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Bing Mobile Apps Get Some Updates

Bing Mobile Apps Get Some Updates

Microsoft announced some updates to its Android and iPhone apps. While they company describes both updates as major, this is especially the case for Android. There’s a new mobile search experience on Google’s operating system. “The Bing App on Android brings together the information you need, connected to the apps you trust – all to help you “find” and “do” …

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Google Announces JSON-LD Support For Reviews and Products Structured Data Markup

Google Announces JSON-LD Support For Reviews and Products Structured Data Markup

Google announced JSON-LD support for Reviews and Products structured data markup. Webmaster trends analyst John Mueller wrote in a Google+ post (via Search Engine Roundtable) that along with the launch of support for JSON-LD for Reviews and Products structured data markup, they’ve also “cleaned up” some of their application logic. “For example, requirements for explicit reviewed item and correct property …

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Google’s Search Leader Amit Singhal Is Moving On

Google’s Search Leader Amit Singhal Is Moving On

Matt Cutts, who to many webmasters and online marketers, was basically the face of Google Search for many years, stepped away in 2014. Now, Amit Singhal, who has led the company’s search efforts, is moving on. Singhal announced the news in a letter on Google+ today, saying that after fifteen years with the company, he wants to spend more time …

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Google Preps Series of Hangouts To Discuss AMP Ahead of Launch

Google Preps Series of Hangouts To Discuss AMP Ahead of Launch

Later this month, Google will begin sending search traffic to Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), and to get webmasters and publishers ready, they’ll be hosting a series of hangouts around various elements. “Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a global, industry-wide initiative, with publishers large and small all focused on the same goal: a better, faster mobile web,” Google says on the …

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Yahoo Gets Some Search Updates

Yahoo Gets Some Search Updates

Yahoo has been making a lot of product announcements this week. First it announced a new homepage and mobile app, then some enhancements to Yahoo Mail. Now, the company is announcing some search updates in time for some big events (the Super Bowl, the primaries, and the Oscars). Yahoo’s Paul Yiu explains, “Now, with a quick search for the Carolina …

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Google Sends Search Console Messages About AMP

Google Sends Search Console Messages About AMP

Google is starting to send some publishers messages about AMP in Search Console. G-Squared Interactive digital marketing consultant Glenn Gabe shared a screenshot on Twitter (via Search Engine Roundtable) showing what it looks like. It tells publishers: Google has detected that news content on your site might benefit from enhanced exposure on Google Search if you implement Accelerated Mobile Pages …

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Google Adds Google Analytics Support for AMP

Google Adds Google Analytics Support for AMP

While this was always intended to be part of the whole thing, Google just announced Google Analytics support for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), which the search engine will start sending traffic to next month. Earlier this week, Google said AMP will support most ad-serving scenarios you’re likely to use, so that’s helpful too. In a post on the Google Analytics …

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It Looks Like Apple Street View is On the Way

It Looks Like Apple Street View is On the Way

It looks like Apple is getting ready to significantly boost the quality of its Maps product, possibly with its own Street-View like feature. Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land points to a page on the Apple Maps site describing its vehicles and discussing locations they will be covering. Here’s what it says: Apple is driving vehicles around the world to …

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Microsoft Launches Bing-Powered ‘News Pro’ App for iOS

Microsoft Launches Bing-Powered ‘News Pro’ App for iOS

Microsoft has a new iOS app called News Pro in the App Store. The app description says: News Pro helps you search for news around your work every day. Fuel your unique interests with over a million topics to choose from. Get informed efficiently by locating the most important and relevant articles each day based off what interests you. Leverage …

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FairSearch Coalition Loses Microsoft Support

FairSearch Coalition Loses Microsoft Support

It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from the FairSearch coalition. In fact, they haven’t issued a news release since last April. FairSearch, if you’ll recall, is an organization made up of Google competitors who banded together to lobby against the search giant and persuade governing bodies that the company is anti-competitive. One of the big names attached to …

