Recently there’s been a substantial amount of buzz over French blogger Caroline Doudet; whose negative review of the restaurant Il Giardino, located in Cap Ferret, France, has resulted in a 1500 euro ($2,040 USD) fine.
Although there have been increasing reports of legal action against individuals creating false reviews, this is not the case with Doudet, who legitimately reported on her experience at Il Giardino. The problem? Doudet’s poor review of the restaurant was fairly well ranked for the restaurant name.
The owner of Il Giardino was quoted as saying the review was unfairly hurting business. Even though he felt the service may not have been up to par, he felt the negative review was unacceptable.
While Doudet may have been silenced, there have been many that have posted to the Il Giardino Google+ page giving the restaurant a negative review simply based on the court ruling. While that’s not entirely fair- neither is the ruling. How long before Google is asked to remove the negative review count on G+I wonder…
NOTE: This post was written on Monday July 21, 2014. At that time our blog was experiencing some technical difficulties and we were unable to post it. Since that time, it appears the G+ profile for Il Giardino (Link removed – no longer available) is no longer available.
The new international targeting tool recently became available through Google Webmaster tools. This new tool offers site owners and webmaster the ability check alternate language versions of their sites for errors.
International targeting allows site owners to provide visitors with alternate language versions of their websites or pages based on the user’s location, or language preference settings. To do this Google uses two general mechanisms:
With URL-level targeting there are 3 types of implementation that can be used.
Page Level Mark-up – suggests using tag in thesection of your page. The most important step is that all language versions of the specific pages must refer back to each other. This can also be used when featuring alternate language and country combinations (for example: en-us vs. en-ie.)
Sitemaps – can be used to submit regional or language alternates of your site. How is this performed? Here is an example provided by Google in there webmaster tools help section: http://www.example.com/english/
Http Headers – this is largely reserved for not html files such as PDFs. An HTTP header can be used to indicate different versions of a URL.
Site-wide targeting allows for the selection of a specific country to be designated as the target of the alternate language version of your site. Whether you use a sub-domain or sub-directory for the alternate language version of your site, you can create a new site in webmaster tools and target a specific region. Don’t forget to upload the language specific sitemap mentioned above!
The process of adding alternate language pages to your site can be a time consuming and intricate process, depending on the amount of languages you offer your content in. There’s no doubt that this new international targeting tool will help webmaster s and site owners identify and fix any issues, saving your company or client time and money.
As reported by Jennifer Slegg last week, Google has issued a new set of quality rating guidelines to its external team of manual reviewers. These are the folks hired by a third party, which have been contracted by Google, to manually review that its algorithms are on track in providing the most relevant search results, and best quality sites to the end user.
One of the most talked about topics covered in this latest release is the E.A.T. concept.
E.A.T stands for:
If an evaluated website displays these qualities, and is relevant for the search query, it stands to reason it would receive a medium to high rating. Sites that lack in those aspects, and appear either fraudulent or spammy, run the risk of a low rating.
So who is considered an expert?
According to Slegg, Google has stated that the definition of who is an expert is often defined by its relation to the sector of the search query. In some sectors it may be more difficult to determine the level of expertise, as not every subject has a way to qualify expertise. An example of an anomaly would be a forum, where user feedback may be highly valuable to the searcher, but may not be from a professional (say a doctor) but rather someone with experience of a particular problem.
Google has been telling us what to do for some quite time now – create good, well written, informative content. Be the resource that searchers are looking for. This system of rating shouldn’t really come as that much of a surprise, as it seems to be the mantra of many a Matt Cutts Youtube video. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Google’s new quality guidelines. Check out the full article for more insights on what’s been updated
Once upon a time Google was a proud defender of net neutrality, but according to an article published by Businessweek the search giant has been relatively silent on the subject.
In May, the FCC proposed that large cable and telephone companies be allowed to offer paid internet fast lanes, something that Google railed against in years past (even going so far as to ask users to contact their local representatives about the issue.) However, lately they have been somewhat absent from the debate.
So what’s the big deal? Although net neutrality has gone through a few iterations, it is the principal that we all get a fair shake at the internet and what it has to offer. Small business and startups could have a difficult time taking on the large corporations already entrenched on the internet as they may not be able to afford the costs of having their site and/or content delivered via this internet toll bridge.
