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Short Videos Overtaking Search Web Stories Going Away?

author image Written by: Rabije Gashi Corluka           Categories - In The News, SEO

It seems like Google is favouring Short Videos over Web stories lately. Glen Gabe and Brodie Clark noticed Google showing more short videos on mobile search, so there might be a chance for Short Videos to totally replace the Web stories. This might be a good time for you to think about whether it’s worth investing in those anymore.

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Short videos were first introduced in November 2020 and started adding video content not only from YouTube, but Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook videos too.

The concept of web stories has been around since the beginning of 2018, but was originally known as AMP Stories, then Visual Stories, and is now officially named Web stories. Just recently, you could have noticed Web Stories showing for competitive key phrases.

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Google has been testing the implementation of short videos in SERPs for a while now. They explained that by saying how this clear and concise format is great for satisfying specific queries.

As explained by Google Product Manager Danielle Marshak, who oversees videos in search results, a short video is a video that is less than five minutes long and recorded in a vertical aspect ratio. As long as it doesn’t require an app, but can be accessed through an URL, video content is being crawled into and indexed just like any other content.

And this format, it’s really cool because as I mentioned, it is very concise. You can get a lot of information in a short period of time, and you can also get a lot of different views and perspectives…

So we think this kind of content could be useful for a lot of different types of search queries, and we’ve been experimenting with how to show it to users more often. – she had said before.

Looks like Google wants to make everyone happy by offering different options that should help you get specific information in the format that you like the most. And we’re here for it.

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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 Crawling Happening Outside the U.S

11/25/2022

Do you live outside of the U.S. and wish that Google would crawl your site’s pages? Well, your wish has just come true, kind of. This is all news to us too but this surprise started with an announcement by a Google representative.

Where Is Google Crawling Then?

Search Engine Roundtable reports that a Google representative named Gary Illyes announced that Googlebot could now crawl outside of the United States. Googlebot is the title used to refer to Google’s web crawler which is used on desktop sites and mobile sites.

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Illyes states that the “system to handle this is currently live but may not be used in all cases or it may not be used at all for your site,” Search Engine Roundtable reports. However, after he read reports stating that he had made claims crawling was currently happening outside of the United States, he clarifies his claim.

Especially, since in the past Google has said that crawling outside the United States wouldn’t prove to be as useful as one would think. That can be seen in the video hangout just below.

Gary Illyes says that he was discussing Google’s crawling abilities outside of the Unites States. Specifically, in reference to the IP block that have been assigned to countries which could be used in the future for crawling externally.

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Twitter Chatter

Others have spoken on the matter of Googlebot crawling outside of the United States. Webmaster and Google Products Expert Kenichi Suzuki took to Twitter to explain the claim. Here’s what he had to say about the matter.

For now it seems like Googlebot is going to stay crawling in the Unites States and external crawling might be tabled for now. Keep an eye on Twitter feeds and Webmaster world for more word in the future!

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Google’s Newest Resources For Ranking Algorithms

11/24/2022

You heard right! Google has released a centralized resources listing live and “notable” ranking updates. Found under the Ranking and search appearance menu on Google Search Central, a complete guide listing all you need to know about Google’s search ranking.

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What’s New In

The search engine’s Guide To Google Search Ranking System is perfect for any user who wants a run down of all Google’s historical and current systems. Historical systems as in one that are no longer running or involved with other algorithms. Current systems as in system still active and in use.

According to a blog post, the guide is intended to be a one-stop shop for creators to learn about how Google’s ranking systems work and how they can change. The post also explained that Google is transitioning to using systems ‘instead’ of ‘update’ as language to notify users of changes to Google’s Ranking.

So keep an eye out for ranking updates, or should we say ranking systems in the future.

Active and Inactive Ranking Systems

One of the great things about Google’s new ranking system guide is that it lists all the systems that are both active and inactive. Search Engine Roundtable reports some of the active systems include MUM, local news systems, products reviews system, helpful content system, and many more.

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On the flip side, systems like Hummingbird, Mobile-friendly ranking, Page speed, and panda are no longer actively used in search ranking.

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