If you look around, not only within WA, you see many complaints about the monster called Google. But I feel we are unfair. Just see what we have from it:

  • Google Analytics Tool - free of charge.
  • Search Console (Webmaster) - again free of charge.
  • Fetch option within the Webmaster as something really special.
  • Many other free tools.

A bit more about Fetch. When you publish a post, you use this tool to let Google know about it. They take a note, and sometimes this happens instantly. My fastest documented example is 8 seconds; this is how quickly I was able to check the post's ranking. In practice it was instant.

So just think about this simple fact. The post is made available to the audience instantly and globally. If you are selling or promoting some stuff, this means you can have traffic and make sales instantly.

Which other business would provide you something like this, and which other tool? I remember one sentence from a Google's representative "it is not you and Google, we are on the same side". I think we should realize this.

For those who do not use Fetch, it is in Webmaster, see the screenshot. It is not compulsory to use it, but it speeds up the process. It can take weeks before the post is ranked without it.

But ranking in Google is so hard? Yes indeed, but this is not because of Google, it is due to many others who are trying the same as you.

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Carol46 Premium
Google should be our helper and friend :)
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EKautz Premium
Right on Jovo! You make perfect sense and I admit I have done my fair share of complaining about Google. I could pass it off ass human nature or the ever increasing need to b!tch about corporate America due to the multitude of reasons they give us but frankly at times I'm just a curmudgeon.

Like time no speak, hope you are well.

ROCK ON!
E
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jvranjes Premium
Eric man, is it you really? So great to hear from you. I hope all is well at your side. Thank you for commenting here.
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Judy-B Premium
I agree, Jovo. I think looking up stuff in Google is fun and using all the tools they provide is pretty darn terrific. Some people just have to find something to complain about. Thanks for posting and pointing this out. :)
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you Judy, great to hear from you. See also Daniel's discussion below.
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Judy-B Premium
Oh, wow, Daniel's discussion was way over my head, but interesting to read. And I still don't have any complaints against Google. Thank you again to you and others who have posted their thoughts. :)
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Jewelia Premium
Totally agree! Google is our friend. :)
~ Julia
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jvranjes Premium
Agree. Imagine it was not there. Daniel describes it below, he has a long memory.
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Jewelia Premium
Thank you for mentioning Daniel's post - it's awesome! I would've missed it if you didn't point out...
Jovo, thank you for all the valuable info you are bringing up and sharing here. I greatly appreciate your help.

~ Julia
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jvranjes Premium
Nice to hear this, thank you.
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Loes Premium
I only time I get upset with Google when I have purchased some great looking boots and the upcoming weeks Google presents me even greater looking boots, but I have already bought boots!
Yeaghhh
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jvranjes Premium
Be grateful, this is a chance for a pair of new.
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Loes Premium
It's good you have no view on my shoe closet;)
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jvranjes Premium
I have it on my daughter's (when I visit her), so have some idea.
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Loes Premium
Haha, yes, you might have a good vision:)
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StefanC Premium
I am the one who complains when Google ranks a 1 paragraph post on top of my 1000-word article. LOL
But I feel grateful for so many top rankings and the opportunity to make money from home! you are right! we are so unfair with it
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jvranjes Premium
One paragraph, but this is a lot.

See examples without any paragraph and here computer generated text without any relation with the item So yes, many anomalies of this type which make us frustrated.
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StefanC Premium
LOL I remember these posts. I think there is a kind of randomness in Google's algorithm. The randomness should prevent anyone from cracking the "code". The downside of this is that great content can be unfairly ranked.
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jvranjes Premium
Yes, sometimes it is simply ridiculous.
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AlexEvans Premium
Some folks get upset about Google for sure, Jovo, as a company they bring so much by way of their free resources, it is up to us to maximise the potential benefits, The representative used the right words we are indeed on the same side.
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you Alexander, true, they offer a lot and we should use it. The Fetch is such a great tool.
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stn67 Premium
You've only mentioned a fraction of what you get free and free with google. What about all the other tools they have that are a great help to all of us who work with websites.
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jvranjes Premium
True, I mentioned only the biggest which I use every day, and pointed out many others.
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stn67 Premium
Yes, it will take several days to create a list of all of them
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PatrickM1 Premium
Jovo - Google is a monster, but I can't complain. Just the free Analytics tool is worth it's weight in gold.
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jvranjes Premium
True Patrick, wouldn't add a word in what you are saying.
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MCrim Premium
Don't wanna complain about Google, wanna work with them!!

