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Google Introduces Structured Snippets in Search Results!

Sep 23, 2014 | 1,595 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has introduced Structured Snippets which is a new feature that incorporates facts into individual result snippets in Web Search. This announcement was made on the Google Research Blog yesterday.

Google will display snippets of data which is relevant to the query within the search results’ snippets. The data is powered by the Knowledge Graph. Given below is a screen shot to explain what exactly does it look like.

Google Expands Google Maps Navigation to 19 New Countries!

Sep 23, 2014 | 1,275 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has expanded Google Maps, its useful and free smart phone navigation app to 19 new countries. This was announced on the Google+ page of Google Maps.

Googke Maps Google Expands Google Maps Navigation to 19 New Countries!

These countries include Bahamas, Angola, Botswana, Bolivia, Guyana. Fiji, Jamaica, Honduras, Mali, Madagascar, Malta, Malawi, Nepal, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia, Trinidad & Tobago.

Check the availability by Android, iPad and iPhone here.

Customize your Google Maps Experience with the Improved My Maps!

Sep 17, 2014 | 1,324 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has unveiled a new version of the Google Maps Engine Lite, also named as My Maps. The tool is pretty cool as well as powerful and it lets you create a trip itinerary, note hot-spots in any location and also gives you the opportunity to personalize Google Maps.

Google My Maps Customize your Google Maps Experience with the Improved My Maps!

Robots.txt Update Tool Added to Google Webmaster Tools!

Sep 15, 2014 | 1,390 views | by Ritu Sharma
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If you have made a few errors with your robots.txt file by letting Googlebot crawl something you simply did not want it to or if you accidentally blocked Googlebot, you have to wait till Googlebot picks up the new robots.txt changes.

Google’s Webmaster Tools API updated!

Sep 12, 2014 | 1,291 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has updated the Webmaster Tools API, making it consistent with other Google APIs. Google says that the new API makes it easier to authenticate for apps or web-services and provides access to some of the main features of Webmaster Tools.

The New Webmaster Tools API lets you:

  • List, add, or remove sites from your account. As of now you can have up to 500 sites in your account.

Google Introduces Free Voice Call Feature in Hangouts!

Sep 11, 2014 | 1,188 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Here is some good news for Hangouts users. They can now make voice calls from Hangouts on iOS, android and the web. Google made the announcement on its official blog. Users can not only call other Hangouts users for free, but also call numbers in the U.S and Canada without any charges, international calls are chargeable but the rates are very low.

Google now Recommends using 301 for Mobile Redirects!

Sep 10, 2014 | 1,295 views | by Ritu Sharma
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When Google updated its Site Move Help documentation in June, webmasters had doubts on why Google recommended 302 redirects in the "Moving from separate URLs to same URLs" scenario. Google guidelines said, “Redirect your separate smartphone URLs to your desktop URLs using server-side 302 HTTP redirects." Google has once again updated the guidelines, now saying "Redirect your separate smartphone URLs to your desktop URLs using server-side 301 HTTP redirects."

Day 5 of #GoogleRecon Week: Submit your Reconsideration Request Along with Helpful Documentation!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,230 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Marking an end to the #GoogleRecon week, here comes the last tip from Google on reconsideration requests. This one says,

Submit your reconsideration request along with helpful documentation.

Reconsideration request tip 5 Day 5 of #GoogleRecon Week: Submit your Reconsideration Request Along with Helpful Documentation!

  • For linking issues: include a list of links you have removed, disavowed or nofollowed (based on the issue)
  • For hacked issues: add examples of injected or cloaked URLs that are now clean or return 404

Google Confirms – Recovering from Penguin Penalty Requires the Algorithm to Run Again!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,409 views | by Ritu Sharma
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If your site is suffering from a Penguin penalty, Google says you can only recover when it runs the algorithm again. In response to a question posted in the Webmaster Central Help Forum asking “Can a site really recover without Google doing another Penguin update? Is there a definitive answer?” Google’s John Mueller replied, “Yes, assuming the issues are resolved in the meantime, with an update of our algorithm or its data, it will no longer be affecting your site.”

Google Webmaster Academy Goes Live in 22 Languages!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,384 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has a great news for webmasters. The Webmaster Academy which was introduced in March 2012, goes live in 22 different languages. This was announced on the official Webmaster Central Blog yesterday.

New or beginner webmasters who speak different languages can now easily learn the fundamentals on how to make a great site, how to rank really well in search results and also learn how to provide an enjoyable user experience. The best part is that the Webmasters can learn all this and more in their own language.