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John Dietrich
Web Developer/SEO & Social Media Technician
Web Developer/SEO & Social Media Technician


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Google shares how to hire an SEO


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Build your own WiFi phone?

With Google announcing the ability to place phone calls from a Google Home device, why not build your own and make WiFi calls for free!

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New Features Coming!

Big news coming for G+
Find content and communities from all across Google+ with Discover

Big news today Google+! We’re rolling a brand new Discover stream to help you and new users find the absolutely best content our network has to offer. If you glance over at your left-hand navigation bar, you’ll notice a shiny ‘Discover’ tab waiting to be explored. Inside, you’ll find trending posts from curated sources in a new, denser format. Also inside are Featured Collections, Recommended Communities, and the previously announced Topics - which got a bit of a makeover as well, so be sure to check them out!

New and signed out users will land on Discover (previously ‘Featured Collections’) which puts content from a diverse set of sources front and center. We hope that this creates a better experience for new users that more readily communicates the awesome stuff G+ has to offer while providing existing users with a fun way to find and follow creators they haven’t yet, ahem, discovered.

To make way for Discover, you may have noticed we removed the Collections tab and the Events tab. Don’t worry! Collections and Events aren’t gone; they’ve just been moved. ‘Featured Collections’ have a new home within Discover and ‘Your / Followed Collections’ can be found by clicking on ‘Communities and Collections’ on your profile. Events can now be found in the overflow menu (three dots) on your profile when you can also find your Insights.

These changes will be live on web and iOS within the next day or so for all users. As always, please let us know what you think by replying to this thread or using the ‘Send Feedback’ option on web or in-app. Enjoy!

Hi +NotEnoughTECH was hoping you could help me out. I'm trying to open my VLC player app, then select and autoplay an album.

I can get the app to open, but can't figure out how to get the album playing. I've tried the TouchTask plugin, and granted it permission/configured it in the task list after triggering the open of VLC player...but I get no tap.

Any other ideas/help would be greatly appreciated.


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Just Geeking Nerding out!

lol, just realized Key and Peele are in this

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New Pixel XL in my New Office!

Enjoying this new Friday (: You can't see the new Pixel, but it's very swank... doing most of my work for me today, lol

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Markup all the things

Google updates its structured data guidelines.
Google makes significant changes to its (structured data) developer guides

Google has just updated its documentation related to structured data, as detailed below.

Change log:

- Largely just a change to the introduction to the Google Search Guides section.
- Now classifies these Guides as covering "the following topics": structured data, AMP, mobile friendly design.
- Most notably this added paragraph makes it clear what these Guides are about: "These documents focus on the technical "how". For documentation about "why" you might want to implement various features, or a broader view of how Google Search works, please visit the Search Console help center, which provides guides, overviews, and more general information for site owners, SEOs, and content providers."

Introduction to Structured Data
Change log:
Internet Archive version, 26 June 2016:

- Numerous changes to the text and components of the page.
- Old definition: "Structured data markup is a text-based organization of data that is included in a file and served from the web."
- New definition: "Structured data is a standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying the page content."
- "Markup formats and placement" replaced by a more detailed section titled "Structured data format".
- Google now explicitly says that is only uses the structured data it describes (but see bullet point directly below): "Attributes or objects not described here are not required or used by Google Search, even if marked as required by" (Two things odd about that last statement. First, "attributes or objects" strange language for, which uses "properties" and "types", if that's what Google means here. Second, AFAIK there's nothing "marked as required by" on
- The documentation now has this to say about the use of properties other than those required or recommended for a "enhanced display" result: "In addition to the properties and objects documented here, Google can make general use of the sameAs property and other structured data. Some of these elements may be used to enable future Search features, if they are deemed useful." If I'm reading this correctly, Google making "general use" of sameAs is not insignificant, as this is the useful mechanism for entity identification and disambiguation. See also last bullet below under the "About Search Features" page.
- Significant increase in the number of items under "Technical guidelines", which now have 8 bullet points rather than 4. Probably the most significant addition is this: "If you have duplicate pages for the same content, you should put the same structured data in all page duplicates, not just the canonical page."

Build, Test, and Release Your Structured Data
(Previously "Prototype and Test Your Markup")
Change log:
Internet Archive version, 27 June 2016:

- Numerous changes to the text and components of the page.
- In general much less emphasis on how to use the Structured Data Testing Tool (the bulk of the previous version's text) and much more emphasis on post-publication analysis and tweaking.
- Half the page's content is a new section titled "Fix existing pages".
- The linked "Debugging your pages" page (previously "Debug and Analyze") has been entirely reworked as well, now providing a list of "Verified site owner tools" rather than focusing on Search Console's Rich Cards report, as it did before.
- Provides a new, useful, detailed section titled "Testing locally-hosted or firewalled pages".

About Search Features
Change log:
Internet Archive version, 7 March 2016:

- Numerous changes to the text and components of the page.
- Not so much new information here rather than an attempt (largely successful IMO) to clearly name, define, describe and illustrate each of Google Search's "few general types of search result categories": basic result, rich result, enriched search result, Knowledge Graph result and carousel.
- New section has been added under the title "Supported combinations", which shows "which enhancements are supported for content types or formats." Interestingly, all content types (including, presumably, article/blog, book, music, TV or movie, recipe and product types) are now eligible to appear in a carousel.
- A bullet point has been added on "Other structured data" that suggests the use of markup not required or recommended by Google may be useful after all: "You can add additional structured data elements to your pages to help Google understand the purpose and content of the page. Structured data can help Google properly classify your page in search results, and also make your page eligible for future search result features."

Preferred Site Name
Change log:

- Minor change. Previously titled "Your Site Name in Results" the page is now "Preferred Site Name".

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"As models and simulations are beefed up with more and more detail, they come up against the limit that reality runs faster than a 100 percent complete simulation of it. That is another definition of reality: the fastest possible version of all the details and degrees of freedom present."


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The importance of load time for conversions

Check out the AMP Keynote from Google I/O 17

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Searcher behavior revealed

Mobile search results get clicked much less than desktop results, and paid gets far less clicks in both.

The upshot? "SEO has ~20X more traffic opportunity than PPC on both mobile and desktop."

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