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It has been over four years since Google launched its cloud storage service Google Drive, and there’s no doubt it has grown to become one of the most popular cloud storage services in the market (with over a whopping million paying customers).
While we still don’t know if and when an official Google Drive client for Linux will arrive, thankfully there are various unofficial alternatives available that can do the work for you. In this article, we will be discussing four of them: Grive2, drive, overGrive, and Insync.1. Grive2
Grive2 is a fork of the now-abandoned Grive client for Google Drive that stopped working after the Document List API it used was shut down. The new iteration, which is developed by Vitaliy Filippov, uses Google Drive REST API to talk to the search giant’s cloud storage service. Before we begin with the installation and set-up part, it’s worth mentioning that Grive2 is still in beta phase, meaning there are some missing features and the tool may sometimes act buggy as well.Download and Install
The first step is to download the latest Grive2 package from the tool’s official GitHub page . Once done, you’ll need to then install the tool’s dependencies before building the tool itself – here’s the command to do it:sudo apt-get install git cmake build-essential libgcrypt11-dev libyajl-dev libboost-all-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libexpat1-dev libcppunit-dev binutils-dev
Now, extract the downloaded Grive2 package (.zip file), and enter into the extracted directory. Here, run the following commands to build and install the tool:mkdir build cd build cmake .. make -j4 sudo make install Setup
Next up, create a directory where you want your Google Drive stuff to be synchronized. For example, I created a directory dubbed googleDrive in my home directory. Once done, enter into the newly created directory, and execute Grive2 through command line by simply typing the following command:grive -a
That’s it. Assuming that all the steps mentioned till now are executed successfully, Grive2 will start downloading your Google Drive files locally. Keep in mind that you’ll have to run the ‘grive’ command (sans ‘-a’) each time you want the synchronization to happen – for help, run the command with ‘–help’ flag. To learn in detail about the tool’s features as well as its limitations, head here.2. overGrive
overGrive is a GUI-based client for Google Drive. The project started as a graphical front-end to the now-defunct Grive command line client, but soon turned into a separate, full-fledged client for Google’s cloud storage service. Unfortunately, overGrive is neither open source, nor a freeware – it’s a proprietary software that sets you back $4.99 per Google Drive account. However, it does come with a 14-day free trial for you to judge whether or not it’s worth paying for.Download and Install
The first step is to download the overGrive package, something which you can do from its official web site. For Ubuntu, you’ll get a .deb file, which you can install using the ‘dpkg’ command. Here’s how I did it in my case:sudo dpkg -i overgrive_3.1.9_all.deb Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these: The following packages have unmet dependencies: overgrive : Depends: python-pip but it is not going to be installed Depends: python-gi but it is not going to be installed Depends: python-setuptools but it is not going to be installed Depends: libappindicator1 but it is not going to be installed E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).
So, as you can see, there were some unmet dependencies, something which I fixed by running the following command:apt-get -f install
And executed the ‘dpkg’ command again – this time it was successful and the client was installed. To launch overGrive, head to the Dash:Setup
When the client is launched for the first time, you’ll be required to run a set-up that’ll effectively connect the client to your Google Drive account.
Then, hit the ‘Validate’ button.
Strangely, in my case, after I hit the ‘Validate’ button, the oneGrive window disappeared as if the software crashed. I waited for a minute or so and then again opened overGrive through Dash. This time, I was presented with a window telling that oneGrive is currently running in a trial period which expires in 14 days.
Hitting the ‘Continue’ button brings up a window that shows the client is now connected to your Google Drive account.
Hit the ‘Start Sync’ button, and the client window will disappear with the oneGrive system tray icon appearing at the top right of your screen. A notification will also be displayed saying that the ‘Auto Sync’ feature is ON.
You can also toggle the ‘Auto Sync’ feature from here, as well open the local directory (where your Google Drive stuff is being synced) and visit the Google Drive Web interface.
For more information on the tool, including the complete set of features it provides, head here.3. drive
‘drive’ is a command line Google Drive client that lets you push and pull stuff to/from the search giant’s cloud storage service. Although it may seem one, ‘drive’ is actually not yet-another third-party Linux client for Google Drive – it’s written by a Google employee Burcu Dogan who works for Google Drive’s platform team, and what more, Google even holds the copyright for the tool. For the past year or so however, Dogan has been busy, so the project is being maintained by Emmanuel T Odeke (odeke-em).Download and install
Now, you can proceed to install the ‘drive’ client – here’s the command for it:
Once the above command is done, create a directory where you want ‘drive’ to sync your Google Drive stuff. For example, in my case, I created a directory named ‘gdrive’ in my home directory:mkdir ~/gdrive
And then run the following command:$ drive init ~/gdrive
As usual, you’ll be first required to connect the client to your Google Drive account, so when you run the above command, it will ask you for authorization:
Go to the link displayed on your terminal screen, authorize the client to connect to your account (make sure you’re already logged in to your Google Drive), and finally copy the code you get there and paste it in terminal.
Now, you can do a ‘drive pull’ to download data from your Google Drive account to your local machine and ‘drive push’ to do vice-versa. Here’s an example of pull:$ drive pull Advanced-GDB-tips Resolving... + /Advanced-GDB-tips Addition count 1 src: 13.39KB Proceed with the changes? [Y/n]: Y 13715 / 13715 [================================================================================================================] 100.00% 2s
And here’s an example of push:$ drive push chúng tôi Resolving... + /test.txt Addition count 1 Proceed with the changes? [Y/n]:y
In case you’re wondering why ‘drive’ follows the push-pull model, rather than background sync, here is what the tool’s official documentation has to say on this. For more information on ‘drive,’ head here.4. Insync
Insync is a GUI-based, feature-rich Google Drive client that works on several platforms including Linux. However, like OverGrive, Insync is also a proprietary software – it costs $25. The amount charged can be one-time or per-year depending upon whether you are an end-user, professional, or an organization. Thankfully, Insync provides a 15-day free trail, so you can test it out before deciding whether or not to spend your money on it.Download and Install
To download Insyc on your system, download the package/installer for your system from the tool’s official website. For Ubuntu, a .deb file will be downloaded, which you can easily install using the ‘dpkg’ command. Here’s the command in my case:sudo dpkg -i insync_22.214.171.124076-trusty_i386.deb
Once done, you’ll see a notification similar to the following:
Hit the ‘Start Insyc’ button in the window above, and you’ll see the ‘i’ icon (see image below) in the system tray:Setup
After you authorize, the client installed on your machine will ask you to provide a directory in which you want it to sync your Google Drive stuff:
Once you’re done with this set-up, hit the ‘Finish’ button.
The grey-colored column on the left contains various configuration options that are available to the user. For example, Selective Sync lets you choose which files you want the client to sync; Ignore List lets you specify the files/folders that you don’t want to upload/download; Convert lets you specify whether or not you want to convert stuff stored in your Google Drive into some other format like Microsoft Office or OpenDocument; and Stats gives you a chart showing how much of your Google Drive space has been consumed.
For more information on the client, head to this link on Insync’s official website. If you’ve installed the tool and have some related doubts/queries, head to the official support page.
SEE ALSO: 10 Best Linux Music Player AppsConclusion
Also keep in mind that the list we’ve discussed here is not exhaustive – other third party alternatives like Rclone are also available. So, you can take a look at them as well if all of the above fail to impress you.
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More people than ever are relying on Google for document writing and storage. It’s especially useful for Linux users who need the seamless compatibility with other platforms. Google’s widespread adoption eliminates any real issues.
Thankfully, Linux developers, specifically the ones working on GNOME, realized just how useful integration with Google Docs can be and built functionality into the desktop environment itself. That integration is going to make this whole process a lot easier, and you’ll have complete access to your Google Drive on Ubuntu in no time. While this guide is tailored to Ubuntu, the process can easily be adapted to any distribution running GNOME.Install Online Accounts
Everything here is dependent on GNOME’s online accounts feature. It’s probably installed by default, but it can’t hurt to be sure. Install it with Apt.
It’s just a single package, so it won’t take very long.Connect to Your Google Account
Now, you’ll be able to connect your Google account to GNOME through your settings. Open your app listing and locate Settings to open it.
Enter your Google username and password after a new window pops open and asks you to.
Next, once you’re alerted to the permissions within your Google account that GNOME is requesting, accept them.
In the last stage of the account setup, GNOME may ask for your keyring password. This is usually the same as your user account password on the system. This password is the one you’ll use to unlock your local password stores in GNOME.
When you’re done, GNOME will drop you back to the settings menu with your new Google account listed at the top.Enable Drive Access
You’re also going to need to enable file access to your Google account to get access to your Drive, a simply process.Mount Your Drive
You’ll see all of the folders that you’ve created on your Google Drive along with any individual files. You can open them up and edit them normally with LibreOffice or any other compatible program. You’re also free to add any new files to that drive, and they’ll automatically be uploaded to your Google Drive, to be accessed from anywhere.
You’re officially ready to use your Google Drive in a new and much more convenient way. Treating your Drive files like they’re local eliminates a lot of the potential awkwardness of working through a browser and uploading files. Sure, you still need an Internet connection to access and upload files, but the process is smoother, and it feels more rewarding to use Drive with Linux.
Nick is a freelance tech. journalist, Linux enthusiast, and a long time PC gamer.
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For this week’s edition of the Search Engine Journal Show, we have a special episode.
It’s me Greg Finn, a co-host over at Marketing O’Clock on the SEJNetwork, taking a crack at the first-ever pod panel here on the Search Engine Journal Show.
Together with Andrea Cruz, Digital Marketing Manager at KoMarketing, and Sam Ruchlewicz, Vice President, Digital Strategy & Data Analytics at Warschawski, we’re going to talk about what the Google Partners changes mean for agencies and clients.Why Are We Here?
The new Google Partners changes were first announced on February 12 and updated again on February 14 with little to no clarity.
There are three main differences than in the past:1. Spend
There is still a 90-day ad spending requirement. But instead of $10,000, that requirement is jumping to $20,000.2. Certification
Previously, a company needed one user certified in Google Ads who was an admin or standard access.
Now, a company needs to have at least 50% of its eligible users to earn updated certifications from Skillshop.
Google has stated users need admin or standard level access to be considered eligible.3. Company Performance
Previously, companies simply needed to meet the performance requirement by delivering solid overall ad revenue and growth while maintaining a growing customer base.
Additionally, you had to have 12 months of spend activity.
That’s no longer the case.
Now in order to obtain your Google Partners badge, you are required to adopt 70% of Google recommendations in your accounts.
This is the overall recommendation optimization score and previously you could dismiss the changes and get up to 100%.
That is no more.
“We evaluate the optimization score without dismissed recommendations for the company performance requirement.”Discussion Before we proceed, is your agency a Google Partner?
Andrea Cruz (AC): Yes, KoMarketing has been a premier partner for a while… We have always been in a relationship with Google.
Sam Ruchlewicz (SC): We are also a Google Partner agency. We have been for many years. I would say it’s a very similar experience but Andrea.
Sometimes they’re helpful. Sometimes they’re not. Sometimes they do crazy things.
Sometimes they want us to change spends in ways that are definitely not beneficial for the client. It’s kind of a mixed bag.
But like I think you said it perfectly… we’re always in the middle of an exchange between what Google wants us to do, what’s best for the client…Do you think that that having the Google Partner badge has helped your business?
AC: I think clients feel more trusting when they see that, “Hey, this is a business that has that relationship with Google.”
Or when a client can figure something out, they can go to us, their premiere partner specialist, and see if we can help them. In those cases, I think it’s useful.
It’s a nice thing and they look at it and they say, “Oh, that’s really interesting.”
It’s a mixed bag, I would say. And I’ve had that same experience where I was flabbergasted that some work could come from a specific agency and at that status so I think it seems like it’s across the board.Is there anything that you really like about the Partners program?
SR: I think I do appreciate the access that we get to some of the Google account managers or the partner managers, whatever they’re called these days.
I think that’s been helpful in some instances to escalate and resolve client issues and not having to go through the traditional support channels that are suboptimal.Do you have any issues with the new Spend requirements going from $10,000 to $20,000?
SR: I actually like that change and I’m fine with that. If you look at $20,000/month that’s under $7,000/month ad spend for three accounts.
I would still think that’s too low, to be honest. I know plenty of freelancers that run triple that and they’re definitely not an agency nor part of the partner program.
It’s just they’re a freelancer with four accounts and each account spends $4,000-$5,000 a month.
AC: I kind of agree with Sam. I do think that it’s nice that they are moving it a little bit all because if you have two or three accounts, even if they are small, they would get to $20,000 early.
I don’t think that’s a negative but of course, I’m in a larger agency so maybe that’s why I think it’s okay.On changes to Company Performance requirements…
Greg Finn (GF): Let’s talk about something that I haven’t really seen anybody talking about specifically – the change that you no longer have to have your account active for 12 months.
AC: It’s crazy… The thing I love about digital marketing is that it changes every single day and we get our curveball from Google every single day as well.
So I think that somebody who doesn’t have an account active for the past 12 months, it also makes sense for them to be a partner because the things that we were doing last year are very different from the things we’re trying this year.
SR: I think it’s awful… I’ve personally dealt with enough clients that have gotten really bad treatment from other agencies, partners or freelancers.
Like you said, you need a track record if you’re going to be a partner… As Google, you want to instill trust in it.
You can’t have two-bit hacks running around and putting Google partner badges on their website and the second something bad happens, you just open up a new shop and all of a sudden, they’re a Google Partner agency after a month. That’s craziness.
The whole point should be this instills trust and confidence that these are trained professionals we’re going to work and do what’s best for you, not random humans that went into business three weeks ago.What are your thoughts on the changes to the Certification portion where 50% of eligible users needing Skillshop certifications?
SR: I’m fine with it. I like the idea of making sure everyone that is working on your account is good.
It just means that half the members of your team we’re smart enough to sit and Google answers to the Google Skillshop certification for a half an hour on a random Tuesday, it’s not a meaningful point of difference.
And if you’re a small agency with a $20k spend, you might only be a two-person shop. Again it doesn’t instill confidence, it’s just one of you had the certification.
AC: I’ve always had this perspective that when you are new to Google Ads, I think it’s a good thing that you learn all the terms and how Google wants you to think because the experience and the practice in the agency will show you what Google wants you to do versus what you should actually be doing.
I think new people in PPC should do the certifications…
But my issue with it is I think Google tells me there’s this amount insane amount of people that should get certified which is incorrect.
I know that there are some people saying around how you can either exclude people from domains so it’s only the people from the agency that needs to get certified so that’s I don’t know…
It’s telling me that I have to get my clients certified which is not going to happen.
GF: I actually think they’re probably going to work that out. That seems like a bit of a mistake. I would hope that you don’t have to get your clients certified for your partner status.
So my guess is that for the most part, that’ll work its way out hopefully and that’d just be down to the 50% you at your partner company.
Overall, it doesn’t seem like there’s too much there as long as the clients are out of the equation for you.
SR: I actually agree with the fundamental idea of doing it. I think it’s good to make sure people are trained.
I don’t necessarily agree that the way Google’s doing it’s the right way to do it, but that’s one argument for another day.What are your overall thoughts on Google’s Recommendations?
AC: Most of them are awful. I always have this recommendation in my account which is to:
Implement target impression share (which is Google taking money away and have fun with it).
Use return on ad spend or one of the automated bidding targeting options (which some of them don’t align with what my client wants to do).
Increase your budget by X amount so you can get more traffic.
So that’s my issue with the recommendations. Those are the ones I mostly see in my accounts.
But I do know that, for example, if you’re a smaller agency or a single person just doing Google Ads on your own, it will be helpful to see recommendations such as keyword variations, etc.
My issue is with the other ones that are just to fill Google with more money than they already have.
SR: Using an analogy, I think the recommendations are kind of like a cargo ship or a cruise liner. They get you in the general right direction.
But that’s not where the money’s made. Where our clients really see differences in performances, you have to run a speedboat, so to speak, and make quick changes…
We have clients that are in very specialized and regulated industries and Google’s serving us keyword options that are not what the client does, not aligned with the business, and if we ever implemented them, they’d legally come down on us…
Especially for some of our B2B clients, some of those recommendations are just bad.
GF: I want to go in another direction here. Andrea, you had enlightened me about a month ago to the fact that you could dismiss the Recommendations and still get a 100% recommendation score. That got a lot of buzz around the Twittersphere.
According to the new rules, you can’t count dismissed recommendations toward company performance goals. What are your thoughts?
AC: …Google itself told me that you can dismiss the recommendations and your percentage will increase. They said that’s how it worked.
In fact, they also let me know that when you do this, you are actually telling the algorithm that the recommendation doesn’t apply to your account.
So I thought that was very interesting that they are now saying that if you dismiss them, it won’t work.
GF: Now, you can dismiss the recommendations but it will not count towards that number that you had to hit.
When [the changes] first came out, that number wasn’t clear and they clarified that to 70% of the recommendations out there.
SM: I think that’s bad because 70% of the recommendations aren’t good.
In that case, I’m being put in this weird situation as an agency where if I want to keep my Partner badge, I have to do what Google says even if I know or have a really good reason to believe or have been directed by a client to not do that.
So now my interests are opposed to my clients’ interests potentially if I care about the Partner badge. But it’s just no, I fundamentally disagree with that.
I just was with a client and agency one of the things in their agency’s reporting is that they hit a 100% optimization score on all their client accounts…
Apparently, it’s relatively common among the kinds of agencies that you probably wouldn’t refer to your clients…
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Google Drive is the cloud-based storage service developed by Google. Many users use this service to save their media, documents, contacts, and so on. Some of the content on Google Drive may be private and users may want to keep it secured. If you’re looking for ways to protect your Google Drive folders, keep reading this article!How to Password Protect Google Drive Folders
To access your Google Drive Folders, you need to enter the credentials to your Google Account. Remember if you share the password of your Google Account, your private Drive folders are left vulnerable. Anyone with your password can access your Drive folders so immediately change your password if you’ve shared it with anyone to avoid a security breach.
Although you cannot individually password protect your Google Drive folders, there are other ways to keep it secure.Change Password for Google Account
We recommend periodically changing the password for your Google Account. This keeps your folders secure from any potential breach. Follow these instructions to change the password for your Google Account:
If you’re using a Mac or a PC, use the web version of Google Accounts to change the password to your Google Account.
For mobile and tablet users, you can use the Google Drive application to change your Google Account’s password.
Open the application for Google Drive.
Select your profile icon on your right.
Tap on Manage your Google Account.
Hop on to the Personal info tab.
Scroll down to Password.
Verify your Google account by re-entering your current password.
Enter your new password and re-enter it to confirm it.
Confirm your actions by tapping on Change password.Password Protect from Google Forms
If you wish to further secure your drive folders, use Google Forms. You can enter the link of your Google Drive under Confirmation Message to allow access to those who enter the password you’ve set.
Follow these instructions to password protect your drive folder through Google Forms:Other Ways to Secure Google Drive Folder
Apart from setting a password for your Google account, you can try other methods to secure your Google Drive folder. These methods will keep your folders safe just as using a password.Manage Access
To limit access to your Drive, you can manage its access. On your folders, you can give access generally or to specific accounts. For general access, you can give access to anyone with the folder link or restrict access overall.
Follow these instructions to manage access to keep your folder private:
For Mac/PC users, use the web version of Google Drive. Here are the steps to manage access to your Drive folder:
Use the application version for Google Drive if you want to manage access on your mobile/tablet.Upload Encrypted Folder
You cannot protect individual folders on Google Drive. However, you can upload an encrypted folder on your Google Drive to keep your folder protected with a password. To back up the file encryption key, you’ll need an external storage device.