Why would Google have a change of heart? Timothy Wu a Columbia University law professor in New York who supports open-Internet rules said it best in today’s article “Net neutrality got them where they are. There’s a danger that they, having climbed the ladder, might pull it up after them.”
Although we have to wonder if Google might simply be biting its tongue due to claims that Google Fiber will adhere to net neutrality and could eventually be a viable competitor for giants like Comcast/Time Warner. It would be a smart way to garner a larger piece of the pie. But it’s all speculation at this point.
No, it’s not April Fool’s. You read that right. Matt’s post simply titled “On Leave”, which was posted to his personal blog earlier today states that he’s taking a much needed break from the search giant until the end of October.
The post states that he’s long overdue for some rest and relaxation with his wife, and is leaving the web spam division in his team’s capable hands while he’s gone. Although he will not be answering any emails he has directed those who need more immediate answers to the Google Webmaster Forums or send questions across to the Google Webmaster central twitter account.
Google’s annual I/O developers’ conference kicked off today in San Francisco Today. The Best Tallent at Google will be introducing exciting new gadgets and features offered in the upcoming months and can be seen below.
What’s been expected this year are a world of gadgets from smart watches that run on android wear, Android TV an interactive TV experience and “lollipop” the latest in update for the android system.
The race just got even more competitive this year with who could create the the best congruent operating system that works on all platforms. Amazon entered with a new phone and Apple is flexing their muscle with a stronger more reliable platform. None the less great things are to be expected in the coming year.
Today on its official blog, Google Announced that it will be launching a campaign named “Made With Code” in order to encourage and introduce girls into the realm of computer science. The program, backed by $50 million, is an attempt to bring young girls and women into a realm that is often dominated by men. The Made with code website offers girls/young women several introductory projects, including: coding a bracelet for 3d printing, creating an avatar, animate a gif, and create beats using Blocky.
Blockly is a web-based, visual programming editor created by Google and used by services such as code.org and MIT’s App Inventor. Blocky is used to teach beginning coders the concepts of coding in a fun, visual way. Some of the core coding concepts that are covered in the projects using Blockly include variables, coordinates, statements, strings, and sequence. The project offers a variety of projects from beginner to intermediate skill levels and offers mentors and community support through social media.
Made With Code is not Google’s first foray the world of coding instruction targeted at women. Since 2010 they have invested close to $40 Million in organizations such as Code.org, NCWIT, Girls Who Code. It is estimated that less than 1% of women enter into the computer science field while attending university or college, even though it is one of the fastest growing industries. For more information about the program be sure to check out the official website at https://www.madewithcode.com or view some of the inovative and inspirational videos created by the some of the mentors of the program.
I received an email notification from Microsoft this morning when I arrived at my office. The subject … “Our terms are changing”. Now, maybe I’m jaded but I immediately rolled my eyes and thought, “Great, what right have I lost now that I need to give up to keep either my OS or my office suite. Turns out they had their eye on Google, now me.
In what can only be viewed as a cheeky attack on Google their email discusses a few changes but none as clear-in-target as their section on privacy which reads:
As part of our ongoing commitment to respecting your privacy, we won’t use your documents, photos or other personal files or what you say in email, chat, video calls or voice mail to target advertising to you.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has attacked Google on privacy issues. In November of 2013 they launched their Scroogled line of products (the shirt in the image above is one of them) in the Microsoft store. That product launch got a lot of backlash but personally I found it entertaining. They also launched the Scroogled site at http://www.scroogled.com/Home basically slamming every product Google has and their privacy issues.
There were more than 100,000 submissions for the 2014 Google Doodle. Google asked the participants to draw an invention that would make the world a better place. Some of the doodles that were submitted really ignite inspiration, anchoring the feeling of hope in our younger generation. A congratulation to Audrey Zhang, this year’s winning Google Doodler. Audrey received a $30,000 colledge scholarship, $50,000 education technology grant for her school and based on the theme of the doodle $20,000 in her name to a charity that provides clean water for schools in Bangladesh.
In the latest Google Webmasters video, Google’s Matt Cutts addresses the question “How can content be ranked if there aren’t any links pointing to it?” Matt goes on to talk about how Google looks at the content of pages that don’t have any external links pointing to them; taking into consideration the frequency of keywords used on the page, the authority of the domain providing the content, and of course the uniqueness or rareness of the terminology used on the page.