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Google My Business Update

Up until recently, the Google My Business (formerly known as Google Business Listings) dashboard only showed your address when you went to edit it, and not a map showing where they believed that address to be. It looks like that's busy changing now, with several users reporting that they are seeing a visual representation of [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Google, Search Engine Optimisation|Tags: , |

Google & Fake News

In the latest salvo in the fake news stakes, Google itself has been identified as a major enabler of the proliferation of websites which spread fake news, or "disinformation." It has been revealed in a recent investigation that many of these sites support themselves through the user of Google's publisher advertising platform, Google Adsense. Adsense [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Google Ads, News|Tags: , |

South Africa Online – September 2018

According to Narratiive, a leading online audience measurement, modelling and verification company a total of 39.6 million unique browsers viewed over a billion pages online in South Africa this past September. Nearly 70% of those were Mobile Unique Browsers. (Yes, mobile really is first.) Here's the rest of their data on what South African's did [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

Facebook Moves Against Bullying With Keyword Blocking

Under pressure for some time already to combat the growing problems of bullying and harassment on Facebook, the platform has announced that they will begin to allow users to block comments from their posts by selecting keywords which they don't want to see. Instagram and Twitter have both offered keyword blocking since 2016, in response [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

50 Million Facebook Accounts Hacked

At the beginning of this month, Facebook announced that as many as 50 million user accounts had been compromised by hackers who took advantage of a vulnerability in the "View As" functionality (which lets you see how your profile would look to somebody else), to steal Facebook access tokens allowing them to take over other [...]

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , |

20 Years Of Google

20 years ago this month, and two years after it was launched internally at Stanford University by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google was officially incorporated as a company. At first, they didn't get much attention, being only one of a large number of competing search engines and "web portals," but within a few months [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Google, News|Tags: , |

US Pressures Facebook & Twitter To Make Rules Clearer

The on-going investigations into election interference and misinformation by the United States congress saw appearances by both the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and the CEO of Twitter, who spoke before the hearing for the first time earlier this month. US Senators were looking for clarity on how the platforms algorithms work, and what leads [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

Google & Mastercard In Deal To Track Retail Sales

Everybody knows that tracking conversions is one of the most important part of your online business. We go to a lot of trouble to accurately identify the source of leads and sales on your website, because it's the only way to know whether or not your marketing is being effective. But Google, being Google, has [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Google|Tags: , |

Protect Your Company Website Analytics

One of the most important tools you have when you're advertising online is website analytics. It gives you insight into where your website visitors are coming from, what their behaviours are, who your audience is, and what actions they are they taking on your website, with all the permutations thereof. Google Analytics is a free [...]

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Analytics|Tags: , |

Gmail Uses AI To Help You Save Time

If you're a regular Gmail user, you might have already seen how Google is using their AI to help save you time when it comes to answering your emails if you've been using their Inbox. Now, with the latest roll-out of changes to their standard browser-based Gmail, the feature is being seeing in the wild [...]

By | August 31st, 2018|Categories: Google|Tags: , |