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Google has confirmed the reports of a bug where configuring your search preferences to non-instant results, set to show 100 search results on a page, stopped working.

Google Search Results Setting

The bug began sometime around October 18th, when we first noticed a Google Web Search Help thread with complaints.

Google's Nealeigh only responded to the issue a couple days ago saying:

Thanks for your reports! We're looking into the issue. I will provide info as soon as I'm updated on the situation.

Google may have just rolled out a fix, as one user is now reporting the preference sticks and he is able to see 100 search results on a page.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

Source: This article was published seroundtable.com By Barry Schwartz

Categorized in Search Engine

How Google Tracks You - And What You Can Do About It

How Google Tracks You – And What You Can Do About It

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched?It’s because you are – and for a rough proxy of this, use the browser extension Ghostery to see how many tracking scripts are watching you on a typical media site. (It doesn’t work for everything, but a large media site like Vice.com has 50+ trackers, with 40 of them focused on advertising).Capturing this user data helps sites sell their inventory to advertisers, but a select few companies operate in this capacity at a whole different level. Google and Facebook are the best of examples of this, as nearly $0.60 of every dollar spent on digital advertising goes to them. They both have the sophistication and ubiquity to capture incredible amounts of information about you.

 

GOOGLE IS EVERYWHERE

Today’s infographic, which comes to us from Mylio, focuses in on Google in particular.The search giant is massive in size, and there is a good chance you tap into Googleverse in some way:
  • Global market penetration for Android is 61-81%.
  • Google has a 78.8% market share for online search.
  • The company generates $67.4 billion in annual ad revenue.
  • Google processes two trillion searches annually.
  • 30-50 million websites use Google Analytics to for tracking.
  • There are 700,000 apps available in the Google Play store.
  • 82% of videos watched online come from YouTube.
  • In total, Google has at least 79 products and services.
According to Google’s documentation, it uses these services to pull out information on the “things you do”, “things you create”, and the things that make you unique.

SEE WHAT GOOGLE COLLECTS

 

All in all, Google tracks your activity history, location history, audio history, and device history. It also builds a profile for you for serving ads – age, gender, location, income, and other demographic data.You can view and actually download this history by using a tool called Google Takeout.Many people understand that their data helps support advertising revenues on websites they enjoy. Others are rightly concerned about their privacy, and how their information is used. Regardless of which category you fit in, becoming informed about how privacy on the internet works will help you craft an experience that best fits your preferences.
Categorized in Search Engine

Early yesterday morning, the SEO underground was buzzing with alarm, as webmasters shared horror stories of dropped rankings, tanking keywords, and halted traffic.

Search Engine Roundtable’s Barry Schwartz reported chatter occurring in the wee hours of March 8th, with several forums proclaiming “massive” drops in traffic. Over the course of the morning, users commiserated with each other and shared news of the statuses of their sites, which laid out a pretty bleak landscape in the wake of the possible algorithm update. Here’s what people were reporting:

  • 90% loss of keyword positions
  • Sites disappearing while others stayed – or even improved
  • 20,000 visits down to 2,000
  • Mobile pages being deindexed

 

Some webmasters even reported their rankings returning by the afternoon. “Things are in massive flux right now,” says Schwartz, who continues to keep his ears and eyes open for changes.

Granted, these are just some examples of what people were experiencing. They are in no way meant to describe what this algorithm update/ranking change may exactly entail. However, they are significant enough that we felt the need to share it so you’re aware.

Is it link-related?

Perhaps. Many webmasters have admitted to their sites having spam links (“from competitors,” they have said), which, depending on the severity of the links and the potency of the update/ranking shift could affect their site. Still, to drop the sites entirely from the SERPs, as some have claimed, seems very extreme. Even so, sites have been disappearing across a wide variety of niches. It would depend on the types of sites before we could make any sort of guess as to why this could be happening.

One common theory seems to be that Google is making a major move against private blog networks (PBNs). These are a set of blog sites under a single owner that link to the same owner’s “money sites,” effectively spreading link juice back to the sites that make money. PBNs have been considered grey hat territory for a while, but this algorithm update could prove how Google really feels about them.

My website has been hit – help!

Stay calm. It’s possible this is a bug in Google’s systems or simply a “dance,” as some have phrased it, going on with rankings. Whatever is happening, the fluctuations we’ve seen seem too extreme for Google to stay quiet for long.

Author : John Caiozzo

Source : http://www.business2community.com/seo/warning-possible-google-algorithm-update-blame-massive-losses-traffic-01796047#5e4GOHIZkAxjudRr.97

Categorized in Search Engine

Originally launched in May, Google's iOS keyboard features will now be available to Android users.

