And the official Google name that they’ve chosen to use is “Google PlaceSearch” but like many SEO types, I hate that name!
And not only me it appears as many other SEO practitioners have made comments too, using their own name for this new combined serp results page…and I thought that as it’s Friday, I’d post a quick poll to see what we SEO types wanna call same!
What’s that you say? A change to the way Google reports it’s findings for your search terms? And what does that mean for us SEO practitioners and our client rosters?
Not much, at least for our client roster, it appears — at least so far IMHO! But let’s get into this whole big change shall we?
Okay, I’ve got to tackle this one now. I’ve been an online user since 1988 (yup, pre graphics and Mosaic etc…all the way back to Lynx and text-based only browsing) and from what I’ve learned in my online professional life, almost anything can be spun when it comes to marketshare stats.
So, what’s prompted this?
Okay, so if you’re like me and you get feeds and blogs and RSS notices and are on like a hundred updates daily….you’ve realized like I did that this much info coming too fast means a bit of a loss in daily productivity, eh!
Right. It’s the way I live. I read at least the first hour each day…skipping/glossing over headline after headline in my morning 100+ site reads….and that’s not even counting all those feeds and alerts based on keywords I use too. So what you say….when in fact SEO really is all about Google eh?
So, what’s “Google Instant?” And what will it mean for us SEO types and our clients? Ahh…let’s look at that all, shall we?
Go to this link here — http://www.google.ca/realtime – to get a first look at same….and I’ll run thru some of the features here for your edification….
Everyone else in the world (least all the clicks I did on google’s myriad of sites) got the FIFA icon up top….as the World Cup launched their series of games today in SA….
‘Cept us canucks. We got a Jacques Cousteau icon….of a nice looking reef scuba diver and some fish and some kelp and stuff….all very nice indeed!
So, here’s the story from the AFP wire –
Google honors Jacques Cousteau
(AFP) – 3 hours ago WASHINGTON — Google paid tribute on Friday to Jacques Cousteau on what would have been the French undersea explorer’s 100th birthday. The Internet giant replaced its colorful search page Google logo with a drawing of a scuba diver. Placing the cursor over the drawing reveals the phrase “Happy 100th Birthday Jacques Cousteau!” Cousteau, who died in 1997, would have been 100 years old on Friday. Cousteau was well known in the United States for his TV programs and his ship called Calypso used for diving and filming the underwater marine habitat.
Hrmph! Okay….so, like when will we get a hockey icon? Now THAT’D be a swell one, eh?
Not google.com, mind you…for that screen I continue to get the same pure white background….but as you can see, you’re now allowed to use a photo to background your google home search page, a la BING, eh!
Not bad, google lads…now all I gotta do is find some pix to use….down in the bottom left hand corner btw, is the text button to change same, fyi!
If you ‘see’ sumthin different, would love you to post same too….as a sort of a google.ca survey type thingy….
The simple answer, according to the latest Chitika Research study is — a ton! A FULL TWICE what the #2 ranking offers! In order to track same, the folks over at Chitika tracked their own traffic and it’s referrers and learned that almost 35% of that traffic came from the #1 ranking spot — almost as much as the numbers 2 through 5 slots combined, and more than the numbers 5 through 20 (the end of page 2) put together!
So….a #1 ranking brings new traffic, that’s not news, but the size of the lead of the #1 spot over all the rest is somewhat surprising, eh!
It’s a fully working Pac-Man game that you can run right from the google.ca 0r google.com (aint had the time to spend to look globally as I’m too into the game, eh!) and it’s true nostalgia!
The web is awash this morning with how Google has updated/changed/modified their UI (user interface) and while that is apparent in the US at google.com — us canucks up here in Canada using google.ca didn’t get any of that love!
As you can see from the top logo, the colorations have changed — Google has both brightened the hues of the various primary shades used as well as decreasing the 3D bevelled look and lightened the drop-shadow too.
But not for us canucks, eh!