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Google On Criteria For Titles In Search Results Google On Criteria For Titles In Search Results

Google has talked about titles in search results in multiple videos in the past, but once again takes on the topic in the latest Webmaster Help video. They keep getting questions about it, so why not? In fact, Cutts shares …

Google Drops Some ‘Upper Decker’ Knowledge (Courtesy Of Another Parked Domain) Google Drops Some ‘Upper Decker’ Knowledge (Courtesy Of Another Parked Domain)

Remember that story from the other day about Google’s questionable “answers” as it relies on websites to fill in the gaps in “knowledge” that its proper Knowledge Graph can’t answer? Well this one’s just funny. Just think of the traffic …

Google: Small Sites Can Outrank Big Sites Google: Small Sites Can Outrank Big Sites

The latest Webmaster Help video from Google takes on a timeless subject: small sites being able to outrank big sites. It happens from time to time, but how can it be done? Do you have the resources to do it? …

Google’s ‘Rules Of Thumb’ For When You Buy A Domain Google’s ‘Rules Of Thumb’ For When You Buy A Domain

Google has a new Webmaster Help video out, in which Matt Cutts talks about buying domains that have had trouble with Google in the past, and what to do. Here’s the specific question he addresses: How can we check to …

Google Penalizes PostJoint, Another Guest Blog Network Google Penalizes PostJoint, Another Guest Blog Network

Google has taken out another guest blog network. This time it’s PostJoint. Techtada tweeted about it to Matt Cutts (via Search Engine Land), who responded: @techtada any link or guest blog network that claims to have "zero footprints" is waving …

Schema.org Enters Its ‘Next Chapter’ Schema.org Enters Its ‘Next Chapter’

In 2011, Google, Microsoft (Bing) and Yahoo, the big three search engines (Yandex later joined), teamed up to launch Schema.org, an initiative to support a common set of schemas for structured data markup on webpages. This week, the companies announced …

Cutts Talks SEO ‘Myths,’ Says To Avoid ‘Group Think’ Cutts Talks SEO ‘Myths,’ Says To Avoid ‘Group Think’

In the latest “Webmaster Help” video, Matt Cutts talks about SEO “myths”. He responds to this question: What are some of the biggest SEO Myths you see still being repeated (either at conferences, or in blogs, etc.)? There are a …

Cutts On 404s Vs. 410s: Webmasters Shoot Often Themselves In The Foot Cutts On 404s Vs. 410s: Webmasters Shoot Often Themselves In The Foot

Google’s latest Webmaster Help video, unlike the one before it, is very webmaster oriented. In it, Matt Cutts discusses how Google handles 404s versus how it handles 410s. “Whenever a browser or Googlebot asks for a page, the web server …

Google Considers Making SSL A Ranking Signal Google Considers Making SSL A Ranking Signal

About a month ago, Google’s head of webspam Matt Cutts said at the Search Marketing Expo that he’d like to see Google make SSL site encryption a signal in Google’s ranking algorithm. Barry Schwartz at SMX sister site Search Engine …

Matt Cutts Gets New ‘Melody’ Treatment Matt Cutts Gets New ‘Melody’ Treatment

Okay, this exists. This comes from HighPosition.com. I randomly came across it on StumbleUpon, and it hardly has any views yet, so let’s change that. If you watch Matt Cutts’ videos regularly, you owe this one to yourself. You can …

Google Hits Japanese Link Networks Google Hits Japanese Link Networks

Google’s head of webspam tweeted early Tuesday morning that Google has taken action on seven Japanese link networks over the past few months. He’s proud of the team: Incredibly proud of Japanese webspam team. Over last few months they've taken …

Google Reportedly Expanding ‘Not Provided’ To 3rd-Party Paid Search Google Reportedly Expanding ‘Not Provided’ To 3rd-Party Paid Search

Update: OK, this just happened. Last month at the Search Engine Marketing Expo (West), Google’s Singhal said there would soon be an announcement related to changes with the controversial “not provided” issue. Google implemented secure search a few years ago, …

Google Wants To Get Better At Indexing Your Business Info Google Wants To Get Better At Indexing Your Business Info

Google has released some recommendations for webmastesr to help them get the search engine to identify and surface business info like phone numbers, business locations, and opening hours. They also launched support for schema.org to help specify preferred phone numbers …

An Update (Kind Of) On How Google Handles JavaScript An Update (Kind Of) On How Google Handles JavaScript

The latest Google Webmaster Help video provides an update on where Google is on handling JavaScript and AJAX. Well, an update on where they were nearly a year ago at least. Matt Cutts responds to this question: JavaScript is being …

Here’s A Look At Demand Media’s Latest Google-Proofing Efforts [Updated] Here’s A Look At Demand Media’s Latest Google-Proofing Efforts [Updated]

Article Updated: See the end. As reported last month, Demand Media is now extending its content creation services to brands, publishers and agencies, essentially selling the content it has been using to get search traffic, monetizing it thorough brand partnership-based …

Matt Cutts Talks About Coming Google Algorithm Changes Matt Cutts Talks About Coming Google Algorithm Changes

Google seems to have announced some coming changes to its algorithm in the latest “Webmaster Help” video. Head of webspam Matt Cutts said the search engine is working on some changes that will help it better determine when a site …

Matt Cutts Does His Best HAL 9000 Matt Cutts Does His Best HAL 9000

In the latest “Webmaster Help” video, Google’s Matt Cutts takes on a question from “Dave,” who asks, “When will you stop changing things?” “Look, I’m sorry, Dave, but I can’t do that,” he replies. Yes, the quote is actually, “I’m …

Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools

Google announced an adjustment to the way sites’ index status data appears in Webmaster Tools. The index status feature now tracks a site’s indexed URLs for both HTTP and HTTPS as well as for verified subdirectories. In the past, it …

Is Google More Focused On Penalties Or Positive Features? Is Google More Focused On Penalties Or Positive Features?

While it’s nothing new, a lot of webmasters are frustrated with Google for penalties their sites have received. The recent attack on guest blog posts has sparked a whole new round of outcries. Google says, however, that it tries to …

Cutts On How Google Views “Sister Sites” Cutts On How Google Views “Sister Sites”

In the latest “Webmaster Help” video from Google, Matt Cutts takes on the following question: Is there any way Google identifies “sister” websites? For example, relationships between eBay.co.uk and eBay.com? Does linking from one to the other taken as paid …

PSA: The Topics You Include On Your Blog Must Please Google PSA: The Topics You Include On Your Blog Must Please Google

Have you thought about branching out in different directions for your blog content? It might not be a great idea if you’re worried about staying on Google’s good side. No, it would appear that you need to stay focused on …