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Google Showcases Government, Nonprofit & Business Maps With New Gallery Google Showcases Government, Nonprofit & Business Maps With New Gallery

Google has launched a new Google Maps Gallery aimed at making mapping data from governments, nonprofits and businesses more accessible to the public. Organizations can share and publish their maps online via Google Maps Engine, and have them appear in …

John Steinbeck’s 112th Birthday Celebrated With Google Doodle John Steinbeck’s 112th Birthday Celebrated With Google Doodle

Google is celebrating the works of author John Steinbeck with a doodle today, which would have been his 112th birthday. He died in 1968 at the age of 66 from heart disease and congestive heart failure. Steinbeck is one of …

Google: You Don’t Have To Dumb Your Content Down ‘That Much’ Google: You Don’t Have To Dumb Your Content Down ‘That Much’

Google’s Matt Cutts answers an interesting question in a new “Webmaster Help” video: “Should I write content that is easier to read or more scientific? Will I rank better if I write for 6th graders?” Do you think Google should …

Bing, OneDrive Team Up For Bing Rewards Promotion Bing, OneDrive Team Up For Bing Rewards Promotion

Can two segments of the same company team up? Aren’t they already a team? These are the questions we must ask ourselves as Bing teams up with OneDrive for a new promotion. Bing announced today that Bing Rewards members can …

Demand Media Earnings Continue To Suffer Google’s Wrath Demand Media Earnings Continue To Suffer Google’s Wrath

Demand Media reported its financial results for Q4 and fiscal 2013 on Tuesday. The company continues to suffer at the hands of Google algorithm changes (it just so happens that this week marks the three-year anniversary of the Panda update). …

You Can Now Vote For American Idol Directly From Google Search Results You Can Now Vote For American Idol Directly From Google Search Results

Google announced on Wednesday that American Idol fans can now vote for their favorite performers directly from its search results. The company announced a partnership with Fox, which makes Google an official voting platform for the show. Users can search …

Google Street View Gets More Imagery From Under The Sea Google Street View Gets More Imagery From Under The Sea

Back in 2012, Google teamed up with The Catlin Seaview Survey to add underwater imagery from the world’s oceans to Street View. Google just announced that it has new imagery from the partnership up, including from Isla Mujeres and Cancun. …

The Bing iOS App Just Got A Meaty Update The Bing iOS App Just Got A Meaty Update

With iOS using Bing as its default search provider, you may have found yourself enamored by all that Bing has to offer. You might have even downloaded the official Bing iOS app. If that’s the case, you’ll discover that it …

Google Moves Link Network Focus To Poland Google Moves Link Network Focus To Poland

Google continues to wipe out link networks across the Internet, apparently on a country-by-country basis. Earlier this month, Google’s Matt Cutts told Twitter followers about Google cracking down on German link networks. That is still happening, but focus is also …

Have Google’s Results Improved After 3 Years Of Panda? Have Google’s Results Improved After 3 Years Of Panda?

Monday marked the three-year anniversary of the day Google first announced the controversial Panda update. So much has happened since then. So many sites have felt the effects. Has your site been affected by the Panda update at anytime over …

Google’s Cutts Talks EXIF Data As A Ranking Factor Google’s Cutts Talks EXIF Data As A Ranking Factor

Google may use EXIF data attached to images as a ranking factor in search results. This isn’t exactly a new revelation, but it is the topic of a new “Webmaster Help” video from the company. Matt Cutts responds to the …

Bing Adds Timelines To Search Results Bing Adds Timelines To Search Results

Timelines are like the cliff notes of history. They give us a succinct look into the events that shaped the lives of the people around us. Now they’re coming to Bing. Bing announced today that its adding timelines for famous …

Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses Google Updates Quality Guidelines For Businesses

Google announced that it has made some tweaks to the Google Places Quality Guidelines, specifically for business names. The changes illustrate how you can add descriptors. Jade Wang announced the update ion a post on the Google Product Forums. Under …

‘New’ Google Maps Is Rolling Out ‘New’ Google Maps Is Rolling Out

The new Google Maps has been around since May in preview mode. It feels so long ago that it’s hard to even think of it as a new product at this point, but the company just announced that it is …

Matt Cutts: Backlinks Still Super Important To Search Quality Matt Cutts: Backlinks Still Super Important To Search Quality

In case you were wondering, backlinks are still really important to how Google views the quality of your site. Head of webspam Matt Cutts said as much in the latest “Webmaster Help” video, in which he discusses Google testing a …

Google Suggests You Watch ‘House Of Cards’ Online For Free At Stream-TV Over Netflix [Updated] Google Suggests You Watch ‘House Of Cards’ Online For Free At Stream-TV Over Netflix [Updated]

Update: Since this was first published, Google is now showing Netflix at the top of the organic results for the House of Cards example. It has also been brought to my attention that nobody is really using the “watch house …

Bing Launches 3 New Windows Phone Apps Bing Launches 3 New Windows Phone Apps

Microsoft just announced the launch of three new Bing Apps for Windows Phone 8: Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness and Bing Travel. Bing Food & Drink includes 600,000 recipes, a wine guide to 1.5 million different bottles, …

Mayer Reportedly ‘Hates’ Microsoft Deal Mayer Reportedly ‘Hates’ Microsoft Deal

It’s been increasingly clear that Yahoo isn’t happy in its “Search Alliance” with Microsoft, a deal that is to last a total of ten years (it was announced in ’09) if it plays out. Last month, Kara Swisher, frequent bearer …

Google Says It Will Follow Five Redirects At The Same Time When Crawling Google Says It Will Follow Five Redirects At The Same Time When Crawling

About a year ago, Google put out a Webmaster Help video discussing PageRank as it relates to 301 redirects. Specifically, someone asked, “Roughly what percentage of PageRank is lost through a 301 redirect?” Google’s Matt Cutts responded, noting that it …

Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories Google Adds Regional Dialects To Business Categories

Late last month, Google announced that it was adding 1,000 new categories in the new Places dashboard for businesses. This is an effort to significantly expand the breadth of available categories internationally. The announcement was made in the Google product …

Yahoo Shares ‘House Of Cards’ Search Data Yahoo Shares ‘House Of Cards’ Search Data

If you’ve been on the Internet today, you’re probably aware that House of Cards: Season 2 has been released on Netflix. Yahoo is sharing some search data related to the show. In a blog post, Yahoo says searches for “house …