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Google Will Soon Ignore Links You Tell It To

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 know in the comments. Matt McGee at SMX sister site Search Engine Land liveblogged the conversation. Here’s his quote of …

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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, and we have seen in recent weeks, that Google is indeed cracking down. Follow @kerrydeanKerry Dean SEO @kerrydeanIt’s time for #SMX! …

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SEOmoz Analyst: Google Will Be Cracking 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. Since then, SEOmoz has been doing somde extensive data gathering, investigating the situation further. Kurtis Bohrnstedt, the company’s “Captain of …

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iAcquire Gets Rid Of Paid Link Offerings Following Google De-Indexing

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 to “financial compensation,” though it says it has been transparent about this with its clients. On Tuesday, iAcquire put out …

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What If The Google Penguin Update Inadvertently Killed The Web As We Know It?

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 about backlinks. Some are going so far as to threaten legal action if links are not removed. Links. If such …

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Should The Google Penguin Update Hit Sites Like WPMU.org?

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 numbers ever since, with a pretty clear dip right around Penguin time. Do you think this site deserved to get …

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Matt Cutts Shares Something You Should Know About Old Links

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 spammy, and your site is still linking to it? In light of all the link warnings Google has been sending …

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The Blurry Lines Of Google’s Paid Links Policy

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. It’s interesting that there seem to be exceptions to the rule, such as a directory like Best Of The Web, …

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Google Penguin Update Punishes WordPress Theme Creators?

James Farmer at WPMU.org wrote a very interesting Penguin-related article, which doesn’t make the update look too great, despite its apparently honorable intentions. The update hit WPMU.org, sending it from 8,580 visits from Google on one day pre-Penguin to 1,527 a week later. Farmer shares an Analytics graph illustrating the steep drop: Farmer maintains that WPMU.org engages in no keyword …

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SEOmoz Takes On Webspam With Ambitious Project, Talks Penguin Update

SEOmoz is working on a new spam research project aimed at classifying, identifying and removing (or at least limiting) the link juice that spam pages and sites can pass – a pretty ambitious goal, to say the least. Can SEOmoz do this better than Google itself? CEO Rand Fishkin announced the project on Google+ Monday evening, acknowledging that his company …

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Google Penguin Update Recovery: Hidden Text And Links

There’s been a lot of discussion about Google’s Penguin update since it was launched. The update, if you haven’t been following, is about decreasing the rankings of sites that are violating Google’s quality guidelines. With that in mind, it seems like a good idea to take a good look at these guidelines. Here are some articles about: Cloaking Links Keyword …

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Recover From Google Penguin Update: Get Better At Links

Even before the Penguin update, a lot of webmasters had been getting messages from Google about questionable links. About a month ago, we talked about Google de-indexing paid blog/link networks, which led to some such messages. This appears to have been only one of Google’s major efforts in early 2012 to crack down on search engine manipulation and black hat …

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