Archive for ‘SEO News & Updates’

Google Semantic Search: It’s Alive!

We’ve been waiting for more semantic results from Google since the acquisition of Freebase. Well now it’s here!

Steps

State of Search reported on interesting types of search results starting to show in Google so we went to investigate further.

Our initial search queries were around business people, politicians and other well-known people.…

 

Webmaster Tools Redesigned and Improved

Some changes we like, some we don’t, but as far as I’m concerned, any update to Google Webmaster Tools is a welcomed update, especially if it’s goal is to improve usability.

gwt dashboard

Google just released a few changes to Webmaster Tools[1].…

 

Backlink Reports in Google Analytics Social Reporting

What was one of the things that missed out when you log in to your Google analytics? Don’t answer, I’m sure there are tons of things we would like there or in Google Webmaster Tools, but Google thought that the best thing to add is a backlink report section.…

 

Bing Search New Design & Maybe Even More

Bing has been loyal to their look for quite some time now, but with Google making massive changes to how they look, how they display results and what results they display they probably figured it was time for them to step in and change a few things as to improve the usability.…

 

Improved Top Search Queries Data in Google Webmaster Tools

As SEOs and webmasters we rely on data to make online business better, as such we need webmaster tools, analytics and the like. So any improvement to these tools is a great asset to all of us. We already had a few improvements to top search query data, but there is more.…

 

Google Algorithm Change Directed at Webspam

Can anyone say over-optimisation? Online community has been buzzing about over-optimisation lately, but we don’t know what it is exactly or whether such penalty/update exists. But as things stand now, it seems that something similar is going to happen in a few days.…

 

Google ‘Parks’ Domains by Mistake, Causes Major Ranking Flux

Matt Cutts clarifies the error that has caused major fluctuations in Google rankings this week.

In the light of recent search quality efforts an innocent glitch at Google has cause much disruption and concern among webmaster and the SEO community. As usual most quickly jumped to conclusion that their website may be “penalised” for bad links and some thought they were a victim of “link attack” by competitors.…

 

Google Updates Rich Snippets

Google has introduced two updates to rich snippets including global support of product rich snippets and HTML input inclusion in rich snippet testing tool.

Product Rich Snippets

Product rich snippets give us the ability to display price, availability, ratings and similar extra information to our core snippet.…

 

Google Sends 20,000 Hacked Website Notifications

Matt Cutts from Google has just announced that they have sent out 20,000 messages to owners of websites which may have been hacked.

As part of Google’s search quality efforts, strong communication with the webmaster community continues via numerous on-line channels.…

 

Canonical vs. Hreflang

Google clarifies webmaster questions around potential conflicting nature of rel canonical and hreflang annotation.

hreflang

Briefly about rel=”alternate” hreflang=”x”

Websites which serve the same content in multiple languages can utilise the rel=”alternate” hreflang=”x” annotations to help Google decide which version to serve to which language group.…

 

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