Archive for ‘SEO News & Updates’

Google Webmaster Tools: Now with less link data!

Sorry to bring the bad news guys, but it looks like Google’s dumped as much as three quarters or your link profile from the latest link report in Google Webmaster Tools.

Ignored Links

I first heard from Jim Munro and later from Jason Mun who both noticed suspicious reductions in the amount of available link data suspecting at potential impact of link disavow tool.…

 

Google+ Pushes Ads for Pages

Google+ Ad

While managing our Google+ page today I noticed an ad for Adwords Express in the promo bar. It was suggesting that I can pay for more followers through advertising in search, maps and mobile (display is also available).

Right click revealed the following URL for the promo image: https://ssl.gstatic.com/s2/oz/images/promos/awx-32.png (AWX = AdWords Express).…

 

There is no such thing as Author Rank. Yet.

Author Rank? Hold your horses.

Author Rank is a popular concept in the SEO industry and one of the hottest topics in 2012. What I find strange about the whole thing is that nobody has any shred of proof that Author Rank plays any role in Google’s search algorithm today.…

 

Search Plus Your World Comes to Australia

Today we spotted a SPYW (Search Plus Your World) result in Google Australia and here’s how it looks like:

Search Plus Your World Australia

Notice the little person icon left from the result title? The feature was enabled for a session or two and then disappeared.…

 

Google Application Search

Today I spotted a new search option on Google – “Applications”. Not sure if I’ve been blind or this is a completely new option in the “More” section.

google application search

 

Why [Press Release] Submission is a Waste of Time

SEO industry has a knack for turning perfectly legitimate marketing disciplines into… something spammy. This is exactly what happened to the idea of press releases and the way they are distributed and picked up.

Press Release Bot

Googlers are aware of PR submission websites and very likely have ways of algorithmically handling well-known sources (PRWeb, PRWire…etc).  …

 

Google Ignores Hidden Content – Including Tabs?

Google on Tabbed ContentIn today’s hangout with John Mueller from Google we found that Google tends to ignore content which seems to be off-screen (e.g. -9999px). We asked whether a portion of a website could be accidentally treated as hidden content and not trigger that page in search results for the search terms contained within the falsely detected hidden section.…

 

Google+ Communities How To

Any real user of Google+ knows by now that Google+ launched Google+ Communities, social network version of forums, message boards, discussion boards or even Q/A sites. You can read up on the announcement from Google blog or check the Google+ Communities yourself.…

 

Bing Webmaster Guidelines Published

For all webmasters looking to score some traffic from other search engines and not just Google there is a good news, Bing just published their webmaster guidelines.

As you can see in their announcement yesterday Bing webmaster guidelines are covering just the very basics unlike Google webmaster guidelines.…

 

Google Does Take Action Against Content Scrapers

In our two recent experiments we created a number of pages copied from other domains, both cases got much attention but it seems it also got the attention of Google’s search quality algorithm.

Today we’ve received the following message:

Quality Issues

This is good news for all webmasters out there and a sign that Google does care about us and our content.…

 

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