What to Do About the Changes to Google Authorship

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A few weeks ago it was announced that Google is removing profile photos and Google+ Circle count from their search results. There are a number of different speculations that are floating around as to why Google has done this, as it really takes a big bite out of the power of Google Authorship — aka: more click-throughs. While Google has not officially (as of yet) said why they are doing this, here are the two prevailing reasons being tossed about online: ... Continue Reading

Google’s Roadmap to World Domination [Infographic]

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When you talk about the company of Google, you are now talking about more than just the search engine that was created more than two decades ago. In fact, you are talking about more than just an online company with email, search, maps, social media, and online video. Hopefully for many ministries, this is your main platform you use for creating and sharing documents, connecting with other people, and engaging with your audience in a variety of different ways. It offers a free alternative to ... Continue Reading

Google Maps vs OpenStreetMaps

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It always feels like something is cool before it goes big, doesn't it? Google used to seem so cool and hip, like a punk band before they sign a record deal. Google was the underdog. It was everything Microsoft or Apple wasn't, but then it grew into the monster that is, today. Now Google is plotting the road to world data domination with Google Maps. I know it sounds crazy, take a look: ... Continue Reading

Google Search Tips and Tricks [Video]

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Google is great, but have you ever found your search results a little limited? Perhaps you're not using the full power of Google. The video below goes over a number of “power user” Google Search tips and tricks that is sure to make your Google search results far more fruitful: ... Continue Reading

11 Most Important Google Search Algorithm Updates/Changes [Infographic]

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If you own a blog or website for your business, church, or ministry, you might have heard of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In many ways, I describe SEO as the mythical dragon that terrorizes the land. We know something is there because we see the devastation that comes in its wake and see the smoke that comes from the mountain in the distance, but not much can be said about it because no one survives its wake and so no one can describe it. Google is the beast in this illustration and, a ... Continue Reading

When Gmail Went Down, Twitter Went Up

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https://twitter.com/Googlenws/status/426795638144385024 Yes, yes, the rumors are true. Gmail went down about a half-hour ago for about 15-minutes. With so many being dependent on Gmail, many users flocked to Twitter to get some answers. It is, after all, one of the best places to find such breaking news. You can see by the graph below the spike in activity for “gmail” and “#gmail”: ... Continue Reading

Live Chat with Google to Get Help With Google Drive

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So my primary go-to tool every day for ministry is Google services: especially what we now call Google Drive (formerly Google Docs), which includes Docs, Sheets, Presentations, Forms, Drawings, and an "upload anything" storage feature which will take everything from photos to PDFs. But while Google tools are cloud-based and killer at collaboration, there's one thing that Google doesn't do so well:  HELP. Support for a lot of Google services often seems limited. Having trouble figuring out ... Continue Reading

Google AuthorRank and Authorship [Infographic]

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Google is the search engine that has dominated the web since it has risen to power. The reality is, that if Google does not see your blog, church website, or any other online presence, you have a slim chance of dramatically increasing your traffic. Before the impact of social media and therefore Google's own network in Google+, the only authority that mattered was PageRank that is a statistical representation of how important your website is to the person making the search. With the ... Continue Reading