Google has created new activity cards designed to help people to pick up where they left off in search.
Activity cards will appear at the top of search results for logged-in users when looking for a topic they’ve previously searched for.
The cards will contain links to previously visited pages, along with a carousel of queries that led to those pages.
Users can save links in an activity card to a collection by long-pressing on them.
Collections can be accessed by tapping the menu on the top left of the Search page (on mobile web), or through the bottom bar of the Google app.
Google says these cards are intended to help people with tasks that require more than just a simple query.
“You might be looking for information to help you complete a longer-running task, whether it’s meal planning for a new food regimen, researching new stretching routines for post-gym recovery or picking up a new hobby. You might come back to Search to find information on the same topic, hoping to retrace your steps or discover new, related ideas.”
Activity cards may be triggered when searching for topics such as cooking, interior design, fashion, skincare and beauty, fitness, photography and more.
Of course, only logged-in users can see their own activity cards. The cards will never contain information about what another user has searched for.
Activity cards are rolling out today on both the mobile web and Google app in the US. They are currently only available in English.
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Price extensions launched in Microosoft Advertising a little over a year ago, allowing advertisers to show products and pricing in text ads in mobile and desktop search results.
Why we should care
Now you can manage those extensions in Microsoft Advertising Editor. That means you can manage them in bulk and much more quickly.
From the Shared LIbrary in Editor, you will be able to add headers, descriptions and prices, including currency.
To associate price extensions with ad groups in your campaigns in Editor, select an ad group and use the “Choose price extension” dialogue box.
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Some helpful reminders for price extensions:
The prices must be included on the landing page.
They are charged the same CPC as a click on an ad headline.
They can link to third-party retailers.
Do not duplicate the same copy in the header and description of a price extension.
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Google posted a notice that between the dates of June 5 through June 7, it was unable to capture data around image search traffic. This is just a reporting bug and did not impact actual search traffic, but the Search Console performance report may show drops in image search traffic in that date range.
The notice. The notice read, “June 5-7: Some image search statistics were not captured during this period due to an internal issue. Because of this, you may see a drop in your image search statistics during this period. The change did not affect user Search results, only the data reporting.”
How do I see this? If you login to Google Search Console, click into your performance report and then filter by clicking on the “search type” filter. You can then select image from the filters.
Here is a screen shot of this filter:
Why we should care. If your site gets a lot of Google Image search traffic, you may notice a dip in your traffic reporting within Google Search Console. You may have not noticed a similar dip in your other analytics tools. That being said, Google said this is only a reporting glitch within Google Search Console and did not impact your actual traffic to your web site.
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Barry Schwartz is Search Engine Land’s News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on SEM topics.