Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Top 50 Google Tools for your Business

This may very well be the #1 article on the web regarding the Top Google tools available for your business to date. It was reblogged over 37 times, has over 100 comments, thousands of views, and comes up first out of 28,000,000 in the Google search results for "Top 50 Google Tools for Business!"
Top 50 Google Tools for Business for details.

Google Reaches Settlement - Google Buzz

This is one of the huge welcoming signs for Go...Image via WikipediaGoogle Reaches Settlement - Google Buzz

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (http://buzz.google.com), a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users' concerns. In addition, Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out before December 6, 2010. The Court will consider final approval of the agreement on January 31, 2011. This email is a summary of the settlement, and more detailed information and instructions approved by the court, including instructions about how to opt out, object, or comment, are available at http://www.BuzzClassAction.com

This mandatory announcement was sent to all Gmail users in the United States as part of a legal settlement and was authorized by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Google TV - Web TV on Steroids

Google Tools dominate the web and Internet, but now they are moving into your living room, family room, and next will be the sports bars. Google TV, the way TV was always meant to be! Karen Carpenter said and sung it best... We've Only Just Begun~

This will give an entirely different perspective on how the new TV ads will appear in comparison of how they use to, and now there will be an entirely different SEO spider for television.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Google Chrome OS Adds Minutes To Your Life

Google Chrome OS Adds Minutes To Your Life

Google Chrome OS is an operating system that could possibly add months of additional time to your life.  How you ask?  Having an OS for your computer that boots up immediately and is ready to run in seconds as opposed to minutes is the key to adding FREE minutes to your life.

Google's new OS will allow computer users an experience to do more important things than just sit around waiting for up to 10-20 minutes for their PC's operating systems to load up just so they can access their email, the Web, Blogs, or Social Networks etc.

Want to try it out?

Get the directions on how to Download Google Chrome OS from Techcrunch, and see if it's the right operating system for you. What have you got to lose? Only Minutes, Hours, maybe weeks or months of time? It's your time and life, use it wisely.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Google Docs vs Microsoft Office

Google Docs vs Microsoft Office

There really is no comparison. Google Docs for the price, versatility, options and features is hands down the ultimate suite of technology and tools for your business.  Granted, Microsoft Office has features that are not available in other online services like Google Docs, but the reality is that 80% of what you do in business is already web-based.

Once you've taken the time to explore Google Docs, share and collaborate with others on Business projects, and experienced the freedom of accessing everything you do on-line from any computer, anywhere in the world, you'll see why Google Docs is the only way to go with your Web 2.0 Business. It's good today, but with all the support and future enhancements and developments, it'll even be greater tomorrow!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Orkut Photo Sharing - Powered By Google

Orkut Photo Sharing - Powered By Google

Take a look at Orkut, looks like Flickr and Photobucket may have some stiff competition with all that Orkut now offers.  Let us know what you like or don't like about Orkut, or how it compares or doesn't compare to your existing photo share site, and we'll make sure the word gets back to our friends at Orkut and Google.

One feature we've already been asked about "Will Orkut ever allow the transfer of photos from Photobucket or Flickr?"  We'll see if we can find the answer to that one right away, if not, we'll make the suggestion that "Orkut" offer that feature in future releases.

Google Docs - Effective Collaboration

Google Docs - Effective Collaboration

What makes Google Docs one of the most shared and powerful collaboration tools on the Web?  It's the fact that Real-time collaboration can and will have Real-time power and results. 

The story of Jessica and Michael in this video depict a perfect example of how one might use Google Docs to ensure that a final product or effort will be effective and the best it can be!

"The Love Letter!"

If you still aren't convinced that Google Docs is the greatest collaboration tool available on the web after watching this video, then there really is no sense in trying to convince you that from a business perspective, you're missing out on a great opportunity to collaborate and create some of the best tools and products for reaching out to others to support and grow your business.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Google Groups - Make Learning Profitable

Google Groups - Make Learning Easy and Profitable

When Google Groups first hit the Internet streets, many Web surfers didn't know about it, and those that did, didn't know what to do or how to use them.  Google groups are created by individual users from all over the world. There is a group for just about every topic you can imagine.  If there's not one, you can create one. There's even a group for Google Groups!

The biggest benefit of joining specific Google Groups is that you can learn in half the time, and increase profits in double time.  Google AdSense for example, or Google AdWords, these groups are saturated with individuals who have straightened the learning curve, and set the bar on how to do things with these tools successfully.  Why take time to recreate the wheel and start from scratch?

Search Google Groups for the topics that interest you.  It's not always about making money, maybe you want to know more about travel, building cars, collecting antiques, or learning about new and exciting technology?  Or maybe you want to cut corners and save time by learning how others make money on the Internet using Google AdWords, AdSense, Blogs, and Advertising?

There's a Google Group for you, Check it out, become a groupie, and take advantage of another Google Tool that brings you great value both educationally and financially.

Google Voice - The Invitation Worth Waiting For

Google Voice - The Invitation Well Worth Waiting for, get the invite here!

