A few weeks ago – an innocuous thread on the Local Search Forum started with the title, “Images That Will Cause Your Google Posts to Fail and Filter Your Google Posts” started a conversation around Google rejecting posts because we thought the skin-to-clothing ratio was too low.
There didn’t seem to be a lot of logic around which images got through, and which got kicked out… but there is an interesting progression over the last week or two – I tried to illustrate what happened in
Then we noticed some posts being rejected simply for having a photo, and a workaround seemed to be posting, then editing the post and adding a photo…
We saw identical posts being treated differently – some rejected, some accepted
Then, we saw posts being completely rejected no matter what
Then, there was speculation that it was due to stock photography – because Google seemed to indicate that nothing was wrong and it was working as intended – but even those using owned/original photos were having issues.
All along, the Local SEO community was still taking bug – it was pretty apparent it wasn’t “working as intended”
Oh – then maybe it wasn’t working as intended (according to Google.)
Then it was fixed – and some of the posts that were denied, actually posted – making a duplicate post mess.
Google Post PSA Update: The Google has noted that the fix went live today for new posts so any new post you create should work as expected.
Google also noted that they will publish old posts that were rejected in the next few days.
— Mike Blumenthal (@mblumenthal) February 10, 2020
THEN we saw a new feature – posts with multiple photos….. more on that coming soon!
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