Great post!

mitch
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jvranjes Premium
This is a right attitude, thank you Mitch.
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NemiraB Premium
Yes, nowadays the competiton is harsh, especially in popular areas such as money making or health.
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jvranjes Premium
Luckily I am not in those two.
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NemiraB Premium
I am, but still without complains:)
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JohnProbert1 Premium
Nice one i'll give that a go
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jvranjes Premium
It is worth the effort, I use it with every post.
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Kickbacked Premium
Interesting, I will give it a try!

Thanks for the post!
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jvranjes Premium
Most welcome.
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Sylvain34 Premium
Thanks Jovo for the clarification again. I’m always using Fetch as google for my new posts since a few months. I used it 2 days ago again for my new post and I worked perfectly !
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jvranjes Premium
It is so useful so it would be pity not to use it.
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BrendaW1 Premium
I haven't tried Fetch, but I certainly will now, thanks for the info.
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jvranjes Premium
Welcome Brenda, yes do so, this was the idea of the blog. Useful tool.
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Many would disagree with me I'm sure, but here's my take on Google.

Nothing to the extent of Google has ever occurred on the Internet - ever. I've been around the Internet since it was known as BITNET, ARPANET, Gopher, FTP (which still exists) and so forth.

In 1933, Telex became the very earliest and rudimentary service offering teleprinter services, which was wired of course. This developed on through the 1940s, through the 1950s, up to 1973, when the earliest resemblance to modern email protocol came into being.

These networks went from military and educational usage to general public use. The results were the beginnings of Electronic Bulletin Board services (BBSs) and ecommerce.

Email on the public scale also came into being and thus, NetZero, Juno (both of which I've had) and hundreds of other providers to send messages instantly from one place to another.

The earliest email address I've seen looked like this:

45596@Maine

That was it!

Chat engines were notorious for slowing down the entire network to a crawl - something we still see the lykes of in our home networks when someone on it plays an online video. At peak times, the Internet was simply unusable and extremely annoying.

(My old landlord used to play online videos but I figured out how to reset the modem from my computer. LOL!)

Before the dawning of Google, this monstrocity we knew as disconnected net servers and networks came together as the World Wide Web (WWW) This was most fittingly satired as the the Wild Wild Web - a name most fitting for it at the time because anything went and was even more dangerous then than it is now due to transferring malware from computer to computer via tape drives and floppy disks.

We had BIX, Prodigy, CompuServ and the horribly notorious America Online, otherwise infamously known as AOL.

For browsers, we had AOL, LookSmart, Mozilla Navigator and hundreds of others even more inferior. AOL and the equally, if not worse counterpart, Yahoo! graced the human-to-web interfaces available and known then. NetZero and Juno offered their own horribly dilopidated web hosting services - both of which had short lifespans. From what I understand, Juno still exists as does EarthLink - another joke.

In the day, much to anyone's expectation today, Microsoft Internet Explorer was the best one going back then!

Some of these conditions were still alive and well into the mid 2000s. Improvements came - malware scanners and cleaners and third party tools of all different makes models and results, sometimes more lethal to data than the malware itself was.

Google came along and began to sort this and undermine all the crap.

I cannot even begin to enumerate the benefits that Google has brought us. This list is vast. One who disdains Google should consider what this amazing company has done to the hopeless tangled mess the Internet was in when it arrived on the scene, not to mention all the free services we have now that were, at one time, costly and widely arrayed - again, which sometimes came with unpredictable and undesired results!

Like Wealthy Affiliate coming along and taking unprecedented lead in the online business training industry, Google thus has done in the entire Internet community. This is as incontrovertible as it gets.

Anymore complaints?
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jvranjes Premium
Not here for sure, thank you Daniel, you put things nicely in the perspective. I have not been using many of those you mentioned, but know the names.
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I was still developing my thoughts when you read it. I have a bad habit of write>publish>edit, instead of write>edit>publish.

