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European Commission Vote Could Mean the End for Google

Google just can’t catch a break in Europe. The search giant has been embroiled in an intense legal battle over its allegedly anticompetitive position since 2009, and despite its efforts to appease European officials by displaying paid Shopping ads by competitors in the SERPs, the European Commission still isn’t satisfied that Google is playing fair.

Image via www.dw.deNow, Google could soon be forced to make an even bigger concession – breaking up its European business.What’s Going On?In short, the European parliament believes that Google is too big and too powerful, and that it is using its dominance to hamstring competition in the paid search space, particularly with regard to Shopping ads.As a result, a source close to the ongoing antitrust case leaked a preliminary legal motion ... > Read more

November 26, 2014     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 3

Google Is Stealing Your Traffic Again: Will Shopping Ads Be the Knowledge Graph of Paid Search?

How would you feel about paying more for your Shopping Ads on branded search terms?A new Google Shopping test, spotted this week by Andy Taylor at RKG, actually directs branded search traffic to a Google Shopping results page, rather than back to your website or your own Shopping Ads.RKG published this screenshot of a test search for the clothing brand Anthropologie:In this test, the Anthropologie shopping results are organized by category in the top right.

The "Shop from anthropologie on Google" link takes the user to a Google Shopping page. In fact, clicking on any content (images or categories) in that ad box will deliver the searcher to the category on Google Shopping, not the Anthropologie website.In the example RKG found, at least, all of the products on the results page were offered... > Read more

November 12, 2014     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 4

Does the European Google Antitrust Case Have Any Merit?

Since 2009, Google has been the subject of antitrust lawsuits from almost 20 companies across Europe. Although the plaintiffs in these cases come from different sectors of the tech industry, their complaints are universal – that Google is too big, too powerful, and isn’t playing fair.At the heart of the matter lies Google’s dominance in the European search market, and its engagement in business practices that other tech companies operating in the sector perceive as unfair.

Although Google already settled in several cases, and relented to provide more real estate to competing businesses in European SERPs, the appointment of a new European competition commissioner could reignite the debate all over again. Margrethe Vestager, who formally takes office tomorrow, could levy additional char... > Read more

October 31, 2014     |   Written by: Dan Shewan   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 7

Can Google Be Trusted? Guide to Protecting Your Online Privacy

Since former NSA analyst Edward Snowden leaked evidence of the security agency’s covert surveillance of millions of Americans to journalist Glenn Greenwald last year, online privacy has become one of the tech sector’s most contentious issues.Few issues in tech are as polarizing as online privacy, but the topic goes far beyond opinions about the security of personal data or how it should be used.

In fact, online privacy (or the lack thereof) is shaping the future of search, whether you realize it or not.Advertisers are desperate to plumb the depths of people’s personal lives in search of more accurate targeting, while many users are balking at how the monoliths of the tech sector are gathering, storing, and using their information. But what does the future hold, and should you be worr... > Read more

October 08, 2014     |   Written by: Dan Shewan   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 9

Mandatory Google+ Gmail Integration Quietly Shelved

Google has gone to valiant lengths to convince us that rumors of Google+’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, but Google is no longer forcing new Gmail users to connect their account to a Google+ profile – yet another move that could signal the end for Google’s troubled social network.Rumors of the decoupling of Google+ and Gmail first surfaced in the spring.

Google, unsurprisingly, hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to shout about the change from the rooftops, instead choosing to quietly shelve the mandatory integration which had previously been in place since 2012.Although the change means that new Gmail users will no longer be forced to sign up for Google+, they’ll still have the option to do so, as you can see in the image above.Gundotra’s sudden departure from Mountain ... > Read more

September 19, 2014     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 33

Google Q2 Earnings Show CPC Down 6% Year over Year: Where's the Growth Coming From?

Google’s latest earnings call was a bit mixed – while Google saw a 22% increase in revenue over last year, bringing earnings to $15.96 billion in the second quarter of 2014, and the search giant narrowly beat analyst projections of $15.6 billion in revenue, their ad sales in the US and the UK, their two major markets, have slowed.

Non-US revenue (excluding the UK) of $7.7 billion accounted for 48% of total revenue. Their earnings per share were considered a miss as well, at $6.08.The proliferation of ads in emerging markets worldwide drove profits to $3.42 billion for the period, up from $3.23 billion in Q2 2013. More people are clicking on Google ads – a lot more. Total paid ad clicks were up 25% over last year and up 2% over the first quarter of 2014.However, the average cost per c... > Read more

July 18, 2014     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 2

The Smoking Gun: Deleted Google Author Photos Boost Ad CTR

If you’ve been following developments in the search industry lately, you’ll have undoubtedly have come across discussions about Google’s recent decision to remove authorship photos from search results. We reported on this soon after the change went into effect, and other industry thought leaders like Rand Fishkin wasted no time weighing in, either.

However, despite overwhelming support for the idea that Google’s decision was based on authorship photos’ impact on the CTR of paid search ads, some naysayers insisted that this couldn’t be the case. I wasn’t content to leave things at that, so I set about looking for evidence to support my theory – and I’ve found it.In the figure above, you can see that in a search for the term “negative keywords”, our paid search ad is the... > Read more

July 10, 2014     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 26

Google Calls Takebacks on Authorship Photos: An Alternate Theory

When Google announced a couple of weeks ago that Google+ authorship markup would be disappearing from the SERPs, Larry and Rand Fishkin were on the same page – both suspected that the reason for the reversal was a loss of clicks on ads.As Larry put it, “Clicks on the search results page are basically a zero sum game.

If there's an increase in CTR for one part of the SERP, some other part is losing that click. There must be a decrease in CTR elsewhere. And that includes the ads.”Do I think this theory is plausible? Sure, for two reasons:You’d expect that Google would test the feature before they told SEO’s to start using it. So it’s suspicious that we are now being told that the author photos have no positive effect.Images have been shown to increase CTR on the paid side (i... > Read more

July 07, 2014     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 23

The Real Reason Google Plus Authorship Photos Are Gone

Googler John Mueller shocked the SEO industry last week with his announcement that Google is removing authorship photos and circle counts from the SERPs.The big question is: WHY? Why would Google kill a feature they had said would instill user trust in quality search results and help valuable content stand out?Why did they want us all to implement it in the first place?Was anything we were told about Google+ authorship markup and profile images in search true to begin with?It didn't take Moz's Rand Fishkin long to tweet his thoughts on the motivation behind the change:And even more pointedly:Since Google+ authorship and the rich snippets with photos in search results were implemented, we've seen eye tracking studies point to additional attention for the enhanced results.

We've seen researc... > Read more

July 02, 2014     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 22

How Google Hummingbird Changed the Future of Search

In September of last year, when Google Hummingbird was officially announced, Matt Cutts said that it would affect 90% of all searches, albeit in a subtle way. Considering that Google handles more than 3.5 billion searches every day, this means Google Hummingbird affects more than 3.15 billion of them.

Not exactly an inconsequential update.This image has nothing to do with Google Hummingbird. Still, hummingbirds are pretty cool.The Hummingbird update was the most ambitious adjustment of Google’s search algorithm since 2001. In today’s post, we’re going to look at what Google Hummingbird is, what it means for SEO, and what the future of Google’s quest to become the “Star Trek” computer could hold.What is Google Hummingbird?Although it’s technically accurate to call Google Hummin... > Read more

June 23, 2014     |   Written by: Dan Shewan   |   Posted In: Google   |   Comments: 11
 
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