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Google Penguin Update Timeframe Now ‘This Quarter’

Google Penguin Update Timeframe Now ‘This Quarter’

The much anticipated Google Penguin update has been expected this month, but from the sound of it, that’s unlikely at this point. Google’s Gary Illyes mentioned on Twitter (via Search Engine Roundtable) that it is probably “weeks” off and that Google is aiming for this quarter. @mrjamiedodd I'll go with weeks. We're aiming for launching penguin this quarter, but we …

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Google Search Console Adds AMP Error Reports

Google Search Console Adds AMP Error Reports

Google announced that it is providing a preview of error reports for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) in Search Console. This will help sites get ready for the official launch next month. The reports can be found under Search Appearance – Accelerated Mobile Pages. “The goal here is to make it easier to spot issues in your AMP implementation across the …

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Google Unveils New Site For Webmasters

Google Unveils New Site For Webmasters

Google announced the launch of a new website for webmasters. There, you’ll find access (and an introduction) to Search Console, Webmaster support/help center, learning resources like Webmaster Academy and guidelines, community links, the webmaster blog, an event calendar, etc. “We spent a lot of time making this site right for you,” says Google Senior Webmaster Relations Specialist Mary Chen. “We …

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Google Better Prepares You For Its Big Forthcoming Change

Google Better Prepares You For Its Big Forthcoming Change

February is getting closer, and you know what that means. Google announced last month that in late February, it would begin sending traffic to Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) from Google Search. Have you looked into setting up AMP yet? If yes, how has the experience been? If no, do you plan to? Let us know in the comments. Just in …

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Google Lets Android Users Download Apps Directly From Search Results

Google Lets Android Users Download Apps Directly From Search Results

Google appears to be rolling out a change to mobile search results on Android that let users download apps from the results page without having to to do from the Google Play store. A few reports have come out about this. It’s possible that it’s only a test, but a lot of people seem to be getting it. As far …

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Another Google Update Gets Webmasters’ Attention

Another Google Update Gets Webmasters’ Attention

Last week, a big update to Google’s core search algorithm dominated the SEO headlines (along with the fact that Google said that Panda is now baked into the core algorithm). The update rolled out the weekend prior, and it looks as though history has repeated itself. Now there are reports of another big core update from this past weekend with …

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These 5 Google Search APIs Are Going Away Next Month

These 5 Google Search APIs Are Going Away Next Month

All the way back in 2011, Google announced that it would shut down a number of APIs, including several search-related ones. Some of them, however, have remained available. Now, these are about to completely go away. In a post on the Google Developers Blog, Cloud Platform technical program manager Vijay Subramani writes: Back in 2011, we announced the deprecation of …

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More On Google Panda And The Core Update

More On Google Panda And The Core Update

This week saw a couple of major pieces of SEO news. One was the aftermath of a Google Core algorithm update, which rolled out about a week ago. The other is that the infamous Panda algorithm is now baked into that core algorithm. Have you noticed any significant Google changes since the update? Let us know in the comments. There …

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Google Core Update Winners And Losers Analyzed

Google Core Update Winners And Losers Analyzed

About a week ago, Google launched a big update to its core algorithm, catching the attention of many webmasters and SEOs. It was also revealed that Panda is now part of Google’s core algorithm, but consensus is that this particular update wasn’t Panda related. Searchmetrics, which often compiles lists of “winners” and “losers” from significant Google updates based on their …

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It Looks Like Instagram Is Improving Search Again

It Looks Like Instagram Is Improving Search Again

Last summer, Instagram made some big changes to its search functionality including the addition of Places Search and some other new discovery avenues. It also expanded search from mobile to desktop. They’re tinkering around with search once again. Photographer Anthony Quintano (via TheNextWeb) noticed that the app is now showing some Facebook-like functionality, showing who follows you back in search …

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Google+ App Gets Update, Improved Search

