Saturday, February 22, 2014

New format for Google Alert e-mails

Google has recently re-formatted the display of results in Google Alert e-mails. Specifically, notice the addition of social network sharing buttons. So, please consider this an update of figure 11.3.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Google Gives More Prominence to First Playable Music Video Search Result

Searching for a music video on Google? Maybe "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars or "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk? Now Google is using the space above its organic search results to give more prominence to the top playable music video result.
Say you search for [daft punk get lucky], you'll see this:
Daft Punk Get Lucky Google Search
Though it looks like you should be able to play it straight from the search results, clicking on the giant thumbnail won't actually play the video. Rather, clicking takes you to YouTube to view the video. Below the video, Google also links to searches for the artist and the album on which the song you've searched for appears.
While it doesn't have to be an "official" music video, Google seems to be pulling these videos from official artist channels the majority of the time, though it isn't perfect.
Read the full post @ Search Engine Watch.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

11 Most Important Google Search Algorithm Updates/Changes in 2013

Generally this sort of thing has greater implications to the SEO crowd, but any change to the algorithm will have an impact on the type of search results you'll receive.