A busy start to 2012 in search news, including the launch of Google Search Plus Your World, Google banning its own Chrome page, and the announcement of a mass-merging of privacy policies across all Google services….
2012 got off to a bad start for Google after sponsored posts were found that contravened Google’s own guidelines resulted in the Chrome home page having a penalty applied against it.
In possibly the most radical shake-up of Google’s “ten blue links” since the search engine was founded, Google started adding results from Google+ directly and prominently all over the search results. Reception of this in the search industry hasn’t been entirely positive (especially from social competitors Twitter & Facebook), but it remains to be seen how Google’s wider user base receives it.
Will Facebook launch a search engine? Spoiler: probably not, or at least not in the way we might expect them to – John Battelle speculates based on what Facebook has that Google hasn’t.
Hot on the heels of the Google+ search integration, this comprehensive Google+ SEO guide covers every aspect and angle of Google+ and how it impacts search.
An interesting take on how Google is becoming more like Apple in its philosophy – and why that’s not necessarily a good thing…
A potential gotcha here for every web development agency and beyond – put a Google+ button on your site (even on a staging server) and Google reserves the right to index your page and show it in search results, even if you explicitly tell them not to.
Google has confirmed reports of a Panda update with – there were no additional signals or algorithm changes, however as this was only a data refresh.
Absoultely brilliant visualisation of real time traffic to Yahoo’s home page – splice who’s viewing news stories in real time by demographic, gender and more!