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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 …

Matt Cutts Gives SEO Tip For Disavow Links Tool Matt Cutts Gives SEO Tip For Disavow Links Tool

Google’s Matt Cutts randomly tweeted a tip about the Disavow Links tool. Don’t delete your old file if you upload a new one because it “confuses folks,” and the last thing you’d want to do is confuse Google if you’re …

Google Granted The Panda Patent? Google Granted The Panda Patent?

Google has been granted what could be its patent for the controversial Panda update. It was filed on September 28, 2012, a year and a half after the update first launched, and awarded this week on March 25th. It may …

Google’s Attack On Guest Blogging Reignites Irrational Link Removal Craze Google’s Attack On Guest Blogging Reignites Irrational Link Removal Craze

Remember the days when you could build some nice solid links by writing guest posts on other people’s blogs and publications? Well, it’s entirely possible that those days are still here, but Google is freaking people out once again in …

Cutts On Determining If You Were Hit By An Algorithmic Penalty Cutts On Determining If You Were Hit By An Algorithmic Penalty

If you’ve ever lost your search engine rankings to a competing site, you may have wondered if you were suffering from an algorithmic penalty from Google or if your content simply wasn’t as good as your competitors’. You’re not the …

How Googlebot Treats Multiple Breadcrumbs On E-Commerce Pages How Googlebot Treats Multiple Breadcrumbs On E-Commerce Pages

Google has a new “Webmaster Help” video out about e-commerce pages with multiple breadcrumb trails. This is the second video in a row to deal specifically with e-commerce sites. Last time, Matt Cutts discussed product pages for products that are …

Google Takes Action On Guest Blogging Google Takes Action On Guest Blogging

Google has been warning webmasters about guest blogging for quite a while, but now, the search engine is getting serious. Will going after “guest blogging networks” improve Google’s search results? Let us know what you think. Head of webspam Matt …

‘Disavow Links’ Data Not A Google Ranking Signal…Yet ‘Disavow Links’ Data Not A Google Ranking Signal…Yet

Google is not using data from its Disavow Links tool to hurt sites that are being disavowed in search results. That is according to Google’s John Mueller. Do you think data from the Disavow Links tool should be used as …