Google near the top of Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

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Here’s why Google remains one of the world’s Best Workplaces for Innovators. Whether its famous “20% rule” ever actually existed has become a matter of some debate, but there’s no arguing that Google’s Nine Principles of Innovation (including “Aim to be ten times better,” “Ship and iterate,” and “Fail well”) spawned such high-profile products as Google News, Google Alerts, and Google Maps Street View. The relentless focus on innovation that turned Google into the world’s leader in web services is now driving its recent breakthroughs in quantum computing. Read Full Story

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Become a Google Partner and Join the Google Ads Inner Circle

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Does your company manage Google Ads for third parties, and do you maintain some success with the pay-per-click (PPC) platform? If so, you may want to become a Google Partner, the search giant’s members-only club. Joining the Google Partners program can provide you with immense benefits, such as specialized training, invitations to exciting events, and focused instruction to help you boost your Google Ads performance. You already know Google Ads work . They convert 50% better than organic traffic , and most businesses earn double their ad spend , making advertising on Google highly effective and a no brainer. Almost anyone can use Google’s PPC system to advertise on Google and grow their business (with the right budget and know-how). Only a select few applicants become Google Partners and earn the world’s most popular search engine’s endorsement and other significant benefits. Here’s what to know about becoming a Google partner. …

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How Google Local Guides Improve Visibility

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As a business owner, you know reviews and fresh content are essential to your success. Suppose you’re passionate about promoting your business. In that case, you likely spend a lot of time creating new blog articles, crafting social media posts, or developing video content to keep your audience engaged. But there’s another, more passive promotion method that can help grow your business and boost your local search results: Google Local Guides . Launched in 2015, Google Local Guides—also known as Google Guides—took over where Google Cities left off. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the closest comparison is the Yelp! Elite Squad . Google Guides allows users to add reviews and other content in exchange for various perks ranging from storage space to clothing. Since its launch, the Google Guides community has proved hugely popular. There are 120 million local guides , spanning 24,000 cities and towns. There are several potential …

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How People Use Google Search (New User Behavior Study)

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We analyzed 1,801 Google user behavior sessions to better understand how people interact with modern Google SERPs. Specifically, we investigated: How many people click on ads vs organic results Percentage of clicks go to local, video and Google Shopping Average search session length Number of users that make it to the bottom of the first page Lots more And now it’s time to share what we discovered. Here Are Our Some of Our Key Findings: 1. Google searchers use one of Google’s autocomplete suggestions 23% of the time. People that search for informational and local searches tended to click on an autocomplete suggestion more often than those searching with commercial queries. 2. 50% of Google users click on their result within 9 seconds of searching. And the average amount of time it takes a Google searcher to click on something is 14.6 seconds. 3. Only 9% of Google searchers make …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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How to Check if Google Manually Reviewed Your Site

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Do you know how Google decides what website should be ranked number 1, 2, 3 and so on for any given keyword? Well, they have an algorithm for that. But as you know, algorithms aren’t perfect. That’s why Google continually tries to improve it. One way that they try to improve their algorithm is through Search Quality Raters. What’s a Search Quality Rater? Google knows that they can always make their search results better. And one way is to have humans review their listings for any given keyword. So, all around the world, Google has people who manually review websites . And they review each website based on these guidelines . It’s kind of long and extensive, but it is important that the Quality Raters don’t directly impact rankings . Instead, they give feedback to the engineers who code up the algorithm so they can make it more relevant to …

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New Review Highlights on Google Maps

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Andy Simpson noticed last night that there is a new review summary format on Google My Business listings. So far, I'm only able to see this on the Google Maps app. Below is an example of what it looks like. The 3 reviews that are highlighted are reviews that... The post New Review Highlights on Google Maps appeared first on Local University .

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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