Google Finally Integrates Google+ Into Blogger

Posted on: July 31st, 2012 by Lina

Google has been integrating Google+ into every thing nowadays. Amazingly, one part of the Google empire which has not yet felt the touch of Google+ has been Blogger. Despite the assumption that Google would integrate their social media platform into their blogging platform before anything else, that has not been the case yet – until today.

Google introduced that the Blogger platform now has a Google+ tab built into the dashboard. It is all about growing your Blogger audience through the growing Google+ community. The two go hand-in-hand with some new features to make sharing your posts with those in your circles easier than ever.

First up is the initial integration. Much like when YouTube first got Google+ integration, you’re going to have to link your blog with your Google+ profile. It’s easy enough – just go to the Google+ tab in your Blogger dashboard. The choice to connect the two profiles should be readily apparent.

For those who have a large Google+ following, you can notify those individuals when you publish a blog post on Blogger. It’s built right into the software so you don’t have to copy and paste links into Google+ anymore. It even has all the sharing options so you can stay away from sharing blog posts with people that you’ve put into the “Jerks” circle.

To connect potential new fans, you can also add the Google+ gadget to your blog page. From the gadget, fans can add your profile to a circle and continue reading your content once they’ve left your blog.

If you are the kind of the person that likes to root for the underdog by using Blogger and Google+ instead of WordPress and Facebook, you’ll be right at home with these new features. Considering that Google+ is still growing, Blogger might be able to ride on the coattails of success.

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Goodbye, Gmail Video Chat. Hello Google+ Hangouts

Posted on: July 30th, 2012 by Lina

If you enjoy video chatting over Gmail the way you’ve been doing it since 2008, better wave your last goodbyes to your buddy list.

Starting Monday, and continuing over the next few weeks, Google is going to be replacing Gmail video chat with Google+ Hangouts. “Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts utilize the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality,” reads the explanatory blog post written by the Gmail team.

“You’ll be able to chat with all the same people you did before — and, in fact, with Hangouts you’ll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail, but also if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices.”

The search giant is eager to promote the use of its social network, and has in the past attempted to blur the lines between users of Gmail, Google Maps and other Google services. If you’re logged into any of them, the company says, you’re logged into Google+.

Nefarious network-boosting purposes aside, Google Hangouts is clearly a superior technology. In our experience, Gmail video chat had a tendency to stutter and occasionally quit — a quality shared in the past with iChat video, but not with Apple’s Facetime, Skype or Google Hangouts.

Hangouts also scales a lot better, making it much easier to add new people to the meeting. Audio is spectacularly good at long range. It’s likely the best choice for a company looking for a free alternative to Cisco Telepresence, for example.

And then there’s the feature that the Gmail team hints at in its blog — the ability to add moustaches, beards, halos and other personal decorations — not to mention cat and dog masks — which will appear to follow you throughout the chat.

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What Google Now Can Teach You About Reaching Your Customers

Posted on: July 30th, 2012 by Lina

At Google I/O last month, Google exposed what could be the beginning of the future of how you use Google . Google Now was shown as one of several prongs in a shift in mobile search strategy that Google has started with its newest version of its Android operating system – Jellybean. One of the most fascinating things about it is that it actually speeds up search by eliminating the need for it.

It’s going to be a long period before you no longer need a search engine at all, but Google’s goal with Google Now is to provide you the information you need before you even have to search for it. It does this through personalization, requiring you to allow it access to certain personal information (things like location, search history, etc.). Although Google Now only has a handful of “cards” – the kinds of information it will push to you in this fashion – the company has made it clear that it intends to greatly expand the number of situations where Google Now will become your personal assistant. This looks to be a major part of where search, or information consumption, is headed. As Google and competitors progress in their mission, the rest of us will no doubt learn a lot of things along the way. If you’re a marketer or a business owner, perhaps there’s already a great deal to learn from Google Now.

