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Google UK Launches Car Insurance Comparison Shopping!

Sep 19, 2012 | 2,586 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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After credit cards and bank accounts comparison services in the UK, Google has rolled out car insurance comparison shopping services as well. To see the service, simply key in “car insurance comparison” in Google and you will see their service offer pop up right after the PPC ads. 

Compare car insurance Google UK Launches Car Insurance Comparison Shopping!

SEMPO Report: SEM Industry to Reach $23 Billion in 2012 & Mobile Internet & Google Algorithm Changes Cause Huge Impacts!

Sep 14, 2012 | 1,182 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The future of the search engine marketing industry across North America looks pretty solid. As per the SEMPO State of Search Marketing Report 2012, the search industry will touch the $23 billion mark by end of 2012. As compared to 2011, the search marketing industry shows a promising growth of 19%. This report has been compiled by SEMPO and eConsultancy is based on a survey held on May 12- 15, 2012 answered by close to 900 search industry marketers from a total 36 countries around the globe. Of the 900 respondents 64% of them were from the USA. The report further reveals that in the year 2013, the growth rate is expected to be around 13%.

New Notifications Feature Introduced by LinkedIn!

Sep 6, 2012 | 1,027 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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LinkedIn has announced the roll out of a new notifications feature to allow users real time connectivity. The new feature will allow users to see a flag and an envelope icon at the top of the homepage whenever there is a comment/like on a post, profile views, accepted and new invitations etc. And whenever a new activity happens, a red circle would show up.  

New Twitter Tool Launched for Embedding Timelines!

Sep 6, 2012 | 970 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Twitter has brought in a new tool that makes it possible for the users to embed timelines. Twitter announced that they have planned to bring in a new tool which will allow users to embed entire timeline of tweets on web pages.

Facebook Photo Search Now Made Possible by Bing!

Sep 3, 2012 | 1,180 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Bing has now added a great search functionality for Facebook users. Using Bing’s Facebook photo search, you can find any of your friends’ older photos that you have been unable to locate from their profile. If the photo has been shared by your friend with you, you can easily find it using Bing. The search engine has been working towards integrating search with social and this photo search functionality is in continuance with the features that were introduced with the Social Sidebar a couple of months back. With the sidebar, you could see a friend’s photos which were relevant to your search term with the results. But now, you can click on the friend’s photo appearing on the sidebar, and see all his albums from the Bing platform itself.

Google Gets Almost 6 Million Search Removal Requests in this Month!

Aug 30, 2012 | 565 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Copyright holders have sent as many as 6 million search removal requests to Google this month. This staggering number was announced in the search engine’s newly updated Transparency Report Page.

URL Removed Google Gets Almost 6 Million Search Removal Requests in this Month!

The numbers shared by Google are like these:

  1. 5,810,004 - URLs Requested to be Removed
  2. 32,147 - Specified Domains
  3. 1,906 - Copyright Owners
  4. 1,417 - Reporting Organizations

The top domains which have seen removal requests are:

Bing Adds Percentage Change Metrics to Webmaster Tools Reports!

Aug 24, 2012 | 958 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Bing has made some additions to the calculation metrics offered by Bing Webmaster Tools. The new metrics include percent changes and deltas which have been added to certain reports. As Bing announced the percent changes will highlight the variation from the time selected and the time period prior to that. As Bing said in its blog post, “For the metrics Clicks from search, Appeared in search, Pages crawled, and Crawl errors we will now show you the percent change for the selected date range (as selected in the date selector near the top of the dashboard) compared to the prior date range of the same length. So when you log into your Bing Webmaster Tools account and are looking at changes for say a 30-day period in your Dashboard (which is the default setting), the percentage in the Site Activity widget will reflect your relative increase or decrease compared to the prior 30-day period.”

Google Displaying 7 Listings not 10, Same Domain Results Dominate!

Aug 22, 2012 | 1,043 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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This observation made by SEOmoz’s Dr. Peter Meyers only confirms what the search professionals have been observing for quite some time now. Google is testing to show only 7 SERPs instead of the traditional 10 listings. Another thing that has been noticed is that most of these results are from the same domain. In other words- the search results are shrinking and how! To this observation, Google has been quoted on the internet- “We’re continuing to work out the best ways to show multiple results from a single site when it’s clear users are interested in that site. Separately, we’re also experimenting with varying the number of results per page, as we do periodically.”

Google Experiments Integrating Gmail Emails in Search Results!

Aug 9, 2012 | 884 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has announced that it has started embedding Gmail emails into Google search results. This initiative is in the experimental stage right now and people signed into Gmail can find their emails by using Google search. The search results will have Gmail results on the top right section. Click on it to see your mails in order of significance of your search query.

Gmail 1 Google Experiments Integrating Gmail Emails in Search Results!

Presenting Google Handwrite for Mobile and Tablet Search!

Jul 27, 2012 | 1,121 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has introduced a whole new way of searching – Handwrite for search on mobile phones and tablets. As per the new feature, smartphone and tablet users can write search terms (just letters) with their fingers anywhere on the device’s screen and they will be presented with search results. This means end to bringing out the keyboard and pecking on the letters to type!