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Yet another new tool has been introduced by Google.  Google is constantly creating tools that are aimed at benefiting the user, and are definitely makeing them more and more user friendly. So what has Google got installed for us now?  Those with Internet Explorer 7 and 8 (those who aren't already on IE9) can now use and experience the same functions a Chrome user can! The...

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In the past, a good strategy for online businesses was to buy a keyword rich domain name instead of brand names because this would help in ranking for that particular keyword. As a result of the recent Panda algorithm changes, many 'keyword rich' domains that were previously ranking for competitive terms, were no longer dominating on search engine result pages. A lot of these websites provided...

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Remember Google Hotpot? The experimental Hotpot was released earlier this year to make make local search results more personal and significant to users. Google Places already featured ratings and reviews, while Hotpot added the social touch of amplifying the locations you like and the locations your friends like. Since the release has been met with great success, Google is now merging Hotpot more fully with Google Places, solidifying the connection between the two. ...

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Google Instant Search has generated many comments and questions from users since it was introduced last year.  Some long-time Google users complained that it was an unwelcome and confusing change, while others reported finding Instant as a very useful and more efficient means of searching for the results they wanted. However, there is a fundamental question that many reading this may still be pondering: What is Google Instant Search? Superficially, this is...

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Facebook's invention of the 'Like' button has been very popular. Everyone likes to tell people what they like, and recommend things to their friends. If you've ever had a friend tell you about this amazing website, and then spent hours trying to find it yourself, you may appreciate Google's latest effort at social media. The search engine giant has this week announced their '+1' , (pronouced as 'plus one') button, Google's version...

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SEO consultants dogmatically preach the importance of websites having unique content. With another major update on Google's search algorithm, it has again been shown that this approach is both effective and necessary. Known as the Panda algorithm, the latest Google algorithm update is intended to take out "content farms", that is, websites that have huge amounts of low quality or shallow content. Content farms characteristically mass-produce content that...

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The importance of meta description tags in SEO has diminished over the last few years. Once an indispensible part of search engine optimisation strategy, the short blurb used to describe a website in the SERPs (search engine results pages) has purportedly been ignored by Google as a ranking factor for some time. There is ongoing debate in the SEO community about how true this is,...

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There has been news that Google has introduced a new top navigation bar.  Some of the Google users in the United States have already started to see it, meaning it should be coming to Australia before long.  The new navigation bar is slightly shorter than the previous one, so the Google page and search results move up a tiny bit. It is also more colourful and graphical.  The...

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In the past, it has been possible to instantly verify and validate your Google Places account by phone or SMS. There have now been some changes to this process, wherein it is only possible to receive verification by postcard, which takes 2-3 weeks to come through. Why has this change occurred? While it is not certain whether this is a temporary issue that Google is working to...

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Have you ever tried looking for recipes, but it takes forever to find the correct one?  Personally, I always have to go through all these website that do not have that perfect recipe I'm looking for. Google has a new feature, Recipe View, that helps you find recipes online.  How does it work?  Recipe View allows you to narrow your search results to only show recipes.  What's awesome...

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