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Will Policy Changes Make Wikipedia More Trustworthy? Will Policy Changes Make Wikipedia More Trustworthy?

The Wikimedia Foundation announced changes to its terms of service to address the problem of black hat paid editing of content such as Wikipedia articles. With half a billion people using Wikipedia every month, and the major search engines drawing …

Google Makes Reconsideration Request Responses More Helpful Google Makes Reconsideration Request Responses More Helpful

It appears that Google is actually making the reconsideration request process more helpful for webmasters by giving them more clues on what the problems are with their sites. At the Search Marketing Expo last week, Google’s Matt Cutts said the …

Pinterest Continues To Make Search Improvements Pinterest Continues To Make Search Improvements

Pinterest has been focusing a lot of its efforts on search lately, and that continues with the announcement of some improvements to place search. Back in November, Pinterest launched Place Pins for those interested in traveling. The pins provide details …

Google Launches New Version Of Payday Loan Algorithm Google Launches New Version Of Payday Loan Algorithm

Last month, Google rolled out two major updates to its algorithm around the same time – new versions of the famous Panda update and the “Payday Loans” update, which is one of its ways of fighting spam. A newer version …

Pinterest Gives Your Business Another Reason To Pay Attention Pinterest Gives Your Business Another Reason To Pay Attention

Pinterest has moved another step closer to being a major search tool with the addition of Guided Search to its website. The feature launched on Pinterest’s mobile apps in April, but will now be available across the broader Pinterest experience, …

Google To Include ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests In Transparency Report Google To Include ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests In Transparency Report

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently ruled that Google and other search engines must take requests for search results to be deleted in what has become known as the “right to be forgotten”. Google then made a …

Doodle 4 Google Competition Gets 11-Year-Old Audrey Zhang $30K Scholarship Doodle 4 Google Competition Gets 11-Year-Old Audrey Zhang $30K Scholarship

If you visit Google’s homepage in the U.S. today, you’ll see a very interesting doodle. That’s the winner for 2014′s Doodle 4 Google competition (the 7th such event). This pleasant doodle comes from 11-year-old Audrey Zhang from New York. Google …

Google, Once Again, Offends with D-Day Doodle Google, Once Again, Offends with D-Day Doodle

In another one for the Google hates America, freedom, and our veterans files, the search engine is once again on the defensive after pissing off some people on D-Day with a Google Doodle. For a brief period this morning, on …

Is Negative SEO Becoming A Bigger Problem For Businesses? Is Negative SEO Becoming A Bigger Problem For Businesses?

Negative SEO – the practice of competitors engaging in SEO attacks in order to harm businesses in search results – has been a concern in the search industry for years. It’s rare that we see any concrete evidence of this …

Google Highlights Guide To Site Moves Google Highlights Guide To Site Moves

Google has released a new guide on how to handle moving your site in a way that’s “Googlebot-friendly”. “Few topics confuse and scare webmasters more than site moves,” say Google Webmaster Trends analysts Pierre Far and Zineb Ait Bahaji. As …

LinkedIn Reveals New Search Architecture LinkedIn Reveals New Search Architecture

LinkedIn just announced a new search architecture that it has already implemented, moving away from Lucene, upon which its early search engines were built, to Galene. LinkedIn’s Sriram Sankar and Asif Makhani explain, “Around a year ago, we decided to …

Google Calls Out Sites In Mobile Results For ‘Faulty Redirects’ Google Calls Out Sites In Mobile Results For ‘Faulty Redirects’

Google is calling out webistes with “faulty redirects” in mobile search results to save users from having to deal with the “common annoyance” of tapping a search result only to be redirected to a site’s mobile homepage. This occurs when …

Here’s Another Matt Cutts Floating Head Video (About The Most Common SEO Mistake) Here’s Another Matt Cutts Floating Head Video (About The Most Common SEO Mistake)

We’ll just keep this one short like the video itself. The most common SEO mistake you can make, according to Matt Cutts, is not having a website. Hopefully you feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth on that one. Once again, …

Google ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests Reportedly Averaging 10K Per Day Google ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests Reportedly Averaging 10K Per Day

After the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Google and other search engines must take requests for search results to be deleted in what has become known as the “right to be forgotten,” Google immediately received 12,000 …

Is Apple Weaning People Off Google? Is Apple Weaning People Off Google?

As you’ve probably heard, Apple revealed its new Mac and iOS operating systems on Monday – OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 respectively. While the company didn’t exactly pitch them as such, it revealed some new features, which some think …

Google Talks Determining Quality When There Aren’t Links Google Talks Determining Quality When There Aren’t Links

Google has a new Webmaster Help video out talking about how it looks at quality of content that doesn’t have many links pointing to it. Specifically, Matt Cutts takes on the following question: How does Google determine quality content if …

Google Ads Reportedly Catch Eye Of UK Regulator Google Ads Reportedly Catch Eye Of UK Regulator

Google is reportedly being monitored by the Financial Conduct Authority, a financial services watchdog in the UK, in relation to its comparison ads. The Telegraph’s James Titcomb reports (h/t: Greg Sterling): Of particular concern is that Google’s listing of search …

Google Expected To Expand ‘Ok, Google’ With ‘Always-On’ Listening On Android Google Expected To Expand ‘Ok, Google’ With ‘Always-On’ Listening On Android

The Moto X lets you search Google without touching the device. It utilizes “always-on” listening, which makes the device more useful when you’re doing other things (like driving). Rumor has it that this type of functionality is coming to the …

Google’s Transparency Called Into Question Again Google’s Transparency Called Into Question Again

Though it’s back in Google’s results now, another company is making headlines for being penalized by Google. This time it’s Vivint, which produces smart thermostats, and competes with Nest, which Google acquired earlier this year. PandoDaily’s James Robinson wrote an …

Press Release Sites Take A Hit In Google’s Rankings Press Release Sites Take A Hit In Google’s Rankings

It would appear that some big name press release distribution sites have taken a hit in Google. Sean Malseed at Seer Interactive pointed out that PRWeb lost over half of its traffic, and dropped out of the first 20 Google …

Is Google’s Panda Update Helping Small Businesses? Is Google’s Panda Update Helping Small Businesses?

Early last week, Google pushed out a couple of big algorithm updates: a new version of the so-called “Payday Loans” update and a new generation of the famous/infamous Panda update. Google has been talking up the latter for a while, …