Say goodbye to Google+ from April 2nd, 2019

If you’re wanting to read about why Google+ was a bad idea poorly executed, well, just Google “Google+” and you will be treated to more than enough diatribes about why this platform was an eight-year non-starter. But as for our blog, we’ll stick with the impact Google+ had on WordPress, Drupal and websites in general. First things first Firstly, make sure you act now to remove any...
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Social media SEO trends heading into 2019

There’s been talk about social media as a ranking factor for a long time. In 2010, Google said social media was a ranking factor (that means if you're on social media, your website will generally show above similar businesses who aren't on social media - at least in 2010). In 2014, the same search engine said that social media probably isn’t a ranking factor. "Probably" being the key word...
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Voice search isn’t going away in 2019

Voice search isn’t going to go away. In fact, it’s expected to increase in popularity.  According to predictions by ComScore, 50% of all searches by 2020 will be voice.At the start of 2018, voice search was defined as “an upcoming technology that allows users to access internet search results using nothing more than a smart device and their voice.”In 2019, voice search will no longer...
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Introducing the new Search Console (beta) Message – What is the new Google search console?

In early 2018, many website owners began receiving a message from Google about a new version of Google Search Console. This edition is in beta and users can switch back and forth between the old version and the new version while the new version is being tested. It is likely that we will see new features and tweaks to the new version before the “beta” label goes away. So far, the most...
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Is your website using HTTPS? Google is dropping support for HTTP on Chrome from October

Google’s efforts with Chrome to encourage the web’s transition to HTTPS are beginning to pay off. The company has now announced plans to extend the effort with the “Not secure” badge scheduled to show up on more HTTP pages. With version 56 in January, Chrome began marking HTTP sites with password or credit card fields as...
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6 Reasons why Google My Business (previously Google Places) is essential for any business

If your business has an actual physical location, then one of the first things you need to do to promote your business is to use Google My Business. This service enables you to get listed on Google Maps. It sounds so simple, but the benefits are profound.  Here are some reasons why Google My Business is important for your business: Reviews make your business more relevant, and that will...
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Mobile is the new black: Google piles on the pressure for mobile-friendly websites

Friday (4th November 2016)  saw a blog post from Google outlining a search algorithm change that will be the final nail in the coffin of non-responsive and non-mobile friendly websites. Google have previously only used the mobile-friendliness of a website to determine which sites are shown to mobile users. If your site isn’t mobile friendly but a competitor is there’s a good...
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Google’s Chrome browser will soon label non HTTPS websites as “Unsafe”

After Google announced that it had started considering HTTPS as a metric when deciding the pagerank of a given website (giving higher priority to SSL secured websites over their non-SSL counterparts) it was only a matter of time before they took the next logical step and started further penalising websites without SSL (HTTPS) support. What we weren't expecting...
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Traffic from Google Search App showing in website analytics

Over the past few weeks we've noticed an increasing number of visits to websites at use our website analytics service, along with visitors to websites that use Google Analytics, showing up with a referring website (referrer) of "com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox" - while this may seem a bit cryptic it's not spam or other suspicious traffic and is in fact shown...
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Google makes another a move to call time on app-install intersitals

Google has spoken and an all too common feature of the mobile web will never be the same again if developers and site owners follow the path sign-posted by the search giant. App install interstitial ads - those full-screen ads that pop up suddenly when browsing on a mobile device prompting you to download and install an app - are proving too annoying for mobile...
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