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Google Launched 665 Search ‘Improvements’ In 2012 Google Launched 665 Search ‘Improvements’ In 2012
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Google says on its new “How Search Works” site that it launched 665 “improvements to search” in 2012. In a graphic looking at data from 2012, Google explains that it had 118,812 “precision evaluations,” which are described as “The first …

Have Google’s Results Improved After Two Years Of Panda? Have Google’s Results Improved After Two Years Of Panda?
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It’s been two years since Google unleashed the Panda update. How the time flies. Do you think Google’s search results have improved significantly in that time? Let us know in the comments. As you probably know, the update was designed …

Matt Cutts Talks Location And ccTLDs Matt Cutts Talks Location And ccTLDs
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In Google’s latest Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts discusses location and ccTLDs. Specifically, he responds to the following user-submitted question: We have a vanity domain (http://ran.ge) that unfortunately isn’t one of the generic TLDs, which means we can’t set our …

Google Emphasizes Brands More In Search Results Google Emphasizes Brands More In Search Results
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Google appears to be taking another step toward emphasizing brands in search results. As pointed out by Gordon Campbell a few days ago, and then again today by Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable, Google is placing brand names at …

Wondering What Percentage Of PageRank Disappears Through 301 Redirects? Wondering What Percentage Of PageRank Disappears Through 301 Redirects?
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Google’s Matt Cutts discusses loss of PageRank from 301 redirects in the latest Webmaster Help video. Specifically, he answers the following user-submitted question: Roughly what percentage of PageRank is lost through a 301 redirect? After providing some history about the …

Are These Google’s Ranking Signals For Google News? Are These Google’s Ranking Signals For Google News?
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Computerworld has a new report out about an old patent of Google’s that is drawing some attention. It looks at ways Google might be ranking content in Google News, which is not only helpful for all publications trying to gain …

Major UK Flowers Site Interflora Gets Slapped By Google Major UK Flowers Site Interflora Gets Slapped By Google
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Update: While Google hasn’t named Interflora, the company seems to have confirmed the situation with an out of the blue post about paid links on Google’s Webmaster Central blog today. There’s nothing new. It’s just Matt Cutts reminding everybody that …

My SEO Confession My SEO Confession
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I have a confession to make. My views on SEO have changed. Were I a politician, I would surely be accused of flip-flopping, waffling, and “being against something before I was for it” by pundits. But I am a business …

Google Penguin Update Hasn’t Been Refreshed Since October [Report] Google Penguin Update Hasn’t Been Refreshed Since October [Report]
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Search Engine Roundtable reports that it has confirmed with Google that it has not launched a data refresh for the Penguin update since the last reported refresh in October. Barry Schwartz writes, “Google has told us that Penguin is rarely …

Google Talks About Phone Number Spam Again Google Talks About Phone Number Spam Again

Nearly a year ago, Google’s Matt Cutts took to Google+ to discuss phone number spam. “I wanted to clarify a quick point: when people search for a phone number and land on a page like the one below, it’s not …

SEO Factors To Consider When Choosing A Domain Name SEO Factors To Consider When Choosing A Domain Name
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The old saying “a stitch in time saves nine” couldn’t be more applicable than when it comes to launching a new website. It pays to take the time “make your list and check it twice.” Making the right choices before …

Google On How To Figure Out Which Links To Remove Google On How To Figure Out Which Links To Remove
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For the past year or so, webmasters have been receiving a great deal of messages from Google about unnatural links pointing to their sites. You may know exactly which links Google doesn’t like, but there’s also a good chance you …

Eric Schmidt Ties Search Rankings To Verified Profiles In Upcoming Book Eric Schmidt Ties Search Rankings To Verified Profiles In Upcoming Book
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It’s become pretty obvious that Google is looking to put user identity at the forefront of a number of its products, and that includes search. Nothing new there. Eric Schmidt apparently talks about this in his upcoming book, and notes …

Google: New Image Search Increases Clicks To Sites Google: New Image Search Increases Clicks To Sites
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Google announced the launch of a new format for its Image Search. If you’re not already seeing it, you should within the next few days as it continues to roll out. The new design displays the image’s metdata below the …

SEOmoz’s Acquisition Spree Culminates With AudienceWise SEOmoz’s Acquisition Spree Culminates With AudienceWise

SEOmoz announced that it has acquired AudienceWise, as the latest in a spree of acquisitions kicked off by an $18 million round of funding the company received last year from The Foundry Group and Ignition Partners. Other acquisitions have included …

Google: Panda Update Data Refresh Rolling Out Now Google: Panda Update Data Refresh Rolling Out Now
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Google tweeted today that a new data refresh for the Panda update is currently rolling out in English, and that it affects 1.2% of queries. Follow @google A Googler @google New Panda data refresh rolling out today: 1.2% of English …

What Does Facebook Graph Search Mean For SEO? What Does Facebook Graph Search Mean For SEO?
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Facebook has dominated the conversation in the tech world this week (for several reasons), but especially because of its unveiling of Graph Search. We’ve been waiting for years for Facebook to “get into search” and “take on Google,” and we …

With Facebook Graph Search Comes Graph Search Optimization With Facebook Graph Search Comes Graph Search Optimization

Facebook unveiled its much anticipated search product on Tuesday with Graph Search. This could mean big things for businesses who have pages on Facebook. In fact, Facebook has already gone out of its way to offer business owners some tips …

Googler Talks About Not Reindexing Pages Googler Talks About Not Reindexing Pages
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Ever had a problem with Google indexing your pages? If there’s no real content on them, then that’s probably why. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable points to a Google Webmaster Central help thread, where one person says they had …

Fear Of Google Has People Asking StumbleUpon To Remove Links. Really. Fear Of Google Has People Asking StumbleUpon To Remove Links. Really.
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As we’ve discussed in several articles over the months, a lot of webmasters have been going overboard with link removal requests in the wake of Google’s Penguin update and link warning emails. People are trying to get links removed that …

Google Talks Site Verification In New Video Google Talks Site Verification In New Video
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Google has released a new Webmaster Help video. This one comes from Maile Ohye from Google’s webmaster support team, who talks about verifying ownership of your site in Webmaster Tools. The goal of the video is to help webmasters choose …