Industry Roundup: June 2021

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Google I/O Recap 

“Google continues to bring to the table a focus on the user, and the updates this year reflect the changing attitude towards technology as well as a need to simplify our lives.” CEO Alex Porter reflects on the exciting updates presented at this year’s Google I/O. Learn more about Google’s new privacy dashboard, personalization updates, and the push to rethink technology to be more inclusive. Read more. 

New Timeline for Google Third-Party Cookie Deprecation 

Google announced a new timeline to phase-out third party cookies, citing the need to move at a responsible pace to allow for public discussion, engagement with regulators, and migration of services for publishers and advertisers. The deadline is now set to mid-2023. The announcement is generating a lot of buzz in the industry, but ultimately, for advertisers, it means more time to strategize and find technology solutions for the changes. Find an outline of what’s ahead from Seach Engine Land’s Carolyn Lyden. 

Google Search Updates 

In late July, advertisers will no longer be able to create new broad match modifier (BMM) keywords. Existing BMM keywords will still serve, and advertisers can still edit attributes of their BMM keywords, like status or bid. But editing keyword text will require changing the keyword to phrase match. For more information and recommendations on transitioning your keywords, see George Nguyen’s article for Search Engine Land. 

Why all the updates? In his recent daily brief, George Nguyen recaps the latest updates from Google: June core update, page experience update, a two-part spam update, and another core update in July. While delays are likely the major culprit for the rapid-fire release schedule – it’s important to note that the multiple updates can make it challenging for SEOs to pinpoint the cause of site ranking fluctuations.