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It’s been trending on Twitter and posted all over the web; it’s mainly hearsay at the moment but there’s noise regarding Google’s latest attempt at creating a Social Networking site, Google Circles.
Page load time has always been a significant factor in how a website is perceived by human visitors. It has also been used to determine quality scores assigned by search engines for PPC campaigns. However, it appears that a site’s page load time could now become a ranking factor for Google SERPs.
The SEO industry has been beset by rumours following Matt Cutts’ appearance at PubCon last week, with the hot topic being the likely emergence of Google Caffeine in the New Year [see: Google to Get a Caffeine Boost...Soon]. However, in terms of importance, the implication that page load time will become a ranking factor in 2010 could well supplant Caffeine.
Google announce their rival to the Facebook ‘like’ button with +1 (plus one). If you see something that you like, +1 it, it’s that simple.
The social evolution of Google continues with the announcement of +1. With social search creeping into SERPs, they have been looking for ways to expand the influence friends have on the results we all see [See: Social Search: Google and Bing Announce Updates]; with the addition of plus one, a further (Google managed) social layer can be added to these results.
Google introduce Twitter updates in a real-time feed for the first time in their SERPs.
The much mooted and oft lauded social media integration has finally hit the pages of Google.com today. Whilst this is part of a progressive roll-out, it signals a significant change to their SERPs; both in terms of aesthetics and functionality.
As the UK only search tab goes walkabout, we look at why Google binned it in favour of the left-hand navigation.
As part of the recent reshuffle of the Google SERPs, the UK only results tab (formerly featured beneath the search box) has vanished. With the continuing issues of international sites featuring in Google.co.uk results, UK searchers (and SEO experts) are facing further confusion.
Okay, so the ‘pages from the UK’ button has only migrated south west slightly to the left hand navigation, but what does this achieve?
Latest figures show that Google has continued its search engine market dominance, Bing has made small gains and Yahoo are spiralling into search oblivion.
Following the hype that surrounded the official Launch of Google +1 at the end of March, this post considers how it has the potential to impact search and some of the other issues surrounding it, ultimately asking if it really help increase the relevancy of search results?
The writing has been on the wall for some time. The Times is going to become the first mainstream daily newspaper to fall behind an online paywall. So is this the beginning of the end for free content?
The movement towards paying for your online news appears to be gathering pace. Rupert Murdoch appears to have completely ignored how content online is distributed and decided that it’s time for his News Corporation sites to start charging.
The assertion that quality, unique content is something worth paying for is not wholly incorrect. If reporters have spent a good deal of time and resources unearthing a news story that nobody else is covering, then there will be demand and you should expect to pay a fee. However, these cases are rare.
Changes are afoot over at Bing. The world’s third favourite search engine, which is soon to be adopted by Yahoo (the second most popular), have announced a raft of changes designed to improve user satisfaction and develop their burgeoning social media interaction.
The integration of Twitter has been on the cards for some time, even though it was only finally confirmed last month [see: Google and Microsoft Complete Twitter Deal to Herald Real-time Search Era], so this is certainly a major part of the ‘Decision Engine’s’ revamp. Their Facebook tie-in was something of a surprise, arguably even more so the latest announcement also points towards a Wolfram Alpha collaboration.
Now that we are into the second month of 2012, how has the market share for the search engines changed in both the UK and the US? Heading into the new-year, we previously mentioned that Bing started off well in the US, and Yahoo had not done so well, partly due to Bing overtaking them earlier on. This position has been maintained by Bing for February 2012.
In relation to the UK market, Bing’s share has dropped slightly, however they are still placed above Yahoo overall. All in all, Google, Yahoo and ‘Other’ sites saw a slight increase, whilst Ask and Bing saw the opposite, with a small decrease.