Mobile marketing company Globys, who works with carriers on leveraging customer data for personalized marketing has already seen plenty of lessons to take away from the product. We had a conversation with Lara Albert, Vice President, Global Marketing at Globys about it.

“Google Now is innovative in that it will be pro-active in delivering context-relevant information,” Albert tells WebProNews. “One of the most important things that Google Now brings to light is the ability to understand and anticipate user needs as well as the ability to act intelligently based on that understanding.”

“Brands have a lot of information about their customers, but in many cases they don’t have the tools to harness the data in a way that enables immediate insight and action,” she adds. “It’s time for brands to leverage what they know about their customers to engage them in more meaningful and valuable ways. And mobile is a powerful channel for doing so in that the device allows for such a personal and highly relevant means of engagement relevant to other marketing channels.”

Google Now is mainly in its earliest of periods. Just wait until Google gets Glass involved.

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Dotster Showcase Auction is Now In-Progress!

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Lina

We’ve partnered with Dotster to bring Moniker & SnapNames customers an exciting line-up of high quality and brandable domains at auction prices. This showcase auction is your chance this summer to secure domains that offer both value and versatility in today’s global marketplace.

This online event provides a refreshing catalog of domains including Low & No Reserve! A perfect opportunity for domain buyers including small businesses, large corporate entities and individual investors to gain visibility into some of the most sought after domains on the market today.

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Now You Can Google By Handwriting

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Lina

Google launched a new feature for mobile search, called Handwrite, which will let you search Google from your smartphone or tablet simply by writing your query with your finger, instead of having to type it out with the keyboard (or use voice search).

To enable the feature, hit “settings” at the bottom of in your mobile browser, and enable “Handwrite”. Once you’ve saved the setting, it should appear on (you may have to refresh).

“We designed Handwrite to complement rather than replace typing: with the feature enabled, you can still use the keyboard at any time by tapping on the search box,” writes Google software engineer Rui Ueyama. “Handwrite is experimental, and works better in some browsers than others-on Android devices, it works best in Chrome.”

The feature is available for iOS 5 and up, Android 2.3 and up phones, and Android 4.0 and up tablets. It works in 27 languages.

Google introduced a similar feature for Google Translate earlier this year. It was impressive then, and it’s nice to see it make its way to Google’s flagship search product.

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It Looks Like Google+ Growth Is Doing Pretty Well Globally Too

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by Lina

Earlier this week, we announced on Compete’s numbers for Google+’s unique audience growth in the U.S., as pointed out by Kontxt communication consultant Morten Myrstad in a post on Google+ itself. For a ghost town, as many seem to consider it, Google+ seems to have grown pretty significantly from month to month.

Today, Myrstad posted on Google+ growth again, this time citing global data from comScore.

“According to comScore, Google+ had 110,7 million unique visitors worldwide in June,” he says. “Compared to last November, this is a growth of 66%. In the U.S., the growth is even higher, with an 82% growth from November to 27,7 million unique visitors in June.”

“In pure numbers, Google+ according to comScore grew from 66,7 million visitors worldwide last November to 110,7 million visitors in June,” he adds. “This is a growth of 66%. With 110,7 million unique visitors during a month, from desktops only, the comScore data also seem to confirm Google’s own published data: 250 million accounts, 150 million monthly users and 75 million daily users worldwide. According to the comScore data, 25% of the Google+ worldwide visitors in June came from the U.S., up from 22,8% in November last year.”

Myrstad notes that comScore’s data (as well as the Compete data) only represents desktop use, and does not mobile use, which Google’s Vic Gundotra has indicated is higher.

Google+ definitely doesn’t have the users of rival Facebook, but considering how young it is, and just how much Google will continue to push it into its different products (including search), it’s quite certain that the progress will continue.

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Google Panda Update: New Data Refresh Rolls Out

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Lina

Google tweeted late last night that it has started rolling out a new data refresh of the Panda update. The refresh affects about 1% of search results in a obvious way, according to the company.

The last Panda update data refresh we saw was in late June, which was the second one during that month. It was a rarity for Google to roll out two refreshes to this update in a single month.

