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Is Google’s Panda Not Doing Its Job Well Enough?

Google has been advising webmasters against publishing thin content for years. In fact, the famous/infamous Panda update was designed to weed thin content out of the high rankings of Google’s search results. Obviously that hasn’t completely deterred websites from producing it. Do you think the Panda update has done its job well? Let us know what you think in the …

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How To Remove Your House From Google Street View

Apparently it’s really easy to get your home blurred out on Google Maps Street View if you don’t like the idea of people looking at where you live. In fact, you can also let Google know you want other things, such as your face, car, license plate, or other objects, blurred if the company’s Street View cars captured them, and …

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Was Google’s Update Really Mobilegeddon?

It turns out Google’s mobile-friendly update didn’t quite have the doomsday impact that some thought it might. I can’t say I’m shocked. While it’s clearly a significant update, these cries of “mobilegeddon” always felt a little sensational to me. While the importance of having a mobile-friendly site can’t be overstated, the fact is that many sites were already mobile-friendly, and …

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Google Street View Now Lets You Tour Madagascar, The World’s Oldest Island

Google announced that Street View has come to Madagascar, which is said to be the world’s oldest island. According to Guinness World Records, Madagascar became an island around 80-100 million years ago, when it split off from the Indian subcontinent. It has an area of 587,041 km² (226,657 miles²), and ranks as the world’s fourth largest island. “For almost 88 …

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Rick Santorum Still Has a ‘Frothy’ Search Problem

It looks like there’s a good chance that former Senator Rick Santorum is going to jump into the fray. He appeared on Fox News Wednesday to discuss his plans with Greta Van Susteren, which at this point is only an announcement to make an announcement. RickSantorum.com asks you to “save your seat for a special announcement on May 27. The …

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Google Is Replacing The Most Used Feature In Webmaster Tools

Google announced the release of the new Search Analytics report in Webmaster Tools, which it promises will deliver webmasters more precise data. It is replacing the Search Queries report, which the company says is the most used feature in Webmaster Tools. “If you manage a website, you need a deep understanding of how users find your site and how your …

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Google Universal Search Trends You Should Be Paying Attention To

The appearance of Google’s Product Listing Ads (PLAs) in search results grew by 118% throughout last year, according to a new study by Searchmetrics. The study also found that video results are blended into 55% of keyword search results ‒ with four in five of the videos coming from YouTube. Have you been seeing more results from Google services lately? …

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Nellie Bly Honored With Google Doodle, Karen O Song

Nellie Bly is the subject of Google’s doodle for May 5, as the day would have been the journalist’s 151st birthday. Bly was her pen name. Her real name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman. She was best known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days and an an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental …

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Is This How Google Is Going To Use Tweets?

It looks like Google’s new Twitter integration might be starting to take effect, with one possible format seen in the wild on Android. Are you looking forward to Google utilizing Twitter more? Discuss. Earlier this year, it came to light that Google and Twitter struck a new deal that would see Google indexing tweets in real time and that tweets …

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Who Invented the Piano? Google Doodle Celebrates 360th Birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori

Who invented the piano? Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco of course! Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who didn’t know. A lot of people don’t know that (if you did, give yourself a nice pat on the back). Google is hoping to make sure a lot more people do know who invented the piano by giving Bartolomeo Cristofori a doodle …

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Google Mobile-Friendly Update Completes Roll-Out

It appears that Google’s mobile-friendly update has fully rolled out, but as of Friday morning, not all pages had been indexed yet, so it’s possible that you’ll still see effects from it that haven’t taken place just yet. That said, it sounds like the impact of the update is far less significant than the “Mobilegeddon” headlines would have had you …

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Google’s Twitter Update Is About To Hit

Long story short, what you say and what others say about you on Twitter may start mattering a lot more. Do you expect to benefit from Google’s coming Twitter integration? Let us know in the comments. We learned in February that Google and Twitter struck a new deal that will see Google indexing tweets in real time. Initial reports indicated …

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