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Google Has Reputable Sites Afraid To Link Naturally Google Has Reputable Sites Afraid To Link Naturally

And the freaking out continues…. As mentioned in a previous post, Google has reignited the link removal hysteria by going after guest blog posts. People who have written guests posts on other sites over the years are now rushing to …

Matt Cutts Talks About Coming Google Algorithm Changes Matt Cutts Talks About Coming Google Algorithm Changes

Google seems to have announced some coming changes to its algorithm in the latest “Webmaster Help” video. Head of webspam Matt Cutts said the search engine is working on some changes that will help it better determine when a site …

Matt Cutts Does His Best HAL 9000 Matt Cutts Does His Best HAL 9000

In the latest “Webmaster Help” video, Google’s Matt Cutts takes on a question from “Dave,” who asks, “When will you stop changing things?” “Look, I’m sorry, Dave, but I can’t do that,” he replies. Yes, the quote is actually, “I’m …

Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools

Google announced an adjustment to the way sites’ index status data appears in Webmaster Tools. The index status feature now tracks a site’s indexed URLs for both HTTP and HTTPS as well as for verified subdirectories. In the past, it …

Cutts Talks Evaluating Quality Of Google Algorithm Changes Cutts Talks Evaluating Quality Of Google Algorithm Changes

In the latest “Webmaster Help” video from Google, Matt Cutts talks about what goes into evaluating the quality of an algorithm change before they push it out. Here’s the question he was answering: What are some of the metrics that …

Google Fined $166K In India Antitrust Probe Google Fined $166K In India Antitrust Probe

Google has been fined by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to the tune of roughly $166,000 (US) in relation to an antitrust probe launched two years ago. The probe began after a complaint from consumer advocacy group Consumer Unity …

Google Makes Navigation More Customizable Google Makes Navigation More Customizable

Google just made its general navigation more customizable. In a Google+ post, the company announced that you can now rearrange the various Google apps that you use in whatever order you like. If you use Drive and Google+ more than …

Is Google More Focused On Penalties Or Positive Features? Is Google More Focused On Penalties Or Positive Features?

While it’s nothing new, a lot of webmasters are frustrated with Google for penalties their sites have received. The recent attack on guest blog posts has sparked a whole new round of outcries. Google says, however, that it tries to …

Cutts On How Google Views “Sister Sites” Cutts On How Google Views “Sister Sites”

In the latest “Webmaster Help” video from Google, Matt Cutts takes on the following question: Is there any way Google identifies “sister” websites? For example, relationships between eBay.co.uk and eBay.com? Does linking from one to the other taken as paid …

PSA: The Topics You Include On Your Blog Must Please Google PSA: The Topics You Include On Your Blog Must Please Google

Have you thought about branching out in different directions for your blog content? It might not be a great idea if you’re worried about staying on Google’s good side. No, it would appear that you need to stay focused on …

Matt Cutts Gives SEO Tip For Disavow Links Tool Matt Cutts Gives SEO Tip For Disavow Links Tool

Google’s Matt Cutts randomly tweeted a tip about the Disavow Links tool. Don’t delete your old file if you upload a new one because it “confuses folks,” and the last thing you’d want to do is confuse Google if you’re …

Google Granted The Panda Patent? Google Granted The Panda Patent?

Google has been granted what could be its patent for the controversial Panda update. It was filed on September 28, 2012, a year and a half after the update first launched, and awarded this week on March 25th. It may …

Google Still Needs Websites To Help It Answer Questions Google Still Needs Websites To Help It Answer Questions

As Google’s Knowledge Graph continues to give users “quick answers” to their queries, it reduces the need to have to click over to another website. Google has quietly been serving a new kind of Knowledge Graph-style result, however, which actually …

Google’s Attack On Guest Blogging Reignites Irrational Link Removal Craze Google’s Attack On Guest Blogging Reignites Irrational Link Removal Craze

Remember the days when you could build some nice solid links by writing guest posts on other people’s blogs and publications? Well, it’s entirely possible that those days are still here, but Google is freaking people out once again in …

Cutts On Determining If You Were Hit By An Algorithmic Penalty Cutts On Determining If You Were Hit By An Algorithmic Penalty

If you’ve ever lost your search engine rankings to a competing site, you may have wondered if you were suffering from an algorithmic penalty from Google or if your content simply wasn’t as good as your competitors’. You’re not the …

Dorothy Irene Height Honored With Google Doodle Dorothy Irene Height Honored With Google Doodle

Dorothy Irene Height is being remembered with a Google doodle on her 102nd birthday (she passed away in 2010). Height was a civil rights and women’s rights activist, as well as an educator and administrator. She was the president of …

Spring Equinox Gets A Google Doodle (And Here’s A Look Back At Some Others) Spring Equinox Gets A Google Doodle (And Here’s A Look Back At Some Others)

Google is celebrating the Spring Equinox, otherwise known as the first day of Spring, with an animated Google doodle. It features some ghost/Grimace-like person growing some flowers and assorted plant life before pouring water on his/herself and growing flowers out …

Report: Half Of Google Paid Search Clicks Will Come From Mobile By December Of Next Year Report: Half Of Google Paid Search Clicks Will Come From Mobile By December Of Next Year

50% of Google paid search clicks will come from mobile devices by December of next year, according to Marin Software, which has a new report out on the subject. That figure is based on the current growth rate. The report …

Google Takes Action On Guest Blogging Google Takes Action On Guest Blogging

Google has been warning webmasters about guest blogging for quite a while, but now, the search engine is getting serious. Will going after “guest blogging networks” improve Google’s search results? Let us know what you think. Head of webspam Matt …

‘Disavow Links’ Data Not A Google Ranking Signal…Yet ‘Disavow Links’ Data Not A Google Ranking Signal…Yet

Google is not using data from its Disavow Links tool to hurt sites that are being disavowed in search results. That is according to Google’s John Mueller. Do you think data from the Disavow Links tool should be used as …

Holi (Festival Of Colors) Celebrated With Google Doodle Holi (Festival Of Colors) Celebrated With Google Doodle

As mentioned, Google is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with its annual doodle, but in India, it’s celebrating Holi (the festival of colors) with one. Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of love, and has become popular …