Google Voice is a powerful Google tool that offers many great features, tools and services for both personal and business use. The ability to add the Google Voice Call widget to your site or Blog makes this one of the best Google Tools available on the web.

After you've watched this video, get the invite, setup your account, add the widget to your Blogs and websites, and see what a difference having Google Voice will make in your business and personal life!

Google Mobile - Get Found by Mobile Customers

Google Mobile Ads - Get Found by Mobile Customers

Make it easy for customers to find you from their mobile phones and devices. Google Mobile Ads puts you in front of the customer when they are searching and needing you most! Go to http://Google.com/MobileAds and create your ad worthy opportunity quickly, everyone else is.

Monday, April 5, 2010

How To Link Google AdSense To Google Analytics

How To Link Google AdSense To Google Analytics

The benefits of linking these two accounts together will help you to understand your statistics and traffic better, and help you to create more effective and targeted content for your Blogs and websites.

Google Tools - Google Alerts Keep You Informed

Google Tools - Google Alerts Keep You Informed

Why would anyone go searching the web for content of Interest?  How do you protect your Brand and your reputation?  What system do you have in place to inform you if someone is writing or talking about you or your company on the Internet?  How do so many people know so much about what's going on in their industry and how do they keep up with it all?

EASY!  Google Alerts.  Google Alerts allows you to create and setup alerts that notify you via email any time the keywords, phrases, or names you enter get picked up by the search engines and the Google Alerts management tools.  A great example is your name or company name.  If you setup a Google Alert to notify you anytime your name or company is published on a website or Blog post, you'll get an email on a daily basis.  This allows you to monitor and track anything and everything ever said about you.

Google Alerts lets you setup topics and search terms, what type of alerts you want, comprehensive, blogs etc.  You can create an email notification campaign and select how often and how many al;erts you want, and specify which email address you want them sent to.  Google will not sell or share your email address.

On an even more beneficial note, imagine having notifications coming to you about your competitor, your favorite topics, new technology, Industry news, even sports updates and stockmarket information. Why go out and serach for this stuff when you have time (which none of us do) when you can have it delivered to your email inbox daily?

If you're not currently using Google Alerts, you are missing put on one of the most powerful tools Google has to offer.  Instead of me alerting you via this Blog post, you could have setup a "Google Alert" for "Google Tools" and been notified via an email.  Now you're probably checking the date on this post to see just how late you really are to the game.  


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Google's Gmail - The Best Email Service on Earth

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What makes Google email the best email service in the world?  There are three reasons that every Internet user should be using Google email.  These are three of the most powerful tools and why many are now changing to gmail.  

1. First is Google Voice

A Deaf, Hard-Of-Hearing or Speech-Impaired per...When you setup a gmail account, make sure you setup a Google voice account at the same time. This allows people to contact you via your custom phone and voice mail number which gets transcribed and then converted to text and sent to you via Gmail email. The transcription is not always the best but the ability to play the message withing the email message makes it very convenient to receive and manage your email along with all your voice mail messages.

2. Second is Attachments

Using video in communication now days is a powerful tool not only for business, but for personal use as well.  Youtube is owned by Google and it the largest video hosting site in the world. When you attach a video link to a gmail email, the video is displayed at the bottom of your email as an attachment and can be played and reviewed without ever having to leave the email message.  This is a convenience for both the sender and the receiver.

3. Third is Video and Chat Messaging

Once you build up a suitable database of contacts in your gmail contact database, the ease of instant communication makes Google Gmail a great resource for accessing all your clients, friends, associates etc from your inbox.  If any of your contacts are online at any given time, you can click on their name, send them a chat message, and if video is available on both computers, have instant video chat with a single click.

Google email keeps expanding with new and exciting features and benefits like "Google Buzz" and others, and there are many more great features and useful tools with gmail, but these are the three we use most often and find the most beneficial at this time in our online business and busy social media lives.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Google's AdSense - 5 Tools That Make Cents

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Google's AdSense - It Makes Cents

Google AdSense can actually make dollars too
, but the big question is always how do I start and how much can I make?  It's not really about the money, it's about providing "GREAT CONTENT" on your site weather that be a Blog, photoblog, vlog, podcasting page etc.

There are many ways to use AdSense to make a few bucks but your focus should always be on the content, especially if you are letting Google AdSense select relative ads based on your topics, content, and subject matter.  Checkout the Newbie Central Welcome

Here's a very common question that you may be looking for an answer to:

How does AdSense work with Google?

Take a look, it's worth the few moments it takes to read this to understand whether or why you may want to consider moving forward with AdSense or not?!?

Have more questions and Concerns?  Need answers to questions you can't find elsewhere?  Here's a link to many of the questions we have found our answers to, and are very excited about what Google has done and is doing with AdSense.  https://www.google.com/support/adsense/

Google AdSense Tools - 5 Tools that Make Sense Cents

If you create sites just to run ads, you're not likely going to see any real worthwhile results.  If you have a niche and can drive traffic and visitors to a site, you should investigate adding some adsense ads to the page and see how you do.

