Google is using information from the “location pages” of businesses to collect specific data about local businesses and return this information directly in the search results page. Google announced in a blog post, that it is now supporting improved schema markup, rich snippets for location pages.
Webmasters can include and mark up the address, opening hours, phone numbers and departments within a store so that Google can identify and surface this information.
Not even a month after introducing the preview feature for importing a spreadsheet to the bulk upload tool, Google confirmed in the Products Forum that it is once again rolling out a set of new features to the bulk location management tool in the coming weeks. The process is in a staged development and it might take a little time before all the accounts are upgraded and the new features are at your disposal.
schema.org has updated its official website to a new version in which it has included examples from RDFa and JSON-LD. In addition to the microdata examples provided previously, schema.org now supports code examples in RDFa and JSON-LD format, and are displayed in tabs below the details for each item type. The update was first reported by Dan Brickley.
There is a lot that goes on in the Google office, before the search engine giant gives the thumbs up to a particular algorithmic change. In the recent Webmaster Help video, Google's head of Search Spam, Matt Cutts talks about how Google analyzes the quality of an algorithm change before deciding whether or not to launch it.
The question posed was:
In the recent Webmaster Help video, Google's head of Search Spam, Matt Cutts explains how Google separates popularity from authority. The question tossed was:
“As Google continues to add social signals to the algorithm, how do you separate simple popularity from true authority?”
We all know how critical is website page speed both for site owners and Internet users. Google Webmasters team has reconfirmed the same in an e-mail which we also have received for our clients, stating that if the pages on your website do not use compression, it can take a lot of time for users to visit those pages which in turn renders a poor user experience.
Index Status feature on Google Webmaster Tools will now show indexed URLs for sections of a website that uses HTTPS. The feature will also include indexed URLs for verified subdirectories. Previously, the feature did not display the index status data for STTPS webpages independently. Rather, all information was included in the HTTP site report.
Matt Cutts, Google Head of Search Spam Matt Cutts, has explained how Google evaluates which new search algorithms to use and which to refine in his latest Webmaster Help video.
He was replying to a question posed by James Foster of Sydney, Australia –
“What are some of the metrics that Google uses to evaluate whether one iteration of the ranking algorithm is delivering better quality results to users than another?”
Google is known for encouraging fun activities on April 1 all these years. Their teams across the world have come up with so many hoaxes this year that it is just not possible to list all of them here.
Here is a look on some of the antics.
Although Google tries its best to construe the location and language of users and return them the best version of a website based on that information, linking pages together helps Google do its job more effectively. In the recent Webmaster Help Video, Google's Head of Search Spam, Matt Cutts, answers a question about linking domains together.
A user writes in to ask: