Update on Google’s Dangerous Products & Services Policy

Written by Richard Carson on July 18, 2014

Throughout this week we have covered the various changes that are happening to Google’s Shopping feeds and Adword policies.

The policy change on Dangerous Products and Services has caused much outrage online amongst those that will be affected. In some extreme cases, businesses such as those in the paintball industry fear the worst for the future if denied the ability to advertise on Google.

As teclan have digital marketing clients that may be subject to these changes, we have discussed with Google


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Google Shopping Feed Specification Update

Written by Richard Carson on July 14, 2014

On September the 30th 2014, Google will be enforcing the recently announced changes to the Google Shopping Specifications.

We have put together the headline changes below:

Custom Bundles – A new ‘is bundle’ attribute, so you can identify products you wish to present as a bundle or kit. For example: a camera with a lens and a bag.
Availability Changes – “Available to order” is now being merged with “In stock”. In addition, there is a new “Availability date” attribute that you can


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Product Listing Ads will soon be no more!

Written by Richard Carson on July 14, 2014

As of the 31st of August, Google’s old style Product Listing ads will no longer run so time is running out for you to migrate over to the new Google Shopping campaign platform.

For those of you that do not already know, product listing ads have been replaced with Shopping Campaigns; the new way to display your products in Google’s search results via your Google shopping  feed.

Shopping Campaigns provide a far more flexible and targeted way of promoting your products, highlight


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Google Remarketing – getting more sales from your website visitors

Written by Fergus Weir on April 22, 2014

OK – so your website is looking great. It’s responsive for all devices, it’s got great product images and is well optimised for search engines and customers alike.

A customer arrives, has a plod through your products and pages, and for some unfathomable, frustrating reason they simply do not click and buy right there and then! How dare they!

They wander on their merry way to the next website that grabs their span-shortened attention. You’ve lost them for ever……
Or have you?

All is


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Search Engine Results and E-Commerce: is the dream coming to a end?

Written by Fergus Weir on April 16, 2014

Having worked at the sharp end of developing e-commerce practices for over 15 years, I have witnessed the changing relationship Google, Bing, Yahoo et al have had with businesses trying to make a living selling goods online.

Here’s a short tale giving some insight into what has happened, and more importantly, where things are going next!

A little history: first there was the honeymoon period, where any website had a chance to rise to the top of the organic rankings (there was


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Windows XP support comes to an end.

Written by Fergus Weir on April 10, 2014

If you are using Windows XP then, as of 8th April 2014, your computer will no longer be protected and security patched by Microsoft

 

Microsoft has ended the support and updates for its once flagship product.

With the continued developments of the Windows 8 platform, coupled with the recent news that Microsoft is releasing its operating system to mobile phone manufacturers for free, the company decided that it can no longer continue to support and patch up its 12 year old operating


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OpenSSL HeartBleed bug – a security vulnerability?

Written by Fergus Weir on April 10, 2014

Recent security announcements have highlighted an urgent exploitable bug in the OpenSSL protocol. This is the part of the internet that is used whenever you access a website through a secure connection – usually when a padlock appears in your web browser.

Whilst the news was spun by many as a major security issue affecting millions of us, the actual details are  a little less alarming e.g. it does not affect all of the worlds web servers and there are is


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Google Shopping Campaigns – how to get better ROI on your PPC advertising

Written by Fergus Weir on April 8, 2014

OK – what have Google gone and done now?

Let’s have a quick recap of what they have thrown at us in just the last couple of years: Google Adwords. Google Base. Froogle. Google Shopping. Google Product Listing Ads. Google Remarketing. Google Shopping Campaigns……..”What are they all and what do I do with them all?”

For the uninitiated it can be hair-tearing-out stuff indeed!

What it means for online retailers?

Google have recently being rolling out new versions of the Adwords/Shopping combinations. We wrote


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Google Universal Analytics – what does it mean to you?

Written by teclan Ltd on April 3, 2014

Google Universal Analytics

We want to make all our customers and clients aware of Google’s latest Analytics upgrade – Universal Analytics.
This is important as Google with be retiring the current analytics by the end of this year and everyone using Analytics will be required to migrate to the latest version.

If you currently use Analytics, especially for tracking sales, conversions and visits to your ecommerce website, then you had better be aware of the upcoming changes.

First, however, let me cover some of


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