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What are we going to do with Google+? Some people love, some people hate and many are undecided. Regardless it should still be incorporated into every online marketing mix. Google recently released 5 new Google+ videos to help users gain a better grasp on their user experience.


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Organize Your Photos

Manage Your Stream Content

Switching Between Profiles

Analyze Social Sharing Efforts

Matt Cutts SES Video

Do you ever feel like Google just knows too much about you? Personally I don’t mind what Google is doing because I love their service (s)but there are many different people out there that simply feel that Google puts out free products in order to get inside everyone’s business. Check out this video with Matt Cutts and make your own conclusion.

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Google hangouts has been around for a little while now. Of course it hasn’t been as popular as Skype but it certainly has it’s advantages when it comes to broadcasting something on the web with your audience simultaneously. In this video one newscast uses Google Hangouts to increase viewership and also bring the audience right on the set.

Google Hangouts Video

Google Places Optimization

Google Places classifies businesses by helping them define on the basis of the area they serve.

  1. If all Customers come to the business location?
  2. If the business serves customers at their locations?

If businesses are willing to serve customers at their locations Google Places gives 2 options to do this within the dashboard of Google Places.

A) Define a central location of importance for a business & then mark a periphery with respect to this central location.

B) Specify certain cities, zip codes or countries. This is done by individually mentioning areas/ cities/ countries important for one’s business.

The performance (aka ranking) of a Google places listing for a business is a function of a large number of factors. We define the sum of all these factors as the SEO (E)L which the Local SEO Energy of a business.

Google Places 1

The primary business location of a business is one of an important factor on which will contribute to the SEO (E)L of a business, when the a user does a local search for that location. We represented SEO (E)L on “Y” Axis & the primary location of a business on X axis (Origin). The locations which are in close geographic proximity to this primary location are also represented on “X” axis.

Google Places

When we set the Service Area & Location settings while the Google Places listing is in creation mode & when we select the option of“Distance from one location”, we have a view that when this setting is used we indicate Google that a business under consideration is defining its primary location & consequently would wish to focus all its SEO (E)L on that location.

Google Places

Let’s imagine a case where in a business has SEO (E)L as 100 units. We plot this on the graph we have mentioned above. The pictorial representation should be ideally follow the above exhibited structure. The point we are trying to make is the SEO (E) L should be ideally highest at its primary location & should reflect in the ranking the listing achieves when a search with a local intent is made in that location. This also means that as we are moving from the central location of importance, the rankings will gradually drop as the locations get farther & farther from the central location for that business. When we use the other option available for Service Area & Location Settings of specifying certain, cities, zip codes & countries while the listing is created we have a view that when this setting is used we indicate Google that a business under consideration wishes to equally distribute all of its SEO (E)L  among number of specific locations which a business owner is specifying manually.

For the hypothetical example we are considering the Max SEO (E)L is 100 & let us assume that there are 10 locations that a business owner has specified, consequently the SEO (E)L per location will be 10 units & the representation will something as below.

Google Places

For the above mentioned case no location under consideration is able to get full advantage since the available SEO (E)L is not focused on a particular location of importance for a business.

To summarize:

Location is one of the important factor amongst other factors which contributes to the SEO (E)L of a listing on Google PlacesSince we were working on a Local Listing Optimization project in the financial services vertical in USA, we created number of Google Places listings. We also had readily available data on which case is performing better. For each case we have worked on there is a primary location & which is highlighted on the Service Area & Location settings by defining a central location of importance for a business & then mark a periphery with respect to this central location (Say 20 miles).

As an example we had a business located at Westhampton Beach, NY.

The secondary locations for this are Aquebogue, Calverton, Center Moriches, Cutchogue, East Moriches, East Quogue, Flanders, Hampton Bays,  Jamesport, Laurel, Manorville, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Mattituck, North Sea, Noyack, Quogue, Ridge, Riverhead,  Shinnecock Hills, Shirley, Shoreham, Southampton, Wading River, Westhampton.

The locations mentioned above are located within 1 mile to maximum 30 miles from Westhampton, NY. For this case under consideration we had access to 5 business categories which we had used while creating the Google Places listing, so we have 125 (5 Categories times 25 locations) on which we tested the performance (rankings) for this Google Places listing on those 125 geography centric business keywords for that particular case. We found that as one moves away from the main location (in this case Westhampton, NY) the rankings for that distant location will fall gradually.

