Google Goes Gaga Over London 2012 Olympics

The Olympics are now well under way with medals flying out left, right and centre and it can be hard to keep track of where they’re going. Step in Google with their customised search results using the recently unveiled Knowledge Graph. It also looks like we’re going to be treated to a daily Olympics themed Google doodle as well!

Google Olympics Doodles

Search for ‘Olympics’ in Google and you will be treated to special results full of data mined from various sources.

I’m only going to talk about Google in this post because Bing’s isn’t quite up to scratch – much like other efforts such as the Social Sidebar. They seem to just miss what people want!

We’ve already seen Google play around with certain searches using the Knowledge Graph – showing Google+ information, Wiki snippets, Flights details, local info and more but this is one of the biggest, coolest and most in-depth search overlay yet. It seems social media is as important for Google as ever, so Social Media Marketing should be just as important as SEO for you! Read the rest of “Google Goes Gaga Over London 2012 Olympics”

Google Analytics NEW Mobile Application Tracking

Available this summer will be a new set of Google Analytics reports with more detailed and specific metrics for mobile application tracking. This was announced at the Google I/O 2012 conference on Friday.

“Application developers and marketers need to have a profound understanding of their mobile applications’ usage” said Google product manager JiaJing Wang.

He later added “You have to know what users are doing before you can make meaningful improvements to your mobile applications”

The new data will be of immense value to businesses now racing to take advantage of the current tidal wave of smartphone use. According to a recent report by Chetan Sharma Consulting “digital businesses which won’t become mobile “will be irrelevant”. Read the rest of “Google Analytics NEW Mobile Application Tracking”

Google and Bing Recommend Responsive Web Design for SEO

bing-google-mobile-guidelinesAs of June 6th both major search engines, Google and Bing, officially recommend Responsive Web Design for SEO in their Webmaster Guidelines.

As we teach on our SEO courses, the number one SEO technique is to listen to the search engines! So read through this post and hear what they have to say on the subject of mobile sites.

If you don’t already have a mobile version of your website, it is something you should be seriously considering. You could be losing customers who can’t use your site on mobiles and tablets, especially if you are an e-Commerce site.

You may not think this is a problem but with mobile devices outselling desktop PCs globally, and web use on mobiles to exceed desktops within a few years (already a reality in India) you will soon be targeting more mobile users than desktop users. Your site should be ready for this!

There are 2 options for mobile optimisation – a dedicated mobile site separate to your main site with a .m or /m/ url. Or a responsive site that displays differently on varied screen and browser sizes. Read the rest of “Google and Bing Recommend Responsive Web Design for SEO”