Google has overhauled its search algorithm to answer complex & longer queries from web users. Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, announced on Thursday that Google launched updated algorithm “Hummingbird” about a month ago & it currently affects 90 percent of worldwide searches via Google.
Google used to match keywords with the web sites to provide results & as the search is getting complex over the years, this new algorithm would be able to handle complex queries. With the exponential growth of web across desktop, mobile, smartphone, tablets & others, search is evolving rapidly. This week marks the 15th anniversary of Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up shop in the garage of Susan Wojcicki in September 1998 & Susan Wojcicki is now a senior Google Executive.
Google is trying to keep pace with the rapid growth of internet. Google previously had made Caffeine, Panda, Penguin & other updates. But the “Hummingbird” update is a very important algorithm change & this has been done after a very long time.
Google Webmaster Central Blog has come out with a list of measures which can be used to make smartphone sites load faster. Today’s avreage mobile page takes more than 7 seconds to load. Google has announced new guidelines to help webmasters optimize their mobile pages for best rendering performance & also updated Pagespeed Insights tool. These guidelines focus on rendering above the fold content to users in one second or less while the rest of the page continues to load. The above-the-fold HTML, CSS, and JS is known as the critical rendering path.
Following are some of the best practices & guidelines which can be applied.
1) Server must render the response (< 200 ms)
2) Number of redirects should be minimized
3) Number of roundtrips to first render should be minimized
5) Reserve time for browser layout and rendering (200 ms)
More about this can be had at Google’s mobile-specific help pages.
Overall Ranking factors are
1) Place Page Signals
2) External Loc. Signals
3) On Page Signals
4) Link Signals
5) Review signals
6) Social Signals
7) Mobile Signals
Some of the top foundational ranking factors are – Proper category association, physical address in city, Structured Citations, Domain Authority of Website, Proximity of Address to Centroid & others.
Some of the Competitive Difference Makers are – Quality/Authority of Inbound Links to Domain, Overall Velocity of Reviews, Click-Through Rate from Search Results, Location Keywords in Reviews & others.
Check out results of Moz’s 2013 local search ranking factors survey.
Pepsi’s ‘Oh Yes Abhi’ campaign is a new campaign of Pepsi in India featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Priyanka Chopra. It captures the new face of young India, which wants to do things right now. This went on air from Feb 1st. This is the first marketing initiative of Pepsi this year & this is created by JWT India. It has been shot in different locations like cricket stadium for Dhoni, crowded mumbai street & others. This concept is of living in the moment. Digital media like facebook, twitter, websites have also been used to promote the campaign.