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Google Wants You To Tell It Specific Sites To Rank Better. Will It Listen? Google Wants You To Tell It Specific Sites To Rank Better. Will It Listen?
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Assuming that Matt Cutts’ Twitter account wasn’t hijacked, Google wants you to tell it if you know of any small sites that should be doing better in Google rankings. Do you think Google will really listen to this feedback? Do …

Why Google Can’t Answer All Of Your Questions About Your Site Why Google Can’t Answer All Of Your Questions About Your Site
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In a new Google Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts talks about why Google can’t answer all of your questions. He responds to the following question: When will there be official Google support for webmaster questions? I only ever receive automated …

Viagra At The Top Of Matt Cutts’ Wish List Viagra At The Top Of Matt Cutts’ Wish List
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In July, Yahoo began letting users set up wish lists for user names they’d like to have. As you may know, the company is giving away email addresses and user IDs from inactive accounts to people that actually still use …

Today On The Matt Cutts Show: Page Speed As A Ranking Factor Today On The Matt Cutts Show: Page Speed As A Ranking Factor
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In Google’s latest Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts discusses page speed and whether or not it’s a more important factor for mobile than for desktop. The video is a response to the submitted question: Is load speed a more important …

Would You Use Google+ More If You Knew It Could Help Your Search Rankings? Would You Use Google+ More If You Knew It Could Help Your Search Rankings?
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Update: Matt Cutts has responded to Moz’s report. See end for update. Sure, some of you are already using Google+ a lot, and I’m not one to call it a ghost town, but I don’t think many would argue that …

Is Google Going Too Far With The Nofollows? Is Google Going Too Far With The Nofollows?
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Note: This article has been updated from its original form. Google, this week, has given webmasters more advice on when they should be using the nofollow attribute. In other words, Google is telling you more types of links you shouldn’t …

Can Google Really Keep Competitors From Harming Your Business? Can Google Really Keep Competitors From Harming Your Business?
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Some webmasters aren’t convinced by Google’s “solution” to negative SEO. Wasn’t Google’s Disavow Links tool supposed to be a major help in preventing negative SEO – competitors (or other enemies) associating your otherwise legitimate site with “bad neighborhoods,” by way …

Did Google Give Webmasters What They Need This Time? Did Google Give Webmasters What They Need This Time?
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Webmasters, many of which have businesses that rely on search rankings, have been wanting Google to do more to communicate with more specificity what is hurting their sites in Google search rankings. The search engine can’t seem to do enough …

Here’s The Matt Cutts Video We’ve All Been Waiting For Here’s The Matt Cutts Video We’ve All Been Waiting For
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Okay, maybe you weren’t waiting for it, but if you’ve watched a lot of Matt Cutts videos (which I assume you have if your’e reading this), it’s kind of funny. The video comes from OnlineMarketing.de, and it’s called, “It’s a …

Here’s A New Google Video About Hidden Text And Keyword Stuffing Here’s A New Google Video About Hidden Text And Keyword Stuffing

Okay, one more. Google cranked out seven new Webmaster Help videos feature Matt Cutts (and in some cases, other Googlers) talking about various types of webspam. So far, we’ve looked at three videos about unnatural links, one about thin content, …

If Google Has Accused Your Site Of ‘User-Generated Spam,’ You’ll Want To Watch This Video If Google Has Accused Your Site Of ‘User-Generated Spam,’ You’ll Want To Watch This Video
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Google pumped out a batch of new videos about webspam via its Webmaster Help YouTube channel. You can find others from the series here. We just looked at one about the “pure spam” manual action label. This one is about …

Google’s Cutts Explains The ‘Pure Spam’ Manual Action Label Google’s Cutts Explains The ‘Pure Spam’ Manual Action Label
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Google has put out a series of videos discussing various forms of webspam. You can see others from the series here. In this one, Google’s Matt Cutts explains the “Pure Spam” manual action label. This basically includes scraping, cloaking and …

Google Tells You All About What It Means By ‘Thin Content’ In This New Video Google Tells You All About What It Means By ‘Thin Content’ In This New Video

Google has put out a bunch of new videos (seven, to be exact) about various types of web spam. So far, we’ve looked at a trio of them dealing with unnatural links. You can find them here. This one is …

…And Here’s One More Video Of Matt Cutts Talking About Unnatural Links …And Here’s One More Video Of Matt Cutts Talking About Unnatural Links
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Google has put out a new group of videos about various webspam topics. Three of these are specifically about unnatural links. Here’s one on unnatural links from your site, and here’s one on unnatural links to your site. While both …

This Google Video Talks About Unnatural Links TO Your Site This Google Video Talks About Unnatural Links TO Your Site
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As previously reported, Google has put out seven new videos about various kinds of webspam. Last time, we looked at one about unnatural links from your site. This one is about unnatural links to your site. Once again, it’s pretty …

Google Discusses Unnatural Links (On Your Site) In New Video Google Discusses Unnatural Links (On Your Site) In New Video
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Google has put out seven new Webmaster Help videos about various types of webspam. I’m not sure how long ago they were recorded, but they all just hit the GoogleWebmasterHelp YouTube channel, and feature Matt Cutts, and in some cases, …

Authorship May Already Substantially Impact Google Rankings Authorship May Already Substantially Impact Google Rankings
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It’s been pretty clear for quite a while that Google really likes its authorship signal, and aims to improve it, and make it matter more in search. True enough, the feature does have its benefits when it comes to associating …

Cutts Talks Web Spam Fighting In International Markets Cutts Talks Web Spam Fighting In International Markets
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In today’s Webmaster Help video from Google, Matt Cutts discusses the search giant’s efforts in web spam fighting around the world. Many of us are very used to hearing about the efforts surrounding web spam in the United States, but …

Cutts: We Will Give More Info In Link Messages Over Time Cutts: We Will Give More Info In Link Messages Over Time
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Google’s Matt Cutts says webmasters can expect Google to expand the amount of info Google provides in Webmaster Tools messages related to manual web spam actions. Cutts put out a new Webmaster Help video today discussing this topic, when asked: …

Google Talks Geotargeting And Generic ccTLDs Google Talks Geotargeting And Generic ccTLDs
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Google’s latest Webmaster Help video deals with ccTLDs and geotargeting – specifically Google’s view of a developer grabbing a ccTLD that is generally associated with a country they’re not actually in. Here’s the exact question: As memorable .COM domains become …

Google’s OK With This Kind Of Hidden Text Google’s OK With This Kind Of Hidden Text
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Today’s Webmaster Help video from Google is interesting. It tackles hidden text, but not the kind that Google has always spoken out agains (and talks about in its quality guidelines), but a more legitimate kind. In the video, Matt Cutts …