New & Notable in Digital Marketing: November 2015

By | 2016-11-18T15:00:37+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Categories: Digital Marketing|

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Happy Holidays! November 2015 was chock full of interesting and important updates in the land of SEO and PPC. Here’s your monthly dose of what was new and notable in digital marketing this past November 2015.


Next Google algorithm update for links (Penguin v 4.0) should happen by the end of the year. This algo update will be a real-time version, meaning as Google detects spammy links on a site, it will update the rankings accordingly. At the same time, when those spammy links are removed and Google’s indexer picks up on that, rankings should adjust again. This is a huge and important change that will give more immediate results as adjustments are made to backlink profiles.

Unconfirmed Google Phantom (quality) algo update occurred on November 19th.

Google to start indexing App-only content and show results in Mobile search. This presents an opportunity for App content generators to gain more real estate in Mobile search and presents a threat to those competitors with no App content.

Google set to release AMP pages for Google Mobile search in early 2016. AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, a project backed by Google that has gained support from publishers and is aimed at making the mobile internet faster. Considering how Google Mobile ranks mobile optimized pages higher than non-mobile optimized pages, it’s possible Google Mobile will rank AMP pages highest of them all.

Google releases updated Mobile search quality rater’s guide. Most interesting is the increased focus on mobile usability as a ranking factor, specifically ease of data entry, page display on various screen sizes, difficulty in use, and load time.

Google removes reviews from new Google+ Local listings. Reviews will still be visible in local search results and maps.


AdWords releases “click-share” metric for Shopping ads. Click share shows you the percentage of total possible clicks received by your Shopping ads. Use this new metric to help you better understand where you’re missing out on click traffic.

AdWords releases text message remarketing.


Q3 2015 E-Commerce Jumps 15% Y/Y to $69.7 Billion in Sales. 84% of digital dollars came from Desktop. Mobile commerce contributed the remaining 16%. Mobile achieved strong year-over-year growth at 70% as compared to just 8% from desktop.

About the Author:

Andrea Cole
With 13+ years of SEO, paid search and Google Analytics experience, Andrea is Beacon’s “chief digital strategist,” working directly with our Higher Education clients and large commercial accounts. Her in-depth review of Husson University’s website led to an overhaul of the keyword and content targets of 100+ pages within their degree and program content, significantly improving search visibility. Andrea earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill, is certified in Google Analytics and is invited annually to Google’s exclusive GA Summit. She recently served as an adjunct professor in Wake Forest University’s MSBA Program and led a conference seminar for improving site search and SEO in Higher Education. Andrea is also the author of The SEOptimist blog, which provides useful tips and informative articles on SEO, PPC and Web Marketing.