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Google Plus Follower Growth Roller Coaster Continues

On 23 May I reported that in mid-May there appeared to have been a significant sudden drop in follower numbers for many average Google+ users, followed by a general decline in follower growth. In other words, average daily follower growth for many accounts slowed after mid May.

Today I took another look at my sample group of 13 active accounts on +CircleCount. These accounts are all between 5,000 and 90,000 followers. None are on the Suggested Users List. All are daily active Google+ users who post several times every day and regularly engage with others. 

I have two new observations:

1. There appears to have been a notable jump in follower counts around 26 May (some earlier, some later, but centered around that date). 9 of the 13 (69%) show that jump.

2. The majority (9 or 69%), after the jump, either resumed the slower growth pattern seen since mid May, or declined even further in their average daily growth. Of the other four accounts, two have appeared to recover their pre-mid-May growth rate, and two never showed any deviation, either mid-May or this past week.

I do realize this is a very small sample, but I think these users are a good "canary in the coal mine" as they are very typical of G+ power users who aren't on the SUL, and any large changes in how Google+ is acting in terms of users tend to show up in their graphs.

As I said last time, we of course don't know exactly what's behind this. Most speculation has centered around Google making changes to how quickly they find and eliminate fake or spam accounts, and/or how any of us are rotated through the "People you may know" suggestion boxes that appear in people's streams.

I'll continue to monitor my sample group and report back any future changes I observe.
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Webmaster level: all. To help developers and webmasters make their pages mobile-friendly, we recently updated PageSpeed Insights with additional recommendations on mobile usability. Poor usability can diminish the benefits of a fast page load. We know the average mobile page takes more than 7 ...
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A story on Maptia by Gabriele Galimberti (gabrielegalimberti) — With the taste of my Italian grandma’s delicious ravioli in my mouth, I travelled the world and turned into a curious and hungry grandson for grannies from all over the globe. From moose stake in Alaska to fried caterpillar in Malawi, this is a tribute to the grandmothers of the world and their love for good cooking.
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Press freedom around the world has declined to its lowest level in over a decade, with major setbacks in several Middle Eastern states, Turkey and UkraineUK slips down global press freedom list due to Snowden leaks response
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Hacking the hell out of Google search options

I warn you: this is some serious crazy voodoo search shit. I've found it playing with the SERP URL and I want to share it with you.

I can't exclude that Google will fix things to prevent users from using these hacks. :-P


1 - The standard, well-known stuff

Go to Google.com (on desktop) and search for a very generic query, like [site:com], which will return results that are hosted under a .com domain.

Now click on the link "Search tools" and an option should appear: "Any time". Click on it and you'll see the full list of values that you can select:
- Past hour
- Past 24 hours
- Past week
- Past month
- Past year
- Custom range

Click on "Past hour" and Google will show you only results that have been (re)indexed in the past hour.

Click on the new appeared link "Sorted by relevance" and select "Sorted by date". In this way the results will be listed from the most "fresh" one to the oldest one and each of them should show something like "X mins ago" near the snippet.

Practical tip: instead of a generic [site:com] query you can of course search for queries more useful to you. For example, try [site:yourdomain.com] to see which documents of your website have been indexed by Google in the last hour.


2 - The voodoo stuff

If you have selected the "Past hour" option, in the URL of the search page you should see the text "qdr:h" (you could need to scroll the URL a bit to find that text).

That "h" means "hour". Let's see what happens when we manually change that letter...

Substitute that "h" with an "s" and hit "Enter". Watch how the name of the option "Past hour" has changed, it should now be "Past second"!

This new query shouldn't return any result because Google doesn't actually provide any way to restrict the results to those indexed in the last second. Still, it's pretty crazy that you can activate unimplemented or undocumented options just changing a character in the URL!

Let's try a different character. Change it with an "e" and the option should now change to "This weekend"! The results should be restricted to those that Google has (re)indexed in the last two days. But I'm not 100% sure about this, so feel free to have a look at the results to confirm or deny my impression.

Change that character again and put there an "o" . The time option will change to "Today" and the results should be very similar (but not identical) to those that appear using the official option "Past 24 hours".

Change again that character to "n" and you'll get a very practical and undocumented "Past minute" option! I've found this query quite useful to monitor news websites, to spot new articles as soon as Google indexes them.

And now, the final and mindboggling one! Change that character to "r" and see for yourself what temporal option Google will show to you!  :-D

Wasn't it fun? Enjoy the hacks!   :-)

#SEO   #googlesearch  
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Wir freuen uns ab Montag 16. Juni mit großer Vorfreude in die Sommersaison 2014 zu starten. Wir würden uns freuen auch Sie bei uns diesen Sommer begrüßen zu dürfen!
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Google adds new advice for speeding up your mobile site to its PageSpeed Insights Tool.
Google announced they’ve updated their PageSpeed Insights Tool to included five new recommendations around mobile usability and speed. The new recommendations include: Configure the viewport: Without a meta-viewport tag, modern mobile browsers will assume your page is not mobile-friendly, and will fall back to a desktop viewport and possibly apply font-boosting, interfering with your intended […]
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A quick roundup of some unheralded local SEO posts that I really liked:

(Thanks to +Nyagoslav Zhekov, +Mikel Zaremba, +Gradiva Couzin, +Ben Roland, and +Joy Hawkins.)
The first 4 months of 2014 brought some big posts that got plenty of attention in the “local” space (and for good reason). But then there were some great posts that didn't get as much fanfare. Not that they were ignored; I just think they're widely useful. Here are some posts worth reading: ...
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