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Businesses Get More Photo Control With Google’s My Business Update!

Feb 25, 2015 | 1,324 views | by Ritu Sharma
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When it comes to entice and lure prospective customers, visual aids such as high quality images are the best options. Google is giving businesses more control over photos displayed with their search and map results in the new update to its’ My Business product.

My business image 1 Businesses Get More Photo Control With Google’s My Business Update!

Here is an excerpt from the Google blog post where they introduced the change:-

Google To Warn Before Visiting Sites Containing Noxious Downloads!

Feb 25, 2015 | 1,371 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has updated their security checks. Now apart from warning before downloading harmful content, it will also warn before one visits a site that has these downloads.

Within Google search, before one clicks a website that contains harmful downloads available on it, Google will warn to stay away from it. Google has warned users before they visit websites that include malware, are hacked or have other exploitative material. This is the first time that Google is warning about sites with harmful downloads.

Google Adds Carousel Based Search Results At Snippet Level!

Feb 21, 2015 | 1,576 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google declared that they will add carousel based search results at the snippet level. This means that when the user searches for something and Google feels content from that source is warranted, then instead of showing more search results listed below, it will show a carousel box below that the user may slide through.

Here is an animated GIF of how it works on mobile device:

No Whitelists For Panda and Penguin Algorithms!

Feb 12, 2015 | 1,571 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google’s John Mueller in Google+ webmaster hangout addressed a question where he talked about the whitelists. He said that for some algorithms Google does have a whitelist but for others they did not.He specifically mentioned that for the Penguin and Panda algorithms, a whitelist or exception list does not exist.

Google Rolls Out Rich Medical Content Into Knowledge Graph!

Feb 11, 2015 | 1,568 views | by Ritu Sharma
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To improve the quality of health related search content, Google has introduced rich medical content in Knowledge Graph. Google has utilized medical illustrators, doctors and the Mayo Clinic to develop in-depth information for more than 400 health and medical conditions.

This rollout is for U.S. English, for the time being, on the Google app (Android and iOS) and for desktop. However Google is planning to expand the number of conditions and later make the information available outside the US.

Google Maps Latest Update- Local Guides!

Feb 9, 2015 | 1,482 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google introduced “Local Guides” a month ago via a Google+ post. Now this feature has been introduced to the Google Maps as well and this feature is similar to “Yelp Elite.”

Google Notifies Webmasters About App Deep Linking Impressions & Clicks!

Feb 6, 2015 | 1,585 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google began letting webmasters who have deployed app deep linking know about app deep linking issues and informing them how to fix it.

Now Google is sending webmaster stats on their impressions and clicks via email as well. The emails currently have the subject line “your app in Google's search results: here are this week's stats on clicks and impressions." The email further provides a grid by day for the past week of impression and click data. Here is an image from Andrea Pernici who posted the following on Google+.

Now Get Data In Your Google Now Cards From Third Party Sources!

Feb 3, 2015 | 1,524 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has announced that now you can see third party apps in your Google Now cards. However this only works on Android with about 30 third party apps. So now, instead of getting customary Google Now notifications on traffic, weather, flights, packages and so on- you can now directly get data in your Google Now cards from third party sources outside of Google.

Google Asks For Feedback On Google Webmaster Tools!

Jan 31, 2015 | 1,646 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google announced on Google+ that they are asking for feedbacks on their Google Webmaster Tools for user experience study. This is probably taking place to make the tools more user friendly, logical and easier to use.

Google wrote :

“We want to conduct a quick user study about your experience on the site. We welcome people of all levels of experience to participate. If you're interested in filling out a questionnaire or participating in a one-on-one video hangout, sign up here http://goo.gl/forms/5VJYKP15Gw

Google Now Supports Locale Aware Content Based On IP & Languages!

Jan 29, 2015 | 1,861 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google said to treat Google crawlers, Googlebot, as you would any searcher or user accessing your site from the US. Now Google has initiated a change because it may crawl your site from IP addresses outside of the US and also may crawl your site with language settings outside of English-US.

Google announced that they will now support Locale-aware crawling by Googlebot- which is a huge change for internationalized sites.