Google did announce last week, that it was releasing Panda for Japanese and Korean, affecting about 5% of queries, with no other languages affected at all.

Keep in mind, the latest announcement was just a data refresh. For more on what that means (vs. an update), see what Google’s Matt Cutts had to say about it here.

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Changes To Content Experiments In Google Analytics

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by Lina

At the start of June, Google announced the launch of Content Experiments, that would effectively replace Google’s Website Optimizer tool, the tool goes away on August 1.

Since the initial announcement, Google says it has been gathering feedback, and making changes accordingly. One change is support for relative URLs.

“Using relative URLs affords you increased flexibility when defining the location of variations,” says Google Analytics software engineer Inna Weiner. “This is particularly useful if you have experiments running on multiple domains, subdomains, or pages.”

Content Experiments also now provide the ability to copy experiments. There’s a button to do so on the Edit Settings page of the experiment you want to copy.

“If you are running an experiment on a page, this allows you to run additional experiments after the original one finishes without having to add experiment code to your page or otherwise modify it,” says Weiner.

You can also find improvements to the experiments report. For instance, Google has added regular analytics-report capabilities like Site Usage, Goal Set and Ecommerce tabs, as well as the option to choose variations for plotting on the graph.

Lastly, the most important change, is that Content Experiments are now available to all Google Analytics users. The feature are available under Experiments in the Content section of Standard Reports.

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Google’s Nexus 7 Is The Perfect Dinosaur Hunter

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by Lina

We were quite amazed with Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. It’s an excellent piece of hardware that’s accompanied by the always remarkable Jelly Bean. If anything, it’s only fault is that of Google Play and its somewhat paltry offerings.

Certainly, Google is now kicking the Nexus 7 marketing machine into gear with the device’s very first ad. It’s pretty cute and really does a good job of selling the Nexus 7 as a device that’s ready for any event. Check out how the Nexus 7 can be used on a camping trip.

Does the ad make you want to buy a Nexus 7? I already want one after playing around with the tablet here at the office, but the ad only terrifies me. It’s one thing to go on a camping trip, but the Nexus 7 also confirmed the existence of velociraptors in suburban backyards everywhere. I guess it’s a blessing in a disguise that Google was the first to document the proliferation of violent dinosaurs.

If the ad has you wanting a Nexus 7 for camping (or dinosaur hunting), you can pick one up right now at Google Play. The tablet will also be available at select retailers like Staples and GameStop. You might want to wait on buying the tablet from the Play Store, however, as the 16 GB model is sold out.

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Google’s New Tabular Mega Sitelinks

Posted on: July 20th, 2012 by Lina

First Thoughts On Google’s New Tabbed Sitelinks, they became available purely by coincidence but the unique opportunity to see something which was unavailable to most searchers was more than welcome.

I must admit that I instantly found the tabbed sitelinks very appealing, straightforward and easy to use. I instantly started testing several search queries and ended up writing up a post on the benefits of tabbed sitelinks for brands if Google (ever) decides to roll them out the same way as they appeared on my screen.


Even though I was aware that Google was testing some sort of tabular sitelinks format, the privilege of having a first-hand experience was greatly appreciated. Despite Google’s confirmation that this as a test, I thought sharing some screenshots and thoughts of what could be (sooner or later) the new sitelinks, would be beneficial to everyone (including Google).

What has changed:

This could be the biggest change Google has ever made into brand listings appearing in the SERPs after introducing the expanded site links (mega sitelinks). Currently, brand listings consist of up to six sitelinks excluding the standard link to the site’s homepage.

However, in the new version there are from five to nine tabs, each one containing from four to 13 sitelinks. That means that the number of linked pages appearing in the SERPs would drastically increase, which would definitely impact brand traffic metrics in various ways.

This is how the SEOmoz listing appears with the new tabbed layout:


Note how similar the sitelinks that appear in the ‘Top Links’ tab are to those in the previous non-tabbed version:


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