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Happy Friday Google Plus!

Hello everyone, how are you? I'm recovering from a recent surgery so I've been a bit quiet here lately, but I wanted to check in to say hi and that I miss interacting with you all. 

I just read this great article by +Mark Traphagen about the latest rumors of Google Plus being dead are false. Is it changing and are the products evolving? Sure. But that's what they always do.

Google+ is not a ghost town. I will continue to spend as much time here as possible as I'm able to. I will still use Google+ as long as it is around because I LIKE IT!

Now, tell me how YOU are today? 

Cheers,
M

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Despite the "near death" rumors, Google+ still has plenty of life left, and Google has no current plans to dismember it, believes columnist Mark Traphagen.
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Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?

It better be when Google unveils mobile friendly algorithm as a search ranking factor. Learn all you need to know about this roll out on April 21st from +Ana Hoffman at the link below:
 
Google's mobile friendly algorithm as a search ranking factor: what you need to know

♨  April 21 is the deadline Google set for the webmasters to get mobile ready. http://tgcafe.it/1LQ0Zbe

"Take out your phone, look up your web site. See if there is a gray mobile friendly label in your description snippet. If it is in the search results, if you see it, that means that Google understands that your site is mobile friendly and if you don’t see it then we don’t see that your site is mobile friendly or your is not mobile friendly." http://tgcafe.it/1HFy3l1

♨  Google's mobile friendly ranking algorithm will "take a few days to roll out, like maybe a week or so." http://tgcafe.it/1NgvLL2

♨  The mobile friendly ranking algorithm will affect mobile searches in ALL languages worldwide and 'will have a significant impact in our search results.' according to Google http://tgcafe.it/1ARdm3P

♨  It'll have a bigger impact on the search results than Penguin and Panda did. http://tgcafe.it/1FGOBvD  

♨  It is a yes or no algorithm (either you are mobile friendly or not) - no 'degrees' of mobile friendliness. http://tgcafe.it/1Cqpwmc

♨  The mobile friendly ranking algorithm will not have any impact on the desktop search whatsoever. http://tgcafe.it/1NgvLL2

♨  Responsive design works well, but it's not the only way to be mobile friendly. http://tgcafe.it/1MvxRGC

♨  Your site must unblock CSS & javascript to pass mobile friendly test. http://tgcafe.it/1MvxRGC

♨   All pages must be mobile friendly for your site to be considered mobile friendly. http://tgcafe.it/1MvxRGC

Clarification of the last point from +Mark Traphagen: The 'mobile friendly' designation is site wide. The ranking boost or demotion will be page by page. 

Does your site pass the Mobile-Friendly Test?

Take it here: http://goo.gl/YPb80C

Mobile Friendly algorithm RESOURCES:

Google's 4-part live series: Basics of a mobile website for SMBs
→ 1. http://goo.gl/qpDvR7
→ 2. http://goo.gl/dWHqQq
→ 3. http://goo.gl/tQYS7w
→ 4. http://goo.gl/6y7Twi

Google's Q&A session for mobile-friendly ranking change
http://goo.gl/VB9qPT

Special thanks to +Barry Schwartz +Jennifer Slegg for keeping up with the changes!

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I am planning on keeping this post continuously updated as mobile friendly algorithm news/notes/clarifications come out. 

If you have anything to add, let me know in comments.

I am also planning on offering Traffic Generation Café Wordpress theme, which is completely mobile responsive (among other great features), for sale in the near future.

So if your site runs on Wordpress and you need an easy solution to your site mobile unfriendliness, this might be it.

Stay tuned!

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Thank you +Ana Hoffman - this is very important!!
 
If you don't optimize your blog images, you throttle your site speed

The biggest problem Google finds when site speed is an issue is the fact that images are not optimized - both for desktop, but especially for mobile. (read more about what Google says about mobile image optimization in +Jennifer Slegg's post http://tgcafe.it/1B0qikR)

I was doing some search on this very issue yesterday as I was starting to upload loads ;) of images to my new traffic generation course at TrafficologyBlueprint.com. (sorry you can't buy it yet, but you can sign up to receive a notification on when it becomes available or even become one of few beta testers: TrafficologyBlueprint.com)

I even asked +Dustin W. Stout and +Thomas E. Hanna | BlogPhoto.tv - the two people I first think of when it comes down to blog images - for suggestions.

