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We’ve just released a completely updated version of our Guide to SEO, the companion piece to the Periodic Table of SEO Factors. In it you’ll find deeper looks at the elements that will help your website succeed in organic search, pro tips from leading search experts and resources to dig in further. 

Have you tested the TikTok waters? It’s not just for teens, you know. I’ve now spent, well, hours of my life on TikTok’s “For You” tab. We explore how brands like Chipotle and E.l.f are marketing on the fast-growing mobile video platform in our TikTok primer for brands.

On the news front, late last week, French antitrust authorities ruled that Google must pay to display news content in France. This is the latest in a long-running battle between media publishers in the EU and Google over copyright fees and the right to show news content in Search and Google News. Search Engine Land’s Greg Sterling sees potential for U.S. new publishers to call for similar compensation mechanisms.

If you’re working in commerce, mark your calendar for this Friday at 2:00 p.m. I’ll be hosting the next Live with Search Engine Land and talking commerce challenges and channel strategies during this time with: 

  • Groove Life CMO Bryant Garvin
  • SEM strategist at PMG Kaitlin McGrew
  • Vice President of E-commerce at The Integer Group Anthony Verre 

Keep reading for a Pro Tip on using GSC for featured snippet optimization and whole lot more. 

Ginny Marvin,

Pro Tip

Find opportunities in Search Console to optimize featured snippets

“With the transition to the new Search Console, Google seems to have opened the floodgates when it comes to data that would be important to our overall SEO strategies. I highly recommend becoming familiar with all the reports Search Console has to offer,” explains SMX speaker Joe Robledo of  97th Floor. “In the performance report found in Search Console’s dashboard, you can zero in on a query’s click, impression and average search ranking data. To isolate possible featured snippet opportunities you want to do the following.”

  • Use a query filter to isolate the common beginning of question-based queries (how, when, do, where, does, etc.) 
  • Add a filter for the average position to isolate the queries with an average rank of 2 and below
  • Spot check the queries that come up in this filter to verify that they are snippets worth going after 
  • You can also repeat this same process but only look at the queries that only have an average ranking of 1 in order to look at the possible featured snippet opportunities where you are currently winning

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Search Shorts

Google & Apple to do contact tracing.

Contact tracing. Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, said on Twitter, “to help public health officials slow the spread of COVID19, Google & Apple are working on a contact tracing approach designed with strong controls and protections for user privacy. Tim Cook and I are committed to working together on these efforts.”

AMP page different. Is your AMP page different from the normal web page?  John Mueller from Google said, It’s not a matter of ranking, but rather usability: the AMP version should be equivalent to the legacy version, otherwise users will get confused. One way to not have to worry about this is to just make your normal template AMP.

Conversion reporting fixed. Google Ads said a reporting issue that affected Search and Shopping conversions between April 9 and 10 has been fixed. It impacted advertisers using last click attribution models. If you downloaded reports during that time, it’s best to pull that data again. 


What will marketing look like in a post-coronavirus world?

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What we're reading

We've curated our picks from across the web so you can retire your feed reader

Apple Maps will soon display COVID-19 testing locations – 9to5Mac

Bing Removes Twitter From Connected Pages – Search Engine Roundtable

How to Align SEO with Brand Strategies…and Win Over Your Brand Team in the Process – Go Fish Digital

Knead some baking inspiration? We’ve got you covered – Google Blog

The SEO Elevator Pitch – Best of Whiteboard Friday – Moz

U.S. approves Google request to use segment of U.S.-Asia undersea cable – Reuters

Using Google Trends to find COVID data – SearchReSearch

Yoast SEO 14.0: The Indexables – Yoast