Big change to Google search results. Ads more integrated.

Big change to Google search results. Ads more integrated.

Today the new layout for Google search results started displaying in one of my the Google Chrome profiles (others still display the old format). It’s a big change and feels quite different to use. Two of the more obvious changes are that the listing titles are no longer underlined – perhaps a nod towards the fact that more and more modern websites simply display links in another colour rather...
Problems Verifying Your Google Places (Local) Listing?

Problems Verifying Your Google Places (Local) Listing?

Verifying your claim to any form of business listing online can be a royal pain in the ass. From postcards sent to physical addresses that don’t accept mail and aren’t redirected to PO Boxes, to receptionists that answer automated verification phone calls and hang-up, think that it’s some form of weird Web 2.0 practical joke that only geeks will get. The phone call verifications are usually the best –...
Directory Advertising: What to Look For and When to Run

Directory Advertising: What to Look For and When to Run

An article in The New Zealand Herald by Viamoana Tapaleao – this one – features a New Zealand directory service by the name of ‘Google Directory’. This web-based directory service, with no legal association with Google themselves, lists thousands of New Zealand businesses by category and provides a number of online advertising packages that range from $595 to a huge $14,995. According to the article, a number of businesses...
Inviting a Manager to your Google+ Page

Inviting a Manager to your Google+ Page

Here’s a quick tip for those having problems with inviting another user to manage your Google+ Page. The ‘Manager Invite’ Issue When inviting another user to manage a Google+ business page, the user appears in the manager’s section (greyed-out) but the user doesn’t receive an invitation email or any form of notification in Google+ and so can’t become the page’s manager. The Background Ever since Google+ launched business pages...