All posts by Matt Southern

Google Extends Safe Browsing Protections to Google Analytics Users by @mattsouthern

If you’re a site owner there’s a good chance you have used Google Webmaster Tools, and you may have even encountered Safe Browsing notifications before. Safe Browsing is a feature built into Webmaster Tools that alerts you if Google detects something on your site that could cause problems for other users, like if your site has been hacked and began infecting visitors with malware, for example. Today Google announced it has extended these safe browsing protections to Google Analytics users.  So users who only have Analytics set up for their site, and not Webmaster Tools, won’t miss out on any […]

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Twitter-Hosted Video Can Now Be Embedded On Your Website by @mattsouthern

Twitter recently added a new feature to its service where you can capture and upload video using Twitter’s official apps, allowing you to tweet video without having to first upload that video to a third party. The only problem with this feature was that you couldn’t embed tweets with video into your website like you can with other kinds of tweets. Today Twitter announced a solution to that problem with a new embedded video widget, which works just like Twitter’s official Tweet buttons and embedded tweets. Embedding a video is as simple as clicking on the ‘•••’ button in the tweet […]

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Google to Separate Google+ Into Separate Divisions by @mattsouthern

Google executive Bradley Horowitz confirmed late last night that there are some changes coming to Google+, and he has been placed in charge of two new branches of the social network. “Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true — I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products! It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.” The Photos and Streams products that he’s referencing are two components of Google+ that are being broken down into separate services. Earlier today at Mobile World […]

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Google To Use Mobile Usability As A Ranking Factor In Mobile Search Results by @mattsouthern

Google dropped a major announcement today stating that, as of April 21st, the search giant will be extending the use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal throughout mobile search results. This change will affect worldwide mobile search results in all languages, and Google says it will have a “significant” impact. This marks Google’s much anticipated step towards delivering primarily mobile-friendly sites in mobile search. If you follow Google changes closely, the signs had been building up over the past few months. Google hinted at this back when it introduced an official set of mobile-friendly site criteria, along with a mobile […]

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Google Is Bringing Paid Search Results To The Google Play Store by @mattsouthern

Google announced this morning that its bringing a familiar feature from Web search over the Google Play Store: paid search results for mobile apps. Mobile app developers will now have the ability to pay to promote their app on the Google Play store and have it prominently featured when people are searching for apps within that category. Here’s an example of how it will look: Google Play search ads will initially begin as a pilot program. A limited group of advertisers, who are already running Google search ads for their apps, will be able to use this feature first. Ads […]

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Twitter Now Has An Official WordPress Plugin, Here’s What It Does by @mattsouthern

Twitter just launched its very first official WordPress plugin, which combines several features previously available through third party apps such as the ability to embed tweets, and the ability to embed videos uploaded directly to Twitter. If you’re thinking “Wait, doesn’t WordPress already have the ability to embed tweets?” — Yes, you’re absolutely right. The difference with this plugin is that you can now embed them and customize them to blend in with the rest of your site’s theme. Using WordPress’s native ability to embed tweets you’re stuck with the default color scheme. With this new plugin you can customize […]

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Google Gives Business Owners More Control Over Photos Displayed In Search Results by @mattsouthern

Google recently announced some improvements to its Google My Business service that are designed to give business owners more control over how their business is presented across various Google properties. With these changes you can now specify which image you’d like to be displayed in Google’s search result. Previously, whatever was set as your business’s profile photo on Google+ would carry over into Google search. Now if you want one photo displayed in search, and a different one displayed on Google+, you have the option to do that. You will also have options to add six new categories of photos, to […]

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Google Improves Google Flights Search, Never Miss Another Travel Deal by @mattsouthern

Thinking about Spring/Summer travel while stuck in one of the coldest winters on record? You’re not the only one, as Google points out there’s always an increase in travel-related searches around this time. With that being the case, the company has released a series of updates to its Google Flights service designed to make it easier for you to plan your next trip. If you’re determined to find a good deal there’s no “best day” to travel, says Google. You can find good deal on any day of the week, which is especially true if you’re flexible with your travel […]

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Facebook Introduces App For Managing Ads On The Go by @mattsouthern

To meet the demand of its over 800,000 monthly advertisers, Facebook has introduced a new mobile app that will help make it easier to manage ads on the go. With the new Ads Manager app you can now create new ads or monitor existing ones, as well as edit ads, budgets, and schedules. Is an ad performing particularly well, but your budget is running out? Just pull out your phone and top it up! Have a brilliant idea for a new ad campaign during your morning commute? Now you can grab your phone and set it up immediately. The Ads […]

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Google To Warn Users Against Visiting Sites With Unwanted Downloads by @mattsouthern

Google recently announced that it’s going to start warning users before visiting sites that prompt unwanted software downloads. Google Search will now be able to identify sites that have automatic software downloads, and present a warning like the one below before you visit it: In addition, these new SafeBrowsing features will be incorporated into Google’s Chrome browser, which means you’ll be protected against against harmful sites accessed from all over the web. The company has also said it will disable all ads leading to sites with unwanted downloads. Just to be sure your site isn’t leading people to download unwanted […]

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