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Bing Reveals URL Keyword Stuffing Spam Filtering Bing Reveals URL Keyword Stuffing Spam Filtering

Bing revealed in a blog post this week that it rolled out an update to its algorithm a few months ago that targets URL keyword stuffing. They had alluded to such an update in another recent post. Igor Rondel, Principal …

Netflix Unveils Instant Search Feature Netflix Unveils Instant Search Feature

Netflix announced the launch of a new search experience for its website, which includes an “instant search” tool, which gives users faster access to titles as well as actors. The company explains in a blog post, “For the new search …

Google Webmaster Academy Expands To More Languages Google Webmaster Academy Expands To More Languages

Google launched Webmaster Academy in 2012 as a way to help small businesses improve their web and Google presence through education about various webmaster topics. It even added Panda update guidance at one point. Last year, Google expanded the offering …

New Google Panda Update Refresh Suspected New Google Panda Update Refresh Suspected

Google hasn’t confirmed that it rolled out a new Panda refresh, but signs point to one hitting on September 5th (Friday), according to Search Engine Roundtable and SEOs. Barry Schwartz points to a post in the Google Webmaster Help forum …

Leo Tolstoy: Russian Author Celebrated with Google Doodle Leo Tolstoy: Russian Author Celebrated with Google Doodle

Today, Google is honoring famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy with a Doodle documenting some of his most important works, novels like Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana in 1828 into Russian …

EU: Google Must Make Additional Concessions EU: Google Must Make Additional Concessions

It’s starting to look like the EU’s antitrust probe into Google may never end, as the European Commission has now said that Google must once again make more concessions. Google has already offered a revised proposal three times, aimed at …

Bing Takes Image Product Offline After Getty Suit Bing Takes Image Product Offline After Getty Suit

As reported last week, Getty Images is suing Microsoft over a tool the latter recently launched, which enables people to embed slideshows of images from Bing Image Search on their websites. The tool is called the Bing Image Widget, which …

Google’s Schmidt: We Built Google For Users, Not Websites Google’s Schmidt: We Built Google For Users, Not Websites

Google has said it before, but now it has said it again: “We built Google for users, not websites.” Think you got a raw deal from a recent algorithm change? Sorry, they built Google for users, not websites. Think Google …

Microsoft Gives MSN A Big Overhaul Microsoft Gives MSN A Big Overhaul

Microsoft announced a new rebuilding of MSN, which is geared toward a “mobile-first” and “cloud-first” experience. The top of the page includes quick access to what Microsoft is calling the “Services Stripe,” which includes email, OneDrive, OneNote, Facebook, Twitter, Office …

Google Settles Photographer Copyright Suit Google Settles Photographer Copyright Suit

Google announced that it has settled with a group of photographers, visual artists, and affiliated associations over a lawsuit related to copyrighted material in Google Books. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Google said in a statement, …

Google Makes It Easier For People To Search For Your Content Google Makes It Easier For People To Search For Your Content

Google announced that it’s now showing a new and improved sitelinks search box within search results, which will make it easier to find specific content on third-party websites from Google itself. The box is more prominent, and supports autocomplete. Here’s …

Getty Images Sues Microsoft Over Bing Image Tool Getty Images Sues Microsoft Over Bing Image Tool

Getty Images is suing Microsoft over a tool the latter recently launched enabling people to embed slideshows of images from Bing Image Search on their websites. The tool is called the Bing Image Widget, which Microsoft describes in the following …

Were Your Google Authorship Efforts All For Nothing? Were Your Google Authorship Efforts All For Nothing?

Google introduced authorship support over three years ago, leading webmasters and anyone concerned with SEO to jump through a new set of hoops to make sure their faces were visible in Google search results, and hopefully even get better rankings …

Google Blog Search Goes Away (Kind Of) Google Blog Search Goes Away (Kind Of)

Google Blog Search is no more – at least as a standalone offering from the search engine. Search Engine Land points out that if you go to its previous home – google.com/blogsearch – it simply redirects you to the Google …

Google Just Killed Authorship Entirely Google Just Killed Authorship Entirely

Google announced that it is no longer using authorship markup or displaying author information in search results, saying that it just wasn’t as useful as expected. Actually, it was Google’s John Mueller who announced the change on his personal Google+ …

Google To Keep Even More Traffic For Itself Google To Keep Even More Traffic For Itself

Google announced the launch of Knowledge Graph a little over two years ago. It’s already become inadequate for Google’s needs. The search engine wants to be able to quickly answer all of your questions without having to send you to …

Google Opens Up Registration For ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Events Google Opens Up Registration For ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Events

Google has opened up registration for its first public consultations regarding the “right to be forgotten” law in Europe. The company previously announced its scheduled dates, which are as follows: September 9 in Madrid, Spain September 10 in Rome, Italy …

Foursquare Now Offers Self-Destructing Tips Foursquare Now Offers Self-Destructing Tips

With Foursquare’s revamped app, tips are the new check-ins. Today, the company is trying to make tips more helpful by letting them disappear after they’re no longer relevant. Getting in on the ephemeral everything craze, Foursquare is unveiling ephemeral tips. …

Althea Gibson Honored With Google Doodle On Birthday Althea Gibson Honored With Google Doodle On Birthday

Althea Gibson is the subject of a new Google Doodle currently gracing the search engine’s homepage in the U.S. The tennis legend was born on this day in 1927. Gibson was the first black athlete to play international tennis, and …

German Regulator Won’t Pursue Complaint Against Google German Regulator Won’t Pursue Complaint Against Google

A regulator in Germany has reportedly decided not to pursue a complaint against Google by publishers who don’t like the way Google surfaces their articles. While a law passed in Germany last year that enables publishers to keep Google and …

Is Google Making Too Many Changes To Search? Is Google Making Too Many Changes To Search?

Google celebrated the ten year anniversary of its initial public offering this week, and reflected on the past decade of search and some of the major changes it has made. Everybody knows that Google is constantly changing its algorithm. They’ve …