I found I had more to say about it. Yes, it certainly has been quite a trip through the cyber world since the 1970s when I experienced the Internet as it was when I ran away from home and made it all the way to the Ohio State University where I experienced the ARPANET in the library for the first time. I was astounded by the text coming from a location miles away to the terminal I was using.

I first became fully aware of email when my sister in law divorced my brother because he was communicating with a secret lover and she got into his email and found damning stuff in them. It was then I took electronic mail for real.
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jvranjes Premium
Me too Daniel, I do this most of the time. Sorry for being too fast.

This was a really bad episode for your brother. I do not remember when it really started for me, but it was far later for sure.
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Jewelia Premium
Excellent throwback post! You don't look that old on the photo, Daniel! :)) I envy people with such good memory :) It was fun to read all long forgotten names... I have a friend whom I helped to sign up for Juno email back when it was an innovative service, and she is still using it. Well, I must be old too. ;)
~ Julia
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jvranjes Premium
Daniel is a walking Wikipedia. Obviously he started this much earlier, I do not remember when I started using email.
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That photograph is from early 2005 LOL! What another decade does is unbelievable. Nope, I look nothing like that anymore. At the time I used it here, it was when I first started and was the only decent photograph I had of myself.

I would not have remembered anywhere as much if I never started writing a Journal in 1973. That's were much of my memory comes from, or it helps anyway :) Thanks for the kind reply.
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My first time on a computer was in 1973. You can just imagine what computers were like back then. Had to feed punch cards. There was only a number pad of some sort. It might have had an alphabetic keyboard but I don't remember now.

It was in our high school in the science department. I was in the Individual Learning Center at the time and used to be taken up there to mess around with it. It was fun and is where I learnt the Base2 numbering system. Feed the cards in and the bank of red led lights would do the Base 2 routine, from 0 to how ever many lights there were in the row. There was no monitor. It was all print-out. Used to do math problems and number games on it.

It was a blast and not many students outside of the meteorology and chemistry classes got to use it.

The first time on the Internet was four years later and at first, I had no idea what I was looking at.

Not to mention the first time I had ever seen people control a television like they were doing at the hang-out joint called "Camp John's." This was in 1971 and was when PONG came out. Again, I had no idea what I was looking at and was wowed by it.

These type of things are certainly memorable.
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Jewelia Premium
Okay, another nostalgic post of yours, Daniel... Well, in 1973, I was still walking under a table with my back straight and my chin high up. :) But, I grew up in Russia, and Russia was a bit behind in computer technology - at least in public accessibility to it. I do remember everything you mentioned (punch cards, huge mainframe machines making loud buzzing noises, no monitors), but these memories come from 1980s.
All the best,
~Julia
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Jewelia Premium
Wow, writing a journal since 1973... that's impressive too!
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jvranjes Premium
I think I did not know what a computer was until 87-88 when we got an XP machine or was it AP, at the institute. So you were already a veteran with computers at that time.
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Did you mean an XT or AT machine? At first I thought you were writing about a Windows XP machine. I still have one of those, a dedicated British laptop a member from here sent me some time ago, as I use a perfectly good film negative scanner that won't run on anything newer.

I still use DOS to this day (and often, the newer DOSBOX) to play my video games, on the rare occasion when I have time, and run Norton Utilities when I need it. As you might expect, I still use the 3.5" floppy disks - but I have Windows 10 technology as well. I've got several versions of Linux Ubuntu, DOS 6.0, Windows 95, XP, 7, 8.1 and of course, 10.

When Microsoft makes its operating system subscription-based (coming soon last I heard) I can move on to Linux.

I'm not sure the difference between XT and AT either but I think one came with an internal hard drive and the other didn't. Imagine a computer that, all you had to work with, were floppies - the large flimsy ones? As you might expect, when these were new, they were expensive.

Those old dinosaurs, once very common, bulky and worth less than nothing, are quite valuable today if you can find a working one in excellent condition. They were work horses and held up.

