Google This Week: September 2022 Product Review Rollout & More

by | Sep 30, 2022

Google This Week
4 min read
A lot of interesting things happened at Google this week with the rollout of the September 2022 core & product review updates, new Google shopping and local search features, new form interactions in Google Analytics, and more.

ICYMI, here’s what happened at Google This Week.

September 2022 Core & Product Review Updates Finish Rolling Out

Google confirmed that the September 2022 core algorithm update and product review updates have completed rolling out as of September 26, 2022.

Product Review UpdatesBoth updates finish rolling out on the same day. Google quietly announced the rollout completion via its search ranking updates page.

YouTube Shorts Adds Narration Voice Overs Feature

YouTube has rolled out a narration voice over feature on iOS, a tool that is already often used on TikTok.

YouTube Shorts Adds Narration Voice Overs FeatureCreators can use narration to add commentary on top of already recorded videos.

9 New Shopping Features

Google has announced nine new shopping-related features and tools geared towards improving user experience. These features aimed to help the company better attract online consumers to shop on Google.

The announcement was made during the annual Search On event.

7 New Local Search Updates

Google has announced seven new local search features and updates at its annual Search On virtual conference that will enhance how people explore neighbourhoods, businesses, and restaurants in Google Search.

The local search changes are:

  • Search for restaurants by dish
  • Discover restaurant specialties
  • More support for digital menus
  • Enhancements to Google Maps’ Live View
  • Aerial views of famous landmarks
  • Immersive view
  • Neighbourhood vibe checks

Source 1, 2, and 3.

New Form Interactions in Google Analytics

Google Analytics had added two new form interactions that collect form_start and form_submit events. The new options are enabled automatically for all newly created web data streams.New Form Interactions in Google Analytics

If you already have a web data stream, you can turn this on by navigating to Enhanced Measurement.

Thank You for Reading

Have you noticed any effects of the Google core & product review updates roll out, or any other changes from Google this week?

Check back next Friday for the latest from Google This Week.

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Kirsten Tanner

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