Dustin suggested JPEGmini
Thomas suggested Compressor.io

Both seem to be great tools, but what I didn't like about them was the fact that you have to upload your images to the server, then download the optimized versions back to your computer.

When I have dozens of images per each section of the course, it becomes quite a chore.

Then I found ImageOptim (https://imageoptim.com/) and it cut out that unnecessary and time-consuming upload/download step - I love it!

How it works:

1. Download the software to your Mac (sorry, it works for Macs only!).
2. Simply drag'n'drop images or folders into the ImageOptim window. 

They'll be optimized in-place - right where they are on your computer.

You can see a 2.2MB image go down to 1.9MB in a matter of seconds. You can re-optimize the image to reduce it even further.

Loss of quality? None as far as my eye could tell.

It's a keeper!

Any suggestions for a similar free tool for PCs?

#blogpostimages   #blogimages   #imageoptimization  
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Pleasure, +Marilyn Moran; thanks for sharing!
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Design engaging images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds with Pablo by +Buffer. So cool, huh?
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Google+ Breaking Apart Into Separate Social Streams?

It very well could be according to this +Marketing Land article. What do you think? Like it? Don't like it?

#googleplus   #googleplustips  
Google SVP Sundar Pichai signals that the company is thinking of the social stream, photos and communication as separate areas.
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Google came to visit our office today and I got a Google tote bag! #googlebrag #searchcred #googlenerd
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I hope you're all having a joyous Easter today!

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Happy Birthday World Wide Web!

I have been on it for 23 of those 26 years. Woot!

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Happy birthday to the World Wide Web!

Over the last 26 years the web has grown quite a bit, and so has our commitment to keeping it safe. Today, Google Safe Browsing technology protects more than 1 billion people around the world so we can all enjoy the web carefree. See how: goo.gl/x3eopD #SafeBrowsing
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Cats: Before and Now

Awwww I love this. Happy Caturday!

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If you grow up with a cat over the years, it goes without saying that it will feel like a member of your family – nothing less. These before and after pictures of cats growing up remind us that, no matter for how long you live with your furry friend, they're parts of our families that grow and age with us.
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We knew this was coming. Get mobile-friendly or die.
 
Mobile-Friendly is now going to be even more important
Google has announced today that as of 21 April 2015 a site's mobile-friendliness will become a ranking factor in search results served on mobile devices.

In November last year Google added a mobile-friendly tag to indicate web pages returned in their search results for a search query that Google could determine were mobile-friendly. Whilst a large part of a page being determined as mobile-friendly will be if the site it is part of uses responsive design, that isn't the only mobile-friendly determining factor.

You can read more about how to ensure your website's pages are determined as mobile-friendly by visiting Google's blog here: http://goo.gl/kfK5m9 and use their helpful mobile-friendly testing tool here: http://goo.gl/HcP2ex
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WebiMax Prominently Featured on Courier-Post Article About Camden, NJ

Great article in the Courier-Post (South Jersey newspaper) about +WebiMax's move to the Camden Waterfront. 

The view from my desk is basically the same as my colleague +Matthew Haran as shown in the photo below.

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We're excited to be featured in the Courier Post on our recent move to the Camden Waterfront!
As companies prepare to move into the city, those already there say perception counts.
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Education
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Psychology/Behavorial Science, 1992 - 1995
    I had been introduced to the Internet in 1992. I was initially a Communications major, but I became more interested in studying the role emerging technology had on people. How they interacted with the Internet and how communities evolved as they sought to connect with people online. Human interaction and community building online has been my passion ever since.
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Communications, 1992 - 1995
    I studied communications and media. Moreover, how media had an influence on people—through print media, radio, TV, popular culture, and eventually the Internet.
  • Reading Area Community College
    Human Services, 1995 - 1997
    I obtained a degree in social work with a focus on Abnormal and Adolescent Psychology.
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Media/Broadcasting, 1992 - 1995
    Co-Founder of WPBS, Penn State Berks DJed a few radio shows; helped organize fundraiser events held on campus.
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Female
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April 16
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Social Networking & Marketing Nerd
Introduction
Hello Google Plusser! My Name is Marilyn Moran.

