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Matt Cutts Is Disappearing For A While Matt Cutts Is Disappearing For A While

Just ahead of the holiday weekend, Google’s head of webspam Matt Cutts announced that he is taking leave from Google through at least October, which means we shouldn’t be hearing from him (at least about Google) for at least three …

Google Continues Link Network Attack Google Continues Link Network Attack

It would appear that Google’s attack on European link networks is not over (if it ever will be). Google has been penalizing link networks on the Internet with a vengeance over the past year or so, with much of the …

Is Google Search Result Removal Going Too Far? Is Google Search Result Removal Going Too Far?

Of course it is, and of course it will continue to do so. Do you think Google removing results at people’s request is problematic? Share your thoughts in the comments. You probably know the story by now. In May, the …

Google Panda Update Leads To Death Of Yahoo Product Google Panda Update Leads To Death Of Yahoo Product

As you probably know, Google’s Panda update originally targeted content farm sites. Demand Media’s eHow was the poster child, but back in the early Panda days, Yahoo also had such a content network called Associated Content. After Panda, it deleted …

Yahoo Shuts Down A Bunch Of Products Yahoo Shuts Down A Bunch Of Products

Yahoo announced today that it is shutting down a handful of products: Newlook Service, Research Reports, Bookmarks.yahoo.com, People Search, Xobni, Yahoo Toolbar on Chrome, Yahoo Shine, Yahoo Voices, and the Yahoo Contributor Network. These follow the closure of Yahoo Avatars, …

If Links Are Changed Between Crawls, Google Will Apparently Trust Them Less If Links Are Changed Between Crawls, Google Will Apparently Trust Them Less

Here’s a bit of interesting info about how Google views links. Apparently the search engine trusts them less if they’ve been changed. That is according to former Googler Pedro Dias, who used to work on the Search Quality and Webspam …

‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Notices Hit Webmaster Tools ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Notices Hit Webmaster Tools

Last week, Google started honoring “right to be forgotten” requests in search results, showing the following notice on search results pages for some name searches: Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more Now, …

Bing Adds New Twitter Search Features Bing Adds New Twitter Search Features

Bing announced on Friday that it is rolling out a feature that lets you search for specific Twitter profiles or hashtags. If you just do a hashtag search, it will give you results for recent tweets for it like so: …

Google Removing Authors’ Google+ Photo, Circle Count in Search Results Google Removing Authors’ Google+ Photo, Circle Count in Search Results

Google has just announced a shakeup in how authors are displayed when attached to search results. The Authorship results, which feature an author’s Google+ profile pic, Google+ circle count, and a link to their profile are about to look a …

As Google Begins to Forget, Do You Really Have a ‘Right to Be Forgotten’? As Google Begins to Forget, Do You Really Have a ‘Right to Be Forgotten’?

The internet doesn’t forget. Ask anyone who’s been punished by the brutal truth of the web. The internet doesn’t care that you didn’t really mean what you said in that tweet. The internet doesn’t care that you were super drunk …

Google Makes It Easier to Listen to the Music You’re Seeking Google Makes It Easier to Listen to the Music You’re Seeking

If you’re in the US and an Android user, Google has just made it super easy to listen to the music you’re searching for. Now, when you look up bands and musicians in Google search, Google will display a new …

Google Looks At Apparent IE Sponsored Post Spam Google Looks At Apparent IE Sponsored Post Spam

Tech blogger/investor Michael Arrington revealed that someone who claimed to be a “social strategist on behalf of Microsoft” tried to get him to write about Internet Explorer for payment. The message he got says: Hi Michael, I work as a …

Facebook Graph Search For Mobile Spotted Facebook Graph Search For Mobile Spotted

It’s been a year and a half since Facebook first unveiled Graph Search. Since then the updates have been few and far between, that it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are supposed to be more features coming to it. …

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 …