Google is now sending out a new form of notifications via the Google Webmaster Tools after you verify a new website in Google Webmaster Tools for the very first time.
The new message has the subject “Improve the search presence of your web site domain name”. It then lists out five steps that you need to follow for improving the search presence.
Google has a gift for travelers. With the introduction of the new Now card, the search engine giant will make sure that you do not miss a good deal. The card will notify users whenever flight prices drop down. The information was posted by Google on its Google+ page.
Here is a bad news for sites using Private Blog Networks. Reportedly, Google has taken a strict action on the sites that are participating in private blog networks which is commonly known as PBNs. The search engine giant on September 18th sent out hundreds of manual action notices to the sites for “thin content spam” via Google Webmaster Tools.
Google has introduced Structured Snippets which is a new feature that incorporates facts into individual result snippets in Web Search. This announcement was made on the Google Research Blog yesterday.
Google will display snippets of data which is relevant to the query within the search results’ snippets. The data is powered by the Knowledge Graph. Given below is a screen shot to explain what exactly does it look like.
Google has expanded Google Maps, its useful and free smart phone navigation app to 19 new countries. This was announced on the Google+ page of Google Maps.
These countries include Bahamas, Angola, Botswana, Bolivia, Guyana. Fiji, Jamaica, Honduras, Mali, Madagascar, Malta, Malawi, Nepal, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia, Trinidad & Tobago.ï»¿
Check the availability by Android, iPad and iPhone here.
Google has unveiled a new version of the Google Maps Engine Lite, also named as My Maps. The tool is pretty cool as well as powerful and it lets you create a trip itinerary, note hot-spots in any location and also gives you the opportunity to personalize Google Maps.
If you have made a few errors with your robots.txt file by letting Googlebot crawl something you simply did not want it to or if you accidentally blocked Googlebot, you have to wait till Googlebot picks up the new robots.txt changes.
Google has updated the Webmaster Tools API, making it consistent with other Google APIs. Google says that the new API makes it easier to authenticate for apps or web-services and provides access to some of the main features of Webmaster Tools.
The New Webmaster Tools API lets you:
- List, add, or remove sites from your account. As of now you can have up to 500 sites in your account.
Here is some good news for Hangouts users. They can now make voice calls from Hangouts on iOS, android and the web. Google made the announcement on its official blog. Users can not only call other Hangouts users for free, but also call numbers in the U.S and Canada without any charges, international calls are chargeable but the rates are very low.
When Google updated its Site Move Help documentation in June, webmasters had doubts on why Google recommended 302 redirects in the "Moving from separate URLs to same URLs" scenario. Google guidelines said, “Redirect your separate smartphone URLs to your desktop URLs using server-side 302 HTTP redirects." Google has once again updated the guidelines, now saying "Redirect your separate smartphone URLs to your desktop URLs using server-side 301 HTTP redirects."