‘Your Timeline’, a newly introduced feature on Google Maps software enables the users retrace their travel history. Whether they have traveled to a museum, or to a bar in the past, they can track it all.
The feature is useful for all users, enabling consumers of various businesses keep a note of their important locations and stores. The feature helps the users visualize the real world routines and view the places they have visited on a given day, month or year.
Google has attempted to clear the air about their handling of the new top level domains (TLDs) in response to the questions and misconceptions regarding it.
The search engine does not give preferential treatment to any TLD. However, there are a few geo-specific TLDs that the algorithm would default to a specific country, using it as an indicator to find if a website carries more weight in a specific geographic region.
HTTPS migration has become a cornerstone of Google ranking, since the search engine declared it a key component of ranking algorithm in August, 2014. The top ten verified sites in Google Search Console, counted by search impressions, are now all HTTPS.
HTTPS was termed a milestone for web security by Gary Illyes, Google’s Webmaster Trends Analyst at the time and he would certainly be rejoicing today.
More of total organic search share is being taken up Google, as search traffic continues to rise on mobile devices, says Merkel owned agency, RKG.
As the paid search click slows down, the organic search visit has magnified in the recent quarters. The organic search visits saw a rise of 12 percent in the second quarter of 2015, most of which can be attributed to the use of smartphones, as they bring in most of the search visit gains.
The ‘Buy It Now’ button will now appear in the mobile shopping results, announced Google. To improve the experience of the shoppers several updates were announced. The mobile experience of browsing, comparing and research on products has been made easier.
Google has introduced much-anticipated buy button ‘Purchases on Google’ in Google search ads making it easier for people to shop. This is a trial run of a feature allowing users make online purchases from the search results from their smartphones.
The messaging will appear in eligible product listing ads on iOS as well as Android smartphones. This is a very limited pilot with select retailers.
Google Search Console will send the average notification type to lesser number of people. The news was made public by Gary Illyes. The change is to take effect within three weeks, and will be focused on the average notification type. Critical messages, like a site being hacked, will continue to be sent to the webmaster.
Webmasters this morning received notification from Google saying that their implementation of hreflang on their website was flawed. The notification reads as follows:
Google had detected that some pages on your site have implemented the rel-alternate-hreflang tag incorrectly. In particular, there seems to be a problem with incorrrect language and region codes, or incorrect bi-directional linking (if page A links with hreflang to page B, there must be a link back from B to A as well). Google uses the hreflang attributes to serve the correct language or regional URL to the right users in search results.
Google posted today, that it had made it possible to share Google Maps across devices. Maps on the desktop can now be synced with their cellphones. A signed in user will be able to see the available devices under the tag that reads ‘Send to Device’. A push notification appears on the mobile once a place is sent to it. Both iPhone and Android users should be able to access this new feature, until and unless their Maps are not set to ‘lite mode’.
A new set of rules and regulations has been issued by Google with regard to how SEM/SEO companies should typify the clients associated with them inside Google My Business or Google Map Listings.
The new rules, are not something that can be forced upon clients, but it definitely does help bringing in line the companies that hold the Google Map Listings of their clients, using techniques unapproved by Google