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Use your voice to type your next letter…voice typing

There are a number of commercial applications you can add to your computer to do “speech to text” and control your input.  Most people are familiar with the Dragon product line – these work great.  They have been a fantastic help to people who have trouble typing or just may be slow at the keyboard.

speech-to-textBut, as I was working on a employee review the other day – I was surprised by the little microphone that popped up in my Google doc.  I have to admit – the combination of speech to text and just moving the cursor around where I needed it worked very, very well.

Google introduces Voice Typing

Issac Green said, when they released the new feature – “We launched Voice typing in Docs to help you capture ideas, compose a letter, or even write the next great novel—all without touching your keyboard. Starting today, you can also edit and format your documents with your voice.”.

Here’s a video with more explanation:

Google calculator as been supersized

I’ve been using Google calculator a long time.  It used to just show you the equation like this:

35000*20 = 700000

But now they have a cool built in ajax calculator now.

You can still put the equation in search, but it will pop into this.

 

SEO Test: Does Google look at more than the H1 tag?

UPDATE: 2012/07/10

Check it out below.

 

Well – here we are again, we have a new test to look at. This time we are looking at the effects of strict HTML on the way Google measures a page.

The essential question of does Google look at more than the H1 tag when analyzing a page?

The theory is – if we have a page with just an H1 and no content – does Google care?  We know that Google is getting very good at more complicated HTML and javascript pages – but how deep are they doing to determine the SEO focus of any given page?

We also know the importance of good headings in regards to SEO.  SEO is dependent on the heading tags.

So we setup 2 keywords and 3 pages each.

The first page is a keyword in the H1, but no content.  Page two is keyword in the H1, but non-related words as content.  The finally – we have keyword in H1, and keyword once in the content.

Then we  replicated the entire thing again with an additional keyword…

OK – check back and let us know what your guess on the results in the comments.

Keyword 1: freatwqakhy (https://www.google.com/search?q=freatwqakhy)
Keyowrd 2: vihnjkyelyot (https://www.google.com/search?q=vihnjkyelyot)

Keyword 1 samples:

Keyword 2 samples:

Tom’s Guess:

My guess is the sample 1 is crap and will get shunned, sample 2 will will and sample 2 will still get indexed – but behind 3.  I think Google is looking – but not that much.

Basically I think, “does Google look at more than the H1 tag” – no.  They talk a big game, but in the end still reply on very few ranking signals…we will soon see.

So – does Google look at more than the H1 tag?

Answers to come…

Updated 2012/07/10


We have an update – the initial results are in and more seems to be better.

Here is the results after 2-3 days.

Same thing here – after 2-3 days of being in the wild.

We may have to devise another test – my fear is we have more keywords on the page so it may increase frequency.

Watch Out – Some SEO Blunders You Can Make For Your Website

In the Know: Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization is the practice of making web pages that will be placed high in the results page of a search engine such as Google. In order to achieve a high ranking, web developers and admins use various tools and techniques in optimizing their website. Getting a high ranking in the results page is very important for businesses because research indicates that most people only click on the links at the top of the results page. The more traffic a website will get, the more business it can generate, here is how you can prevent SEO blunders.

Common SEO Mistakes

Not all people have a background on SEO so they do not know about the dos and don’ts of this practice. Knowing how SEO works can help website owners avoid common SEO mistakes that can cost them their rankings. Here are some of most common pitfalls of SEO:

  • Web content that is not optimizedThe text of a website must be optimized for the Internet so that Google’s crawlers and spiders will easily find it and rank it high in their results page. To optimize the web content, website owners need to include keywords in the text. These keywords should be present in the title, subheadings and scattered in the entire text. However, they must be careful with the number of keywords because if they do keyword stuffing, Google will deem it as spam.
  • Using the wrong keywordsWhen coming up with keywords, a website owner must think like a customers and how he or she will make a search query. He or she must keep in mind that their customers are not members of the industry. For example, the website owner might use the keyword “kitchen electrics” but the customer will search for “kitchen appliances” instead.
  • Using FlashA lot of website owners want to use Flash for their websites because they look good and they think it will generate more traffic for their website. However, they should know that crawlers and spiders cannot read Flash content so they cannot index it.
  • No backlinks and being a deadendA good website has backlinks, also known as the links that direct users to a website. Backlinks are important because it serves as an indicator of how important and popular a website is. Website owners must keep in mind that these backlinks should be natural, relevant and of quality.
  • Poor meta tags and meta descriptionsMeta tags provide information about the website to the search engine and are used by web developers and admins. As with keywords, web developers can also use the wrong meta tags and meta descriptions for their website. These need to be relevant and should also contain keywords so that Google will know what the web page is about. Each meta tag should be unique for each page as well.
  • Not using a site mapIf a website has a poor design that is difficult to navigate, users are more likely to leave it. Web developers must keep their websites simple; they can use site maps for user navigation.

Article by Robert Kirk who works at RFK Solutions who are an SEO and Website Design Company based in West Lothian Scotland they carry out wide range of SEO and Website Design services.

Google’s Recent Updates Create Concern in the SEO Industry

Google is known for regularly tweaking and updating its search algorithm. Most of these changes do not really get the attention of an average user. However, the past few months have witnessed two big updates, whose effects are resonating throughout the online world. These changes have caused web rankings of some legitimate businesses to drop, making users question Google’s algorithms.

Google Panda

Google’s Panda update that went live in April 2011 for the first time targeted sites that were of low quality. Panda is designed to target sites that ‘borrow’ information from other sites without giving any valuable original inputs. The idea was to get rid of ‘content farms’. This gave Panda nickname, the ‘Farmer’ update. Consequentially, webmasters began focusing on increasing the quality of content and reducing duplicate content so that the usability of their sites increased.

Google Penguin 

The most recent update by Google is called the Penguin update, which was released on the 24th of April 2012. The new update penalizes sites that overuse optimization techniques. The main areas of focus for the new update include over usage of anchor text and off-page optimization.

Although many Google users are supportive of the update as it aims at making the internet a better place for everyone, some people fear that they may accidentally lowering the ranking of some high quality websites.

The importance of knowing

If you are a part of the SEO industry, it is vital to understand that Panda and Penguin aim at two distinct issues. You need to recognize and understand which update affected your site. While Panda targets low quality content, Penguin targets spam in terms of unnatural inbound links. In case you assume you have been hit by Penguin when you haven’t, you will end up removing links unnecessarily. There are a few ways you can figure out which Google update you have been hit by, they are described below.

Launch Google Analytics and check your dates regularly. Look for the traffic on and after specific dates, when Panda and Penguin are rolled out. Always keep in mind the regular trend of visitor numbers. These figures should not be mixed up with the effects of Penguin or Panda. In Google Analytics, you should study the organic reporting. That gives you the option of studying traffic according to keyword or links.

The penguin update affects websites that have many inbound links and filters out most of these as spam. This in turn affects their ranking on Google. Although big businesses may be able to handle these changes and sustain, smaller once get largely effected and need to put in a lot of effort into their SEO strategy.

 

Penny Cooper is an ebook writer with Godot Media, a web content and copywriting service  provider. Her interests range from copywriting and social media to the latest internet technologies and trends.