Google Rolling Out Continuous Scroll On Mobile Search Results

Oct 15, 2021 - 7:11 am 1 by
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Google Mobile Scroll

Google announced yesterday that it is rolling out what they are calling "continuous scrolling" on the mobile search results. Google is not calling it infinite scroll, because the scroll does not infinitely scroll, it should stop after page four or so - but nevertheless there is a continuous scroll being rolled out on mobile.

We actually saw Google testing this earlier this year, but Google has been known for testing infinite scroll over the years, including in 2019, 2015, 2011 and more.

This does replace the more results button for the first four pages. More results I think was renamed to "see more" at some point as well.

Here is Google's GIF of it in action:

Google Continuous Scroll Mobile Results

How much does it scroll?

And Google posted more clarification:

Google said it is rolling out gradually for most English searches on mobile in the U.S.

In terms of Search Console reporting, this has no impact on that:

The joke all SEOs are saying is that you are all now on page one. :)

Impact To Google Ads

Seems like there is none, Google wrote "this change is rolling out over the next two weeks starting today, and does not affect how the ad auction works or the way Ad Rank is calculated." Here is the Q&A posted:

Is there any change to where my ads can show on the search results page? Our systems recalculate Ad Rank for each search results page to ensure that the most relevant and helpful ads are shown at the top. As part of this change to how search results show, we’re redistributing the number of text ads that can show between the top and bottom of pages for US-English mobile queries. Now, text ads can show at the top of the second page and beyond, while fewer text ads will show at the bottom of each page. There is no change to how Shopping and Local ads show.

Can my ads show more than once for the same query? Yes. Ads have always been eligible (based on Ad Rank) to show on a search results page and again on a subsequent page. Our systems calculate your Ad Rank for each page and take into account whether your ad was shown on a previous page.

What should I expect as a result of this change? Search, Shopping, and Local campaigns that serve ads on US-English queries may see more mobile impressions, which could result in lower CTR. We expect clicks, conversions, average CPC, and average CPA to remain flat.

Additionally, Search campaigns may see more impressions from top ads and fewer impressions from bottom ads. To understand your performance based on where your text ads show on the search results page, consider segmenting your performance data by “Top vs. Other” and reviewing your prominence metrics. There is no change to these reports.

We recommend monitoring your campaigns and continuing to optimize them based on your business objectives. This change to mobile search results is expected to roll out to additional countries and languages next year.

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