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Google EMD Update: Good Or Bad For Search? Google EMD Update: Good Or Bad For Search?
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On Friday, Google’s Matt Cutts revealed that Google was rolling out a new algorithm update geared at reducing “low-quality” exact match domains in search results. He indicated that “the EMD algo” affects 0.6% of English-US queries “to a noticeable degree”. …

Matt Cutts Just Announced A Google Algorithm Change Matt Cutts Just Announced A Google Algorithm Change
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Google’s Matt Cutts just announced a new Google algorithm change via Twitter. He says it will reduce low-quality “exact-match” domains in search results. It sounds like an extension of the last change he tweeted about, which was aimed at improving …

Google News Gets A New Ranking Signal, And It’s A Keywords Meta Tag Google News Gets A New Ranking Signal, And It’s A Keywords Meta Tag
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Google announced the news_keywords metatag for publishers in Google News to help Google better identify and understand content that is related to things that are in the news. Do you think this is a good direction for Google News? Let …

Did This Google Update Actually Improve Results? Did This Google Update Actually Improve Results?
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Google messes with its algorithm every day, but it’s not every day that Google lets us know about what it’s doing. On Friday, Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted about a new update to Google’s algorithm, which he said, “improves the diversity …

Google Panda Update: Refresh Is Rolling Out Google Panda Update: Refresh Is Rolling Out
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Google announced that a data refresh is rolling out for Panda, and that webmasters should expect “some flux” over the next few days. Here’s a tweet Google just posted: Follow @google A Googler @google Panda refresh is rolling out—expect some …

Google Launched An Update This Week To Improve Domain Diversity Google Launched An Update This Week To Improve Domain Diversity
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Google launched an algorithm update that affects the diversity of search results. Google’s head of webspam and Distinguished Engineer, tweeted: Follow @mattcutts Matt Cutts @mattcutts Just fyi, we rolled out a small algo change this week that improves the diversity …

Google Panda Update: Some Wonder If One Just Happened Google Panda Update: Some Wonder If One Just Happened
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Some webmasters suspect that Google may have launched a new significant Panda update. This kind of suspicion is fairly common. Sometimes it turns out to be accurate, and sometimes not so much. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable, who regularly …

Google Penguin Update Refresh Suspected Google Penguin Update Refresh Suspected
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Last month, Google’s Matt Cutts made some comments at the Search Engine Strategies conference, reportedly indicating that the next Penguin update would be “jarring”. Since then, webmasters have been waiting for the big day when Google drops the hammer. Last …

What Google’s Synonym Treatment Means For Businesses What Google’s Synonym Treatment Means For Businesses
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Google is getting better at understanding synonyms, and that is part of the search engine’s decreasing dependence on keywords for returning results. What does this mean for businesses trying get in front of Google searchers? That’s a question that could …

Google, Takedown Requests & The Unknown Google, Takedown Requests & The Unknown
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As you may know, Google is now using the amount of takedown requests it receives for a site as a ranking signal. Google publicly announced this change earlier this month, and it’s been something of a controversial topic within the …

Webmasters Suspect A Significant Google Algorithm Update Just Happened Webmasters Suspect A Significant Google Algorithm Update Just Happened
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There are some rumblings that Google may have made a significant update to its algrorithm this week, sometime in the vicinity of August 28. Search Engine Roundtable points to a WebmasterWorld forum thread where some webmasters are commenting on substantial …

Removal Requests Actually Down, Following Google Algorithm Change Removal Requests Actually Down, Following Google Algorithm Change
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On August 10, Google announced that it would be updating its algorithm the following week to include a new ranking signal for the number of “valid copyright removal notices” it receives for a given site. Do you think Google’s addition …

Google Panda Update: Data Refresh Launched Monday Google Panda Update: Data Refresh Launched Monday
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Google tweeted today that it launched a data refresh for the Panda update on Monday. According to the company, about 1% of queries were noticeably affected. Follow @google A Googler @google Panda data refresh this past Monday. ~1% of queries …

Google Penguin Update: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Google Penguin Update: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
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Last year, Google launched the Panda update, and wreaked havoc across the web on sites doing little to contribute to the quality of content appearing throughout Google’s search engine. This year, it’s been the Penguin update doing the wreaking (with …

Matt Cutts: Google Updates Will Be Jarring For A While Matt Cutts: Google Updates Will Be Jarring For A While
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Google Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts made a surprise appearance at the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Francisco this morning, dropping a fair amount of knowledge on the SEO community. Bas van den Beld at State Of Search has a …

Google Gets Better At Not Having To Send Users To Other Sites Google Gets Better At Not Having To Send Users To Other Sites
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Google went longer than usual without sharing its normally monthly lists of algorithm changes and “search quality highlights,” but finally, at the end of last week, the company put up one giant list covering changes it made in June and …

Google Reveals Some Recent Changes To How It Ranks Results Google Reveals Some Recent Changes To How It Ranks Results
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Google released a giant list of 86 “search quality” changes it made in June and July, beyond the various changes it had already blogged about. We’re breaking down the list by various categories to take a closer look at the …

23 Recent Changes Google Made To Give You Better Quick Answers 23 Recent Changes Google Made To Give You Better Quick Answers
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On Friday, Google released a list of 86 changes it made to its search engine over June and July. Some of them were directly related to quality, some related to ranking, some related to mobile, some related to how it …

Remember, Google’s Newest Ranking Signal Is Only 1 Of Over 200 Remember, Google’s Newest Ranking Signal Is Only 1 Of Over 200
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Google announced on Friday that starting this week, it would begin using the number of “valid” copyright removal notices it gets for a site as a ranking signal. This immediately rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. In fact, …

Google Moves Further Away From Keyword Dependence Google Moves Further Away From Keyword Dependence
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It seems that June, for Google, was all about improving how the search engine deals with natural language. On Friday, Google released a giant list of changes it made over the course of June and July. There were 86 entries …

10 Natural Language Search Improvements Google Has Recently Made 10 Natural Language Search Improvements Google Has Recently Made
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Late on Friday, Google finally unveiled its “search quality highlights” lists for both June and July in one fell swoop. In all, there were 86 changes to wade through, and we’re still wading. You can see the whole list here. …