View helpful articles in the news below by topic

Google Maps Business View Articles):

Google Maps Opens Up Business Doors to Online  Views for Shoppers   By John D. Oravecz,August 21 2014

The Moz Blog:  Jeff Finklestein, December 6th, 2013

Google Maps Articles:

68.6 Million Unique Visitors on Google Maps Apps

Who Gets the Traffic In The Local Space? December 21, 2009

Line Graph:  Unique Visitor’s Survey, 2009

Monthly Normalized Metrics, November 2009 Chart (Google Maps ranks #1 in unique visitors)

Google Search Articles:

Nielson:  Google Takes Top Web Brands at 164.8 Million unique visitors per month in 2013, December 2013

Statista Chart:  15 Years of Google:  How the Search Giant Dominates the Web

Mashable News: 7 Stats Proving Google’s Global Internet Domination

“More than 1.1 billion people use Google search each month, making 114 billion searches. Google’s Android operating system is found on 79% of smartphones. Google Maps is the most used smartphone app, employed by 54% of smartphone users.”

Mobile Technology Related Articles:

Google:  70% of Mobile Users Directly From Google Search Results

Google Insights:  Mobile Search Moments,March 2013

Compete Pulse Infographic Study, July 2013 

Google+ Related Articles:

Why Google+ is Good For Business – and the Stats to Prove it

Other Statistics:

94% of consumers research products online before buying and 60% use search engines as their go-to online shopping resource.
— Source: 2010 Compete Online Shopper Intelligence Study
97% use online media when researching products or services in their local area.
— Source: March 2010 BIA/Kelsey consumer tracking study
75% who are looking for a store, price or product information search online before or during a shopping trip.
— Source: 2010 Deloitte LLP Survey
What is Google+ and Why Does Google Plus Matter?