Thank you for stopping by! I'm really glad that you came to visit. Sit down and let's chat a while. First, I'll tell you a little (or maybe a lot) about myself — then, please, tell me all about YOU!

WHAT I DO / WHAT I HAVE DONE

I am a Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Webimax in Camden, NJ. Prior to Webimax, I worked for other digital marketing agencies providing online strategy and managing web marketing campaigns.

Additionally, over the years, I have provided private marketing consulting and training to individuals and small business clients helping them grow their business using online technology. I am very hands-on with my clients as I consider myself their marketing partner. 

OTHER THINGS I DO

Professionally, I had served on the Board of Directors of PANMA (Philadelphia Area New Media Association) for 5 years and was also a former officer in the Social Media Club ofPhiladelphia.

Personally, I am an avid blogger maintaining several food and hyperlocal blogs. I am the tweeter behind the popular Philly foodie Twitter account @phillygrub
(Mashable named Philly Grub one of the top 55 foodies to follow on Twitter.)

"REAL LIFE"

Formerly based in Philadelphia, I now live in Pennsauken, NJ with my fiance (David) and long-haired tortoiseshell cat (Honey Badger - yes named after that Honey Badger). We enjoy cooking, dining out, antique and collectible shopping, listening to vinyl records, watching science and astronomy shows, and making each other laugh. We are getting married in Key West, FL in 2015.

CIRCLE ME

Let's get what I'm NOT out of the way.

  • I'm am not "Internet famous" nor do I want to be. If you are, that's cool!
  • I'm not a keynote speaker at conferences. I don't have time or money to attend conferences.
  • I'm not an expert, guru, ninja, maven, master or whatever other self-appointed, self-important title you can think of.
  • I'm not a people collector; nor do I want people to collect me.
Why I am on Google Plus:
  • I am here, first and foremost, to learn and stay on top of topics I'm interested in.
  • I am here to share content on topics I'm interested in.
  • I am here to meet new people who are also into the topics I am into.
  • I am here to build real quality relationships with people.
  • I am here to "be a part of the conversation" because I like to talk about things I am into.
  • I am here to be a better marketer for myself and my clients.
  • I am here because I take my career and professional life very seriously.
  • Lastly, I am here because I like it here and I think it's "fun." I like having fun.
You may want to circle me if you enjoy content and chatter about:
  • Digital Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Relationship Marketing
  • Google Plus
  • WordPress
  • Blogging
  • Cooking
  • Alternative/80s Music
  • Lounge/Jazz Music
  • Tiki Lifestyle
  • Astronomy/Space/Earth 
  • Irreverent Humor
  • Laughing
  • Cats (I love dogs, too, but have never owned one)
  • Animal Rescue
If you circle me and you are into those things above, chances are I will circle you back!

GOOGLE PLUS COMMUNITIES

I manage the following communities on G+:

Circle me & say Hi! You can also send me a private message or email marilyn@njmarketingnerd.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Bragging rights
Kickin' it old-school online since 1992—BBS, IRC, ICQ, MOOs/MUDs. You name it, I was there!
Work
Occupation
Digital Marketing Manager, Search Engine Optimizer, Social Media Consultant, Content Marketing Strategist
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Google, Google Plus, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr, HootSuite, Blogging, Content Marketing, Relationship Marketing, On-Site Optimization, Off-Site Optimization, Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Bringshare, Moz, Raven Tools, SEMRush, Screaming Frog, North Social, Sprout Social, Wildfire, Basic Graphic Design, Basic HTML
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Pennsauken, NJ
Previously
Philadelphia, PA - NEPA - Reading, PA - Red Bank, NJ - Matawan, NJ - Philadelphia, PA
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