Archives for January 2014

Google Alert! Subtle Warning To Affiliates -“Thin-Content”

According to Google Webmaster Blog by Chris Nelson, “Affiliates that produce thin content and have little-to-no-value-add on their site may be penalized for going against Google’s guidelines.”

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Google Made It Easier For Image Search By Adding Usage Rights Filters

Google image search has added new functionality that lets you find photo licensed for third-party use free of charge.

Previously the option to sort search results by licensing rights was found under the ‘Advanced Image Search Page’ and therefore much more inaccessible. A lot of users might not even have noticed that such an option existed. This new functionality will undoubtedly help to raise awareness.

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Matt Cutts Webmaster Help Video-Publishers with Duplicate Content

Matt Cutts answers a question about duplicate content in his latest webmaster help video where a user writes in to ask “If you had to deal with short-term duplicated content on a news site (perhaps publishing a story on two different URLs over one day), what would you do in order to avoid any penalty from a duplicate content filter?”

Google’s major search engine function is to offer a customer the best possible results for a search, based upon the search term (keywords) that the customer has used in the Google search box. While the story is breaking Matt says it’s understandable that you’ll have multiple instances of that story spread across the web. When things settle down, having a “rel=canonical” tag in place indicates the preferred location on the web where you would like that information to sit.

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Facebook Acquiring Little Eye Labs, Bangalore based mobile app performance monitoring company

Facebook is acquiring Little Eye Labs, an Indian developer of a tool for performance analysis and monitoring of Android apps, the startup said.

Little Eye, founded in 2012, spotted a good opportunity in app optimization as Android adoption picked up, and more importantly made itself visible, said Sanjay Anandaram, who advises startups in Bangalore.

The company has developed a tool that measures the amount of resources an app consumes on smartphones, allowing you to measure the performance of the phones processor, battery usage and bandwidth consumption, as well as correlate performance with a simultaneous play of the video of the apps usage.

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Google Has Acquired Bitspin Timely Alarm App Developers

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.

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