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Google Kills ‘Links’ In Its Ranking Message To Webmasters Google Kills ‘Links’ In Its Ranking Message To Webmasters
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Google has a help center article in Webmaster Tools specifically about “ranking”. It’s not incredibly informative, and certainly doesn’t walk you through Google’s over 200 signals. It’s just a few sentences of advice, including links to Google’s Webmaster Academy and …

Google Adds Knowledge Graph-Like Carousel For Local Results Google Adds Knowledge Graph-Like Carousel For Local Results

Google announced today that it is adding a new carousel feature for local search results on the top of some search results pages. It looks essentially like the recently redesigned Knowledge Graph carousel, but includes local businesses and their Zagat …

Wow, A Lot Of Stuff Just Happened In SEO Wow, A Lot Of Stuff Just Happened In SEO
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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 …

Google Updates Messaging For Manual Webspam Actions Google Updates Messaging For Manual Webspam Actions
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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 …

Mobile Site Speed To Be A Google Ranking Factor? Mobile Site Speed To Be A Google Ranking Factor?
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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 Tests Structured Data Error Reporting In Webmaster Tools Google Tests Structured Data Error Reporting In Webmaster Tools

Google’s Matt Cutts revealed in a Q&A at SMX Advanced on Tuesday night that Google is rolling out a test of a “structured data dashboard,” according to Search Engine Land. Barry Schwartz writes that he announced “a new beta application …

Google: We Haven’t Updated Panda For A Month And A Half Google: We Haven’t Updated Panda For A Month And A Half

Back in March, Google launched a Panda refresh. This is something they’ve done numerous times since first launching the update back in early 2011. There was something special about this particular refresh, however, because it marked the beginning of a …

Here’s The Matt Cutts Discussion From SMX Advanced Here’s The Matt Cutts Discussion From SMX Advanced
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Matt Cutts participated in a Q&A session with Danny Sullivan at the SMX Advanced conference. SMX has now made the video available to all via its YouTube channel, so if you couldn’t make the conference, here you go: Cutts discusses …

Google Goes After ‘Payday Loans’ And Other Spam With New Algorithm Update Google Goes After ‘Payday Loans’ And Other Spam With New Algorithm Update
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Google’s Matt Cutts announced that Google has “started” a new ranking update to help clean up some spammy queries. It’s one of the changes that Cutts warned us about in that big video a while back. We just started a …

Google Prepares ‘Several Ranking Changes’ For Sites Not Configured For Smartphone Users Google Prepares ‘Several Ranking Changes’ For Sites Not Configured For Smartphone Users
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Google announced on Tuesday that it plans to roll out “several ranking changes” in the near future, which address sites that are “misconfigured for smartphone users.” Essentially, if your content provides errors on smartphones, your rankings are going to suffer. …

Matt Cutts: Here’s What You’re Doing Wrong With ‘Disavow Links’ Tool Matt Cutts: Here’s What You’re Doing Wrong With ‘Disavow Links’ Tool
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Google’s Matt Cutts recently talked about Google’s Disavow Links tool in the comments of a blog post, in which he suggested using it more like a machete than like a fine-toothed comb. Today, Google released a new Webmaster Help video …

Google Tests Highlighting In-Depth Articles In Search Results Google Tests Highlighting In-Depth Articles In Search Results
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Google conducts tens of thousands of search experiments every year, and you never know which ones will actually become features of the greater Google experience, but the search engine is running a new one that’s pretty interesting and shares some …

Google Will Continue To Improve How It Handles Authorship, Look For Other Ways To Use It Google Will Continue To Improve How It Handles Authorship, Look For Other Ways To Use It
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Over the past couple of years, it has become abundantly clear that authorship will continue to play an increasingly important role in how Google determines when and how to rank some types of content in search results. Nothing is changing …

Google Insists Panda, Penguin Not Designed To Increase Its Revenue Google Insists Panda, Penguin Not Designed To Increase Its Revenue
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Google put out a new Webmaster Help video, featuring Matt Cutts once again talking about “misconceptions” in the SEO industry. You may recall a while back when he tackled the “misconception” that Google is doing everything you read about in …

Infographic Attempts To Pinpoint ‘Google’s 200 Ranking Factors’ Infographic Attempts To Pinpoint ‘Google’s 200 Ranking Factors’
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Google famously has over 200 ranking factors in its algorithm, and has never (and will never) reveal the exact secret sauce, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to crack it. Backlinko and SingleGrain have put together this infographic aimed …

Cutts: PageRank Drops For ‘Thousands Of TLA Linkselling Sites’ Cutts: PageRank Drops For ‘Thousands Of TLA Linkselling Sites’
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Back during Google I/O, Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted that Google “took action on several thousand linksellers in a paid-link-that-passes-PageRank network”. Cutts didn’t provide much in the way of detail, other than also saying, “It’s safe to assume webspam will continue …

Is It Worth It To Your Site To Help Google Build Its ‘Knowledge’? Is It Worth It To Your Site To Help Google Build Its ‘Knowledge’?
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Search is moving more and more toward structured data, which in turn, is leading search engines to delivering the information users are seeking without the need of having to send them to third-party sites. Google, in particular, is making tremendous …

Google Shares International Optimization Tips Google Shares International Optimization Tips
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Google took to its Webmaster Central blog on Friday to share some tips for international sites. This comes at a time when an increasing number of online marketing professionals are viewing international SEO as gaining importance. “Many websites exist in …

Google Warns: You Better Adequately Disclose Paid Content Google Warns: You Better Adequately Disclose Paid Content
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Google has been enforcing its policies on paid links for years, but the search engine is really cracking down on advertorials and native advertising these days. Google’s Matt Cutts has been talking about the subject a lot lately, so if …

Google: Use Link Disavow Tool Like A Machete Google: Use Link Disavow Tool Like A Machete
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On Monday, Google Webmaster Trends analyst John Mueller shared a screen cap of a comment Google’s Matt Cutts posted on his blog earlier this month about the Link Disavow tool. The comment is as follows: “Hmm. One common issue we …

How Big Is The Latest Google Penguin Update? How Big Is The Latest Google Penguin Update?
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Webmasters have been expecting a BIG Penguin update from Google for quite some time, and a couple weeks ago, Google’s Matt Cutts promised that one was on the way. Finally, on Wednesday, he announced that Google had not only started …