5 Takeaways from March 2019 Google Webmasters Office Hours

Google Webmasters home page on YouTube, with multiple thumbnails of recordings.

Page speed is important as a ranking factor, but it doesn’t override other factors, said Google Web Trends analyst John Mueller in last week’s Google Webmasters Office Hours.

There are many ranking factors that Google balances in determining page rank; it’s not only links or content, Mueller explained.

That list of factors can change at any time.

And while an empty page will be fast, it would be a

…really terrible search result if someone is searching for something really specific.

The user wouldn’t be very happy with a page with no content in the search results.

Held multiple times every month and open to the public, Google Webmasters Office Hours hangouts give website owners the opportunity to ask questions about

  • Site indexing
  • Mobile sites
  • Internationalization
  • Sitemaps
  • Google Search Console
  • Duplicate content
  • Other webmaster-related questions

Continue reading 5 Takeaways from March 2019 Google Webmasters Office Hours

5 Takeaways from “Connecting Small Businesses Research” by Deloitte

Leslie Dinneen and Gary Collins

Leslie Dinneen and George Collins

At last week’s Google Small Business livestream, Leslie Hernandez Dinneen from Google and George Collins from Deloitte shared findings from a new research survey conducted by Deloitte in 2017.Continue reading 5 Takeaways from “Connecting Small Businesses Research” by Deloitte

Learn How to Use ChromeVox Next Screen Reader [Videos]

Key sequence of shift + search key overlay on the Google Accessibility

When Chrome 56 was released in January 2017, people were excited with the new features, including:

  • Faster page loading
  • HTML 5 by default (disabling the Adobe Flash player)
  • Notification warning for non-secure websites
  • Ability for web apps to communicate with nearby Bluetooth devices

One of the new features I think many people may have overlooked in Chrome 56 was the new ChromeVox screen reader. Continue reading Learn How to Use ChromeVox Next Screen Reader [Videos]