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Google’s “In The News” Box Displaying More than Just the Traditional News Sites!

Oct 9, 2014 | 882 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google News has always been very strict in maintaining a set of guidelines for the sources it displays in the "In the News" section. But now, as noticed by Search Engine Land it seems that Google has made serious changes in its standards.

Since a few days, surprising results are showing up in the news section of the search results. Reddit and many other non traditional results are appearing in the news results.

Has Google finally Killed Toolbar PageRank?

Oct 8, 2014 | 1,067 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google’s John Mueller in a Google Webmaster Hangout video has said that most probably there won’t be another update to Google Toolbar ever again. Mueller said that they won’t be updating the PageRank at least in the Toolbar PageRank.

Matt Cutts, Google head of search spam had mentioned in October 2013 that there would likely not be another update before the year 2013. Although, just a couple of months later in December 2013, Google had updated its Toolbar PageRank.

Google Releases a Series of Videos to Help Local Businesses Go Online Without a Website!

Oct 7, 2014 | 1,107 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has published six videos of 30 minutes together, which contain advice on how can one can bring their local business online. Google’s Maile Ohye in the official Google Webmaster blog said that this is the same advice she would give to her friends and family and is now sharing with everybody else.

Smartphone Users in India to Have Faster Access to Google!

Oct 3, 2014 | 1,081 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has launched a streamlined version of search results page in India to help smartphone users with slow connections. This step of Google will make the pool of information even more accessible.

The upgraded system will automatically check if the user has a slow wireless connection. If it is, a fast loading version of Search will be delivered. The high quality search results are unchanged. The speed is achieved through the chipping of elements like images and maps that will appear only when it is imperative to show them with the result.

Major Google Penguin Refresh May Come Next Week!

Oct 3, 2014 | 1,294 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google may launch a refresh of Penguin algorithm as early as sometime next week, said the search engine giant’s Gary Illyes, Webmaster Trends Analyst and Search Quality Engineer, at Search Marketing Expo East.

This is a major re-write of the algorithm Google has been working on for almost a full year  to release. Google is confident that the refreshed Penguin will be a delight for webmasters as well as users.

Google Announces Automatic Item Updates for Shopping PLAs!

Oct 2, 2014 | 834 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has launched a new feature for Shopping that helps prevent Product Listing Ads (PLAs) being disapproved because of price mismatches between the PLA feed and the site’s microdata.

Termed automatic item updates, it can be enabled by merchants if they implement schema.org microdata for Google shopping products.

Orkut History of Connections and Conversations to be Preserved!

Oct 1, 2014 | 765 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google bids farewell to Orkut, the once popular social networking platform that connected millions of people together by lively discussions and common interests. It was in the end of June, the team announced that service of Orkut may be going away and is now preserving the history of connections & conversations.

Google Webmaster Tools Sending Notifications after Site Verification for the First Time

Sep 26, 2014 | 1,483 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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 Unveils Now Card to Let Users Know of Flight Price Drop!

Sep 25, 2014 | 1,181 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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.

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Google Sends Manual Action Notifications to Sites Using Private Blog Networks!

Sep 24, 2014 | 1,354 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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.