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AdWords Click Fraud Service Found Using Google’s Trademark, Promoting Itself On YouTube

click-fraud How's this for brazen? For at least two years, a Russian hacker has been running a cheekily-named click fraud service called GoodGoogle, promoting it in videos on Google's YouTube and using Gmail accounts to correspond with customers. Online security expert, Brian Krebs, recently brought the scam to light. The service enables advertisers to quickly run down competitors' daily budgets on Google AdWords. GoodGoogle's offer: “Are you tired of the competition in Google AdWords that take your first position and quality traffic? I will help you get rid once and for all competitors in Go [...]


Managing The Very Short Tail: 9 Tips To Manage A 10 Keyword Account

manage-the-short-tail Everybody loves the long-tail and diversified PPC accounts. However, sometimes these ideals just aren't possible. Some accounts inherently have only a short tail. This applies heavily to lead gen advertisers that measure post-lead activity to determine actual profitability. Are the insurance quote requests turning into policies? Are the edu inquiries turning into students? Are the mortgage loan applications turning into loans? Let's call these final post-lead conversion points "Revenue Conversions." What most single-service lead generating companies find is that they have a very sho [...]


Google Search Designer Explains Why Some Features & Tools Get Axed

google-generic-featured Google often removes features from their search results and other services. Jon Wiley, Google's Principal Designer of Google Search in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) thread answered the question on why Google removes features people love. Most recently, Google completely disabled the Google discussion forum search filter, which was actually removed from the search tools in January 2014 along with other features. Jon was asked specifically about that, but since he was not directly involved in that decision, he answered why Google removes some features that people love. John said tha [...]


Google Testing Timeline View In Knowledge Graph

google-knowledge-graph-featured Google is testing a new knowledge graph interface for showing a timeline of data, facts and knowledge in the top carousel section of the Google search results. Florian Kiersch spotted this first and captured a video of it, posting the video on Google+. The timeline shows you data elements related to your search query. When you hover your mouse over the timeline, Google will show you tidbits of data. If you click on the element, Google will drill into the timeline of that element. Here are some pictures: Alex Chitu has more screen shots of this feature as well on h [...]


Google’s Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories

google-yelp-maps-600 As the analysis continues on yesterday's Google local search algorithm changes -- that we're calling the Pigeon update -- one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google's search results. More specifically, it looks like Google has fixed its "Yelp problem" and is now showing Yelp pages at the top of search results when queries specifically include the word "Yelp." You might recall Yelp's recent accusations that Google was manipulating its search results to show Google's own local listings and content ahead of Yelp pages even when users sp [...]


Pigeon: Search Engine Land’s Name For The New Google Local Search Update

maps-pigeon-600 Last night, Google released a pretty significant local search algorithm update. Google told us there was no internal name for the update, but now that we see that it was fairly significant, we decided to give it a name: Pigeon. Pigeon is the name we decided on because this is a local search update and pigeons tend to fly back home. When the Google Panda update launched, there was no official name from Google, so we named it the "Farmer" update. A few days later, Google told us they internally named it the Panda update. So we switched names from Farmer to Panda to avoid that confusi [...]


Google Quick Answers Adds Images

google-hummingbird3-featured Google's quick answer results have recently added images to some of the answers. Alex Chitu spotted this and I was able to replicate it for many queries. Such as for [how old is barack obama] to [how many children does michael jordan have?] Here are both desktop views and mobile views of the images in the quick answers on Google. The images do not come up for all searches, such as [how much does the iphone 5s weigh?] and []how many megapixels for iphone 5s] but it does work for iphone 5s focal length]. [...]


“Let Me Google That For You” Bill Aims To Replace Government Agency With Google Search

Coburn McCaskill Let me google that for you Senators Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill have introduced new legislation aimed at saving taxpayers $66 million a year. What's their plan? It's the "Let me Google that for you" Act, and its goal is to replace the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) agency with a simple Google search. Started in 1950, the NTIS collects and distributes government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information and reports, charging other agencies and the public for copies. Part of the US federal Commerce Department, the agency staffs 150 employees and costs $66 million a y [...]


Google: We’re Working On Multiple Language Translation Detection

google-voice-search-1200 Jon Wiley, Principal Designer for Google Search, participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion, where in one question, he was asked to share something cool he is working on. He shared that Google is working on a feature to listen to multiple languages at the same time and be able to process them at the same time. Many people who speak multiple languages natively, when talking to family and friends, will often use both languages at the same time. They will mix let's say English and Spanish when talking. That behavior is really not that uncommon. Jon Wiley said that Go [...]


Since May 91,000 Right-To-Be-Forgotten Takedown Requests

Right To Be Forgotten The Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) content removal requests in Europe keep coming in. It's difficult right now to know whether they're leveling off or continuing to increase. On the first day of availability Google's RTBF online form, it received 12,000 submissions. Sources familiar with the status of Google's program told us that there had been 91,000 takedown requests across Europe, involving nearly 330,000 URLs since the court decision that formalized RTBF earlier this year. These figures would suggest that RTBF requests had slowed but it might also be explained by pent-up from "early [...]


