see to the wrong thing – i.e. it is not the helpful content update.”

Basically, everyone thought that the first system update was going to shake things up but in reality it didn’t. So the question remains, will this system supersede expectations or will it flop?

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Your Helpful Content Reference Guide

The good news is that Google has another treated for users alongside this system update. Since the launch, they’ve updated their Helpful Content Update Document.

As we’ve heard from Google in the past few months, the reference is going to be less to update and more to system. So that type of language use has been updated alongside details like its global rollout in all languages. You can check it out on Google Search Central for the full low down.

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Google’s December 2022 Helpful Content Update

12/07/2022

Google’s got an early Christmas gift for users, an update to help user generated content!

This is the latest in a string of updates since the system last rollout in September.

The goal of Google’s helpful content approach is to promote websites made with users in mind rather than search engines. It strives to elevate information that enhances the web above what is generally offered otherwise, reports Search Engine Journal.

What’s The Google Helpful Content System?

As the internet becomes increasingly saturated with content, it can be hard to know what’s worth reading and what isn’t. Google is now using sitewide signals to target websites that contain high amounts of low-quality content.

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By low quality, we mean content that is not helpful. What Google means is that these websites will be penalized in terms of ranking and visibility. Nor is the content helpful for real people reading.

How The Rollout Is Going

So far the rollout has only been in progress for a couple of days. This helpful content system started rolling out on December 5th and is expected to rollout over the coming weeks.

Here is what Google announced on Twitter about the helpful content’s rollout.

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What To Do If Your Impacted By This System Update?

You might not notice any impacts just yet but as the helpful content system update continues, theres a chance you might see some impacts. Google has included a set of actions you can take to make sure your site doesn’t experience severe hits.

Here’s their list of questions that you can ask yourself:

  • Do you have an audience that will find your content useful?
  • Does your content show first-hand expertise and a depth of knowledge?
  • Does your site have a primary purpose or focus?
  • Will a person leave your website feeling they’ve learned enough about a topic you wrote about?
  • Will someone reading your content leave feeling like they’ve had a satisfying experience?
  • Are you keeping in mind our guidance for core updates and for product reviews?

Look out in the following weeks for hits to your site or improvements in content written for users first.

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