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Google: If We Mistakenly Penalize You For Paid Links, There Would Be A ‘Ton Of Collateral Damage’ Google: If We Mistakenly Penalize You For Paid Links, There Would Be A ‘Ton Of Collateral Damage’
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There has been a lot of talk about Google and paid links in the news lately, so it’s only fitting that they’re the topic of the latest Webmaster Help video from the company. In this one, Matt Cutts responds to …

Are You More Or Less Worried About Google’s Panda Update Now? Are You More Or Less Worried About Google’s Panda Update Now?
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As previously reported, Google’s Matt Cutts revealed at SMX this week that Google would be pushing a refresh to its famous (or perhaps infamous) Panda update on either Friday or Monday. As of Friday, it appears that the refresh has …

Matt Cutts On Google’s Handling Of Single-Page Sites Matt Cutts On Google’s Handling Of Single-Page Sites
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Google has released its latest Webmaster Help video. This time, Matt Cutts discusses single-page sites, and how Google handles them. Specifically, he responds to the following user-submitted question: What does Google think of single-page websites? They are becoming more complex …

Even The BBC Can Get Unnatural Link Warnings From Google Even The BBC Can Get Unnatural Link Warnings From Google
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This seems to be proof that Google does not favor big brands of major media outlets when it comes to obeying the quality guidelines. Even the BBC has been getting unnatural link warnings from Google. A representative from the organization …

Google Offers ‘First Steps’ Cheat Sheet for Beginning Webmasters Google Offers ‘First Steps’ Cheat Sheet for Beginning Webmasters
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Google has just released a new single-page guide for beginning webmasters that features information on looking good in Google search results through page titles, proper domain names and sub-pages, and meta descriptions. It also offers a brief primer on images …

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 …