Google “Pigeon” Updates Local Search Algorithm With Stronger Ties To Web Search Signal

maps-pigeon-600 Google has released a new algorithm to provide a more useful, relevant and accurate local search results that are tied more closely to traditional web search ranking signals. The changes will be visible within the Google Maps search results and Google Web search results. Note: We've named this update the Pigeon update. The core changes are behind the scenes, but it does impact local search results rankings and some local businesses may notice an increase or decrease in web site referrals, leads and business from the change. Google told us that the new local search algorithm tie [...]


Google AdWords Debuts Dynamic Sitelinks Globally: What You Need To Know

Google AdWords Dynamic Sitelinks Meet Dynamic Sitelinks, the latest ad snippet from Google AdWords. Dynamic sitelinks are another one of those add-ons -- like seller ratings and consumer ratings annotations -- in which advertisers don't have control over what displays or when the content is triggered. Here's what you need to know: Dynamic sitelinks are automatically generated, typically when it's apparent that someone is shopping, planning a trip or doing some other research via search. They appear below the ad copy and can trigger on all devices. These sitelinks link to relevant content on the advertisers' site. Ho [...]


Google Maps “Explore” Feature Shows What’s Nearby Along With Reviews & Travel Times

Google Maps3 Google Maps announced a new "Explore"  feature yesterday for its Android and iOS app. The new feature offers a "local guide" that adapts to wherever the user may be. According to the release: Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available). With Explore as your guide, you’ll see different places and activities that adapt to each area and moment throughout your day. The new feature lists local information, showing nearby locations along [...]


Top Luxury Brands Spent $22 Million On Google Text Ads In The U.S. Last Year [Study]

google-shopping-600 Paid search research firm, AdGooroo, has analyzed the paid search activity by luxury brands and retailers in the U.S. across five categories: apparel, beauty & cosmetics, shoes, handbags and watches. According to the study, five of the top personal luxury companies spent nearly $22 million on Google AdWords desktop/tablet text ads across their brands in 2013.  Apparel topped the list in overall spend by both brands and retailers. The top ten retailers in the luxury space outspent the top luxury brands in four out of five of the categories studied.  Based on impressions, retailers [...]


Ads On Google Maps Now Show In New Scrolling List View, In-Map Ads Get A New Look

Ads On Google Maps Google has formally announced that it is surfacing and displaying ads on Google Maps and Google Maps for Mobile in the scrolling list view it debuted recently. The ads appear above the organic listings and can include location extensions and call extensions. Location extensions are what allow advertisers to include ratings, store hours and the Street View image of the business in their ads. Location extensions also enable businesses to be spotlighted with an in-map ad, or an ad marker. The in-map ad shows an offer or description and can be expanded to show more business information. [...]


Some Of The Weird Issues When Google’s Quick Answers Come From Random Sources

google-hummingbird3-featured As Google's Hummingbird algorithm continues to shape the answers within Google's search results, webmasters, SEOs and searchers ask themselves, why is Google showing this knowledge graph or that quick answer. Often webmasters find themselves at a loss because Google takes their content and puts it at the top of the search results. While searchers ask, why is this the proper source for the answer - why not license content versus scrape content from webmasters? I participated in a Google+ Hangout with Google's John Mueller, who was presented some interesting cases of "branded" quick answers [...]


Reach & Frequency: The Forgotten Dimension Of GDN On AdWords

google-data-knowledge-brain-featured The Reach and Frequency report lives under the Dimensions tab in AdWords; yet this information often gets overlooked in favour of analysis on areas such as geographic location or time of day. What Can You See From This Report? Very simply, this report shows the following: Reach:  The number of unique users who saw your adverts Frequency: The minimum number of times a unique user saw your adverts. You can select the length of time you wish to see: day, week or month. Where Can You Find The Report? This report can be found under the dimensions tab (see image below). The data are av [...]


Google Maps For Android Enhances Explore Nearby Feature & Adds Elevation To Biking Directions

google-maps-1920 Google is pushing out an update for their Android Google Maps app and with that, Google announced three new changes: (1) View search results on the map or in a list and easily switch between them (2) Search for places you’ve reviewed or saved using the “Your places” filter (3) Bike directions now include elevation profiles to help avoid steep hills One they did not announce is the enhanced "explore nearby" functionality that they've added. Android Police picked up on that, showing they added a new icon to the bottom of the map to quickly access the feature and then when you [...]


Microsoft Bing Now Added To Google Chrome New Tab Page

bing-chrome-start-page Microsoft's search engine, Bing, is now an option within Google's Chrome new tab page screens. Prior, if you changed your default search provider in Chrome, the new tab page would still show Google has the search option. It would change the search provider in the URL/omnibox area but it would not replace Google from the new tab page. Now, when you change your search provider, the change will be also available in the new tab page in your Chrome browser. To change your go to Chrome and click on preferences/settings and then and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”). [...]


Assessing Hummingbird’s Impact On Search — 10 Months Later

google-hummingbird3-featured On September 26, 2013, Google let slip that it had updated its overall search platform, which they referred to as "Hummingbird." In this post, I am going to take a look back at the past year to see what impact Hummingbird may have had. One of my goals with this post is to help dispel the myth that Hummingbird is an algorithm, and to provide some clarity on the nature of the impact it may have. Hummingbird was revealed during Google's 15th birthday party, but no mention of it was included in their own post about the event. However, Search Engine Land Founding Editor Danny Sullivan was in [...]


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