According to multiple reports, Gboard — Google’s keyboard designed specifically for iOS devices — is now available on Android devices.

report from The Verge says that a Google Keyboard update is bringing Gboard features to Android, including the integrated search function, the emoji search tool and new shortcuts.

“It’s currently available only as an APK from Google without detailed release notes, although it should make its way over to the Play Store soon,” writes The Verge reporter, Adi Robertson.

Gboard originally launched in May of this year, followed by a major update in August that added internationalization features, smart GIF suggestions and custom keyboards.

Auhtor : 

Source : http://searchengineland.com/google-launches-gboard-keyboard-features-android-devices-265318

Categorized in Internet Technology

In a Blogpost yesterday, Google rebuffed antitrust charges by the European Union accusing the search giant of monopolistic practices with its Android operating system.

The EU said that by requiring hardware manufacturers to pre-install Google apps under “restrictive licensing practices,” Google was closing the doors to rival search engines and browsers trying to enter the market.

Google, however, says Android is an open source platform that has helped to significantly lower costs for device manufacturers that use the operating system for free — albeit after agreeing to Google’s terms.

Google also points to the fact that Apple pre-installs Apple apps on the iPhone, as does Windows. And that Android doesn’t block device manufacturers from pre-installing competing services next to Google apps, nor does it block users from deleting Google apps.

But those who have complained to the EU about Google’s restrictive contracts see it differently. One of the industry organizations that lodged a complaint, Fairsearch — which represents competitors Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle — says Google locks phone manufacturers into a web of contracts that effectively force them to install Google apps.

 

Apps, after all, are how phones collect user data, and that’s how Google sells ads.

Google is in the throes of two other antitrust complaints with the EU. One involves accusations that the company favors its own search results in its online shopping service over its rivals. The other alleges the online search giant abuses its market power by offering its online advertising on third-party websites that use Google’s search engine.

If the European Union concludes Google is in violation of its antitrust rules, it could fine the company up to $7.5 billion, or 10 percent of its annual revenue.

The case has similarities to when the European Commission accused Microsoft of antitrust abuses. Because Internet Explorer was bundled with Windows in 2009, regulators claimed Internet Explorer unfairly held a disproportionate share of the browser market in Europe. In the end, Microsoft paid $3.4 billion in fines.

Source:  recode.net

Categorized in Search Engine

Google has been seen testing its latest experimental feature; ads that encourage searchers to call or text the company directly for local services. Joe Goldstein of Navolutions was first to report seeing this feature after conducting a search for “plumber los gatos”, which returned an ad reading “Call Google to find a trusted local plumber.”

The ad leads to a landing page dedicated to a new service which appears to be titled “Concierge”, and at this point its dedicated to just plumbers. The page offers links to call or text Google directly to get in touch with a pre-screened plumber — aimed at reducing time searchers spend searching for the best service providers in their area.

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When contacting Google through one of the numbers provided, a representative from the company will be on hand to discuss your needs and put you in touch with the plumber best suited for the job. From there, a pre-screened and insured plumber will call back within a few hours to book an appointment.

“We take the guesswork out of finding trustworthy, reliable plumbers,” reads the tagline, but ultimately it’s up to the individual who they want to work with. Plumbers will call back with quotes and you can see for yourself who is the best fit before making your decision.

A Revealing Experiment

It’s interesting that Google is adding a human component to the search for local service providers. With this experiment Google may be conceding its algorithms have shortcomings when returning the most reputable service providers. Is Google not able to return results for pre-screened and insured service providers without adding a real live person to the mix?

It may also reveal that Google’s home service ads, launched last summer, have not been catching on as the company had hoped. Goldstein reports the ad disappeared as quickly as it was spotted, although the landing page is still live. There’s no telling how heavily Google intends to move forward with this experiment. Likely we’ll learn more after Google received feedback from the limited test.

 

Source : Search Engine Journal

Categorized in Search Engine

Google has said that mobile visits to travel sites now represent 40 percent of total travel traffic. Responding to this shift in consumer behavior, Google is introducing a range of new mobile hotel and flight search tools.

Google will now let mobile users filter hotel search results by price or rating (I captured the screens below this morning). In addition, Google says that hotel search will respond to more precise queries such as, “Pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco under $200.”

Google hotel filters

Mobile users will also see new deal labels when a room rate is below traditional price levels. This is similar to a feature that Google previously offered with desktop hotel search results. The company will also provide money-saving “hotel tips.” They appear to be based on travel date flexibility:

We may show Tips to people when they could save money or find better availability by moving their dates slightly. For example, you may see a Tip like, “Save $105 if you stay Wed, Jul 13 – Fri, Jul 15.“

Finally, Google will now offer airfare price tracking. Users can track fare changes on specific routes, airlines and dates. Travel searchers will then receive email alerts and Google Now notifications when prices “either increase or decrease significantly.”