Be careful not to over do it, sometime adding too many ads can be distracting and turn visitors and traffic into "Red X Clickers" maening they leave as soon as they get to your site.  It's called the "Red X Syndrome" and is usually caused by weak content and too many ads. 

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Getting Indexed - Trusted Links -vs- Site Maps

How can you get Google to Index more of your sitemap URL's?

The answer might not be what you're expecting. Conversion plays a bigger "role" than you think. Watch this video and get some great tips on how to get better indexing from Google. You'll need to get better known around the web and "linked" to others if you want success.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Google's Blogger Template Designer ROCKS!

You really need to check out Google's Blogger Template Designer, it will make a huge difference in the appearance of your Blogger Blogs. Up until now, Blogger has been limited on the free templates and themes avaialble, but with the "Blogger Designer" the sky is now the limit!

Check it out: Blogger Template Designer

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Google's Vision of a Mobile Future

"Eric Schmidt presents Google's vision of the mobile future at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday, February 16, 2010."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Google Android - Technology Gone Mobile

Google Android - Technology Gone Mobile... and WILD!

"Powered by Android 2.1 and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor."

The android is next on my list for purchase, could be the biggest and best potential competition for the apple iPhone.  Mobile apps for the android offer great mobile technology, worth investigating  and the NEXUS ONE phone has em all!~

Google Indexing - Plans to go Realtime

Google Indexing - Plans to go Realtime - Exciting news for web publishers.

"Google is developing a system that will enable web publishers of any size to automatically submit new content to Google for indexing within seconds of that content being published. Search industry analyst Danny Sullivan told us today that this could be "the next chapter" for Google."  Marshall Kirkpatrick  ...read more here

Google Tips - 5 Techniques for Building Links

Google Webmaster Help - Effective Techniques for Building Links

Matt Cutts from Google gives excellent advice on some ways to create and build effective links to your site and Blogs. The most important message you should get out of this video is that "content" is king!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Google Acquires Photo Editing Site Picnik.com

Google.com Acquires Picnik.com

It's been announced that Google (GOOG)  has bought Picnik.com, an on-line photo editing application that works with other social media and photo hosting sites.

As a paid subscriber and daily user of both Google and Picnik, here's the announcement I received from Picnik.com about the new changes.

Dearest Premium Picnikers,

We have some exciting news to announce, and as one of our beloved Premium members, we wanted to tell you ourselves: Picnik has been acquired by Google!

Of course, Picnik will keep providing photo editing awesomeness online and will continue to connect to all your favorite photo sharing and storage sites. Really, nothing is changing in your account today, but we're excited to start working on many wonderful things to come!

If you have any questions about this news, please check out the FAQ we put together, send us feedback on our contact form, or reply directly to this email, and we'll be happy to help.
As always, Happy Picniking!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Google's Wonder Wheel

Google's Wonder Wheel may be the very best tool we've discovered from Google.  Well, maybe not the very best, but it sure is close!  This tool helps you to find relevant search terms and keywords to better your Blog and site content, helping you with SEO for those search words and terms.

"On May 2009 Google released a new feature called “Google Wonder Wheel” . Google Wonder Wheel is a wheel (of wonder) which shows related search terms to the current searched query and thus enables you to explore relevant search terms which might be the ones you originally wanted to search for, or simply gives you more options to gain more information...."

To use the Google Wonder Wheel, just follow these simple steps.

1. Go to Google.com
2. Perform a "Keyword" or "Phrase" search
3. Once the results load, click on the "show Options" link.

4. Click on the "Wonder Wheel" under view options.


5. Now watch the wheels turn.  

Click on any link that comes from the Wonder Wheel spokes and it will load a new wheel giving you a Map or Blue-print of Keywords and titles you could or should be using in your Blogs and Sites to rank higher in the search engines. 

First Wheel: Google's Tools

  Second Wheel: Google Apps

Third Wheel: Google WEB Tools


This wheel only goes three deep, but I think you'll get the idea if you've been around SEO and Google for any amount of time.  Google's Wonder Wheel, the 8th Wonder of the Internet World.

Google Analytics Tools

Google Analytics Tools

There's no better tools for analyzing your website or Blog traffic.   Google Analytics is a tool we have been using for years on nearly every website and Blog we own.  The reports and their accuracy are the best we have seen out of any tracking or analytics widget or site on the WEB.

Take a look at some of these graphs and charts, it's obvious that if you're not tracking your data and traffic results, there no possible way for you to know what areas are working, where you need to improve, and what you need to change to get the maximum results and business out of your site!


Google Analytics is the BEST and ONLY way to analyze
your activity if you're looking for reports, results, efficiency and accuracy.  Doing the same thing over and over expecting a change is a sign of insanity, that's why Google created analytics .... for those who want to stay sane!

Google's Tools for iPhone

Google's Tools for iPhone

Having Google's Tools on your iPhone is better than......
well, calling your BEST Friend on the phone!

Using Google's iPhone tools will make using the Internet a mobile experience that no other service or phone can offer.  Download Google onto your iPhone and see for yourself. Harness the power of mobile technology and maximize your time while on the road and away from your computer.

Google Video Tips from The Pro at Google