Google Removes Authorship from Search Results

Here at EBS Marketing, it’s unlikely that we’ll go through a week without receiving information about Google changing or updating one of their services. They’re constantly tweaking their algorithms and announcing new updates to any number of their endless features. But as Google continue to look to perfect their products, the world-known search engine has decided to part ways with authorship in their search results.

Goodbye Authorship

After years of pushing authorship as a ranking factor, in which a user could link content on the web to their public Google+ profile, thus showing their name and photo in the search results, Google have finally announced the end of authorship.

EBS Marketing Authorship GoogleTwo months ago, we saw Google moving away from authorship in the search results; saying goodbye to photos and Google+ information – leaving a link and a the authors name. But now, in September, Google have announced that they are moving away from authorship for good.

John Mueller’s Statement

Google’s John Mueller discussed the changes saying: “We’ve gotten lots of useful feedback from all kinds of webmasters and users, and we’ve tweaked, updated, and honed recognition and displaying of authorship information. Unfortunately, we’ve also observed that this information isn’t as useful to our users as we’d hoped, and can even distract from those results. With this in mind, we’ve made the difficult decision to stop showing authorship in search results.”

Time to Focus on Schema.org

Now with Authorship no longer present in the search results, Google are encouraging webmasters to concentrate on structured markup such as Schema.org. This markup helps all search engines better understand content and webpages on the web – so if you’re still unfamiliar with rich snippets and Schema then now’s the time to check it out.

To read more about Google’s changes, you can read John Mueller’s Google+ statement now.

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EBS Marketing’s Favourite SEO Blogs

At EBS Marketing, we always love reading about the latest developments from the world of SEO and Digital Marketing. But although Google announcements and company statements are often a great way to get right to the point information, we also enjoy reading what real people think.

ebs marketing manchesterAfter all, the true facts come from those working in the industry not those outside it looking in. That’s why we at EBS Marketing enjoy reading blogs written by Marketeers and active SEO, because the information and thoughts you get are honest and from person to person.

So with this in mind, at EBS we thought we’d share a few of our favourite SEO and Marketing blogs/websites at the moment. So if you’re looking for the best places to find up to date and relevant information from the industry, then look no further…

Search Engine Land

An endless resource for information and news from the world of SEO, SEM, Content Marketing and beyond, Search Engine Land is an amazing place to find updates on a daily basis.

Featured Post: 21 Metrics For Monitoring SEO Health

Blind Five Year Old

From mass magazine to a one man operation, Blind Five Year Old is the blog of SEO mastermind AJ Kohn. AJ’s deep understanding of content and SEO makes for some incredibly insightful reading and some detailed findings.

Featured Post: Social Signals and SEO

Occam’s Razor

Occam’s Razor is run by Author, Digital Marketing evangelist and CEO, Avinash Kaushik, and features a series of amazing tips and tricks for SEOs and marketeers. Avinash’s Analytics Tips are particularly brilliant.

Featured Post: Excellent Analytics Tip #26: Every Critical Metric Should Have A BFF!

Copyblogger

More suitable for those interested in copywriting and content marketing, Copyblogger is a company run blog that aims to help people create “killer online content”. And with their extensive range of articles, Ebooks, Seminars, Webinars and Forums, Copyblogger is a great place to get your writing and marketing on the right track.

Feature Article: 5 Innovative Email Marketing Tips That Drive Readers to Action

If you’re interested in SEO and digital marketing, be sure to visit EBS Marketing today, for a full range of amazing services.

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Bing Introduce Conversational Search

Google, Google, Google. It’s all we ever hear at EBS Marketing. But, isn’t that the way it should be, considering Google have become a global phenomenon and have control over the vast majority of the market share?

Google, Google, Google

There are other search engines out there, Google isn’t the be all and end all. But with other search engines introducing the same features as Google years after original release, should we be paying attention to services like Bing, Yahoo or Duck Duck Go?

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Conversational Search

Microsoft’s search engine Bing announced last week that they will be introducing conversational search within their engine, enabling users to extend the depth of their search with further information and questions about the topic that was typed in.

Bing announced the developments on the 13th of August:

“Today we’re taking it a step further.  Now, not only will give you the answer directly in the search results, but we will also continue the conversation.  For instance, you can ask “who is the president of the united states”, we will show you the answer.  From there you might ask, “who is his wife” or “how tall is he.”   Bing maintains the context and keeps the conversation moving forward.”

Following in Google’s Footsteps?

This is great news for Bing users and search fiends world-wide, but with these developments, are search companies simply trailing after Google trying to keep up?

Google introduced their version of conversational search in May 2013 with their extensive voice recognition technology, a year ahead of Bing’s update. But, we suppose that as long as search engines are trying to improve results for the user than the competitive aspect doesn’t matter as much. But as far as we are concerned, Google makes the rules and everyone else follows. And we’re not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

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HTTPS Sites Get Ranking Boosts In Google Search

Google Security EBS MarketingAt EBS Marketing, we pride ourselves on our SEO services. We aim to provide our customers with the best results when it comes to improving the visibility of brands and businesses. So, naturally we are always looking for new was to bring about the best results; reviewing our services and implementing cutting edge methods and processes.

This means that we always have our ears to the ground, ready for the latest developments in the world of SEO and marketing. And sure enough, you don’t have to wait too long before something crops up.

Last week, Google announced that they would now be weighing the security of websites as a ranking factor. Meaning that websites with a strong HTTPS encryption will be more likely to rank higher in the search results.

Google’s announcement stated:

“Over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We’ve seen positive results, so we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal.

“For now it’s only a very lightweight signal — affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content — while we give webmasters time to switch to HTTPS. But over time, we may decide to strengthen it, because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.”

This is part of an on-going initiative by Google to help improve safety on the web by encouraging webmasters to adopt the HTTPS format instead of HTTP.

Google also included information about website security, announcing an up-coming best practice guide for HTTPS.

For more information about the update you can read more via Search Engine Watch.

And for information about how you can improve your SEO, be sure to visit EBS Marketing today.

Google Gmail Now Supports Email Addresses with Non-Latin Characters

It may seem like an odd and mainly useless fact to many, but as it turns out, Google’s highly popular email service Gmail in the past only supported Latin characters. This meant, users could only register an email using letters found in languages like English, French, Italian and so forth.

A More Global Gmail

Gmail EBS MarketingBut with the announcement that Google will now support text from languages like Japanese, Chinese and Armenian, it seems email is about to get a little bit more global. And at EBS Marketing, we see that as a good thing. No, a great thing!

Sure, Gmail was already available in 58 languages, and odds on, most of us haven’t experience too much trouble in the way of non-Google-friendly text, but now at a total of 71 languages, as it turns out, Google are still improving something we didn’t think could be improved.

Google Announcement

Announced today via the official Gmail blog Ian Hill, Senior Project Manager at Google Localization, added:

“Gmail is already available in 58 languages, and today we’re bringing that total to 71—covering 94 percent of the world’s Internet population and bringing us closer to our goal of making sure that, no matter what language you write in, you can use it in Gmail.

These 13 new languages are joining the Gmail family: Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu.

As any native speaker knows, each language has its own nuances, so we worked closely with linguists to make sure the tone and style are just right. For example, both Hong Kong and Taiwan use traditional Chinese characters. However, you’ll notice that Gmail’s new Chinese (Hong Kong) language uses 收件箱 for “Inbox” instead of 收件匣, which is a word more common in Taiwan.”

As Google continue to make subtle changes to their features (see the Publisher update), we can’t wait to see what other developments the multi-billion dollar company will make next.

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