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Newly added and improved left-hand navigation for Google search has been released and according to Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of Search Products and User Experience, Quote: "We’ve added contextually relevant, left-hand navigation to the page. This new side panel highlights the most relevant search tools and refinements for your query. Over the past three years, we've launched Universal Search, the Search Options panel and Google Squared, and...

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“I need to buy a new phone.” Sound familiar? These days, it seems that at least one out of every five people you know is intermittently repeating a variation of that phrase. Then comes the invariable followup: “But I don’t know which one I should get.” Indeed. Considering that a smartphone – succinctly defined by Wikipedia as “a miniature computer with phone capability” – is what most of...

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It has been reported that Apple may develop its very own search engine. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said there is a 70 percent chance Apple will roll out a mobile search engine tailored for its iPhone within the next five years. As the search provider for the iPhone, Google sees what iPhone users are searching for, which can help it tailor software and services for...

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Google has recently released news that it will now be officially using page speed as another ranking factor, saying: You may have heard that here at Google we're obsessed with speed, in our products and on the web. As part of that effort, today we're including a new signal in our search ranking algorithms: site speed. Site speed reflects how quickly a website responds to web...

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Google Buzz is in the news yet again, implementing more damage control for the spate of public concern and legal backlash that was set off by the fledgling social media network’s release earlier this year. Integrated within Google’s highly popular Gmail email service, Buzz was intended as a rival for social media giants Facebook and Twitter. However, its launch was met with a cacophony of criticism...

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There are more and more instances of personalised search results occurring where different users are reportedly getting different results for the same search terms. At E-web we've had clients flag this with us. Although their keywords are ranking in first position, their friends in another state are seeing something else. This definitely throws a spanner in the works as it may be disruptive to search...

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Google Maps in Australia last year saw the introduction of icons and labels of particular businesses and places on interest. This is great for exploring and familiarising yourself with a city when you're on holidays, want to check out the closest restaurants or just find cool places to check out. Today Google has just launched an improvement on this feature by incorporating more businesses and shops...

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In the ever evolving and increasingly technical and complex world of SEO a new factor is coming out to play a bigger role in the race for search engine traffic. "Blended" search results are increasingly prominent and are taking up valuable search result real estate and moving traditional search results further down the page. Here in lies the opportunity for poorly ranking sites to be...

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It's not everyday Google admits they need to improve their own SEO skills. However - the day (and report) has arrived! Google recently conducted an audit on its own website's (including the Google home page) and it seems not even the Search Engine giant can master their own algorithm. One of the biggest issues identified was Google's current title tag. For those of you without an expert SEO...

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Last week's expected decision on the controversial Google Books Library Project by a US federal judge has been postponed. The judge told a crowded courtroom last week that he will listen with an "open mind" to the arguments for and again Google's settlement with authors and publishers about the right to scan and publish book titles. U. S. District Court Judge Denny Chin walked into...

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