Some of the folks over at WebmasterWorld are noticing a new referrer coming from Google that comes from the string com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox.Interestingly, that is the name of the Android app APK for the Google Search app on Android, see https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox&hl=en.Maybe Google is starting to show webmasters that their search referrers are coming specifically from the Android Google app?WebmasterWorld moderator, Andy Langton, said:I see it starting around 27th April, from Android devices, naturally. From the actual referrer, my guess would be a link from the default Google search bar on a device (this opens in the Google app rather than in a browser). This is installed by default on most devices, I believe. According to the Play Store [play.google.com], the app updated on April 28th, too.Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld. … [Read more...] about Webmasters Noticing Google Referrer For Android Google Search App
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Google does send notices via Google Search Console to upgrade your WordPress install or other generic CMS platforms that are outdated. The other day, Google sent a boatload to those they think are running WordPress 4.9.3 that they should update that version as soon as possible because there is a security bug that is vulnerable to attack.But some who received the notification are not running that version of WordPress and were confused by the message. Google's Eric Kuan posted in the Google Webmaster Help forums that if you did receive this message in error that (1) you can ignore it and (2) you can let Google know which site it was for so they can improve these message notifications in the future.Eric wrote:Thanks for your feedback on the WordPress update message. We're working on making sure that the messages we send to users to update their CMSs are as accurate as possible. If you could let me know what sites you received a message for that are no longer on WordPres 4.9.3 or have … [Read more...] about Did Google Search Console Send You An Inaccurate WordPress Upgrade Notice?
by Alex ChrisLeave a Comment One of the most useful and important SEO tools is the Google Search Console. Google search console is a free tool provided by Google for webmasters (also referred to as Google Webmaster Tools).Google search console has a number of tools and reports you can use to find out what Google knows about your website, improve your site’s performance in the search results and troubleshoot problems.In this post, you will learn how to add your website to Google Search Console.How to get your website on Google Search ConsoleThe first thing to do is to register with Google search console and add and verify ownership of your website.Here are the steps:Step 1: Create an account with Google Search Console.Go to Google Search Console and click Start NowIf you already have a Google account, you can login directly otherwise the first step is to create an account and then login.Note: If you already have a Google analytics account, you can use that to login. It’s … [Read more...] about How to add and verify your website with the new Google Search Console
Got a shiny new Microsoft Surface with Windows RT and want to search with Google? No can do. The Google Search app is only for Windows 8, and it seems like — amazingly enough — that’s because Google hasn’t gotten around to making one. Postscript (Nov. 13): This is now finally available. See our story, Google Releases Search App For Microsoft Surface & Windows RT Anyone searching the Windows Store for the Google Search app and using Windows 8 will find it easily, as shown below: Google’s new “Get Your Google Back” site is even promoting a faster way to find the app, pointing people to this page: As you can see, that page suggests that the app will work with both Windows and Windows RT. However, if you try to find the app by searching from Microsoft Surface, it doesn’t appear: That’s because, as it turns out, the Google Search app doesn’t work with Windows RT. In fact, if you try to load it directly using the aforementioned … [Read more...] about No Google Search App For You
Fairsearch, a group backed by Microsoft and other Google competitors to lobby that Google isn’t “fair” to them with its search results, has been having a event today to push its view of all that’s wrong with Google. That includes building a myth that Google requires that all Android devices to use Google search. Google doesn’t do that. It never has. But that’s a good story the group still wants to tell. The FairSearch Event Today’s mythbuilding came out of a panel called “Tech Executives: Exploring Barriers to Innovation in Mobile and Online Services,” part of the FairSearch “Searching for Innovation and Competition Online” event that was held at the Newseum in Washington DC today. Susan Athey, a professor of economics with Stanford’s Graduate School of Business was on the panel, making it sound like there was an unbiased academic meant to balance things out against having Skyhook Wireless and TradeComet, both with … [Read more...] about Google Doesn’t Require Google Search On Android, Despite What FairSearch & Microsoft Want You To Believe