Good morning, Marketers, change is a good thing! 

Oh sure, change can be scary. Or complicated. But a big change can also bring with it many positives — excitement, creativity and a fresh perspective. Over the first couple of weeks of the year, I’ve seen several of my industry friends and colleagues announcing departures from their current roles, starting new jobs, selling their company and starting their own companies. One thing they all have in common? New and exciting adventures await. 

Thinking about making a change? Well, remember: you only have so many years on this planet. Make sure you make the most of them. If you’re unhappy where you are, get out. Value yourself — and make sure whoever you work for (or with) respects and values you — your skills, time, expertise and humanity. And, if you have just made such a change? Congrats to you, fellow adventurer! Let’s go forth and do awesome things — to better ourselves and the entire search industry!

Danny Goodwin,
Senior Editor

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  • Friendly reminder. You can’t predict Google algorithm updates using crawl stats. An increase in crawling activity does not necessarily mean Google is about to launch a new broad core algorithm update. Sure, it could. Or, it could simply mean that it’s just another day of the week. 
  • LSA update. Google has updated its Local Service ads documentation. What changed: businesses can now request their “own dedicated background check partner” to do the verification. 
  • Trend to watch. Both Instagram and TikTok are testing subscription-based content. On Instagram, a few creators can now provide exclusive content starting at $0.99 per month.
  • Going south? Site migrations can cause headaches for you – but they also pose challenges for Google. Find out some best practices from Google on how to ensure your site migration goes as smoothly as possible.

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