There’s a fabulous magazine from the U.K. called The Ultimate Guide to Google’s Hidden Tools that I came across the other day. It’s packed with great tips about how to supercharge your use of Google.
One of the sections in the magazine highlights the top 15 blogs from Google. If you get the chance, stop by your bookstore or magazine rack to pick up a copy — it’s packed with great tips. With that in mind, here’s an excerpt from their 15 Google Blogs section:
Google Analytics is the search giant’s own site-monitoring service, providing you with the tools and information you need to see who’s visiting your site. This blog also contains loads of advice on getting the most from the service.
Packed with essential code and tips, this is a crucial read for all Android developers. Use the Tags column on the right-hand side for posts about specific versions of Android.
If you use Blogger, this blog will help you get more from the service’s tools. The archive stretches back to 2005.
With Chrome reinventing itself so frequently, it’s no surprise that the browser’s official blog is one of the Google’s busiest. Bookmark it for a heads-up on how the browser is evolving.
It’s not always easy to master some of the advanced tools in Docs, so we’re pleased that the official blog explains how to use them in crystal-clear English. You’ll find tips on all the functions in Docs, including advice for spreadsheets and help on using the service on phones.
You’ll find loads of useful tips and tricks from the Gmail team on this blog. Look out for the ‘Faces of Gmail’ feature, which is a Q&A with members of the Gmail staff.
Reading the Google+ blog (above) is a great way to get to grips with the social network. If you’re a Facebook veteran wondering whether or not you should switch, the tips here might persuade you.
Google’s Green Blog is used to highlight the company’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly. It’s impressive to see how seriously they take the subject of saving energy.
The Lat Long blog, updated almost every day, is where the Google Earth and Maps team celebrate new projects, tools and features. To find new places around the world to visit, look out for the Imagery Update posts.
Google’s Mobile blog lets you know more about how the company’s sites and services are being optimized, so they can be enjoyed on the move. Android fans should definitely bookmark it.
We all rely on Google for fast and relevant search results, so this blog is a fascinating glimpse into how the company tries to improve the service. Some of the best posts are the complicated ones, when the team explain about changes to site ranking and the all-important algorithm.
Google’s Security blog gives you valuable tips on staying safe online, and reports on how the company is fighting the increasingly potent threat of web malware.
If you love creating 3D models in Google Earth, you’ll find loads of inspiration in the official blog. Whenever new buildings are released for a city, you can watch stunning videos showing what’s possible.
Available to read in dozens of languages, from Afrikaans to Yiddish, the Translate blog explains how Google is helping to make the web a multi-lingual experience. You’ll learn tips on better translation online, and discover which new languages Google is working with.
Had your fill of cute cats and giggling babies? Then visit the YouTube blog to find something new to watch. It does lean heavily towards US content, so you may prefer the UK-specific version of the blog at http://youtubeukblog.blogspot.com.
There’s plenty to work with here, so I’m sure you’ll be busy for quite a while. If you have any suggestions on similar blogs that are not part of the Google family, let us know in the comments section below.
Posted by Jamie Turner, Founder of the 60 Second Marketer and co-author of “How to Make Money with Social Media” and “Go Mobile.” He is also a popular marketing speaker at events, trade shows and corporations around the globe.