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Time poor? Want to help your SEO company rank your website high in search engines? If you answered yes to both of the above questions, I believe I have a solution! If you see that your website is cached on the 2nd of the month, and that Google returns to recache it again on the 12th, then the caching cycle of the website is 10 days. Google does...

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Recently Google have announced that they will be changing the way they allow other sites to access their Contacts API to download contact data.

Currently Google allows other sites to access their data, which then allows you to import your contacts’ email addresses to the new service. This enables you to find your contacts in the new service at a much easier and faster rate, which in turn also means that the new service has details of your existing social graph from Google.

The tweak to Google’s Terms of Service states that they will allow access to their Contacts API only if the data allowance is reciprocated, meaning that Facebook is now banned from accessing this key social graph information.

What does this mean to you? Well most internet savvy people will already have a Facebook account, and if you haven’t already imported your contacts, then you will be spending some time typing your friends emails into the search bar to look for them, right? Wrong! Facebook has the functionality for you to search for friends by their name, see a list of ‘people you may know’, and you can simply add people through a friend you have already added’s list of friends.

What about the implications for Facebook ? Well simply put, they can still acquire details from other existing sources such as Yahoo! and Hotmail, and if they wanted they could build a separate functionality for you to upload contacts from a spreadsheet (which is a format that Google allows you to export data to). Now for Google, what does this mean? Pretty much the same as Facebook, but it does go slightly against their policy of an open system. However has Google really lost much information?

Google recently acquired ITA Software, the company behind 65% of all carrier direct online flight searches. Some speculation has arisen that this could spell the end of the competitive online travel sales industry as most travel searches start within Google. If Google has the power to direct you to which carrier you should purchase from then the competitive edge is diluted (along with other travel information such as hotels, other user experiences and feedback).

Furthermore if Google decides to provide a service that allows you to purchase flights and hotel bookings directly through them via Google Checkout, then it will only be a matter of minutes before they can track where your interests lie in terms of travelling. How does this make you feel in terms of invasion of privacy? It sure makes smaller things like 4Square and Google/Facebook Places seem like trivial matters now. However if you are in the travel industry, it could mean that it may be time to look for ways into Google’s good books so that they will push your travel routes!

The online advertising industry in America has been enjoying a very good period of activity recently, with US Internet ad revenues reaching a record $12.1 billion in the first half of this year. Google is at the forefront of this arena, leading the charge and benefiting massively. The search engine giant just posted a 32% jump in profit and 23% increase in revenue for the last...

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The world’s most prolific search engine is on a mission to help push good journalism forward into the digital age - and get some good press along the way. Google has been derided in the past as an enemy of conventional news organisations. The search giant aggregates stories and reports from all over the internet to its dedicated News page. A great convenience for users who...

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You may have a change in Google today, as the search engine has begun delivering a new kind of result for local businesses. For most popular location-based search terms, Google is now expanding each map listing so that it reveals a more comprehensive description of that particular business. Here is an example of a search result for storage industry in Sydney. [caption id="attachment_2546" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="New Google...

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With the recent introduction of Google Instant, a lot of people have been asking: Will this affect SEO? And if so, by how much? To answer this question it is first important to understand exactly what Google instant (GI) is. Accessible from the interface, GI means that search results are now displayed as you type, that is, before you push/click ‘search’. Previously, Google would suggest...

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After a long wait and many hours dedicated to researching and blogging, Google TV is here! Sony has launched four new TVs that incorporate a Google TV box. The models are more or less the same, with the only major variations being screen size and price. 24-inch $599.99 USD 32-inch $799.99 USD 40-inch $999.99 USD 46-incch $1399.99 USD Although the dollar is almost par for par, I would assume a slight price hike for the...

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Apple TV and Google TV were both released in the US last week. While it’s been too short a time to generate any worthwhile data about which product is proving more popular with consumers, we can examine the basic features of each so Australians will have an idea of what to expect when the two gadgets eventually launch down under. Hardware and Software Apple’s set-top box holds...

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Google Instant is nearly available  for Australian users! So, what's all the hype about? Quite simply, it is a more interactive experience allowing you to "search-before-you-type" as opposed to "search-as-you-type". According to Google, here are a few of the core features in Google Instant: * Dynamic Results - As you type your search query, the potential results begin to show up along with similar words that you might also...

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