I have had one or two of those, and when I went to Florida College, they were still being used in the early '90s in the library. Very soon after I got there, they went with the library-grade 286 computers with b&w monitors, which I thought were state-of-the-art considering I didn't have a mouse and my monitor was monochrome green on black.
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Yep, I was 13 years old (58 now) when I started it. That's 45 solid years into it plus family memorabilia and mine own memory has added fill-in for pre-1973 years. Basically my entire life and family history (and event history as well) in one document. My entire WA membership experience is in it. It holds memories (now dated) of things like when I tripped a nun in the 2nd grade and found out very quickly what a Catholic Hot House (a taste of the Spanish Inquisition) was, and how quickly one could end a summer vacation at Grandma's very quickly by drawing a basketball court on her new wall-to-wall carpet in the living room with a black indelible ink marker - something I realized after doing, was going to result in some serious consequences. I need a search engine to find anything in it these days!

I will add that, the Journal being a huge example of what could happen with any online marketing campaign if the same course of action (a little each day) can become an online empire! That lesson applies to me.
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jvranjes Premium
I mixed letters, sorry. Yes, my beginning was also with DOS, it was hard to switch to Windows.

I was using floppy-discs, the TeX program for texts was on 180 of installation discs, and you had to use them in a proper order. Installed it in many computers at the institute, Terrible.
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Think of the poor souls who were commissioned to run and maintain the Univac computer of the 1940s. Bear in mind this thing was completely composed of myriads of vacuum tubes!
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ShuiHyen Premium
Anyone can clarify what is the difference between Google Index and sitemap Index.

My Google Index shown that I have 41 indexed whereas sitemap shown none was indexed. Very confusing?

Appreciated someone can explain these.
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jvranjes Premium
Sitemap is Google's tool, so it should show same results. None in sitemap means something is wrong.
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ShuiHyen Premium
Thanks for replying and where I can seek help in this matter.
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jvranjes Premium
In principle Support. But this should be easy. Check if you sitemap plugin is active, what do you have in Webmaster about sitemap, did you follow Kyle's steps, can you see traffic alive in Analytics.
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ShuiHyen Premium
Thanks, ya I traffic alive in Analytics. But One thing I am not sure is that webmaster always shown I click from search Analytics but the Search Console shown otherwise.
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mikewood1975 Premium
I use their web tools, and they even have free training in digital marketing.
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jvranjes Premium
Yes, yhey give a lot of stuff for free.
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Worden1 Premium
Thank you, web tools are the best. It makes starting more realistic for a new guy working two jobs.
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jvranjes Premium
Hi Worden, yes you are right. Two jobs, your life is tough.
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BradWms Premium
You can add Adsense to the list of other freebies from Google, though it might technically not be "free" as you do give up some of your webpage real estate to Adsense. Still, you can basically make money with it and not spend a dime to do so.

Big G is like any other gigantic company with tentacles everywhere, for the better or worse. G keeps things interesting for sure and beats the alternative of not being around
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jvranjes Premium
Yes, I use Adsense and it is useful. Recently Amazon has introduced a few things that compete well with Adsense.
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BradWms Premium
Just like Google, Amazon now is involved in about EVERYTHING! They are making some useful additions for IM presently too.
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DaveSw Premium
Google is our friend! OK sometimes it is like a stormy relationship whom you love and love to hate, but in reality, you are right, it has more advantages than disadvantages, and helps us all get better....Cheers! Dave : )
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you Dave, true, as you describe it.
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MKearns Premium
It's true that Google is growing and adding new functions. I think one comes out every week!
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jvranjes Premium
Was not aware of it, I am using basic ones. Thank you.
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seconds2work Premium
To add to this conversation, if you do the right stuff, you'll be rewarded with free organic traffic.

I put together an information package detailing a few thing. I left the link if you want to take a look.
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jvranjes Premium
Many thanks, I see you added the link to this blog. Appreciated.
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Lazyblogger Premium
I think we were wired to complain. Look at the people in the wilderness that was led by Moses. Google really do help us, but look at the money we pay them on Google ads? Yes, you got it, I am complaining... Lol.

Fetch is a good tool that I use once I hit publish on my new article.
Thanks for the reminder and make it a great weekend, and if the weekend is not so great? Complain. Lol
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jvranjes Premium
I love your style David. Thank you, the same to you.
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Lazyblogger Premium
You welcome
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sukumarth Premium
Sounds interesting, though I must admit I'm yet to get myself familiar with the concepts of these advantages of Google. I hope to learn them all here during my course here :) I'm bookmarking this post.
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jvranjes Premium
If I remember correctly, this is left to later stages in lessons, so that people do not get obsessed with it too early. One must develop a site first.
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