Google has just launched Google Voice Search for Desktop (June 15, 2011) currently working on Google Chrome browsers. This is an extension to the original Google Voice app for smartphones. SERP Zebra has been impressed by the voice recognition software’s ability to understand different accents and systematically show correct results.
The new desktop version will for sure get some new audience for instance among the field of education. For the mobile app users who have been enjoying automated local search results without having to “say” the region, the Google Voice Search for Desktop version will not be a disappointment either: The Google Voice Search for Desktop features a similar location based search intelligence as with the smartphone apps. For instance, if your computer’s IP address is based in Dallas TX, and you want to search for Thai restaurants in Dallas, you don’t need to “say” the city “Dallas”. (The location based search feature is even more accurate on smartphones as the software is tied to the phone’s GPS.)
SERP Zebra tested both the Google Voice Search for Desktop and the Google Voice Search for iPhone App. The voice recognition ability was equally strong on both platforms. SERP Zebra is happy to report that the search test for “zebra photos” worked well:
Media by Google:
Google Voice Search for Desktop, New promo video by Google
Google Mobile App for iPhone with Voice Search
Screenshot of Google’s Mobile page of Google Search app for your phone:
Let SERP Zebra know what you think about the Google Voice Search for Desktop. Do you think this will be a popular search feature, or is just an extension to the phone apps? Leave your comments below.
If you think that Google even after its launch or Google Caffeine and Google Panda algorithms still doesn’t provide the information and links you are looking for, then you might want to give a try to a new search engine, Blekko.
Blekko makes its case for relevancy in the competition of search engines by focusing on customized content, transparency in results, and being on the consumer’s side with its anti-spam philosophy and practice. SERP Zebra points out three key features of Blekko:1) Blekko is for custom results: Blekko strongly promotes its search trademark, the use of slashtags. Slashtag is a symbol slash followed by a key word that filters the results within the main search terms. For instance one can type in Texas /politics and thereby filter the search term Texas only with websites that focus on politics. The upside (or downside) of Blekko is that many slashtags need to be created individually since they are often not pre-indexed in the Blekko system. This requires registration to the site. Slashtags can be classified for a personal use only, and effectively Blekko can be used as a powerful bookmarking tool.2) Blekko is for SEO transparency: Blekko points out that it keeps data behind search results open for public. Blekko displays an impressive (or exhausting) amount of data for each website it crawls. The data reporting looks very much like any comprehensive SEO report or data provided by a web host. It includes data of the number of inbound links, value of links, links from specific US states, links from different countries and so on.3) Blekko is against poor content sites: Blekko is against websites which have spam-like content, and instead of showing these type of results lower in search results (Google’s style), it aims not to show websites with poor or unoriginal content at all. Have you used Blekko? Have you registered in Blekko and created your own Slashtags? Let SERP Zebra know what you think.
Recently, paid advertising (“sponsored links”) on Google has become quite competitive raising the pressure to increase any set budget for Google AdWords campaigns. Depending on the competition on targeted keywords and the targeted placement for the pay-per-click ad, it is not uncommon for one click to cost even around $10. If you are running a US based non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status, some relief may be available. Google offers a special program for nonprofits interested in search engine marketing (SEM). Google promises quite a lot for nonprofits including free AdWords advertising through Google Grants, branding and increased uploads on YouTube, and free licensing for Google Earth, SketchUp, and Maps API.
For eligibilty and more details, visit: http://www.google.com/nonprofits/eligibility.html
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