Webmasters like to have good quality backlinks to their sites, the best backlinks are ones that come naturally from other bloggers and through social media. Head of the search spam, Matt Cutts posted a latest webmaster help video encouraging webmasters not to use article directory websites with the goal of building links.
The concept behind article directories is simple. Writers sign up to the website and provide quality content and the article directory makes money from people continually submitting content to the site and having ads displayed on their site. The end goal is that if someone finds the article useful enough to publish on their site, you might get a few inbound links out of it.
Matt Cutt says that the content included in these directories tend to be of low quality, they’re usually full of spammy content that gets sprayed all over the web. “I wouldn’t necessarily count on that being effective” Matt says.
Cutts personal recommendation is to not use article directories to build inbound links. Please check the video below for more information
To prevent some errors indexing, Google is planning to launch a new crawler dedicated to the smartphone. This change does not affect the other robots, or the classic Googlebot , or those dedicated to “featured phones”.
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 6_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/536.26 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0 Mobile/10A5376e Safari/8536.25 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)
The Googlebot-Mobile for smartphones user-agent we will be retiring soon:
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 6_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/536.26 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0 Mobile/10A5376e Safari/8536.25 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)
The new Googlebot for smartphones crawler will follow: robots.txt, robots meta tag, HTTP header directives. Google has analyzed that the update will affect less than 0.01% of URLS. It will also give webmasters more control over indexing & crawling of their content.
Facebook began rolling out its new trending feature, designed to surface relevant conversations and it’s not using Twitter-style hashtags to organize them.
The list, called Trending, will appear near the top of the right-hand column of the news feed for desktop users. Desktop users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and Australia will begin seeing the new Trending box on the top right side of the homepage. Denoted by squiggly blue arrows, the topics range from people (Bruce Springsteen, Rex Ryan) to events (Academy Awards, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show) to places (J.C. Penney).
Google announced new integration between Gmail and Google+, Gmail users will have a broader pool of names to select from, as Google+ connections will start to appear below saved contacts when typing out a recipient.
According to a blog post by Google product manager David Nachum, the sender will be able to send an email using only the person’s name. Your email address won’t be displayed to people who send you a message through Google+, but will become visible if you reply. The system will be turned on by default, but Google said it would let users opt out.
Emails from people you follow on Google+ will appear in your primary inbox; emails using the new system from people you don’t follow will appear in Gmail’s “social” inbox tab.
Back in December 2011, Google started keeping Gmail contacts automatically updated via Google+. Now Gmail goes a step further by suggesting your Google+ connections as recipients when you are composing a new email. These are potentially useful additions for Gmail users who actually use Google+, although there is clearly room for annoying emails. You can also adjust the “Email via Google+” setting in Gmail once it’s available to avoid receiving message from people you really don’t want to spam your inbox.
According to a blogpost, DuckDuckGO, the search engine that doesn’t collect or share any of your personal information, processed a record of 1 billion searches in 2013.
DuckDuckGo reported that on January7, they had fielded more than 4.5 million search requests within 24 hours. However, this doesn’t exactly mean that DuckDuckGo will be a contender to companies like Google anytime soon. Google reportedly fielded something like 2 trillion search queries in 2013 alone.
Pinterest recently acquired VisualGraph, a company that develops object recognition technology. This recent purchase of VisualGraph makes apparent that Pinterest want to leverage its 70 million users and associated pins to better serve the users who are searching Pinterest for topic-specific images.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone announced the first details of his new venture Jelly, a question and answer based search engine for iOS and Android.
In a description of Jelly featured on the startup’s website, the company says using Jelly is a more fun way to search for topics or images. It’s an app that lets you ask questions, push them out to your network, and get rapid responses. “If you have a question, there’s someone out there that knows the answer,” Stone says in a video accompanying the official blog post.
Google has recently acquired Bitspin, a company best known for their beautifully designed alarm clock app, Timely.
If you’re unfamiliar with Bitspin-This free alarm clock has received somewhere between 1 million and 5 million downloads and currently sits at 4.4 stars out of 5. The company also developed the tasks collaboration and to-do app, though its published under a different developer name on the Play store.
Being acquired by Google doesn’t mean that they’ll take away Timely, Bitspin says that Timely is going to work as it always has. The app is available as a free download from the Google play store, previous in-app purchases for new themes are now being offered for free.
We can’t say that why Google went after Bitspin, it’s a safe bet that their excellent visual design played a big role in the decision. Congratulations to the Bitspin team.