Good morning, hey, keywords aren’t dead after all.

Google still wants them for local search, anyway. At some point recently, Google quietly updated its GMB help page on improving local rankings with an explicit recommendation to add relevant keywords to your business description to help improve visibility in local search results. Stefan Somborac, founder of Marketing Metrology, spotted the update this week. 

This doesn’t mean you should go keyword stuff the heck out of your GMB listing, but adding location qualifiers, for example, can improve your chances of showing up for relevant queries. 

Yesterday, Google rolled out new annotations on Change History performance charts reports that actually make them quite a bit easier to navigate. Clicking on one of the annotation icons below the chart brings up a card listing the types of changes made that day. You can then click on any of the changes to get to the details in the report. The annotations only appear at the campaign level — at this point at least. 

Ginny Marvin,

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Search Shorts

Crawl budget, caching, and videos

Google crawl budget. John Mueller from Google said on Reddit there is no number or benchmark for crawl budget.

Googlebot caching. Martin Splitt from Google said on Twitter Googlebot caches aggressively, so we recommend using hashes or checksums as part of the filename.

YouTube for SEO. Google’s John Mueller gives his YouTube and video advice on Twitter.



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What we're reading

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1,000 of the most stunning landscapes in Google Earth – Google Blog

Announcing v202002 of the Google Ad Manager API – Google Ads Developer Blog

Big link numbers don’t always equal big business impact – Builtvisible

Google Helping Identify Semantic Entities in Audio – Go Fish Digital

Google takes on EU in court over record antitrust fines – Reuters

Hey Google, turn up the love – Google Blog

How to Build a Media List for Content Promotion – Portent

Internal Linking Guide – InLinks

Presidents’ Day: Google’s Complicated Relationship with Alexander Hamilton – Five Blocks

Searching for love this Valentine’s Day – Google Blog

Siri will now answer your election questions – TechCrunch

Turing Natural Language Generation (T-NLG) To Power Bing Search In Future? – Search Engine Roundtable

Up to 50% Of Potentially Converting Keywords Show No Volume in 3rd Party Tools – Local SEO Guide