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The Future of Linked Data

Video Rich Snippets

Google, and other search engines, use linked data in web pages to produce rich snippets in search results. However, it is not generally understood how this detailed summary information may be used in the future. Currently, several obstacles must be overcome before the full potential of rich snippets can be realised.…

 

When Panda is Not Quite Sure

Barry Schwartz spotted a discussion on Google Webmaster Help forums revealing a letter sent to a webmaster when Panda wasn’t quite sure if it should hit or not. The case gives valuable insight into a borderline case past which we may be stretching our luck.…

 

Google+ Style Guide

A helpful guide on how to use Google+ elements professionally and in line with Google’s branding guidelines.

Announcing your personal or brand presence on Google+ is important but Google wants webmasters to stay consistent in the way they use their brand.…

 

Marketing Google+ Through SERPs

This is a story about one strange search result and how Google markets Google+ via “Thank them” link below result snippets.

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Today I investigated a peculiar SERP snippet in Google (pictured above) showing the following string “http://profile.yahoo.com/WQCX2OP6R3IGAZHO5MGTHAYNQQ ” from many other (more relevant) terms on the page.…

 

Refining Search Engine Queries: Clustering and User Intent

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Understanding the way that search engines determine which pages to display in response to a user query can help to enlighten business owners and end users regarding the rankings and page views they receive from these search engines. A recent study conducted by Stanford University in conjunction with Google Inc [1].…

 

Safer 3rd Party Access to Google Webmaster Tools

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Google has just announced a new authorisation feature for webmasters who wish to share their Google Webmaster Tools account with limited administrative privileges.

Often webmasters feel hesitant when giving access to their SEO company in fear they may change things without their knowledge.…

 

Google Webmaster Help Forum Moves to Google Products Platform

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Susan Moskwa from Google announced a move of Google Webmaster Help forum to their new Product Platform.

Google Products Platform is promising better user experience and easier discussion. Marking the best answer (which Google considers one of the top priority features) will be available on the new platform.…

 

Want Cheap Link Building? Think Twice!

OK, so you’ve secured some quotes for link building and SEO work, compared prices and thought about value for money. Since you don’t have time and patience for all this fancy content development, outreach and networking you decide to go with a cheap link building company or hire a few amateurs on Elance.…

 

Google Drops One Link Signal

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The official Google search blog announced a record number of changes in February 2012. One of them is the way they interpret links after dropping one link-based signal which was used for years.

Link evaluation. We often use characteristics of links to help us figure out the topic of a linked page.

 

Australia Ranks First in Better Life Index

According to OECD’s better life index Australia is the #1 place to live if all factors were treated with equal importance. The criteria includes: housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance.

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Change one of more parameters though and the order shifts in favor of another country.…

 

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