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Google: Mobile Product Research Consistently Leads to Purchases

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Everybody knows that smartphones have had a profound effect on daily life. They've made it much more simple and efficient to complete many different tasks, and they act as a single source for finding all sorts of information needed on a day-to-day basis.

But perhaps no sector of life has changed more due to the smartphone than commerce. While businesses in both B2B and B2C spheres have been competing for mobile visibility for years, a new study from Google is finally beginning to quantify exactly how smartphone users accomplish tasks with their devices - and how businesses stand to gain from focusing on mobile.

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Google Removes Right Sidebar Ads: The Effects on SEM

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Anybody involved with Internet marketing - and especially search engine marketing - has likely heard the news that Google will no longer be displaying text ads in the right sidebar of search engine results. Instead, four text ads (previously three) will be displayed at the top of a search results page, while positions 5 through 7 will be pushed to the bottom.

This change is rightly causing quite a bit of confusion and apprehension, as it's thought that fewer ad positions per page will drive up AdWords bids and increase competition. Here are some of the most important takeaways from this rollout.

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Search Engines Reveal Top Searches of 2015

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Looking at the top search trends of the year helps internet marketers, content creators, SEO professionals and webmasters understand how people use the internet. While these lists are typically dominated by celebrities, news events and sports moments, they nevertheless provide valuable insight and perspective for anyone hoping to attract more traffic to their site.

And while the importance of search engines may be diminishing slightly when compared to other methods of content delivery such as social media, these lists could help content creators find audiences in unexpected places (like Yahoo, for instance).

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Facebook Surpasses Google As Leading Traffic Source to Media Sites

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You know that getting referral traffic is just as important, if not more, than organic traffic to your site. Referred visitors often land on your page due to a recommendation (in the form of a link or social share) from a trusted source. This means that these visitors aren't just casually or accidentally arriving at your site - they're already interested or engaged with your content or products.

Traditionally, Facebook has been an excellent resource - dwarfing other social networks in terms of social referral traffic. Now, Facebook has topped Google in referral traffic to media sites overall.

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Yelp Study Accuses Google of Manipulating Search Results

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Google is no stranger legal action. Since its inception, the search giant has faced all sorts of lawsuits and accusations of wrongdoing. Now, Google is facing what might be its largest legal battle yet, as it prepares to defend itself against European Union charges that it's been abusing its market power and violating EU antitrust laws.

To add to the legal woes, a new, ill-timed study - backed by Yelp - purports that Google deliberately manipulates search results to stifle competitors, limit consumer options, and draw traffic to their own content and products.

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