The XE11 software update lets users say voice commands like “get directions to home” or “get directions to work.” To make that possible, though, the user has to first provide home and work addresses in either Google Maps or Google Now. There’s also a calendar search feature for Google Calendar users. Speaking voice commands like “google my agenda” and “google what am I doing next week?” will let Glass owners check their upcoming calendar plans. And there’s one feature that’s been removed: a “long tap” that activated Google searches. You used to be able to put a finger on the touchpad for two seconds to start a Google search, but no longer. “It turns out that a lot of people long pressing the touchpad to activate a Google search were doing so by mistake,” according to the XE11 release notes. “That’s not exactly as useful as we imagined it when we started the experiment, so we’ve … [Read more...] about Google Glass Adds Work/Home Directions, Google Calendar Search & More
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These additional APIs allow AdWords scripts to access other Google services like Google Analytics and Google Calendar. Anyone familiar with other Google Scripts will recognize these objects as the same ones available there. Today we are going to focus on the Calendar API and build an integration that allows you to monitor campaign start and end dates via your Google calendar. Many times, for meetings or reporting, it helps to see things laid out in a week or month view so that overlapping items stand out. This script will create entries on a separate calendar representing the duration of your campaigns. The first thing I recommend doing is creating a new calendar in your Google account to hold the campaign start and end dates. This way, you can easily share the calendar with other team members or hide it to reduce clutter. I named mine “AdWords,” but you can name it whatever you like. Now that you have a place to put all your events, let’s start writing some code. … [Read more...] about Connecting AdWords Scripts & The Advanced Calendar API
As over-the-air updates for Android 6, also called Android Marshmallow, start slowly rolling out to some Nexus devices, many SEOs are wondering how this well-publicized update will impact mobile user behavior and search. This is especially true because Google’s enhanced predictive search utility, Now on Tap, will be deeply integrated in the browser and OS. Having received the update, I can tell you that so far, it has not lived up to the hype; but that does not mean that it will not have a huge impact on the direction and future of mobile search. To predict the impact of more integrated predictive search, we can start by looking at the mobile Chrome, search and Google Now updates that were made before the soft launch of Android Marshmallow (since they all appeared to be in preparation for the more comprehensive Android Marshmallow launch) and compare them to the post-launch reality. In the past six months, there have been a large number of subtle and not-so-subtle changes, and … [Read more...] about Google’s Private Index & Screen Crawling
On the first full day that we had a Google Home in our house, we interacted with it 473 times over the course of the day. Four hundred of those were my two-year-old asking it to play “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways, followed by his mother or me interrupting with, “Hey Google! Stop!” (Look, I love that song, too, but enough is enough, you know?) The point is, watching the way that my family interacts with the device, and how often they interact with it, I’m more inclined to believe the forecast that sales of Amazon Echo and Google Home type devices will go from 1.8 million this year to 15.1 million in 2020. Have you seen this demo video from Google I/O?: It really can do all of those things, like turn on your lights and help you plan your day. There are many times where it gets stumped and says “Sorry, I’m not sure how to help with that,” but not nearly as many as Amazon Echo, as you can see in Danny Sullivan’s review. For the most … [Read more...] about SEO without SERPs is here with Google Assistant, Home and Amazon Echo. Here’s how to survive.
Struggling to post regularly on your blog? Have you ever sat down to write, only to stare at a blank screen for ages? One of the best ways to solve that is by creating a content calendar for your blog. Maybe you’ve never come across this idea before – or maybe you’ve tried it in the past and didn’t get very far. In this article, I will walk you step by step on how to build a content calendar that works for you. I will also share the best content calendar software that you can use along with giving you the exact step by step content calendar template and the editorial workflow that I use. Sounds like a good deal? Let’s get started. Step 1: List Post Ideas Whenever I tell someone about creating a content calendar, they start drawing up a calendar for the month. That’s a rookie mistake because you’re skipping an essential step. The first step is create a list of blog post ideas. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself staring at 31 blank days, with … [Read more...] about 3 Simple Steps to Create a Content Calendar