Google+ Profile Authority: An In-Depth Analysis

What determines influential profiles on Google+, how do profiles gain influence, and why are some profiles more successful than others?

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Italian SEO community has been buzzing with excitement over a comprehensive study of Google+ by +Maurizio Ceravolo which includes tons of data, visualisations and interactive graphs (http://goo.gl/hPsBx9).…

 

Google’s First Major Algorithm Update in 2014?

After a promised quiet holiday period, Google’s search results started fluctuating again on the 8th of January culminating at a massive 2.91 roos on the 17th. This is the 6th strongest SERP fluctuation we’ve seen in a year and the first major result shake up in 2014.…

 

WordPress Plugin for Google+ Interactive Posts

Google+ interactive posts

This plugin streamlines interactive post implementation on WordPress websites.

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Note: This plugin is in alpha version. Please report any bugs and usability issues in the comments below.

About Interactive Posts

Interactive posts on Google+ are similar to basic shared posts with an added call-to-action button, functionality and additional page interaction statistics in Google+ page dashboard. …

 

Google is Aware of Temporary Link Schemes

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Temporary link schemes based on random link placement work a bit like this:

  1. Spam the web with links.
  2. Delete them soon after that (to avoid penalties but feed the algorithm).
  3. Count money.

But there’s a problem with this plan. Google’s webspam team is aware of it and they do take action against it. …

 

First Google Webmaster Tools Update in 2014

Cyrus Shepard (via Thomas Høgenhaven) has just reported an exciting update in Google Webmaster Tools. When you log in and navigate over to “Search Queries” you’ll see a timeline annotation saying: “An improvement to our top search queries data was applied retroactively on 12/31/13″:

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Entrepreneurial Search

Entrepreneurial Search

The Good Old Days

I was born in the last decade of Yugoslavia’s golden age and my parents thought I would be a scientist, musician or an artist. Instead, I ended up running an online marketing agency on the other side of the planet.…

 

Cutts Says 25% of Web is Duplicate Content: The Question He Didn’t Answer

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You might not be surprised that there is a lot of duplicate content on the web, but it’s tough to believe that one quarter of the entire web is duplicate content. Can that really be true? According to Matt Cutts, Head of Google Webspam team, it’s totally true and has been for a while.…

 

Everything you type is recorded. Even if you don’t post.

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We collected data from 3.9 million users over 17 days and associate self-censorship behavior with features describing users, their social graph, and the interactions between them. Our results indicate that 71% of users exhibited some level of last-minute self-censorship…

The above is an excerpt from a paper titled “Self Censorship on Facebook” written by Sauvik Das from Carnegie Mellon University and Adam Kramer from Facebook.…

 

The Biggest SERP Flux Since Penguin 2.0

Algoroo has measured the highest recorded level of SERP flux in Google since Penguin 2.0. The jump happened on the 17th of December, following a week of intermittent fluctuation in results.

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Our team has already investigated the cause and there doesn’t seem to be a reason to believe this was a layout change or a technical error.…

 

Feature Request for Google Places Reviews

Google’s current way of detecting fake customer reviews is far from perfect. Thanks to Mike Blumenthal some of my own falsely suspended reviews were brought to attention of Jade Wang from Google. I haven’t had any direct answer as to why they are still suspended but am glad they’re aware of the issue.

 

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