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Monday, July 1, 2013

GOOGLE Reader Going, Going, Gone

"The demise of Google Reader, if logical, is a reminder of how far we've come from the cuddly old 'I'm Feeling Lucky' Google days, in which there was a foreseeably-astonishing delight in the way Google's evolving design tricks anticipated what users would like."  James Fallows

Google Reader was officially put to rest today...


If you are shocked that Webconsuls is publishing a blog post today, we're not surprised.  There was a time when we published a post every day of the week. A couple of years ago, when the economy started to improve we found that our clients needed our assistance in so many new ways...writing blog posts took a back seat. In fact in 2012 we only published 18 posts. But we tried to stay abreast of SEO and SMO news by using Google Reader. 

Today there are a number of news articles about the termination of Google Reader, and we were particularly taken by one article that offered a very informative infographic that is appropriately called The Google Graveyard.

A Google Projects Resting Ground


Elisa Gabbert of WordStream wrote a great post and included this fabulous infographic. Read the infographic carefully, you might learn about the coming demise of other Google products.


Check out our newly remodeled website...


Hope you have enjoyed stopping by today. By the way, last week we updated our website, please stop by and take a look around.  Let us know what you think.
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Are You Too Busy To Stay Connected?

Staying connected can be exhausting, even with a ThunderShirt!

Are you too busy to stay connected? 


It seems we've been too busy. The last time we published a post on this blog was June 12, 2012. There...we admit it. Staying connected should be easy in today's world. We have so many platforms like FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YouTube and GOOGLE+...but the business of working with our clients has had to be our priority over the past few months. We have added some new clients which included new designs, we've worked with some clients with mobile website conversions, there are always updates to be done, staying abreast of SEO and SMO news and we are always coaching our clients on blogging and staying connected. But as they say: "The cobbler's kids have no shoes and the plumber's house has leaky pipes."

Guiding new clients...

The other day a client asked about the best way to stay connected. The first rule is really "just do it!" If you want a FACEBOOK page, then remember very few people are going to "like" your page and stay engaged if you don't take the time to let them know what is new with your business. Some clients want a full briefing about staying connected in the virtual world, including a history of social media.

Copyblogger comes to the rescue...

Today's RSS feed included a link to Copyblogger's latest post: A History of Social Media. And Copyblogger said we could share this history with our own readers. So here goes...be prepared it will take you back 41 years!

A History of Social Media [Infographic] - Infographic
Like this infographic? Get more content marketing tips from Copyblogger.

What else keeps us busy?

If the infographic didn't exhaust you and if you are anything like Webconsuls and our team, then there are probably 50 items on your daily "to do" list. New projects are always fun, it gives us a chance to learn more about our clients and the latest technology.

What's on your "to do" list today? 

 

 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Google+ Local Takes Over Google Places Neighborhood

English: Google+ wordmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Keeping up with Google Places was almost  considered a full time job. On May 30, 2012, GOOGLE announced that Google Places will now be integrated with Google+ and have a new name Google + Local! I don't know about you, but I am exhausted.

The Google announcement was published on what they call their Google and Your Business Blog. This article was posted by Jen Fitzpatrick, VP Engineering. I don't know Ms. Fitzpatrick, but I am pretty sure she is very proud of Google's latest update; however, I feel she may not have any idea what is involved with running a small business that has come to depend upon Google for generating local business.

Have you met Dave, Dave and Dave of Staples fame? Watch their commercial.  Then tell me if as a small business owner you don't often feel like Dave.



If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

Ok, let's get back to Google + Local.  What I am going to do is provide you with is a list of good articles that discuss this news in pretty straightforward language.  As Greg Sterling, Contributing Editor at Search Engine Land warned:

"Business owners will probably have a somewhat more difficult transition than consumers, as they’re compelled now to pay attention to Google+ — in a big way. They now ignore Google+ at their own peril."

Related Articles and Video:
Goodbye Google Places, hello more Google Plus
Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local
Hello, Google+ Local!
New Google+ Local Replaces Google Places
What happened to Google Places? 
Google Places Is Over, Company Makes Google+ The Center of Gravity for Local Search



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