All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘SEO’

New Google Panda Update Refresh Suspected

Google hasn’t confirmed that it rolled out a new Panda refresh, but signs point to one hitting on September 5th (Friday), according to Search Engine Roundtable and SEOs. Barry Schwartz points to a post in the Google Webmaster Help forum from a webmaster whose site was hit, and shares a response he received from Google, which is standard Panda advice: …

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Google Makes It Easier For People To Search For Your Content

Google announced that it’s now showing a new and improved sitelinks search box within search results, which will make it easier to find specific content on third-party websites from Google itself. The box is more prominent, and supports autocomplete. Here’s what it looks like for YouTube: You can mark up your own site so that Google has the ability to …

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Google Offers ‘Optimize For Bandwidth’ Tool

Google is offering webmasters a way to optimize their sites for bandwidth on Apache and Nginx. As the company notes, there are a lot of obstacles on the web when it comes to using less bandwidth, and sites contribute to the problem for a variety of reasons including non-minified code and images that weren’t saved for the web, to name …

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Were Your Google Authorship Efforts All For Nothing?

Google introduced authorship support over three years ago, leading webmasters and anyone concerned with SEO to jump through a new set of hoops to make sure their faces were visible in Google search results, and hopefully even get better rankings and overall visibility in the long run. Now, Google has decided to pull the plug on the whole thing. Do …

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Google Just Killed Authorship Entirely

Google announced that it is no longer using authorship markup or displaying author information in search results, saying that it just wasn’t as useful as expected. Actually, it was Google’s John Mueller who announced the change on his personal Google+ page rather than on any official Google blog, which seems odd for something like this that Google pushed on users …

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Is Google Making Too Many Changes To Search?

Google celebrated the ten year anniversary of its initial public offering this week, and reflected on the past decade of search and some of the major changes it has made. Everybody knows that Google is constantly changing its algorithm. They’ve said in the past that they make changes every day (sometimes multiple changes). It would appear, however, that the changes …

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Google Goes After More Link Networks

Google continues to penalize link networks in Europe, hitting two more over the weekend. Google has been on a warpath for the last year or so, penalizing link networks designed to game search results. Google now now hit one in Spain and one in Germany. Typically, Google’s Matt Cutts would make mention of the networks on Twitter, but he’s currently …

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New Google Penguin Update Is Getting Closer

It’s looking like we’ll probably be seeing Google launch a new version of the Penguin update before too long, though Google still won’t give an exact timeframe. Either way, they’re working on it, and it’s coming. Google webmaster trends analyst John Mueller, who regularly participates in Google hangout conversations with webmasters, hinted that an update is probably not too far …

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Google Notifies Webmasters About Their Annoying Faulty Redirects

Google announced a couple months ago that it would start calling out sites in mobile results for faulty redirects. This was aimed at saving users the “common annoyance” of tapping a search result only to be redirected to a site’s mobile homepage. This happens when a site isn’t properly set up to handle requests from smartphones. As Google noted, it …

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What Google’s New Ranking Signal Means For You

This week, Google introduced the webmaster and SEO world to a new ranking signal. Webmasters using HTTPS (HTTP over TLS, or Transport Layer Security) to make their sites more secure will be looked upon more favorably than those that don’t in Google’s search engine. Do you think Google should use HTTPS as a ranking signal? If so, do you think …

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Google Announces New Ranking Signal

Google announced that HTTPS is now a ranking signal used in its algorithm. The company has been pushing the use of HTTPS (HTTP over TLS/Transport Layer Security) for quite some time, and called for “HTTPS everywhere” at Google I/O, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The company says it’s seeing more and more webmasters adopting it, and …

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MetaFilter Reportedly Recovering From Google Update

A few months ago, MetaFilter founder Matt Haughney revealed in a blog post that a decline in Google traffic resulting from a 2012 algorithm update had led him to lay off some of the site’s staff. He wrote: Today I need to share some unfortunate news: because of serious financial downturn, MetaFilter will be losing three of its moderators to …

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