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Google Will Try To Get More Examples Of ‘Bad Links’ In Messages To Webmasters

Google says it will try to get more examples of so-called “bad links” in its messages to webmasters who have submitted reconsideration requests after being hit with webspam penalties. In a Webmaster Help video today, Google’s Matt Cutts responded to the submitted question: Client got unnatural links warning in Sept’ 12 without any example links, 90% links removed, asked for …

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As Google Moves Away From Keywords, Can You Optimize For Gist?

Today, keywords still play a significant role in search habits, and in how Google and other search engines deliver search results. The trend, however, is moving further and further away from this, especially on Google’s side. Google wants to become less dependent on keywords, and gradually doing so. Do you see this trend as a problem or a potential problem …

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Do You Follow Google’s Rules On Guest Posts?

Google’s view of guest blog posts has come up in industry conversation several times this week. Webmasters and marketers have long engaged in the practice in writing articles for third-party sites as a content marketing strategy. Some have taken it to higher extremes of “SEO,” but regardless of how hard your pushing for a boost in PR from these articles, …

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Matt Cutts Talks About Site Downtime’s Impact On Rankings

Google has released a new Webmaster Help video with Matt Cutts addressing the question: If my site goes down for a day, does that affect my rankings? Sound familiar? I thought so too. Earlier this year, Cutts did a similar video addressing the question: How do I get my search rankings back after my site has been down? Here’s the …

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Linking Practices That Annoy Matt Cutts, But Don’t Make A Difference To Google

Google posted an interesting Webmaster Help video today about linking. It’s basically about whether it’s better to link to an original source somewhere at the top of a post, or at the bottom. The answer is essentially that it makes no difference, as far as Google’s algorithm is concerned. The link will flow PageRank either way, so as fas as …

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‘Multi-Week’ Google Update Happening Now, Says Cutts

Google is currently running a “multi-week” rollout of an update that will continue until the week after July 4th. Matt Cutts mentioned the update in response to some questions about “car insurance” spam on Twitter. The fact that this is in response to “car insurance” seems to indicate that this is part of the “payday loans” initiative Cutts talked about …

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Google Webmaster Tools API To Soon Let You Retrieve ‘Search Queries’ And ‘Backlinks’ Data

Today’s Webmaster Help video from Google includes something of an announcement. Matt Cutts reveals that the company is working on some upcoming changes to the Webmaster Tools API. The video is a response to the user-submitted question: Can you tell us if Webmaster Tools will ever have an update to its API allowing us to retrieve the “Search Queries” and …

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Should Google Penalize Content For Using Stock Images?

Use stock images on your site? Soon, you may find that it is hurting your rankings in Google. Maybe. Do you think rankings should suffer when content utilizes stock images? Share your thoughts. Google’s Matt Cutts discussed stock photos as a ranking signal in a Webmaster Help video this week. Specifically, he responded to the following user-submitted question: Does using …

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Google Declares That It Does Not Hate Albania

Today’s Webmaster Help video from Google is an interesting one. It’s essentially Matt Cutts saying that Google does not hate Albania, after a user asks if this is the case. More specifically, the question asked why Google doesn’t support Albania for some of its services, like advanced search, AdSense, Google News, etc. The question of whether or not Google hates …

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Wow, A Lot Of Stuff Just Happened In SEO

It’s been a pretty big week for search and SEO news. There have been a lot of announcements, not only from Google, but from Google competitors. Let’s recap, and discuss in the comments. Which of the latest announcements do you believe will have the biggest impact on webmasters? On your SEO strategy? Let us know what you think. On Monday, …

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Google Updates Messaging For Manual Webspam Actions

Google announced that it is now including examples of problems in its messaging to webmasters who have been hit with manual webspam penalties. Google’s Matt Cutts actually mentioned it in a Q&A session at SMX Advanced on Tuesday night, but now he has put out a Webmaster Help video discussing it further. “I’m very happy to say that just recently, …

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Mobile Site Speed To Be A Google Ranking Factor?

Google has clearly had it with sites that have lackluster mobile experiences. This week, the company took to its Webmater Central blog to discuss “several ranking changes” it’s preparing for sites not configured for smartphone users. But that’s not all. Google’s Matt Cutts spoke at SMX Advanced on Tuesday evening, and implied that Google might roll out a version of …

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