The novel Coronavirus is the most popular single search topic on Google. In order to satisfy users’ demand, the platform added several changes to the way content appears in Top Stores. Besides that, Local news box was introduced to the platform. This way Google hopes to make local COVID-related news more visible for users.
Despite the obvious interest in news content recently, it isn’t the best time for publishers. It is especially so for local ones. There have been some restrictions on advertising and many advertisers stopped their campaigns. Obviously, it means less profit and causes difficulties for many publishers to stay afloat. Luckily, governments and companies like Google are taking actions to help them.