Backlink Breaker #14 - YouTube Monetization Features and Google News Card Layout

Are smart speakers are just surveillance devices? It’s naive to think that bringing a device into your home that listens to your conversations doesn’t surface some security concerns. Like any piece of technology, there are going to be security issues and assumed levels of risk with smart speakers, reflecting the modern struggle between privacy and security vs technological convenience.

Will companies behind speakers listen to our private conversations? Yes. 

Can malicious third parties exploit these devices and grab private audio from our homes? Yes.  

Is all this risk worth it so we can enjoy new voice search and command capabilities?


The News

YouTube launched some fresh monetization features that provide creators with new tools to make money on the platform. 

  • Animated Super Stickers - Your fans can buy stickers to post during live streams or video premiers.

  • Channel Membership Levels - A set of new price points for paid channel memberships with different built-in features.

  • Merchandising Partners - New partners in the YouTube merchandising program to help sell merchandise directly through your channel.

Anything that gives creators additional room to grow and make money on YouTube is a good thing. The more incentives for independent creatives, the stronger and more vibrant the platform. That means more users, more engagement, and more value for marketers.

Googles News released new desktop designs, replacing story clusters with card formats for featured stories. This change heavily favors top content, giving more real estate to single stories vs the clusters of links. A change this big should change referral traffic from Google News, so note this down in your reports to see how it's affected any of your news pages.

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