Starting now, these changes will roll out first in the US and later across international markets.

Source:  http://searchengineland.com/google-offers-new-hotel-search-filters-deal-labels-airline-price-notifications-253817

Categorized in Search Engine

What does Google know about you? Everything.

Seriously -- everything. Especially if you frequently use Google's many products, such as Android, Gmail, Drive, Google Maps, or YouTube. Or, you know, Google Search.

But there's some good news, sort of. Google has introduced a new data dashboard called the My Activity page where you can see just about every single piece of data that Google has collected about you over the better part of the past two decades. Every website you've visited, every image you've viewed, every search term you've typed into the Google Search box.

It's terrifying. But it's also pretty useful, because, as evidenced by the mountain of data Google has stored on you, knowledge is power. From the My Activity page you not only see what Google is tracking, you can also take steps to delete data and prevent future collection.

 

What is the My Activity page?

The My Activity page is a hub where you can see all of the key information that Google has been collecting about you over the years. You can find this page by going to myactivity.google.com (you'll need to sign into your account). On the My Activity page, you'll see activity from a variety of Google products, including Search, Image Search, Maps, Play, Shopping, YouTube, and even Help -- that's right, any time you visit a Google Help page, Google records that visit.

By default, the My Activity page is displayed as a timeline and data is bundled by day. You can choose to see a list of each individual item on the timeline by clicking the menu button (three lines) in the upper left corner and going to Item view.

 

Next to each activity bundle or item you will see three vertical dots. Click these dots to view the details of any particular item (details will include things like the exact time the activity was recorded and what Google product was being used) or to delete an individual item.

How is this different from the Web History tool?

Google's Web History tool now redirects to the My Activity page -- so it's not actually different any more. But the main difference between the My Activity page and the former Web History tool is that My Activity shows activity from a variety of Google's products, not just Search, Image Search and Video Search.

 

How does Google use this data?

Google uses your data in two main ways: To improve its services for the general population (for example, using your mobile location data to get information on current traffic patterns) and to give you a more personalized experience (like autocompleting your searches). You can read more about how Google uses your data on its Privacy page.

Does the My Activity page show all the data Google has collected on me?

No. The My Activity page shows data from a variety of Google products, but not all of them. You can, however, find even more data that Google has collected by going to the My Activity page and clicking the menu icon in the upper left corner and going to Other Google activity. This page will direct you to even more Google trackers, such as your Google Maps location history (if you have an Android phone with GPS-enabled, this can get pretty freaky); information such as contacts, calendars and apps from your devices; Google Play Sound Search history; and any YouTube videos you clicked "Not Interested" on.

 

What can I delete?

Good news: You can delete anything and everything from the My Activity page. Because Google does use your data to customize your Google experience, you may see a decline in the usefulness of some Google services if you delete a significant part of your activity.

To delete individual items from the My Activity page, find the item and click the three dots next to it and then click Delete. (You can also do this for individual days.)

To delete all of your activity from a certain day, the past week, the past month, or a custom date range, click the menu button in the upper left corner of the My Activity page and click Delete activity by. On this page, you can choose to delete activity from today, yesterday, the last 7 days, the last 30 days, or from all time. You can also choose a custom date range by picking Custom and entering two dates in the After and Before fields.

To delete activity by Google product, such as YouTube or Image Search, go to the My Activity page and click Filter by date & product under the Search box. Choose the product (or products) you want to delete activity from and click the Search button. Then, click the three dots next to the Search box and choose Delete results.

To delete activity associated with a keyword or search term, go to the My Activity page and type the search term into the Search box and click the Search button. Then, click the three dots next to the Search box and choose Delete results.
I need to delete everything!

 

You can! On the My Activity page, click the menu button (three bars) and click Delete activity by. Under Delete by date, click the date and choose All time from the drop-down menu. Then click Delete.

 

How do I stop Google from saving data in the first place?

Google is nice enough to give you some privacy settings right inside the My Activity page. Click the menu icon in the upper left corner and click Activity controls to see what types of activities you're allowing Google to track.

 

Here, you'll find modules for Web & App Activity, Location History, Device Information, Voice & Audio Activity, YouTube Search History, and YouTube Watch History. Next to each module you will see a toggle that you can turn off to prevent Google from saving that type of activity. You can also click Manage Activity to go to that product's activity page.

You may also want to do a Google privacy checkup, or check out our article on more ways to keep Google from tracking you.

Of course, the only surefire way to prevent Google from saving data about you is to, well, not use Google products.

Source:  http://www.cnet.com/how-to/everything-you-need-to-know-about-googles-my-activity-page/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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