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Prince Drops Linking Lawsuit Against Fans

Prince Drops Linking Lawsuit Against Fans

By Josh Wolford January 29, 2014

You know how Prince is actively suing his fans for posting links on their blogs and Facebook pages that point other fans in the direction of his music? Well, apparently he thought about it and decided to go another route. …

No France-Like Google Deal For German Publishers No France-Like Google Deal For German Publishers

Google and France President Francois Hollande, on Friday, announced a deal that the search giant has made with French publishers to who want to be paid for the content that Google links to. Google agreed to create a €60 million …

Google the Link Lister = Google the Publisher? Google the Link Lister = Google the Publisher?
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Is Google a publisher? Or is Google simply a displayer of links? Are these two things the same? Those questions are at the heart of a Australian case that just tipped against Google, and are likely at the heart of …

Google Could Stop Linking To French Publishers Google Could Stop Linking To French Publishers
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Google prepared a note about a proposal by French lawmakers and backed by French news publsihers, which want search engines to license all of their content. Publishers want to be paid for the privilege of linking to their content. Obviously, …

Google Is Considering Discounting Infographic Links Google Is Considering Discounting Infographic Links
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Matt Cutts spoke with Eric Enge at SMX Advanced, and Enge has now published the entire interview. In that interview, Cutts reveals that Google may start looking at discounting infographic links. That doesn’t mean Google is doing this right now, …

Go Ahead, You Can Now Tell Bing to Ignore Links Go Ahead, You Can Now Tell Bing to Ignore Links
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While the SEO brethren have been waiting for Google to provide a tool that will allow webmasters to disavow specific links, Bing went ahead and punched that ticket first by launching the Disavow Links feature in Bing Webmaster Tools. The …

Webmaster Claims Penguin Update Recovery Webmaster Claims Penguin Update Recovery
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Another webmaster has claimed to have recovered from Google’s Penguin update. In a WebmasterWorld forum post (via Barry Scwhartz), member neildt said that they noticed a page they thought had been hit by Penguin, had returned to ranking for the …

Google Will Soon Ignore Links You Tell It To Google Will Soon Ignore Links You Tell It To
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Google’s Matt Cutts gave a keynote “You and A” presentation at SMX Advanced this week, and mentioned that Google is considering offering a tool that would let webmasters disavow certain links. Would you find such a tool useful? Let us …

Google: We’re Starting To Enforce Paid Links More Google: We’re Starting To Enforce Paid Links More

Google’s Matt Cutts has been making light of paid links all week, but in reality, Google isn’t joking when it comes to enforcing this part of its quality guidelines. According to Google, it’s cracking down on this more than ever, …

Will Google Crack Down On Directories More? Will Google Crack Down On Directories More?

Earlier this month, there was some discussion about Google having de-indexed free web directories. Most of the ones we looked at had not actually been de-indexed, but were not ranking well, but there were clearly some that had been de-indexed. …

iAcquire Decides Against Paid Links iAcquire Decides Against Paid Links

Blogger Josh Davis recently put out an investigative report exposing the marketing firm iAcquire for engaging in paid links for clients. Once Google caught wind of it, iAcquire was de-indexed from Google’s search results. Now, the company has openly admitted …

Is This The Impact Penguin Is Having On The Web? Is This The Impact Penguin Is Having On The Web?
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Note: Perhaps the headline of this article is a little sensational, but don’t overlook the “what if” part. I’m not suggesting Google has some plot to kill the web. However, many businesses rely on Google and people are freaking out …

Site Helped by Panda Gets Hurt by Penguin Site Helped by Panda Gets Hurt by Penguin
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We recently told you about WPMU.org apparently getting hit by Google’s Penguin update. The site went from 8,580 visits (pretty standard for the site, having looked through the Analytics myself) to 1,527 a week later. It’s been hovering around similar …

Something You Should Know About Old Links Something You Should Know About Old Links
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Google’s Matt Cutts has put out a new Webmaster Help video discussing something that’s probably on a lot of webmasters’ minds these days: what if you linked to a good piece of content, but at some point, that content turned …

The Blurry Lines Of Google’s Paid Links Policy The Blurry Lines Of Google’s Paid Links Policy
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As you probably know, Google isn’t a fan of people paying for links that pass PageRank. It’s considered to be a manipulation of search results and a violation of Google’s quality guidelines, which are the focus of Google’s Penguin update. …

AP Links, But Doesn't Make Partners Keep Links AP Links, But Doesn't Make Partners Keep Links

This week, we ran an article about the Associated Press and its linking policies, which pointed out an article that seemed to be doing the kind of thing the organization has historically frowned upon from others – short articles based …

AP: You Can Link, But It's Not Encouraged AP: You Can Link, But It's Not Encouraged

The Associated Press and the Internet at large have had something or a rocky relationship through the years. The organization has not taken kindly to the direction web news has gone in…essentially since the rise of blogs. In 2009, AP …