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Google Reveals New Logo and Major Redesign

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Google launches brand-new logo

Following up on its company restructuring and the recent launch of Alphabet, Google has announced the biggest change to its logo since the company began, dropping its serif font for a custom-font sans serif logo, with a new multi-coloured ‘G’ for thumbnails. The new logo is to reflect the constantly growing importance of mobile traffic, as the sans serif font should display better at a variety of sizes on different devices and screens. By now, you should already be seeing just about everywhere you use Google.

 

Large app interstitial ads no longer mobile-friendly

Google has announced a change to its mobile-friendly design guidelines, now advising that sites displaying large app install interstitial ads that block much of the screen will not be deemed mobile-friendly, and will suffer from a search ranking drop as a result. The new rules kick in from November 1st, but Google’s mobile-friendly assessment tools will warn against the technique immediately. As an alternative to big interstitial ads, Google recommends browser app install banners such as Safari’s Smart Banners and Chrome’s Native App Install Banners, which are less obtrusive on the user experience.

 

Search Queries report dropped from Webmaster Tools

The old Search Queries report appears to have been officially retired from Google Webmaster Tools and the Search Console, and is no longer accessible. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as its replacement, the Search Analytics report, has been available for a number of months, and Google has been encouraging webmasters to make the switch to the new report. For full guidance on how to use the new tool, take a look at Google’s official in-depth help document.

 

Google Announces Major Company Restructuring

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Google launches new holding company Alphabet

 

In what was undeniably the biggest new story in the tech world this week, Google surprised us all by announcing a major restructuring which will see the search giant become a subsidiary of new holding company Alphabet. Some of Google’s wilder efforts, such as their health companies, Nest, and Fiber, have been spun off to run separately from Google itself as part of the change. Sundar Pichai will now become the CEO of Google, while co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will become CEO and President of Alphabet, respectively. Page said this will allow him and Brin to get “more ambitious things done” and “take the long term view.” (more…)

Google Reveals Plans for New Top Level Domains

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Google announces new top level domain policies

 

In response to both user and SEO industry confusion, Google has revealed how it intends to handle the new types of top level domains being introduced when it comes to search results. One of the big insights is that the new TLDs won’t be given any special search treatment, and even a keyword in the TLD won’t either help or hurt in SERPs. The company also revealed that it intends to treat regional domains such as .london as if they are generic, without any additional weighting for local search, though leaves this open to be changed down the line. Head to their roundup to find out more. (more…)

Yahoo Shuts Down Yahoo Maps After 8 Years

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Yahoo Maps Shuts Down

 

Yahoo announced in early June that it would close its Yahoo Maps service for good, and as of now it seems to be offline. “The Yahoo Maps site will close at the end of June. We made this decision to better align resources to Yahoo’s priorities as our business has evolved since we first launched Yahoo Maps eight years ago,” the company explained. While some Yahoo services will still feature maps, these won’t be powered by Yahoo. The change was announced alongside a number of other changes to Yahoo’s products and services, including the shuttering of developer tool Yahoo Pipes. (more…)

How Long Should a Blog Post Be?

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The Value of Blogging

These days, to wheel out the web’s oldest cliché, we all know that content is king. Almost all modern digital marketing involves content of some description, and blog posts in particular are hugely popular, with more springing up daily.

Not only is a personal or corporate blog a great way to maintain contact with your existing customers, but it enables you to reach out to new audiences and acquire links through reciprocation when you recommend other bloggers, who will often recommend you in return since they’re keen to highlight anyone praising them.   (more…)