To elaborate ranking for a location which is 10 miles away from Westhampton, NY will be relatively low that the rankings for Westhampton, NY as the location. This means that when a business defines its “Service Area” central location of importance for a business & then mark a periphery with respect to this central location the listings have a much better chance of visibility at least in that location of importance which would not had been the case if the business would had defined its “Service Area” by specifying  certain cities, zip codes or countries. The corollary to the above mentioned will be if a business listing which defines its “Service Area” central location of importance for a business & then mark a periphery with respect to this central location & is not visible in its own location of importance there is a rare chance that it will be visible in other locations which are surrounding to that location. The rankings on Google Places are relative for any location under our consideration & it is virtually impossible to comment predict the performance of listings at an absolute basis.

Guest post written by Nikil Deshpande.

Do you ever wish you could really use Google search to your advantage? I mean taking it a bit further than just looking for an electrician. Google has recently announced a brand new education course called Power Searching with Google. What many people don’t understand is that any person can leverage Google a great distance to either further their knowledge and even career. Google’s new power searching course will help people take their search abilities to a whole new level.

“Today, we’ve opened registration for Power Searching with Google, a free, online, community-based course showcasing these techniques and how you can use them to solve everyday problems. Our course is aimed at empowering you to find what you need faster, no matter how you currently use search. For example, did you know that you can search for and read pages written in languages you’ve never even studied? Identify the location of a picture your friend took during his vacation a few months ago? How about finally identifying that green-covered book about gardening that you’ve been trying to track down for years? You can learn all this and more over six 50-minute classes.”

This new Google search course is outlined as such:

  • 6 fifty minute classes
  • Interactive activities in order to practice your new found skills
  • Social networking opportunities
  • You receive a printable certification course

If you are interested in the course register here to get started.

Google Custom Search

When it comes to website performance user experience is extremely valuable. Google Custom Search gives the ability for website visitors to conduct search queries directly through your website.

Google offers two different options:

  • Free
  • Premium — $100 pre/year

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Google pay per click advertising is the reason why some organizations are still alive. Google’s entire operation revolves around providing the best user experience for advertiser and end user. Dynamic Search Ads is just another advancement inside Google’s complicated advertising system aimed at providing advertisers a better chance at conversions. Right now this system is in beta which you can apply for. Should be a nice a addition to Google’s advertising tool.

Google Dynamic Search Ads Video

How does it work?

“Dynamic Search Ads target relevant searches with ads generated directly from your web site — dynamically. With Dynamic Search Ads, we keep a fresh index of your inventory using Google’s organic web crawling technology. When a relevant search occurs, we dynamically generate an ad with a headline based on the query, and the text based on your most relevant landing page.”

Google Maps Advancements

Google Maps has morphed into something really amazing. Since day one Google Maps has revolutionized the way people find just about anything locally. Their maps tool and system has helped people in a way that I don’t think Google thought would when this product first started to roll out years ago.

This is a great video from Google that goes into the steps and process of how Google Maps has evolved and also where it is going. As their maps system becomes even stronger than it already is it will put an even stronger emphasis on local search engine marketing for businesses of all shapes.

Google Maps Video

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Should I Use Google Webmaster Tools?

Yes! Well, you should at least get it onto your website at the very minimum. Google Webmaster Tools gives website owners valuable insight as to how their website is interacting with the web and overall health of a website.

Google wants the community to really understand the technical behavior of their websites so they can properly market them and drive valuable targeted traffic. Not that long ago Google launched Webmaster Academy where website owners can learn even more about the interaction of their website and the technology of Google.

Here are some important reasons why you might want to use Google Webmaster Tools:

  • Helps you understand search queries
  • Crawl errors
  • Overall health of your website
  • Website optimization
  • Site performance

Google Webmaster Tools Video

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Vint Cerf

For all of you who have never heard of Vint Cerf, he is one of the founding fathers of the internet. Crazy huh?? When the internet was first being constructed back in 1973 it was only an experiment. A very important experiment that ended up changing the world as we know it. Imagine life today without the internet? You would actually have to meet people face to face in order to say hello, look through those dirty books with all the phone numbers that get your fingers dirty — oh yes I think they are called phone books.

Now, this Google video might be a bit technical for some but it showcases that rapid growth of the internet and what will be happening this year in order for the internet to keep growing. Say hello to IPv6.