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Edit Your Google Business Description

Google My Business has been a valuable resource for some time, allowing you to put information and images about your business into Google, which can display in Google maps, or in the Google Local Results pack. Back in 2016 though, Google removed one of the features from "My Business," namely the ability to edit your [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Categories: Google, News|Tags: , |

10 Years Of Google In Africa

The beginning of this month marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the first Google office in Africa, and Google held an event in Johannesburg to celebrate the milestone. They used the opportunity to announce that their Digital Skills Programme had reached their target of training 1 million Africans in everything from social media [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Categories: Google, News|

Tour South Africa’s National Parks On Google

Earlier this month, Google announced that after a year of preparation, planning, and a lot of walking by a lot of volunteers, they had captured Street View footage of all 19 major South African national parks. The imagery was captured by over 200 volunteers, who covered 900km on foot, carrying Google Street View (or perhaps [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Categories: News|

Google To Alphabet To XXVI

Although it feels like Google's corporate reorganisation and the formation of the Alphabet holding company that became the parent company of Google, (even though Google was first) happened quite recently, it's actually been around 2 years now, much to my surprise. Now, Alphabet itself is forming a new holding company which, according to Google (it [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Google, News|Tags: |

Stay Online – Stay In Business

In the latest case of retail brick and mortar stores struggling to compete in an increasingly e-commerce focused environment, US toy giant "Toys 'R' Us" has filed for bankruptcy in the middle of the run-up to the lucrative holiday season. This is one of the largest speciality retailers ever to file for bankruptcy, and although [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: News, Online Marketing|Tags: , |

Google Increases YouTube Monitoring

After the recent YouTube controversy, Google has announced that as of September, they will be monitoring YouTube more than ever before in order to demonetise channels which are deemed to contain or promote hate speech and terrorism. This comes after significant losses due to advertisers withdrawing from the channel, after it came to light that [...]

By | August 30th, 2017|Categories: Google, News|Tags: |

2017 Internet Trends To Look Out For

Since 2001 Mary Meeker has been delivering annual web trend reports, shedding some light on what direction the internet trend scale will take throughout the year. This years report boasted some 355 slides predicting where web trends are headed. Key Points From The Report Increased Internet Usage Internet usage has increased by about 4% compared [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: News, Online Marketing|Tags: , |

DMOZ Officially Closes Doors

In 1998, a new web directory launched in a challenge to the then pre-eminent Yahoo directory. Although it went through a few name changes and owners in the next few years, it was soon officially known as the Open Directory Project, and eventually as DMoz, or "Directory Mozilla." It's claim to fame was that, even [...]

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: News|

Could Your Facial Reaction Affect Rankings?

A recently published Google patent suggests that it may at some point begin using biometric indicators in order to modify ranking results based on the physical reaction of users to seeing specific search engine results on mobile devices. According to the patent, this would involve using your phone camera to detect and register your expression [...]

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Google, News|Tags: , |

.Africa Domains Available Soon

After years of legal challenges, the ZA Central Registry will finally be able to make the .Africa generic top level domain (gTLD) available to the public. ICANN, (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) awarded the control over the .Africa TLD to ZACR all the way back in 2014, only to have the decision [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |