The Complete Idiot's Guide

Growing Your Business With Google
By Dave Taylor

Google Friends Newsletter for April, 2006

Hello, Google Friends, and welcome to the April edition of this newsletter. We hope you enjoy this update on our various services and new products, and find it useful.


More ways to personalize the Google homepage

Now it's easier than ever to personalize your Google homepage with more content ranging from local weather to custom Google logos, and headlines from sources like CNN and ESPN. If you're so inclined, it's easy to create your own modules using our API.



Google Calendar

Here's a new web-based way to keep track of all the events in your life, coordinate schedules with others, and find new things to do via one online calendar. Google Calendar works with other calendar applications, is integrated with Gmail, and you can even set up multiple calendars for work, leisure, and family activities. View your schedule by day, week or month and set up automatic reminders and find anything on your calendar with the built-in search tool.

Toolbar for Firefox v2

The new version of the Google Toolbar for the Firefox browser is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There's an enhanced search box, safe browsing, and several smarter browsing features including spelling corrections, search history and instant suggestions.

Share with Google Reader

Google Reader, which helps you keep track of the latest content from websites you like to read regularly, just added the ability to share items you're labeling or starring with your friends, family and anyone else who's reading. Send a link to your starred items in Reader, or put a clip on your blog with recent items from your reading list. Friends can then subscribe to a feed of items you've selected (even if they don't use Google Reader) and visitors to your blog can see it in the sidebar, too. To get started with sharing, just click the "Share" link in Reader.

Gmail Mac Notifier

Mac users will be pleased to know that a new version of the Gmail Notifier - a small download that alerts you to new messages - is now available. It sports new icons, and runs on both PowerPC Macs and the new Intel-based Macs. Extra bonus: it will notify you when a new version is available and automatically upgrade itself.

In partnership with Nike, Google has introduced, an online community for people crazy about football, or soccer as it's known in the U.S. Joga combines Google technology with Nike's unique sports content and access to players and brings people all over the world together to celebrate their shared passion for the game. Joga members can build their own groups and clubs, share all kinds of
football-related information, upload photos and video, and organize and give updates on local matches and events. Members keep current with Friend Requests, Alerts, and Messages. And in the coming months, Google and Nike will be bringing out more tools and features to help Joga members embrace their love of football in this global online setting. By the way, the name comes from the Portuguese phrase "Joga Bonito" or "play beautiful."


The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google

Together with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Google is promoting the upcoming film "The Da Vinci Code" through a time-limited interactive contest on the Google personalized homepage. This began on April 17, and each day until May 11, Google will release one Da Vinci Code-style puzzle or riddle. Finalists then compete on May 19, the date of the film release. To enter the contest, sign in to your Google account and add the Da Vinci Code Quest module to your Google homepage. You will see a new puzzle to complete each day at 1 p.m. EDT. The first 10,000 participants who correctly solve all 24 daily puzzles and submit a completion form will win a replica of the cryptex described in Dan Brown's book, and use the tool to compete in the final phase of the contest (five more time-sensitive puzzles). The grand prize winners in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia will win trips to the film premiere.

Go here to register and play:

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Increasing Your Business Visibility (chapter 1)
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Living in an Online World (Chapter 7)
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Content, Content, Content! (Chapter 15)
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Becoming an Online Expert (Chapter 17)
Advertising Your Business with Google AdWords (Chapter 18)
Making Money with Google AdSense (Chapter 19)
The Advantages of Affiliate Programs (Chapter 20)
Avoiding Dumb Online Promotional Mistakes (Chapter 21)
Growing and Expanding Your Content (Chapter 22)
The Future of Findability (Chapter 23)

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AdWords now has fraud analysis accessible to advertisers
Google doesn't support click fraud. But isn't that obvious?
Welcome to Google's online payment system, Google Checkout
Google now offers Ad Scheduling for AdWords
AdSense click fraud done by robots?
AdSense: Google's Hidden Payroll
Fun new Google service: Movie info
Google agrees to pay $90 mln in click fraud suit
Latest news from Google: Google Friends Newsletter
Nofollow: Another salvo in the Spam Wars
Google Toolbar Gets Personal
Yahoo Search redesign scheduled?
Note from the Google AdSense Team
What's the future of Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising?
New Google AdWords Keyword System Released

Updates for Readers
Blogging for Search Engine Results
Why does advertising site Chitika audit commission payments?
Google Adsense Update: Section Targeting
Understanding "link:" results (book errata)

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