In an economy where we are used to paying for goods and services, it seems a bit confusing that a free service like a search engine actually makes money. While most online marketers with an online advertising budget know the answer to that question, a recent survey by Harris Interactive indicates that a large amount of Americans don’t understand how Google and Facebook bring in the green. Read On
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Did you know there are all sorts of search tools to help you return more specific Google search results? We often get so used to relying on Google’s basic search to find information that we forget Google has implemented a wide range of advance search options. These advance search options help us easily find exactly what we need when we need it. Check out the following ways to better refine search results using Google’s Advance Search page. Read On
If you’re interested in how often various search terms are entered into Google, you’ve probably found yourself analyzing data in Google Trends. If not, now would be a good time to get with the program. After all, Google Trends is one of the best tools for tracking traffic patterns across the world at various points in time. Popular data for Google Trends include Google’s Images, News, Web Search, and, as of March 20th, YouTube.
With 2012 coming to a close, I decided to really look at the big picture for internet marketing as a whole. Overall, there have been a lot of great updates, and yet some very scary algorithm changes have provided a clear picture for not only SEO analysts, but people all over the world who love the internet. I wanted to share the details of how things have changed this year.
Have you been hesitant to link your AdWords and Analytics accounts together? If you are a heavy AdWords user and don’t go into Analytics often, there may not have been much incentive to link the two together. However, Google has recently started to allow AdWords accounts to import three important metrics from Analytics: Bounce Rate, Pages/Visit, and Avg. Visit Duration.
Maybe it’s the beach bum in me, but this may be the coolest thing I’ve seen Google do (aside from revolutionizing the internet, creating an industry that pays for my living, and all their Doodles). Google recently added an Ocean View in addition to their Street View of Google Maps.
Anyone who follows the SEO world knows that Google makes changes to their search algorithm quite often. Google posted a video about search algorithm improvements that stated that Google implements over 500 improvements to its algorithm each year. That’s more than one improvement per day. Many of these changes happen without the general public knowing and without a significant effect on the online marketing world. These changes are the reason why we see differences in what shows up on the search engine results page from day-to-day.
Recently, Google has publicly announced two very large algorithm changes. These changes, known as Panda and Penguin, caused quite a bit of buzz in the online marketing world. Read On
Yesterday Google announced the first steps towards a merger between Google Places (Maps listings), and Google+. When Google launched Google+, many people (incorrectly) assumed it was a stand-alone competitor to Facebook. Instead, Google+ is a radical shift for how Google does everything. One year ago, Larry Page (Google CEO) reorganized Google and tied all employee bonuses to Google’s success in social. Consequently, Google+ is fast becoming the hub for all of Google products. They recently integrated Blogger, and now we’re seeing the changes in Google Places. Read On