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Google Has Reputable Sites Afraid To Link Naturally

Google Has Reputable Sites Afraid To Link Naturally

By Chris Crum April 2, 2014

And the freaking out continues…. As mentioned in a previous post, Google has reignited the link removal hysteria by going after guest blog posts. People who have written guests posts on other sites over the years are now rushing to …

Matt Cutts Talks About Paid Links For 8 Minutes Matt Cutts Talks About Paid Links For 8 Minutes

Google put out a new 8-minute video about paid links. Matt Cutts talks about the various things that the search engine takes into consideration when determining whether or not links are “paid”. 99 percent of the time it’s abundantly clear, …

Cutts: Links Still Super Important To Search Quality Cutts: Links Still Super Important To Search Quality

In case you were wondering, backlinks are still really important to how Google views the quality of your site. Head of webspam Matt Cutts said as much in the latest “Webmaster Help” video, in which he discusses Google testing a …

Google Takes Action On Another Link Network Google Takes Action On Another Link Network
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Google has been warning that it would be cracking down on link networks in Germany for a couple weeks or so. First, when Matt Cutts said Google was taking action on French link network Buzzea, he noted that Germany was …

Google Goes After Link Networks In Germany Google Goes After Link Networks In Germany

Google is turning its focus on cracking down on link networks to Germany. Matt Cutts hinted at this last week when he announced that the company was taking action on French link network Buzzea, and noted in another Tweet that …

Quentin Tarantino And Prince Attack Linking Quentin Tarantino And Prince Attack Linking
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It’s been an odd week in Internet news as both Quentin Tarantino and Prince looked to sue people for linking to things. The former is suing Gawker for posting links to his recently leaked film script hosted elsewhere, while the …

Google Announces Action On Another 'Link Network' Google Announces Action On Another 'Link Network'
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Google has steadily been taking out link networks that violate its quality guidelines whenever possible, and Matt Cutts announced on Twitter that they’ve taken care of yet another one. This time it’s the French network Buzzea. Today we're taking action …

Expedia Apparently Penalized By Google For Linking Expedia Apparently Penalized By Google For Linking

It looks like Google has penalized travel site Expedia, one its competitors, which is part of the FairSearch Coalition, which regularly lobbies for antitrust action to be taken against the search giant. Data from SearchMetrics (via Search Engine Land) shows …

Google Tweaks Guidance On Link Schemes Google Tweaks Guidance On Link Schemes
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Google has made a subtle, but noteworthy change to its help center article on link schemes, which is part of its quality guidelines dissuading webmasters from engaging in spammy SEO tactics. Google put out a video last summer about adding …

Google Accused Of Double Standard Over Rap Genius Google Accused Of Double Standard Over Rap Genius
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Google is being accused of employing a double standard for its handling of web spam and enabling one penalized site to recover speedily from a manual action. While the search giant has certainly been accused of double standards by angry …

Rap Genius Climbs Out Of Google Penalty Box Rap Genius Climbs Out Of Google Penalty Box
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As you may have heard, lyrics site Rap Genius was hit with a big Google penalty around Christmas time for unnatural linking practices. The site was telling people they could be a “blog affiliate” and get “MASSIVE traffic” when they …

Google Takes Action On More Link Networks Google Takes Action On More Link Networks
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Google has been cracking down on link networks, penalizing the networks and the sites that take advantage of them to artificially inflate their link profiles, all year. Google’s Matt Cutts hinted on Twitter that the search engine has taken action …

Yandex Stops Using Links For Ranking On Some Queries Yandex Stops Using Links For Ranking On Some Queries
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Yandex, the top search engine in Russia, has reportedly announced that it no longer counts links as a ranking factor when delivering search results for commercial queries. This is an interesting move in an industry that has relied heavily upon …

Google's Cutts Talks Link Limits Google's Cutts Talks Link Limits
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Google has put out a new Webmaster Help video about how many links you should have on a page. In summary, Google used to advise people not to have more than a hundred links on a page, but now you …

Cutts On Creating More Content For Better Rankings Cutts On Creating More Content For Better Rankings
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You may think that having more webpages increases your chances of getting better Google rankings. Well, you might be right. Kind of. This is the topic of the latest Google Webmaster Help video from Matt Cutts. “I wouldn’t assume that …

Google: Don't Use Nofollow On Internal Links Google: Don't Use Nofollow On Internal Links
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In the latest Webmaster Help video, Google’s Matt Cutts discusses the use of rel=”nofollow” on internal links, addressing the following user-submitted question: Does it make sense to use rel=”nofollow” for internal links? Like, for example, to link to your login …

Changes To How Google WMT Selects Sample Links Changes To How Google WMT Selects Sample Links

Google announced on Thursday that it has made a change to how it decides what links to show webmasters when they push the “Download more sample links” button. The feature typically shows about 100,000 backlinks. “Until now, we’ve selected those …