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Google: You Probably Shouldn’t Link Your 20 Domains Together Google: You Probably Shouldn’t Link Your 20 Domains Together
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You know how Google has everybody afraid of links? People are also afraid to link to their own stuff in certain ways, and Google’s Webmaster Help video today pretty much indicates that this is with good reason. If you have …

No, Google Still Doesn’t Think Link Building Is Bad No, Google Still Doesn’t Think Link Building Is Bad
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For more than a year, webmasters have been receiving a great deal of messages from Google about unnatural links pointing to their sites. Sometimes it’s obvious which links Google does not like, but often times, it’s not so clear. As …

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

Google Warns Sites About Browser History Spam Google Warns Sites About Browser History Spam
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Google took to its Webmaster Central blog on Friday to warn webmasters that if they engage in a particular type of deceptive behavior, it “may” take action on guilty sites. First off, I’m pretty sure that Google absolutely will take …

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

Do You Follow Google’s Rules On Guest Posts? Do You Follow Google’s Rules On Guest Posts?
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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 …

Matt Cutts Talks About Site Downtime’s Impact On Rankings Matt Cutts Talks About Site Downtime’s Impact On Rankings
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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 …

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

Hitler Is Talking About The Google Panda Update Again Hitler Is Talking About The Google Panda Update Again
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There’s a new Hitler Panda update video out. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Hitler address the subject of Google’s controversial algorithm update, but it’s been a while. In fact, Hitler seems to have completely reversed his position from …

Google Makes Navigation Changes To Webmaster Tools Google Makes Navigation Changes To Webmaster Tools
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Google has launched a new navigation design for Webmaster Tools in an effort to make frequently used features easier to access. The design organizes features into groups that match “the stages of search,” as Google puts it. These are: Crawl, …

Longtime WebmasterWorld Admin ‘Tedster’ (Warren “Ted” Ulle) Passes Away Longtime WebmasterWorld Admin ‘Tedster’ (Warren “Ted” Ulle) Passes Away

Warren “Ted” Ulle, a longtime forum admin at WebmasterWorld has passed away, leaving the SEO community in mourning. WebmasterWorld founder Brett Tabke wrote in the forum last night: I am deeply saddened to tell you that long time administrator and …

Google Tests Authorship-Like Results For Brands Google Tests Authorship-Like Results For Brands
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Google is reportedly testing authorship-like search results for brands, where it shows company logos and Google+ circle information for the results, similar to how it shows author photos and Google+ circle information with authorship. With Authorship, it’s based on authorship …

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

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

Should Google Penalize Content For Using Stock Images? Should Google Penalize Content For Using Stock Images?
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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 …

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 …