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Wikipedia Wins One Battle Against Black Hat Paid Editing Wikipedia Wins One Battle Against Black Hat Paid Editing

The Wikimedia Foundation announced that it successfully obtained orders preventing four sites, which advertise paid Wikipedia article editing, from using the Wikipedia trademark. The sites are wikipediapagecreators.com, getawikipedia.com, getonwikipedia.com, and onwikipedia.com. The foundation, which has been battling undisclosed paid editing, …

‘Google Tax’ Law Could Lead Google To Shut Down Google News In Spain ‘Google Tax’ Law Could Lead Google To Shut Down Google News In Spain

Spain reportedly passed a law last week that requires sites linking to articles published by those in the country’s newspaper association with snippets – as Google and other search engines do – to pay a tax. This is being referred …

Yelp Gets This Much Favorability In Google And Still Complains? Yelp Gets This Much Favorability In Google And Still Complains?

Yelp frequently complains about how Google treats it in search results, and recently became an official complainant in the EU’s investigation into the search engine’s business practices. Meanwhile, Google appears to be giving Yelp an unprecedented amount of visibility in …

Google’s Knowledge Graph May Get A Timeline Feature Google’s Knowledge Graph May Get A Timeline Feature

Google is testing a new feature for its Knowledge Graph, which lets users explore timelines for select queries. Florian Kiersch, who frequently identifies Google features in testing, posted a video showing the functionality on Google+ (via Search Engine Roundtable): It’s …

Google Update Hits Local Search Results Google Update Hits Local Search Results

Google has reportedly launched a significant algorithm update that’s shaken up local search results in the United States quite a bit. Following a tip from Brian May on Twitter, local search watcher Mike Blumenthal reported on the “turmoil” in local …

History of SEO: Evolve or Die. 24 years in 4 minutes. History of SEO: Evolve or Die. 24 years in 4 minutes.

Remember when Netscape Navigator and Ask Jeeves ruled the roost? Here’s a 4 minute throwback of how search engines have changed in the last 24 years. Learn how smart marketers figured out how to evolve with the changes. Courtesy of …

Google Reportedly Reveals ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Stats Google Reportedly Reveals ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Stats

EU regulators had that meeting with the search engines about the “right to be forgotten” ordeal on Thursday, and Google did indeed participate. There had initially been some question regarding whether or not Google would be in attendance. The Wall …

Yelp Lets You Look At Trends From The Past 10 Years (For Some Cities At Least) Yelp Lets You Look At Trends From The Past 10 Years (For Some Cities At Least)

Yelp is showing off a new tool called Yelp Trends, which gives you access to its ten years’ worth of data to get a look at trends on a city by city basis. Yelp was founded in October of 2004, …

Google Maps Apps Get New ‘Explore’ Feature Google Maps Apps Get New ‘Explore’ Feature

Google announced that it has added a new Explore button to the Google Maps app on Android and iOS, giving users a better way to discover places of interest that are nearby. There was already a “Nearby” feature, but now …

Congressman Reportedly Wants To Investigate Google Over ‘America’ Movie Congressman Reportedly Wants To Investigate Google Over ‘America’ Movie

Earlier this month, Google received a letter from the lawyers of Dinesh D’Souza whose film “America” is not showing up in search results how the filmmakers’ would have liked. People were seeing all kinds of different results for their “America” …

Did Google Penalize A Site For A Natural Link From Moz? Did Google Penalize A Site For A Natural Link From Moz?

Update: We’ve updated the post with some additional comments from Fishkin he gave us via email. See end of article. Google has been on a warpath against what it thinks are unnatural links, but many think it’s off the mark …

Google Expands Flight Search To More Countries Google Expands Flight Search To More Countries

Google announced the expansion of Flight Search into three more countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. This is the first time Google has added countries since launching in Ireland and Poland in March. A year before that, Google launched the offering …

Yahoo’s Search Market Share Reportedly Lowest It’s Ever Been Yahoo’s Search Market Share Reportedly Lowest It’s Ever Been

comScore should be releasing its latest U.S. search market numbers soon, but as Greg Sterling reports, some analysts got them early, and have been talking about them. Yahoo has reportedly fallen below 10% market share, which is the lowest it’s …

Google Penalty Costs eBay Big Time Google Penalty Costs eBay Big Time

Back in May, when Google launched a new version of the Panda update, some quickly noticed that eBay seemed to be taking a hit in the rankings. It turned out that it was apparently at the hands of a manual …

Bing Joins The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Party Bing Joins The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Party

Google has had its “right to be forgotten” request form up and running since late May. Bing has now finally followed suit with its version. If you haven’t been following along with the “right to be forgotten” storyline, I suggest …

EU To Hold Meeting On ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Next Week EU To Hold Meeting On ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Next Week

It doesn’t seem like the whole mess that is the “right to be forgotten” is going to be thoroughly sorted out anytime soon, as regulators in Europe are now taking issue with Google’s implementation of the rules it is being …

Google Webmaster Tools Gets Updated Robots.txt Testing Tool Google Webmaster Tools Gets Updated Robots.txt Testing Tool

Google has released an updated robots.txt testing tool in Webmaster Tools. The tool can be found in the Crawl section. The aim of the new version of the tool is to make it easier to make and maintain a “correct” …

Yelp Reviews Are About To Appear In A Lot More Places Yelp Reviews Are About To Appear In A Lot More Places

Yelp announced some big news late on Tuesday. They’ve increased the call limit on their API to 25,000 per day, and made it easier for developers to use, in addition to opening it up to all developers for free. In …

Google To Note When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results Google To Note When Pages May Not Work In Mobile Results

Google is going to start letting mobile searchers know when results include pages that may not work on their devices. On a device that doesn’t support Flash, for example (which includes iOS and Android versions 4.1 and higher), Google will …

Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update

Yelp has been complaining about trying to compete with Google for years now, but recently, it became an official complainant against the company in its ongoing antitrust case in the EU. With that, Yelp must love Google’s new Google Maps …

Latest Google Search Quality Rating Guidelines Leaked Latest Google Search Quality Rating Guidelines Leaked

As you may know, Google has a group of people called quality raters, who evaluate the quality of sets of search results. Here’s a video of Matt Cutts discussing how Google uses these people: And here he is talking about …