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Google Trends Now Shows Data For YouTube Search, Google Shopping, News Search & Image Search

New filters are being added to Google’s trends data, which now makes it possible to see search trends beyond web search  Now, users can find real-time search trends on specific search tersm within YouTube, News and Image searches, along with Google Shopping. “We’re opening up more data to show what people in the world are …

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Google Tries To Bring More Transparency To News Content With Help From The Trust Project

There are times where machines aren’t always helpful.  In fact, they can get us into trouble sometimes, and it would take humans to help get us out of it.  With the likes of the 2016 election and the ongoing manipulation of news by foreign governments and domestic trolls, the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter …

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Google News Adds New Referral URL Source That Publishers Should Begin Tracking

Google has announced, if not quietly, in its Google news forum that a new URL referrer source has been added that news publishers should be tracking to get a “comprehensive view of traffic from Google News.”  Not only can referrals be tracked from news.google.com, publishers should also track referrals from news.url.google.com. There seems to be a connection …

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Google Adds New Knowledge Panel To Provide Information About News Publishers

An announcement has been made by Google regarding a new knowledge graph card for news publishers in which searchers can learn more about a specific news publication directly in the search results. According to Google, this is going to help searchers learn about “a publication you’re not familiar with or one you wanted to learn more about.”  The …

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Google News To Deprecate Old RSS Feed URLs On December 1, 2017

Google News is going to be deprecating their old RSS feed subscription URLs by December 1, 2017.  What this means for you is, if you’ve got a Google News RSS feed subscription from a year or so ago, you’ll have to update them all. According to a Google spokesperson, “We are making some necessary improvements to …

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Google Announces New Poynter Partnership To Train More News Fact Checkers Globally

During the 2016 presidential election, the concept of fake news seemed to permeate the face of Google, Facebook and Twitter for the promotion of false narratives.  All of these companies have taken corrective measures, such as deploying fact-checking mechanisms to identify false claims. Google, adding to the current efforts, announced a partnership with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which was …

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Google Adds Structured Data For Subscription & Paywalled Content For New Flexible Sampling Program

It was reported early on October 2 that Google is doing away with the old “first click free” program and replacing it with flexible sampling.  Basically, Publishers are being given more options for allowing search users to access their content without hurting ranking visibility in Google search results. With this, Google introduced a new paywall structured data …

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Report: Google Ending ‘First Click Free’ To Help Publishers Boost Subscriptions

According to a Wall Street Journal report (registration required), Google is in the works to end its “first click free” (FCF) program, which provides users access to content behind publisher subscription paywalls when they click through from Google results.  The move is intended to help boost subscription rates. According to the report, Google is going to allow …

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Breaking News: When AMP Goes Through The Roof

Over the last year, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) have been growing at a good, steady pace, going single-digit to low double-digit percentages of traffic for a number of websites. Here’s an interesting trend – there are a quite a few news publishers, certain viral and breaking stories are now consumed in the AMP format most …

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