Tag Archives: Google

Google +1 in Wrong Place?

I signed up for the experimental Google +1 search at the first chance. At first it looks like a good idea, then after doing some organic searches I realized that with the +1 being on Google Search results it is actually in the wrong place.

Let’s say you do a search for Acoustic Guitar Pickups, and the search results give you the first 10 results. Now, are you going to click +1 here? Why would you, you have not seen the site yet. So, let’s say you go to the first result and it is perfect match for what you needed. Will you go back and click the +1? Probably not. And if you went to a page and it was a bad match, you would go back and check out another listing, but once again, you would not have a reason to click the +1.

Until +1 is on an actual page it is really not very helpful.

Being on the search results page it is almost guaranteed that most the clicks on the +1 icon will be people trying to game their own results. This will only help once Google adds the +1 to their signals to rank pages, which is not in place yet.

So, is +1 useless as it stands right now?


Google One Pass Micropayment

Google announced their new One Pass Micropayment system today. The new system allows publishers to offer different payment methods for content. The system will give readers the ability to access digital content on different platforms such as websites and mobile phones with one login.

Publishers can choose to use subscriptions, metered access, freemium and sinlge articles.

The system is supposed to streamline the process by keeping up with all the necessary components from login, authentication through the checkout process via Google Checkout.

This looks very interesting and I tried to signup. However the signup is currently not working and just cycles through to a websearch form.

Link : Official Google Blog : One Pass Micropayment

Here is the video from Google explaining the system.

Port your existing mobile number to Google Voice

I can see where this is might be a great option if you move. I recently moved but have been hesitant to change my number. I need to change to my current area code, and at the same time I need to keep the old number. Using Google Voice number porting I could do both.

URL:  http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/port-your-existi…

Google Instant Search Changes

The new Google Instant is a big change.

One thing I have noticed is that you can not have Google Instant turned on and set your default setting to display more than 10 search results at one time. I have had mine set to 100 search results for as long as I can remember. The settings page will let you select 100, but when you turn on Instant, the page will only show 10.

Google Instant does not really impact most of my searches since I typically do not load the Google home page to search. I do most of my” googling”  from the address bar within Chrome. And it will be interesting to see if they change this functionality.

It will also be interesting to see how it changes the search terms that people use. There are already a lot of conversations about Google Instant killing SEO.  I certainly think it has the capability of changing SEO dramatically, but, as long as there are search engines, there will be ways to optimize for them.