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Surfacing content from iOS apps in Google Search

We’ve been helping users discover relevant content from Android apps in Google search results for a while now. Starting today, we’re bringing App Indexing to iOS apps as well. This means users on both Android and iOS will be able to open mobile app content straight from Google Search. Indexed links from an initial group […]

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The Evolution of Search

I just returned from a few days in Las Vegas and the Pubcon Conference. I had the chance to see some great presentations and talk to a number of interesting folks, and the company that I am the Director of Search Marketing at, Go Fish Digital won a US Search Award for Best Use of […]

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Answer Boxes, Trigger Terms and Enriched Search Results

A few years ago, I wrote the following about post about Google’s OneBox Patent Application I was brought back to it, with a new Google patent that looks at answering questions within similar answer boxes, and showing rich content, like in the example below: This weather enriched result used the word ‘weather’ as a trigger […]

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Google Fights Keyword Stuffed Business Names Using a Surprisingness Value

A Google patent granted this week targets map spammers, who submit information about businesses to Google Maps, in a manner referred to as keyword stuffing. The patent attempts to find words submitted by business owners as titles for businesses names that trigger a surprisingness value for combinations of words within a business title to determine […]

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Will Google Start Reading Text in Images on the Web Soon?

Googlebot Doesn’t Read Pictures of Text During Web Crawls When I was an Administrator at Cre8asiteforums (2002-2007), one of my favorite forums on the site was one called the Website Hospital. People would come with their sites and questions about how they could improve them. One problem that often appeared was people having problems being […]

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Recalculating PageRank

A Google patent was granted on October 20th, 2015 titled Producing a ranking for pages using distances in a Web-link graph. It presents some changes to Google’s original PageRank. I wrote about the very first PageRank patent in my post The First PageRank Patent and the Newest, where I posted a link to the original […]

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Google Files Patent for Drone Delivery Platform

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news, you may have seen a Reuters article about Google planning for the use of Drones titled Google aims to begin drone package deliveries in 2017 You may also have seen another article from Time Magazine that tells us it might be a while till we see […]

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Move over Google Author Rank, Make way for Google Authoritative Rank

Ted Geisel, who wrote under the name Dr. Seuss, Authoritative for Green Eggs and Ham? An authoritative user is a user of one or more computer-implemented services (e.g., a social networking service) that has been determined to be authoritative (e.g., an expert) on one or more topics that can be associated with one or more […]

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How Google May Use Schema Vocabulary to Reduce Duplicate Content in Search Results

One of the challenges of optimizing an e-commerce site that has lots of filtering and sorting options can be to try to create a click path through the site so that all the pages on the site that you want indexed by a search engine get crawled and indexed. This could require setting up the […]

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