Google+ App Gets Update, Improved Search

Google announced the launch of a new update for its Google+ Android app to version 7.0.0. The update has begun rolling out, and will continue over the next day or two. “This version includes two of our most requested Android fixes and a number of additional updates,” says Luke Wroblewski in a Google+ update (via 9to5Google). The update includes (via …

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Moz Finds HTTPS URLs 25% of Page-One Google Results Across 10,000 Queries

Moz Finds HTTPS URLs 25% of Page-One Google Results Across 10,000 Queries

Google made HTTPS a ranking signal in its algorithm about a year and a half ago. According to Moz, HTTPS URLs make up about 25% of page-1 results in the MozCast 10K. The 10K refers to a set of 10,000 queries across 20 industry categories. Moz Marketing Scientist Dr. Pete Meyers tweeted (via Search Engine Roundtable): HTTPS: URLs are currently …

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An Important Change To Google’s Panda

An Important Change To Google’s Panda

The Google Panda Update has been around for five years and has dominated more headlines than probably any other Google algorithm change over that time. It was so big that it transcended industry press, making headlines from more mainstream media outlets. An important change has been made with Panda, and it affects how Google utilizes it from here on out. …

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Google Adds Local Business Editing To Knowledge Panel

Google Adds Local Business Editing To Knowledge Panel

Some businesses can now edit their Google business listings directly from the Knowledge Panel, without having to go to the Google My Business dashboard. Back in November from the State of Search conference, Search Engine Roundtable reported that Google had indicated this feature was on the horizon. Now local search guy Mike Blumenthal points to a Google+ post from Prya …

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Alice Paul Gets Google Doodle Tribute On 131st Birthday

Alice Paul Gets Google Doodle Tribute On 131st Birthday

Alice Paul would have been 131 today, and Google is honoring the women’s rights activist with a special doodle on its homepage and other search properties. Alice Paul led the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment, prohibiting discrimination of sex when it comes to voting. After its passage, she led the National Woman’s Party and fought for an equal rights …

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Google Webmaster Guy Hasn’t Seen Penguin Yet

Google Webmaster Guy Hasn’t Seen Penguin Yet

For a significant part of last year, we heard that Google’s next Penguin update would likely happen before the end of the year. That didn’t happen. Last month, Google finally admitted it wasn’t going to. At the time, it sounded like it wasn’t quite ready yet, but was very close. It also sounded like it would likely happen THIS month. …

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Biz Stone’s Jelly Is Back With ‘Entirely New’ Approach

Biz Stone’s Jelly Is Back With ‘Entirely New’ Approach

Two years ago, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched Jelly, a new Q&A service serving as “a new way to search.” It got a lot of attention for a little while there…until it didn’t. The world largely forgot about its existence, and they even stopped working on it. Now it’s back. We're back! Learn more about what we're up to and …

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Bing Talks 2016 Search Predictions, Looks At ’15 Trends

Bing Talks 2016 Search Predictions, Looks At ’15 Trends

Microsoft is talking up the importance of search to marketers looking for “smart brand connections”. In doing so, it shares a look at the top marketing buzzwords searched in the U.S. last year: David Pann, General Manager of Microsoft Search Advertising goes on to make seven search predictions for 2016. These boil down to: 1. Search marketing will harness the …

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Google Search Console Adds New App Indexing Error Type

Google Search Console Adds New App Indexing Error Type

Last year, Google app indexing came into its own with the company officially making it a ranking signal and implementing it in iOS. Now, Google has announced a refresh of Android app-indexing crawl errors data in Search Console, simplifying the error types it shows. There are now three error types that appear in the App Crawl Status report: Package not …

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Google Invites You To Try AMP Features in Search Console

Google Invites You To Try AMP Features in Search Console

Google recently said that it will start sending search traffic to Accelerated Mobile Pages sometime in late February. Just ahead of the holidays, Google was found to already be showing AMP-related errors in Search Console to some users. This week, Google Webmaster Trends analyst John Mueller posted on Google+ asking if you’re interested in trying out AMP features in Search …

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