Archive for the ‘Google Search’ Category

Google’s Twitter Search Results

June 27, 2010

The pros and cons have long been debated in SEO circles as to whether or not domains are impacted by hyphens or spaces in between keywords in the domain’s address.

The same debate held true for social networking sites and its users addresses.

I initially thought Google’s algorithm would be able to parse Twitter user name addresses in the search results but to date, I have been proven wrong.

A Google search for my name in Google Updates produces a list of people who posted links with my name spelled and spaced correctly – Tim Cohn.

However, the same search doesn’t produce my own Twitter account: Twitter.com/TimCohn

Google Twitter Search

Google Twitter Search

To get a list of my most recent Tweets in Google search, I have to search for my Twitter account name – TimCohn.

Google TwitterSearch

Google TwitterSearch

Surely Google can figure out which Twitter accounts are real users names and which Twitter accounts aren’t.

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Why Google Local Business Center Languishes

December 2, 2009

Disincentives outweigh incentives for Google to improve their free business listing product – the Local Business Center (LBC).

Although Google may have a responsibility to publish correct, up to date business listing data, the publishing of comprehensive free business listing data is diametrically opposed to its business purpose – locating and then selling access to organized business information via sponsored links.

If Google took all of the work out of being locatable via search, why would businesses then pay Google to be found?

Google Search and Adwords Results Mixup

September 16, 2009

I have noticed on several occassions after having searched for different local terms while logged into my iGoogle account, I have continued to get Adwords ads for my previous searches combined with my new search term’s results and ads.

Google Search Results Ads Mixup

Google Search Results Ads Mixup

In the example above, you can see how a search for Oklahoma Flowers includes both Google Adwords ads for Oklahoma Lawyers and Oklahoma flowers.

The only way I have found to clear the search cache appears to be to return to the Classic Google search box.