411 Locals Newsletter Dec 12 - 25 2016

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Google Adds Wheelchair Accessibility to Local Listings

Google has now added information to highlight when a local business is wheelchair accessible. The information will now show up when someone clicks …

Google My Business Insights For Google Maps Photos

Google My Business is now showing a new metric in the insights section of your Google My Business listings for your photos. Google will show you how …

Google Maps Promoted Places Gives Branded Pins & More To Brands

Google announced Promoted Places in Google Maps, a way for businesses to get more play in the Google Maps results.<p>Google said this allows businesses …

Google Pack Adds Ability To Segment Results by Rating Hours

Sergey Alakov, an active local SEO from Toronto, just noted on Twitter that Google has finally rolled out the ability to segment local results on …

Google Changes Search Console Report "Update" Line To "Note"

I cannot tell you how many times people emailed me or pinged me on social when they saw the Google Search Console reports say "update" in them. They …

Google Adds Color Pickers to Search Results

How often have you had to use a program or third party extension to check or choose a color? Google is solving some of the pain involved by adding a …

Google AMP reports now differentiate between critical and non-critical errors

Google Search Console has upgraded the AMP error report to show which errors are causing your AMP content to not be indexed in Google.

Google: We Will Treat Religious Interstitials As Legal Or Policy Interstitials

As you all know, on January 10, 2017 the Google mobile intrusive interstitial penalty is coming and as we explained, this has some folks concerned …

Google Gives HTTP/2 GoogleBot Clearance

November 2015, Google said they would let us know if it is safe to go HTTP/2 with your web servers by the end of 2015. That never really came but …

AMP Comes To Google Image Search

Google is now showing AMP results in Google Image Search. Will Barnes notified me of this on Twitter and I was able to replicate it.<p>Here is a screen …

Facebook Live now lets you broadcast audio-only content

Facebook has been heavily promoting the fact that it wants you to go live, but some people just aren’t comfortable showing their face in front of the camera. That’s why the social networking company has launched an audio-only mode that will allow content creators to find the right setting for them. …

Facebook Messenger gets group video call support on Android and iOS

Facebook has officially launched group video calling for Messenger on Android, iOS and desktop. Up to 50 people can participate at a time in an …

Instagram Now Has 600 Million Users

Yes, you read that right: Instagram now has 600 million users. In the six months since the photo-sharing company announced that it has reached the …

Facebook to use crowdsourcing, fact checkers and labels to combat fake news

The social giant will tap users to flag potential hoaxes and then professional fact checkers to determine veracity.

Facebook plans to buy original shows to fill its new video-only feed

Step 1) Create a video-only feed. Step 2) Spend money on live and non-live programming. Step 3) Make money by inserting ads in those programs.

Instagram's Live Video Feature Starts Roll Out to All U.S. Users | SEJ

Instagram has made its live video feature available to over 70 million U.S. users. Live video allows users to broadcast a video in real-time on …

Google Display Network to Begin Serving Ads With No Targeting As of January 18

Google recently announced changes to how it will be targeting ads starting on January 18, 2017. From that date forward, all ad groups with no …

Google Contributor Program to Shut Down in January 2017

Those involved in the Google Contributor program are receiving emails stating the service is shutting down in January 2017 as it undergoes an upgrade.<p>…

Is Google AdWords Testing Underlining Display URLs?

Ronnie Jones shared a screen shot on Twitter of the Google search results, specifically the AdWords listings, showing Google underlining the display …