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Google Starts Indexing iOS App Content

Google Starts Indexing iOS App Content

By Chris Crum May 27, 2015

Google just took its App Indexing initiative to the next level with the announcement that it is bringing app indexing to iOS apps. This is huge news considering that many app developers build for iOS before Android if they even …

Google Webmaster Tools Adds Mobile Usability Tracking Google Webmaster Tools Adds Mobile Usability Tracking

Google announced the addition of a new Mobile Usability feature to Webmaster Tools, which shows you issues Google has found with your site. It includes graphs that look at issues over time, so you can see any progress you’ve made. …

Google Changes Search Ads On Smartphones Google Changes Search Ads On Smartphones

Google announced some tweaks to the way it displays mobile search ads on smartphones. Beginning on October 15th, ad extensions may show instead of the second line of ad text. Here’s the before and after: Google says the adjustments are …

Google Notifies Webmasters About Their Annoying Faulty Redirects Google Notifies Webmasters About Their Annoying Faulty Redirects

Google announced a couple months ago that it would start calling out sites in mobile results for faulty redirects. This was aimed at saving users the “common annoyance” of tapping a search result only to be redirected to a site’s …

Google To Note When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results Google To Note When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results

Google is going to start letting mobile searchers know when results include pages that may not work on their devices. On a device that doesn’t support Flash, for example (which includes iOS and Android versions 4.1 and higher), Google will …

Google Calls Out Sites In Mobile Results For ‘Faulty Redirects’ Google Calls Out Sites In Mobile Results For ‘Faulty Redirects’

Google is calling out webistes with “faulty redirects” in mobile search results to save users from having to deal with the “common annoyance” of tapping a search result only to be redirected to a site’s mobile homepage. This occurs when …

Google Moves Forward With App Indexing Google Moves Forward With App Indexing

Last fall, Google began testing app indexing, and released guidelines for webmasters to have Google index deep links within their app. This is so users searching Google from smartphones can get to in-app content (if they have the app installed) …

Yahoo Gemini Puts Mobile Search, Native Ads In One Marketplace Yahoo Gemini Puts Mobile Search, Native Ads In One Marketplace

Yahoo announced the launch of a new mobile search and native advertising marketplace called Yahoo Gemini. Advertisers can use it to buy, manage and optimize mobile search and native ad spend from a single place. The product is available through …

Google Continues To Improve Crawling Capabilities For Smartphone Content Google Continues To Improve Crawling Capabilities For Smartphone Content

Throughout 2013 and into 2014, Google has been making various improvements to the way it handles website content on mobile devices. That continues this week with the announcement of a new user-agent for crawling smartphone content. Google says it’s retiring …

Bing Updates Its iOS, Android Apps Bing Updates Its iOS, Android Apps

One of the best things about Bing is how its homepage is updated with a new picture every day. One day, you have an image of a polar bear frolicking in the snow and next you have an interactive haunted …

Google Adds Functionality To ‘Skip Redirect’ For Smartphone SERPs Google Adds Functionality To ‘Skip Redirect’ For Smartphone SERPs

Google has made a change to how Skip Redirect on smartphone SERPs works, so it now also uses the rel-alternate-media annotations recommended in Google’s guidelines on separate mobile URLs. Skip Redirect is when Google changes the link target it shows …

Google Prepares ‘Several Ranking Changes’ For Sites Not Configured For Smartphone Users Google Prepares ‘Several Ranking Changes’ For Sites Not Configured For Smartphone Users
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Google announced on Tuesday that it plans to roll out “several ranking changes” in the near future, which address sites that are “misconfigured for smartphone users.” Essentially, if your content provides errors on smartphones, your rankings are going to suffer. …

Apple Adds Yandex As Safari Search Choice In Some Countries Apple Adds Yandex As Safari Search Choice In Some Countries
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Apple is giving its users more search choices with its upcoming operating system releases – iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. Both were unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. In the iOS 7 demo, it was revealed …

Google Mobile Results Get Expandable Sitelinks, ‘Quick View’ Badges Google Mobile Results Get Expandable Sitelinks, ‘Quick View’ Badges

Google announced a couple of updates to its mobile search results today. One is for expandable site links like these: “When you’re searching for information on the go, speed matters,” write software engineers Hiroshi Mizuno and Alex Fischer on Google’s …

Google Launches Some Usability Improvements For Handwrite Google Launches Some Usability Improvements For Handwrite
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Google launched Google Handwrite in July. It’s a feature that lets you search Google from your smartphone or tablet, by simply writing your query with your finger, rather than having to type it out with the keyboard or use voice …

It’s Not Google Maps, But Google Has A New Search App For iOS (With Enhanced Voice Search) It’s Not Google Maps, But Google Has A New Search App For iOS (With Enhanced Voice Search)
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Google has launched a new Google Search app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, complete with enhanced voice search, leading many to draw comparisons to Apple’s own Siri. “When you have a question, finding the answer should be effortless—wherever you …

Google Adds Familiar Navigation to Mobile Homepage Google Adds Familiar Navigation to Mobile Homepage
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Google is making efforts to make its mobile experience more unified, much like it has been doing with the desktop experience over the past year or so. Google has updated its mobile homepage to include a new navigation panel, which …