Bruce Clay’s 2015 Predictions for the SEO Industry.
BC’s always ridden the top of the SEO industry. You know I don’t like SEO in general, but he makes good predictions.
Yanado - Task management inside Gmail.
Never heard of it. Thought some might be interested.
Dither and Bicker: RIP Google Analytics, Casualty of Spam.
naked cap: Google Further Crapifies Search, Exploiting Both Users and Advertisers.
I never use Google to shop. I look for products directly, after doing extensive research. Once that happens, I go direct to my favorite outlets to compare prices. I never click on affiliate links on review sites, or on Google itself. So Google is designing away from me, I guess. I still get best results to my arcane queries via Google. Make the interface too cluttered, I’ll take off.
Reuters: Germany’s top publisher bows to Google in news licensing row.
Interesting. I assume the publisher makes money from ad-clicks? There’s no connection made here between visitors from Google and actual revenue. I’d rather see *that* impact.
Re/Code: Inbox Comes Close to Mastering Email.
I finally got access to Inbox a while ago. It seems very nice, but it does adopt a different philosophy than standard Gmail. If you have an intricate construction of labels, beware. It will hide important unread emails until you figure out ‘bundles’. If I chucked all my labels, it might workflow better. That’s a big consideration at this point, and won’t be taken lightly.
BusinessInsider: The Guardian’s Dark Social Traffic Problem.
The Verge: Google VP’s 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump.
“The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times’ science Twitter account first reported Eustace’s incredible feat.” A quiet one-up; I like it.
Burce Clay: How To Use Social Meta Tags to Optimize Social Sharing.
Oh, Google, now you’ve really gotten me angry.
I was trying to attach images to an email, and MailPlane borked the attachments. Now Google’s “locked down” my account for “suspicious activity”. For anywhere between one hour to 24 hours! What about an error message instead, huh? This is a royal pain the arse, for a rudimentary error on my software’s part.
Moving to the top of my IT list, “get the hell off Gmail.”
Later: And, of course, their servers are still taking my POP3 emails off my other accounts and erasing them (as I had set on my now unreachable GMail prefs). Which means I have to reconfigure my email at the server.
Even later: What is really, really annoying is that the attachments were simply uploading into a draft - I hadn’t pressed send. Penalized for just *composing* a too-large email.
Moz/Blog: Panda 4.1 - The Devil Is in the Aggregate.
A good read, even if SEO gives you hives.
SERoundtable: Google Says Rich Snippets Generally Not For Your Home Page.
NewsMax: Google Wants to Fly Drones Over New Mexico.
DailyDot: 5 million Gmail passwords leaked to Russian Bitcoin forum.
Good reason to be using two-factor authentication.
DP Review: Pics.io, a browser-based Raw editor built on Google Drive, goes live with public beta.
“Instead of storing your images on its own servers, Pics.io connects to your Google Drive account. Not only does this provide you with an extremely reliable cloud connection, but it also means that you won’t lose your photos if you stop using the Pics.io service, or they ever shut down.”
Hello, Fastmail. Goodbye (soon), Google.
I’ve been using Gmail for email aggregation for quite a while now. In the last year or so, email checking has become so slow and unpredictable, such a barrier to accomplishing timely work, that I’ve invested in new accounts at Fastmail.fm. Simple yet deep feature set, easy interface, larger attachment sizes ... and actually fast.
SERoundtable: Google - Low Quality Guest Blogging Considered Content Spam.
Google as arbiter of ‘good blog posts.’ What’s the world coming to?
CNBC: Has Google lost control of its anti-spam algorithm?
Not the best source. Still, some more interesting info to be gleaned within. Double-check before counting on it. Really horrible modal dialog to begin.
SERoundtable: Google Gives Full HTTPS/SSL Secure Web Sites A Ranking Boost.
Hmmm. I don’t see any huge need here on DM!, do you?
SERoundtable: Google Restores MetaFilter’s Traffic After 20 Months Of Poor Rankings.
Later: Apparently Naked Capitalism is back, too.
Google+: End of the nymwars?
SER: Did Metafilter’s Founder Matt Haughey & Google’s Matt Cutts Talk About Google Ranking Issues?
There is a chart, at the bottom, to show an uptick for MeFi. I’ll note that I have not had any more takedown notices since the last surge.
Funny Gmail outage this morning.
Seemed strangely quiet, my email. I went to the SETTINGS > ACCOUNTS AND IMPORTS page, and found my main email address hadn’t been checked in over an hour and a half. Error? “Network connection can’t be made. Please contact other provider.” Other provider? Automatic mail checks were failing. I hit ‘check mail’ by hand [Occam’s Razor], and it hooked up again. 46 backed up emails.
Just mentioning it, in case anyone else is experiencing a strangely quiet email morning. Check your account settings directly.
PC World: Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with unlimited cloud storage.
“There are no asterisks on the storage. [snip] It’s truly unlimited at Google scale. We don’t want customers to spend time worrying about storage.” Been waiting for this cloud tier to drop; haven’t you all, also? But wait a bit … see if responses dive even further in price.
SERoundtable: CNBC Highlights 17 Year Old Web Site Devastated By Google’s Panda 4.0 Update.
We need to rout around Google indexing.