Search giant Google has announced that adding an SSL 2048-bit key certificate on your site (or making it https) will slightly improve your Google ranking. Read the official announcement here.Read More
Signs Your Website May Have Been Hit by Google Penguin
Has your organic traffic suddenly decreased? Did your website disappear from the top Google rankings for your target keywords? If you answer yes to both questions, then your website may have probably been hit by Google Penguin update. If you are not sure whether your website got affected by the recent Google algorithm update or not, below is a list of signs that will tell you that your website have a Google penalty.Read More
Have Your Google Rankings Changed with Panda 4.0?
Have you noticed a significant change in your website’s search engine rankings over the last couple of weeks? If you have, then your site, in all likelihood, has been impacted by Panda 4.0, which Google released in May.
What To Do If You Suspect You Have Been Penalised By Google
The Google penalty is perhaps the bogeyman of every single webmaster out there. In one fell swoop, a Google penalty can basically wipe your website out of existence, at least where the search engine result pages or SERPs are concerned. Dealing with it is such as a pain in the neck, and it’s something you must do before you lose all your web traffic. You have to identify what caused it, and take the appropriate measures to correct whatever went wrong.
To diagnose the problem and fix it, here are three steps you need to take as soon as you can.
Why Being on Google+ Is Good For Business
We now live in a world where Google casts a long shadow just about everywhere. Just a few years ago, Google entered the world of social media networking via Google Plus, which has since become one of the top social media platforms. The thing is, a lot of entrepreneurs still haven’t realised how being on Google Plus is good for business. As a matter of fact, many people still believe that compared to Facebook and Twitter, the two other social media giants, Google Plus isn’t as popular, and therefore not a good place to do business.
If you own a business online and you subscribe to this kind of thinking, you have no idea what you’re missing. Let us enumerate the reasons why being on Google Plus is good for business.
Google Fights Child Abuse By Blocking Unique Search Terms
More than 100,000 unique search terms that could cause child abuse images to pop up on any given search has been blocked by Google, according to a report by SearchEngineWatch.
The move comes on the heels of calls by the government of the United Kingdom on search engines and internet service providers or ISPs for more intensified measures to combat the proliferation of illegal material online.
Aside from blocking those 100,000 unique search terms, Google, according to its executive chairman Eric Schmidt, has also added 200 personnel to its team that is exclusively tasked to hunt these child abuse images down and remove them. On top of this, Google will also send engineers to the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation and the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Click here to read the article in full.
Filters and Comparisons Improve Google Knowledge Graph
Since Google added the Knowledge Graph display to its search engine in May 2012, users have been getting more structured and detailed information about any topic they search about. Now the Knowledge Graph search results have become even smarter with the recent addition of filters and a way to compare items side by side. Danny Goodwin talks about the newest Google Knowledge Graph innovations some more in an article for SearchEngineWatch.
Goodwin says a search for, say, “Impressionist artists”, using the new Google Knowledge Graph filter now yields a virtual gallery of artists associated with the 19th century art movement. A new results page then appears when you click on the pictures of any of these artists. Even more interesting is the fact that you can now make Knowledge Graph comparisons between things. Search for the difference between olive oil and butter, for example, and you’ll be presented with relevant facts placed side-by-side in card form.
Now if they could only make comparison charts between comic book superheroes, and we’ll have an idea who’ll win a fight between, say, Superman and The Hulk…
To read the article, click here.
Hashtags Now Supported on Google Search
In May, Google+ started supporting hashtags. Now the search engine giant has taken things a bit farther by adding hashtag support on Google Search results. That means people can now search for hashtags on Google Search just by typing in “#keyword”, much like they do with Twitter and other social media use that use hashtags.