Google announced it now supports live streams with indexing API and structured data, meaning you’re now able to ‘tell’ Google when your video is live, and it will be eligible to appear more prominently in search results with a red “live” badge.
For those of you not familiar with structured data, it is basically tool that enables you to tell Google what your content is and how they should treat it. In this example, to tell Google that your video is a live stream so that they can give a ‘live’ badge to video thumbnails in search results.
As for the Indexing API, Google has opened up its Indexing API for live content as a way to accelerate the crawling and indexing process (as live content is real-time, and thus can’t wait in line to be indexed). In a nutshell, it means that Google will crawl your livestream content faster.
This is a great way to get more exposure in Google Search and Google Assistant, which is always exciting. As a result, it’s also an added incentive to create live content (as this content will be given special treatment that other content won’t get).
It’s also a possible hat tip to the growing ‘live’ trend in digital marketing; one which has been embraced by almost all major social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat etc.). For content marketers, live streaming is probably something to look into as we move into 2019.
You can read Google’s official announcement about live videos and how it will boost them here.