GOOGLE IS ALL SET TO USE MOBILE-FIRST INDEXING BY DEFAULT FOR ALL NEW SITES

Google will, by default, use its mobile Googlebot to index all the new sites that come online. This move will help ensure that the users’ needs are placed at the forefront.

Besides, Mobile-First indexing is something that Google has already been doing with over half of the search results anyway.

Want to Find Out Whether Your Site is Being Indexed by the Mobile Bot?

Chances are, if your site is responsive and mobile-friendly, then it is already being indexed using the mobile bot and you have nothing to worry about.

However, if you still want to check whether your site is being indexed using Mobile-First indexing, then it is fairly easy to do so.

Normally, you will receive an email notifying you that your site has been migrated. In case you missed the mail, you can check using Google’s URL Inspection Tool.

All you have to do is add your homepage URL in the top search bar in Google Search Console account and hit enter.

Mobile First CheckThe page that comes next will show you whether the site is being indexed using Google smartphone bot.

check mobile indexing

NOTE: If while using the tool you are unable to understand the results you get, go through Google’s URL Inspection Tool guide that offers details on all the different types of results one can get.

GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE NOW COMES WITH 3 NEW STRUCTURED DATA REPORTS

Coding errors can pop up anytime and Google is all set to make it easier for us to realize when we have one on our hands. In an effort to offer more transparency on how our structured data is actually performing, Google has added three new reports to its Search Console. These new reports are as follows:

1.     Logo Enhancement Report – If you are using Logo Markup, this report will provide you with details pertaining to the performance and/or errors around your Logo Markup.

2.     Sitelinks Seachbox Enhancement Report – This report has been put in place to provide you with insight into the performance and/or errors around your SearchAction Markup.

3.     Unparsable Structured Data Report – This error report has been designed to enable you to analyze and resolve issues around markup codes that fail to pass Google’s testing.

As long as your site has these specific markups, you will be able to find these reports listed under the Enhancements tab in Search Console.

Structure Data Reports

Why we need these reports?

It is fairly common for an error to pop up even after you run a new code through Google’s Structured Testing Tool. These new reports give you a comprehensive breakdown of when Google first discovered the error, the pages with the error and even what the error looks like.

However, while you are trying to see whether you have been able to successfully troubleshoot the markup coding issues in your site, you need to bear in mind that the reports take time to update. It can take around a week or more for the updated page code to reflect on the reports even after you “Validate a Fix”

GOOGLE LAUNCHES CALL AUTOMATION SERVICE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Area 120, Google’s experimental products group, introduces a new call automation service – CallJoy.
A cloud-based phone agent, CallJoy will help local businesses improve, measure and automate their customer service.

Take a look at Google’s promotional video explaining the benefits of their new service.

PS if you wish to test the system you can sign up for early access here.

HAVE YOU CHECKED THE AUTOMATED ADS TOOL ON FACEBOOK YET?

A new Automated Ads tool was announced by Facebook recently. The social networking site claims it to be of great help in creating result driven ads.

FB automated AdsThe Tool Will Have Following Features:

  • Suggestions to create up to 6 different versions of your ad.
    • Call-to-action buttons
    • Text
    • Other creative details
      (Facebook will show the best-performing version, once the ad is active)
  • Tailored audience recommendations based on the information available on your page.

     

  • Budget recommendations that are likely to generate results as per your goals.
    (Your own budget can also be shared to determine the estimated results)
  • Receive timely notifications to help you understand how your ads are performing and how you can improve them.

Additionally, Facebook has expanded its free business tools to allow appointment booking and managing.

You can also find 3 new features added to their video editing tools…

  • Automatic Cropping
  • Video Trimming
  • Image & Text Overlays

Have a look at the FB announcement page that provides complete details and video guides on how these tools can be used.

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