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What To Expect At Google I/O
This year Google I/O plans to outdo last year's presentation, but the bar is set pretty high. After revealing the Nexus 7 tablet last year this year Google plans to not outdo itself in presentation but to be relaxed. A common rumor is Google Glass, Chrome, Wallet, Music and Google Maps are getting updates.
Google Affiliate Network Closing
Google Affiliate Network was set up to connect publishers with advertisers. Publishers could use the network to promote products to earn a commission from sales, and publishers could earn a percentage of each sale from a link generated on their site. Google has recently announced that Google Affiliate Network is closing soon because they are concentrating on different products and services for both publishers and advertisers.
Google feels that other products will be more beneficial to advertisers and publishers, so they want to devote more time and resources to developing different products with hopes of better results.
GAN closing will take several months, and Google will continue to support their customers during this period of time. They are offering AdSense as an alternative to Google Affiliate Network, and they encourage publishers to use AdSense to earn money on their blogs and websites.
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AWS Compared Google Compute Engine Cloud Services
Both Amazon and Google have lowered what they charge for their Cloud services among many others. The thing is, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine (GCE) have brought down their costs significantly in an all-out competition. Besides this, Google has gone a step further and increased the number of virtual servers it has, providing great choice. It has also made its service Euro-friendly.
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Twitter Follows LinkedIn, Facebook and Google With Ad API
In an attempt to get more advertising without hiring a good number of new sales members, Twitter opened its Ad API to the public today. This follows other technology companies that have made similar moves including Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. This makes it easy for large buyers to quickly setup and manage campaigns with in-house programmers. Small businesses can continue to use the web-based interface provided by Twitter for small transactions.
Facebook's New Developers Live Video Channel
Google started a Developers Live Video channel for developers and now Facebook is following in its footsteps with the development of Facebook Developers Live video channel. Effective today, this channel will showcase news updates, speaking sessions, tutorials and much more.
According to Facebook, people will be able to view live broadcasts as well as previously recorded videos. This enables developers to access the latest information and make contact with product designers and engineers. Doug Purdy, director of product for Facebook, shared that the first broadcast will be on February 19.
How to Get More out of Google Analytics
As a website owner there's a good chance you use Google Analytics to track visits to your website. It can be a very powerful tool to get to know your website, visitors, and keywords intimately -- provided you know where to look and what to look for. Here are some top tips to getting the most out of your Analytics account.
Top Blogging Tips for Great Content
If you are just starting out or are in need of a refresher on what is important in blogging, we have some blogging tips for you today. From understanding what you readers are looking for to working with others in your niche, we have some suggestions that you should have a look at.
One of the biggest fears held by most website owners is that any small mistake they make in producing their content or interacting their users will immediately lead to precipitous drop in their ranking at major search engines like Google. And, while it's responsible to avoid these pitfalls and mistakes altogether, it's worth noting that an immediate and mind-blowing drop at the internet's search leader is simply not likely in many cases. Such a theory was proved correct by an SEO firm which recently decided to deliberately destroy a reputable website's search engine rankings. As part of its project to make a first-page result into a last-page afterthought, the company loaded that website up with more than 50,000 undesirable links. This included forum posts, blog comment links, and other links placed into the sidebar for the sole effect of destroying the site's reputation.
When you think about your site being hacked, you probably imagine an unmistakable notice, like a flashing screen with "HACKED" in large letters across the page. But in reality, you may not know that your web site has been hacked until much later on when a lot of damage has been done. Today's hackers are getting more sophisticated with the tools and methods they use to hack web sites. But knowing the signs and what to do in the event of a hack can help you to recover.
Why You Can't Ignore Schema.org
As the Internet grows, so does the need for organization and better search engine results. Internet users expect to be able to use their favorite search engine to find relevant content without wading through sites that have little or nothing to do with their search terms. Schema.org provides tools for web developers to help search engines recognize information on web pages and catalog that information so it is easier to find for top search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
When you type a search query into a search engine, you expect to find highly relevant sites at the top of the results page. As you know, this isn't always the case. Google and other search engines are constantly changing and tweaking their algorithms to determine rank, and they are still looking for more ways to make search results more relevant and consistent. Schema.org benefits both web developers and search engines by making it easier for engines to determine the relevancy of each page and site.