With all of the recent acquisitions by Yahoo! and Google, I decided to take a closer look at some of the companies that Google has purchased. I’m glad I did. I came across a couple of papers I hadn’t seen before, and learned a little more about some of Google’s employees that I didn’t know. 2007 ZingkuPostiniGrand Central CommunicationsZenter, Inc.Peakstream Inc.FeedburnerPanoramioGreen Border TechnologiesMarratech AB’s Video Conferencing SoftwareTonic SystemsDoubleclickGapminder’s Trendalyzer SoftwareAdscape Media 2006 Jotspot, Inc.YouTube, Inc.Neven [email protected] SoftwareWritelyMeasure MapdMarc BroadcastingReqwireless, Inc.Transformic, Inc. 2005 AndroidAkwan Information TechnologiesDodgeballUrchin Software 2004 ZipdashWhere 2 TechnologiesKeyholePicasaIgnite Logic 2003 Genius LabsSprinksKaltixApplied SemanticsNeotonic SoftwarePyra Labs 2001 OutrideDeja Zingku(Added September 27, 2007) Today, there was a note on the front page of the Zingku web site … [Read more...] about Google Acquisitions – SEO by the Sea
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Chances are that you’ve seen or even used location-based services from the Web, such as Facebook Places, Foursquare, Gowalla, Whrrl, Scvng, and including locations in your tweets. Google offers a number of location-based services, such as: Google likely has other location based services that they may target in the future, such as the kind of system described in Google’s patent filing Dynamic Exploration of Electronic Maps, which I wrote about in Smarter Google Maps Would Add Movement and Templates for Tasks A recently published pending Google patent describes one of the limitations of location-based services – the accuracy of locations information for people using those services, and provides an approach that Google might follow to improve upon location information for users of location-based services. Three of the technologies that are often presently used for those location-based services include: Global Positioning System (GPS) – Often accurate within 10-20 … [Read more...] about Google to Provide Better Accuracy in Location-Based Services?
share tweet share pin it e-mail share The Google year 2015 brought with it numerous updates and turbulent visibility changes for many US domains. The following concise analysis takes a look at the year’s biggest winners and losers of 2015. We also discuss the effect of Google updates, current search trends and offer key take-aways for your site in 2016. Read on. The clear overall winner is content. Domains that offer unique, helpful and current content were typically the biggest winners for 2015. Publishers and news sites are among the biggest winners overall, as their main product is up-to-date, relevant and often holistic evergreeen content. Almost every other winner was a publisher. Who are we talking about? – A quick note on the data we use This analysis is based on the SEO Visibility of each website (Searchmetrics’ flagship KPI for online performance in organic search results). For the analysis we examined the SEO Visibility of … [Read more...] about Google Year in Review: Top US Winners & Losers in 2015 –
The property management business is very demanding. From tenants, owners, co-workers, to maintenance technicians, someone is always trying to get a hold of you. Keeping everything organized is essential for success. If you are constantly multitasking and always on-the-go, incorporating technology tools in your arsenal is a great solution. The Google Apps Suite, which includes tools such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Meet, and Google Forms, can help you run an efficient property management company. Running an efficient company and building out standard operating procedures will give you the ability to manage thousands of properties easily. For this reason, we decided to write an article going through all the tools Google Apps offers that can be used by your company. Contents1 Google Apps You Should Use for Your Property Management Company1.1 1. Gmail1.2 2. Google Calendar1.3 3. Google Drive2 GET … [Read more...] about Using Google Apps for Your Property Management Company
Google’s obsession with usability is well-established. They use human evaluators to test search results and many algorithmic methods to establish quality scores that can impact rankings, such as the recently introduced site speed value. There are a number of common usability elements of business websites which I believe could be leveraged for rankings in local search. Here are ten. Further background: In 2005, Google began introducing various factors in calculating a Quality Score which can impact PPC ad rankings and minimum bid amounts. As details of some of the factors involved were emerging, a few of us could see that Google was likely using similar Quality Scores as part of ranking webpages for organic search rankings. In 2008, Google added landing page load time as another factor feeding into the AdWords Quality Score calculation. So, in the summer of 2009 after Google deployed page speed, a Firefox extension for measuring and diagnosing web page load times, I theorized that … [Read more...] about Google’s Usability Fixation Reveals Local Ranking Factors