On April 24th 2012 many websites suffered a drop in search engine rankings after Google launched the Penguin algorithm update. Two weeks on Matt Cutts has suggested that those affected by this update should review his videos "When are penalties lifted" and "Does Google take manual action on webspam?" in order to understand how to clean up their websites and if the website in question will automatically return to it's previous positions or whether a re-inclusion request is required.
Google's highly secretive "Google X lab" have released the first video of their new cutting edge goggles. The video titled "One Day," shows a day in the life of a goggle wearing New Yorker.
The goggles allow the wearer to check the weather, share photos and chat with friends, listen to music and request directions using Google Maps in augmented reality.
The new Google Consumer Survey site allows users to write their own survey questions which are then presented to users on websites around the internet. Survey makers pay $0.10 per completed survey and the site which hosts the survey receives a small income in a similar way to Googe Adsense.
The person answering the survey may gain access to premium content on websites in return for their responses. Instead of bombarding surfers with a 40 question survey, the Google Consumer Survey can ask 40 people one question each. According to Google this improves the response rate from 2% to 40%
Most people overlook the easiest way to find the websites which may want to link to you. Google provides a number of search operators which allow you to filter through all the chaff and find exactly what you are looking for. Here are a few examples.
Google have just released a list of 40 search algorithm changes made in February 2012. Most of them were rolled out earlier in the month but one or two are being rolled out at the beginning of March.