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Google Knowledge Graph May Show Up for about 25% of All Google Queries

Jan 17, 2015 | 1,775 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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About 25% of all searches done on Google may display a knowledge graph related answer or box, according to Steven Levy, an American journalist who has been researching Google’s organic search. He eked out the information from the interviews he conducted with the the key players and decision makers on the Google search team.

Google appears comfortable with a ballpark estimate of about 25 percent evoking a Knowledge Graph answer, but won’t say it officially.

Google Maps for iOS & Android Users in India will Now Get Voice-Guided Instructions on Lane Changing!

Jan 16, 2015 | 1,374 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The new lane guidance feature on Google Maps for Android and iOS is sure to make life easier for drivers on the road.They need not switch lanes at the last minute to make exit.

Google Adds Official Ticket Links, Delegated Event Listings & More to the Knowledge Graph

Jan 16, 2015 | 1,118 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Following the footsteps of last year, where Google launched a new way for musical artists to list their upcoming events on Google: schema.org markup on their official websites, this year Google is expanding this program in 4 ways.

Brands & Businesses: Use Structured Data Markup to Add or Modify Social Accounts in Knowledge Graph

Jan 16, 2015 | 1,090 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has started to display social media accounts other than G+ for the businesses and brands in the knowledge graph box, as reported by Search Engine Land.

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Right now, Google is pulling profiles from Google+, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and MySpace & displaying only the most relevant ones while responding to the user's search query.

Google Introduces New Structured Data Testing Tool, Improves Document, and More

Jan 16, 2015 | 1,082 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Structured data markup helps in better discovery of content in search results and across Google properties. Google has announced several updates that will help webmasters author & publish markup on website.

New Structured Data Testing Tool

It will better reflect how Google interprets structured data markup of a web page.

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Here are the features of the tool:

Google Asking for Feedback on Web Search & Webmaster Tools

Jan 16, 2015 | 1,230 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google is asking webmasters for suggestions, feedback, and ideas to make Webmaster Tools and Google Web Search better. In a Google+ post, the Google Webmaster team asked:

"What would you like to see from Google Websearch & Webmaster Tools in 2015".

Webmasters can submit their feedback via Google Moderator as well as vote for ideas submitted by others.

Visit this link, to submit or vote for feedback.

Updated Android & iOS Google Maps App Gives More Control to Business Owners & Users

Jan 16, 2015 | 1,037 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google updates Maps app, giving more control to business owners and an efficient restaurant search & sharable directions experience to the users.

The updated Android app will let business owners claim listing pages in order to manage their information on Maps. Google has also made it easier to target the restaurants on the basis of the cuisine type in the iOS app update.

Google News Will Crawl & Index Images Hosted by Publishers Off Their Website Domain!

Jan 15, 2015 | 1,365 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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In its first newsletter sent via new Google News Publisher Center, Google has announced that publishers can now host images off their website domain. All these images will be crawled, indexed, and used in Google News search results, as revealed by Search Engine Land who spotted the newsletter.

Here's what Google said:

In the past, if your images were hosted off your website’s domain, it was very unlikely we’d crawl them for Google News.

Google Introduces Flight Search to Help Travelers Find Best Flights Available in India!

Jan 14, 2015 | 1,468 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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For those who love to travel and shop around for great deals, Google has introduced Flight Search that will offer inspiration & help in finding the best flights available. You can directly search for flights within Google or access google.co.in/flights to find, compare, and book flights from mobile device, desktop or tablet.

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Match Up your rel=canonical & hreflang Pairs: Says John Muller!

Jan 12, 2015 | 1,171 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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John Mueller from Google has posted a heads up to the websites implementing hreflang for international support, that they should implement rel=canonical properly or it will appear as if none of the markup is there.

Here's what he actually posted:

For those of you using hreflang for international pages: Make sure any rel=canonical you specify matches one of the URLs you use for the hreflang pairs. If the specified canonical URL is not a part of the hreflang pairs, then the hreflang markup will be ignored.