Monday, October 31, 2011

Google Webmaster Tool Will signal You on Duplicate Content Issues Across Your Domain

Today, Google webmaster tools has launched a new message alert to let site owners know when a particular URL doesn’t appear because Google sees it as duplicate of a URL on a different domain.
To be transparent about cross-domain URL selection decisions, we’re launching new Webmaster Tools messages that will attempt to notify webmasters when our algorithms select an external URL instead of one from their website. The details about how these messages work are in our Help Center article about the topic, and in this blog post we’ll discuss the different scenarios in which you may see a cross-domain URL selection and what you can do to fix any selections you believe are incorrect.

In this situation, please follow our guidance on cleaning your site and submit a reconsideration request when done. To identify cloaked attacks, you can use the Fetch as Googlebot function in Webmaster Tools to see your page’s content as Googlebot sees it.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Google Analytics is not going to show the User Queries Searched

From Google Analytics Blog:

Google Analytics Blog: Making search more secure: Accessing search query ...: As search becomes an increasingly customized experience, particularly for signed in users, we believe that protecting these personalized sea...
How will this change impact Google Analytics users?

When a signed in user visits your site from an organic Google search, all web analytics services, including Google Analytics, will continue to recognize the visit as Google “organic” search, but will no longer report the query terms that the user searched on to reach your site. Keep in mind that the change will affect only a minority of your traffic. You will continue to see aggregate query data with no change, including visits from users who aren’t signed in and visits from Google “cpc”.

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Google Launches a new service called Google Trusted Stores

Google Launches Google Trusted Store for Shoppers and Sellers. The announcement held on Oct. 3, 2011, so as to identify the online merchants and to encounter the best shopping experience.

From online sources:

Google will show a Trusted Store badge next to the ads for the sellers shows the good track record and also take into account the reviews of Google Checkout, and so on.
When customers purchase from a Google Trusted Store, they can opt in to purchase protection from Google. If they opt in, the merchant will share order information and email address with Google, who will in turn send  an email with the details of orders, merchant’s contact details, and link to contact Google in the event of an issue.

Note: It"s not officially and completely launched. Initially it starts only for limited number of retailers.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Google Software engineer accidentally publishes internal letter to the public: Interesting Read

“Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, predicated on the incorrect notion that Facebook is successful because they built a great product. But that’s not why they are successful. Facebook is successful because they built an entire constellation of products by allowing other people to do the work.


A couple of interesting comments in response to Yegge’s explanation:
Pedram Keyani (Facebook engineer who has worked for Google and Microsoft): “I’m glad you are shaking things up and telling it how it is. I joined Google in 2005 but after a few years of I couldn’t take how little the company cared about connecting people. Fight the good fight.”

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