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Google recently launched its new and improved image search. Prior to the new image search, the user would need to click on the photo’s thumbnail and redirect to the site where the image came from in order to see the larger image. Now instead of clicking on the photo and visiting its website, users can select the image from the thumbnails and it will bring up the larger version of the image automatically without the need to travel to the source.

Google’s new image search makes it easier to quickly search through multiple images, however the change has publishers worried; will this mean fewer website visits? Google announced that it added a new button to visit the page the image is hosted on and the domain name is now clickable. This means there are four clickable links to the source page instead of just two. Google also went on to say that in tests, they have seen an increase in the average click-through rate to the hosting websites.

Check out what the new image search looks like here:

According to an article on Mashable, only hours after the Google Maps app for iPhone was released, it became the most popular free app in the Apple App Store. For many iPhone users, this app is long awaited after Apple’s disappointing attempt at a Maps application (see Apple’s apology to its customers regarding Apple Maps).

Check out some screen shots of the new iPhone Google Maps app:

Easily search for local businesses and view their Google local listing. Click to call, save and share the listing, read the reviews and see how far the business is from your current location.

Choose different routes and view the entire route or use turn-by-turn navigation to get to your destination.

So far, our first impression of Google Maps is great – it’s easy to use, has a beautiful interface and integrates nicely with Google+ Local, all with the legendary power of Google Maps.

What are your first impressions of the new Google Maps app for iPhone?

Did you know that 57% of businesses have acquired a customer through their company blog? If you’re ready to get yours started, here are 3 WordPress tips from Mashable.

1. Change blog post authors. Everyone loves variety! When you get multiple authors posting on one blog, it makes it more interesting. When you have multiple authors contributing to a WordPress blog, make sure you’re giving credit to the correct person by changing the post authors. Go to the Edit screen for the blog post and click “screen options.” From there check the box that says “Author,” and a drop-down box will appear that allows you to choose the author or add a new author. Then click “Update” to save the changes on the post or “Publish” if the post hasn’t been published yet.

2. Change the URL for your blog post. This can help with search engine optimization. You can change the URL to your post by clicking on the “edit” button that is sound next to the permalink, just below the title of your post (you need to do this while you’re in “edit post.” When you click “edit” the box will turn to a blank text box. Add keywords that are relevant to the post in this box. Example: www.localsplash.com/blog/three-wordpress-tips. Then click “Update” or “Publish” to save your blog post.

3.  Save time, schedule blogs for the future. It’s best to keep your blogging on a schedule. That way your readers know when to expect a new post from you. When you schedule posts for the future, you will save time and you’re more likely to be consistent with your posts, which is important. Designate a day out of the week where you will write all of your posts for the week and schedule them. This will become a routine and that way you won’t find yourself slacking off on posting in your blog later down the line.

Now you are all set to start blogging! Need some topics to blog about? Read Business Blogging Tips: 5 Topics to Blog About.