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Google News Adds New Referral URL Source That Publishers Should Begin Tracking

Google has announced, if not quietly, in its Google news forum that a new URL referrer source has been added that news publishers should be tracking to get a "comprehensive view of traffic from Google News."  Not only can referrals be tracked from, publishers should also track referrals from There seems to be a connection [...]

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Google News To Deprecate Old RSS Feed URLs On December 1, 2017

Google News is going to be deprecating their old RSS feed subscription URLs by December 1, 2017.  What this means for you is, if you've got a Google News RSS feed subscription from a year or so ago, you'll have to update them all. According to a Google spokesperson, “We are making some necessary improvements to [...]

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Google Announces New Poynter Partnership To Train More News Fact Checkers Globally

During the 2016 presidential election, the concept of fake news seemed to permeate the face of Google, Facebook and Twitter for the promotion of false narratives.  All of these companies have taken corrective measures, such as deploying fact-checking mechanisms to identify false claims. Google, adding to the current efforts, announced a partnership with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which was [...]

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Google Adds Structured Data For Subscription & Paywalled Content For New Flexible Sampling Program

It was reported early on October 2 that Google is doing away with the old “first click free” program and replacing it with flexible sampling.  Basically, Publishers are being given more options for allowing search users to access their content without hurting ranking visibility in Google search results. With this, Google introduced a new paywall structured data [...]

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Report: Google Ending ‘First Click Free’ To Help Publishers Boost Subscriptions

According to a Wall Street Journal report (registration required), Google is in the works to end its "first click free" (FCF) program, which provides users access to content behind publisher subscription paywalls when they click through from Google results.  The move is intended to help boost subscription rates. According to the report, Google is going to allow [...]

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Breaking News: When AMP Goes Through The Roof

Over the last year, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) have been growing at a good, steady pace, going single-digit to low double-digit percentages of traffic for a number of websites. Here's an interesting trend - there are a quite a few news publishers, certain viral and breaking stories are now consumed in the AMP format most [...]

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Thrive News – Rebrand

If you come to our website regularly, you may have noticed a slight change. Those who don't come visit regularly may not even have noticed, but... We updated our name from Thrive Business Marketing to Thrive Digital Marketing, and we refreshed our logo and website. The new brand helps us hone in on our core [...]

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Wall Street Journal’s Google Traffic Drops 44% After Pulling Out Of First Click Free

Back in February, The Wall Street Journal stopped participating in a program that allows Google visitors to bypass its paywall.  The publication ended up discovering that it doesn't get as much traffic from Google as it did before. Based on an interview with Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal reported that the traffic coming from Google dropped 44 percent after [...]

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