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Google Maps Introduces 4 New Features

Google Maps has introduced four new features to improve user experience. Here’s a look at everything new in Google Maps.

The new features include:

  • Messaging From Maps & Search
  • Street View User Contributions
  • Community Feed
  • Updated Performance Insights

Let’s start with Messaging From Maps & Search

Google is bringing messaging to connect customers with businesses to Google Maps and Search. This will facilitate easier and clear communication between businesses and customers. Verified Businesses can now interact with the customers directly from the Google Maps app. 

Please note that the customer messages will appear in the business messages section

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Street View User Contributions: Google is testing a new feature that will allow users to contribute images to Street View using only their phone. Users who want to contribute need to download the Street View app, open it and record a series of the connected image while they walk down a lane or cross a street

Once you submit the footage and publish it with the Street View app, then Google will automatically rotate, position, and place the images as per the correct sequence

Updated Performance Insights: Google is now adding more data to performance insights to help businesses understand the queries people are searching to find their listing in Maps and Search

All performance data is available up to six months

Updated Performance Insights: Google is now adding more data to performance insights to help businesses understand the queries people are searching to find their listing in Maps and Search

Community Feed: Google is adding a new community feed in the Explore Tab of Google Maps. Users will be able to find the latest reviews, photos, posts added by Local experts and businesses offering food and drink services.

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Google completes migration of the disavow link tool to new Search Console

Google on 17th November 2020 announced that they completed the migration of the Disavow links tool to the new Search Console.

The migration brings the following changes to the Disavow Links Tool

  1. A better and improved interface
  2. Ability to download disavow files as a text file
  3. Error reports not limited to 10 errors anymore.

What is the Disavow Links Tool?

GOogle’s Link Disavow tool helps publishers to inform Google that they do not want the association with certain links from third-party sites that in one way or another violate Google policies. Getting links from these sites may lead to a penalty if the publishers can’t get the links removed. 

With the Disavow links tool, you can create a text file including the links you want to remove from Google and upload it in the Disavow Links tool so you can improve your link profile.

The disavow links tool was launched in October 2012.

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What are Featured Snippets and its types?

Google Search is becoming more and more informative. You get search suggestions even before you type in the search query. One of the most common features of information on Google search these days is featured snippets. 

What are Featured Snippets?

The featured snippets are a short form of text that appears at the top of Google search results. It is found right above the first organic search results, which is why it’s also called “position 0”. The content is extracted from a webpage and includes the page’s title and URL. The aim of the featured snippets is to answer a searcher’s question without having to visit a website. These featured snippets help in finding answers easier than ever before because you don’t have to click anything to view the information.

Around 25% of all Google search result pages include a featured snippet. 

If Google decides to display your webpage’s content as a featured snippet, just imagine the limitless exposure & leads you could get.

Types of featured snippets

The major types of featured snippets include: 

  • The paragraph or The Definition Box (an answer is given in text format)
  • List (an answer is given in a form of a list)
  • Table (an answer is given in a table)

The paragraph or The Definition Box: These kinds of featured snippets are the most common and offer searchers a direct answer to their query. The best thing about paragraph snippet is that it makes finding answers easier than ever before because you don’t have to click anything to view the information. It’s all there on “Position 0”

FAQ pages are best suited for answering multiple short questions at once, whereas dedicated blog pages are perfect for answering more complicated questions.

List Type: The list type featured snippet provides relevant answers to your queries in a list or pointwise format. These snippets are either numbered lists or bulleted lists.

List type search results apply mostly to articles about step-by-step instructions e.g recipes. Around thirty-seven percent of google searches are lists.

The Table Featured Snippet: Google prefers well-structured content with numerical data, rates, prices, years and displays it to the users in the form of a table snippet for better readability. Google will not directly fetch the data/table from your website content, instead, it will re-format the information to make it more useful

It doesn’t grab the exact table from the content — instead, it re-formats the data to make it more useful.

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Keyword Based Search In Instagram – Coming Soon To You

Instagram is upgrading the search feature on its platform that will give users the ability to search for anything using keywords. Currently, users can search for hashtags and accounts only. Instagram has begun offering a keyword-based search feature to select users in English-speaking users in six countries including the UK, US, Ireland, and Canada.

Instagram says only certain terms will be searchable, though. 

The company has also confirmed that it is making its ‘’Guides’ feature available to all insta users. ‘Guides’ lets users discover recommendations and other content from their favorite creators or public figures.

The most exciting benefit of the search update for digital marketers & search enthusiasts is the vast potential for Instagram SEO.

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LinkedIn Uncovers New Look Desktop Experience With New Features

Linkedin recently unveiled a revamped desktop version with a better search experience.

The new layout is more simple and elegant with every element getting a defined place on the screen. The user profiles have been refreshed and the profile image is adjusted in the center now.

A new upgrade to the search results will cover all aspects of Linkedin. It means the users will be able to search for more than just people and jobs. They can now use the search bar to find relevant groups, events, and content.

Over the past year, there is around a 55% increase in content creation. Linkedin Users are posting more statuses, videos, and articles. Another key focus was the launch of LinkedIn’s new educational product called LinkedIn Learning.

LinkedIn is also adding in a new bot system to help users more effectively schedule their time.

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Instagram is upgrading the search feature on its platform that will give users the ability to search for anything using keywords.

Featured snippets let you rank on Position 0 of Google search

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