Follow these instructions to encrypt your folder and upload it to your Google Drive:Third-party Encryption Applications
You can install third-party applications to encrypt your folders. You can create an encrypted folder and upload it to your drive. When you want to access the content of the folder, download the folder to your desktop and enter the password you’ve created for the encrypted folder.
You can use some of the free encryption applications such as VeraCrypt, Folder Lock, and WinRAR.
On Saturday afternoon, a rumor leaked that is likely to have the Dropbox team feeling hung over as they report to work this morning. According to a TechCrunch report, the Google Drive is real, currently being used by the Google team, and poised for a launch prior to the end of this year. Google Drive will allow users to store files on the cloud and seamlessly transfer those files between devices.
The leaked screenshot of the Google Drive shows it will most likely be the Google Docs product rebranded with a few additional functionalities. Although Google Docs has the capability to store any file type, most users are not aware of this functionality and simply use it for online word processing. By rebranding Google Docs as Google Drive and adding syncing functionality, Google is hoping to alter the perception of the product.
The Google Drive, which will use native syncing software, will be able to sync files across a range of devices including computers and mobile devices. With the Google Drive sync app, users will be able to drag and drop a file and immediately access that file on other devices. The Google Drive is expected to be located at chúng tôi which is not currently live.
Google currently provides users with an always increasing amount of free storage for Gmail, Google Docs, Picassa, and the other Google services. It is expected that the Google Drive will also provide users with a set amount of storage for free and allow the purchase of additional storage if needed. If the pricing remains similar to the present levels, Google Drive users will have the option to purchase additional storage for only $5 per year per 20 GB.
When compared to the Dropbox Pro 50 plan, which charges $10 per month for 50 GB, the price of Google Drive looks dirt cheap.
[Sources Include: TechCrunch, Dropbox, & Google Docs; Photo Credit: wiseCom]
Google announced it’s enabling the integration of Google Analytics 4 (GA4) properties with AdSense accounts.
This update allows AdSense data to be available in GA4 reports and explorations, providing a more comprehensive view of website performance.Connecting GA4 & AdSense
The merger of AdSense data with other website analytics, such as traffic sources and user behavior, provides a comprehensive understanding of website performance.
You can use this information to identify patterns and insights that can help optimize ad revenue.
Automatically collecting these events for each ad can increase the number of billable events for 360 properties, providing an accurate report of ad interactions.
This eliminates discrepancies previously seen with the integration between Universal Analytics and AdSense.How To Do It
Follow the steps below to link an Analytics property to your AdSense account:
Sign in to your AdSense account.
Select the property that you want to link from the list.
Your property is now linked to AdSense.How It All Works
The GA4 and AdSense integration operates through key processes, including shared IDs, automatically collected events, and data joining.
For the integration to function, GA4 and AdSense tags communicate using shared IDs to match each ad impression with its corresponding GA4 event.
This inter-tag communication ensures the logged IDs are the same between GA4 and AdSense for a single event and its corresponding ad impression.
GA4 collects specific events automatically via the Google tag.
Moreover, GA4 joins its data with AdSense log files using shared IDs to match AdSense data with Analytics data.
The information and configuration settings, available when each event occurs, are utilized in this integration process.
Once the AdSense reporting integration is set up, the AdSense revenue data becomes available in the Explorations main menu in the GA4 property.Dealing With Data Discrepancies
Despite the improved integration, there may be discrepancies between reports in the AdSense account and those in the AdSense section of Analytics.
These can be caused by iframes, security or other blocking software, new AdSense/Analytics integration, timezone settings, and missing Analytics data.
Ensure the Google tag is set up correctly on your website and allow up to 24 hours for data to appear in reports after linking your AdSense and Analytics accounts.In Summary
The integration of GA4 and AdSense offers a wealth of data insights.
Despite the potential for optimizing website performance and ad revenue, be wary of limitations.
Approach this integration with an understanding of its benefits, drawbacks, and potential for data discrepancies.
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