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I Ditched Google For Bing. Here’s What I Found—And What I D…

I Ditched Google For Bing. Here’s What I Found—And What I D…

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What finally broke me was the recipes.On July 1, I abandoned Google search and committed myself instead to Bing. I downloaded the Bing app on my phone. I made it the default search mode in Chrome. (I didn't switch to Edge, Microsoft's browser, because I decided to limit this experiment strictly to search.) Since then, for the most part, any time I've asked the internet a question, Bing has answered.A stunt? Sure, a little. But also an earnest attempt to figure out how the other half—or the other 6 percent overall, or 24 percent on desktop, or 33 percent in the US, depending on whose numbers you believe—finds their information online.And Bing is big! The second-largest search engine by market share in the US, and one of the 50 most visited sites on the internet, according to Alexa rankin
Google Search Algorithm Updates Impact All Sites

Google Search Algorithm Updates Impact All Sites

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Google's John Mueller said that most Google Search algorithm updates will have an impact on every site, even if the site did not see any ranking changes. John said on Twitter "our algorithms generally affect all sites in the search results, though not all of them might see changes in how they're shown in search." The example given by John is when "a complicated calculation might end up with a 0 as a result." Thus that site was impacted by the calculation resulted in a zero and thus didn't move things too much.But yes, when Google does these algorithm updates, all sites should be impacted but many sites won't see an impact directly in the search results.In fact, in most cases, Google says most sites do not see any changes or notice and fluctuations. Here is John's tweet:Our algor...
Why Google Cache lies to you and what to do about it (if an…

Why Google Cache lies to you and what to do about it (if an…

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I regularly browse the SEO communities on Google Webmaster Forum, Reddit and Twitter, and I see headings like “Google Cache is empty!!!” and “404 error page in Google Cache” over and over again. With so many people clearly afraid that Google isn’t rendering their pages correctly, I thought I’d write about the cache to help readers understand why checking Google Cache is not a reliable method of analyzing how Google sees the page. I will also provide information on when Google Cache might be useful and what tools you should use to check how Google renders the page. What is Google Cache? In most cases, if you go to the Google Cache for your page, you will see the version of your page from when Google last crawled it. But what exactly are you seeing? Google Ca
How jobs were different before searchable internet

How jobs were different before searchable internet

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BELIEVE it or not, the world existed before Google unlocked the key to everything we needed to know — and plenty more we didn’t.As it has just turned 20, the internet’s biggest search engine, used for more than a trillion searches worldwide a year, has changed the world of its users — among them millions doing jobs where Google has become a vital tool.But answers have not always been just a few taps away.THE LAWYERAlan Ringwood is a partner and specialist litigator at Bell Gully. He has been practising law 35 years.Life before Google is hard to remember, but it definitely involved more field trips.The world was not at your fingertips. The world was out there, in the actual world, and all the information you needed was stored in hard copy form.This meant that there were trips to the univ
How to ditch Google – Business Insider

How to ditch Google – Business Insider

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Google CEO Sundar PichaiAP Got beef with Google?  After news of the Google+ fiasco, we know at least some of you do. But it's hard to leave Google — for most, Google powers much of our daily, digital lives. Its tremendous array of useful apps and services makes it really easy to stay with Google forever.  Luckily, a list recently appeared on ProductHunt — called "No More Google" — that provides "privacy-friendly alternatives to Google products." It's solid advice on how to break free from Google's grip without being any less productive and knowledgeable.  Here are the top alternatives for some of the most popular Google products, inspired by the "No More Google" list.
Understanding The Diversification Of Google Search Results

Understanding The Diversification Of Google Search Results

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In a 2008 blog post by Moz's co-founder Rand Fishkin, I read about the diversification of search results regarding their subject area. And today, Google has only expanded its diversification efforts. It doesn't matter where you currently are, if you type the word "veterinarian," "lawyer" or "mechanic" into the search engine -- especially when you add a city to the search term (e.g., "New York City Veterinarian," "Los Angeles lawyer" or "Prague mechanic") -- you will not get links to the websites of the 10 best veterinary clinics, law firms or car repair shops in a given city. Instead, you'll see results such as Google Maps listings and some business cards pinned to given locations, catalogs of the institutions you're searching, encyclopedic references or cross-references to various for
How One Privacy-First Search Engine Is Benefiting From Goog…

How One Privacy-First Search Engine Is Benefiting From Goog…

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DuckDuckGo is a pro-privacy company taking an aggressive stance on not tracking people across all corners of the internet. One has to wonder if its product practically markets itself in 2018. With an endless parade of headlines centered around violations of user privacy by the likes of Google and Facebook, it's no wonder DuckDuckGo experienced 50% growth in the last year, with its daily searches crossing the 30 million mark. DuckDuckGo makes the internet more private, less creepyPixabay (Creative Commons) Hitting the first milestone of 10 million daily searches took DuckDuckGo seven years, but the company's mind share has grown at an alarming rate since then. Here's the announcement via Twitter: "DuckDuckGo fun fact: it took us seven years to rea...

Native ad test in Google Discover feeds gets a new look

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For several months, Google has been running a limited test to show ads in what’s now called Google Discover (it’s third name after “Google Now” and “Google Feed”). With recent rebrand to Google Discover last month, the ads also have an updated look. New look. Spotted by a Reddit user, the native ads now have the look and feel of the redesigned organic news cards in the feed and the same ad label positioning next to the headline as text ads in Google search results. The ads also feature the advertiser name in the topic header. Google is testing ads in the Discover feed. What is Google Discover? The feed features news, articles and videos cards on the home page of the Google app — and soon on the Google.com homepage on desktop and mobile. Users can customize