Google Rolls Out New Mobile Friendly Tag

Google has started displaying new mobile friendly tag in the search results to show which sites are mobile-friendly and which sites are not. So, if your site is mobile-friendly, and someone is searching on a mobile device, and your site shows up in the search results, it will get a special tag in the search results.

Bill Hartzer mobile friendly tag [Read more…]

Google Updates Knowledge Graph Data

Google just updated or “refreshed” the knowledge graph data within the past 24 hours. I have knowledge graph data showing up for a search for my name, Bill Hartzer, and I’ve been constantly watching the data, as it was previously incorrect: and it appears that they just updated the information within the past few hours.

Here is what the previous knowledge graph data/sidebar in the Google search results looked like for my name:

Bill Hartzer previous Knowledge Graph [Read more…]

Inbox by Gmail Doesn’t Work with Google Apps

The new Inbox by Gmail, launched just recently, does not work with email accounts set up through Google Apps. My company, for example, uses our Gmail accounts for our email. And, I use Gmail even on my phone for email. So, I was kind of excited to try the new Inbox by Gmail. But, when I got the invite from Google, I downloaded the app, and got the following after installing it:

Inbox by Gmail
Your organization isn’t set up for Inbox yet.

Don’t worry, it’s not your fault or your organization’s fault. Inbox by Gmail won’t work with Google Apps.
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Google’s New Inbox By Gmail Can’t Handle Its Inbox

Wow, this is something that I found rather funny… Google just announced Inbox by Gmail, a new type of service that handles all of your appointments, calendar, and emails (and some other stuff) in one place. OK, so that’s really cool. If it works. I’d like to be one of the first to try it. [Read more…]

Throwback Thursday: Ask.com Search Engine

Today’s Thursday, September 18, 2014, which is another “Throwback Thursday”. I thought today we’d look back at Ask.com and see what Ask looked like on my birthday, November 27, 1999. Back in 1999, we had this guy named “Jeeves” who you could ask a question.

ask jeeves 1999 [Read more…]

Google Showing Freebase Results in Knowledge Graph for My Name

Bill Hartzer

Starting yesterday, Google started showing Knowledge Graph results from Freebase in the search results for my name, Bill Hartzer. What’s interesting to note is that this is the first time that I’ve seen a direct example of Google using Freebase data. We’ve known for quite some time that Google owns Freebase, but for the first time I have proof that Google’s pulling data from Freebase. [Read more…]

HTTP to HTTPS Update: One Month After Moving

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about whether or not sites should move their sites from HTTP to HTTPs. In fact, there apparently was a study done that said that apparently proved that you should not move from HTTP to HTTPS because there’s no benefit. Well, all I can do is continue to report my specific results for this site, on www.BillHartzer.com, and show you my data. [Read more…]

Google Webmaster Tools Reports More than 100,000 Links

Over the weekend, Jim Hedger noticed that there were huge fluctuations in the numbers of links that were being reported in Google Webmaster Tools. He’s reportedly seen as much as 500,000 links reported, and then at a later time it was less than 1,000 links. Based on my own site’s link data, I’m now seeing over 200,000 links being reported.

From my past experiences, I’ve come to find out that Google Webmaster Tools, in the past, would not show more then 100,000 links, even for websites that I’ve worked on that have over 8 million links. So, doing a link cleanup project on a site with 8 million links: Google Webmaster Tools was pretty much useless. [Read more…]