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Keyword Planner Alternatives For Keyword Research: Who Will Rise To The Challenge? Keyword Planner Alternatives For Keyword Research: Who Will Rise To The Challenge?
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With the rise of ‘Not Provided’ and the recent death of the beloved Google Keyword Tool, it’s clear that the biggest player in search is trying to reduce SEOs’ obsession over keywords. These changes also reflect Google’s increase in monetization …

Don’t Worry About Google Penalties From Invalid HTML (At Least for Right Now) Don’t Worry About Google Penalties From Invalid HTML (At Least for Right Now)
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Ever wonder how the quality of your HTML is affecting your rankings in Google? Well, at least for the time being, it’s not having any effect at all, regardless of how clean it is. Google’s Matt Cutts said as much …

Google Reportedly Kills Link Network Ghost Rank 2.0 Google Reportedly Kills Link Network Ghost Rank 2.0
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Google has reportedly penalized link network Ghost Rank 2.0, and sites with links from it. If you were using it, you probably should have expected this to happen sooner or later. Cutts appeared to have hinted at this last month, …

Google Cranks Up ‘Not Provided’ Keywords, Says Ads Aren’t The Reason Google Cranks Up ‘Not Provided’ Keywords, Says Ads Aren’t The Reason
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It looks like the percentage of keywords that are listed as “not provided” in your Google Analytics account is going to keep going up, as Google is reportedly moving to switch all users to secure search regardless of whether or …

Matt Cutts Talks Duplicate Content Once Again Matt Cutts Talks Duplicate Content Once Again
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Google’s Matt Cutts has a new video out about duplicate content, a subject he has discussed many times in the past. If you have a site that you use to sell a product that other sites also sell, and are …

Google: No Duplicate Content Issues With IPv4, IPv6 Google: No Duplicate Content Issues With IPv4, IPv6
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Google released a new Webmaster Help video today discussing IPv4 and IPv6 with regards to possible duplicate content issues. To make a long story short, there are none. Google’s Matt Cutts responded to the following user-submitted question: As we are …

Google Webmaster Tools Alters How It Selects Sample Links Google Webmaster Tools Alters How It Selects Sample Links

Google announced on Thursday that it has made a change to how it decides what links to show webmasters when they push the “Download more sample links” button. The feature typically shows about 100,000 backlinks. “Until now, we’ve selected those …

Here’s A New Panda Video From Matt Cutts Here’s A New Panda Video From Matt Cutts
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Google has released a new Webmaster Help video about the Panda update. Matt Cutts responds to a user-submitted question asking how she will know whether her site is hit by Panda since Google has integrated it into its normal indexing …

Google Admits Link Mistake, Probably Won’t Help Webmaster Link Hysteria Google Admits Link Mistake, Probably Won’t Help Webmaster Link Hysteria
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Google is apparently getting links wrong from time to time. By wrong, we mean giving webmasters example links (in unnatural link warning messaging) that are actually legitimate, natural links. It’s possible that the instances discussed here are extremely rare cases, …

Matt Cutts On When Nofollow Links Can Still Get You A Manual Penalty Matt Cutts On When Nofollow Links Can Still Get You A Manual Penalty
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Today, we get an interesting Webmaster Help video from Google and Matt Cutts discussing nofollow links, and whether or not using them can impact your site’s rankings. The question Cutts responds to comes from somebody going by the name Tubby …

The Google ‘Not Provided’ Problem Isn’t Getting Any Better The Google ‘Not Provided’ Problem Isn’t Getting Any Better
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About two years ago, Google launched SSL Search on Google.com as the default for signed in users, as a measure to protect user privacy. This encrypted search meant not providing keyword search data through analytics to websites that these users …

Demand Media Launches eHow Crafts, Google’s Algorithmic Effects Remain To Be Seen Demand Media Launches eHow Crafts, Google’s Algorithmic Effects Remain To Be Seen

Demand Media has launched a new channel for its popular eHow site – eHow Crafts. “We’ve seen explosive consumer demand for craft-related content on eHow, which is why we’re bringing together and adding a wide variety of helpful content in …

Google’s Matt Cutts Talks Auto-Generated Pages Google’s Matt Cutts Talks Auto-Generated Pages
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Google takes action on pages that are auto-generated, and add no value. You probably know that. Google talks about this kind of content in its Quality Guidelines. But that hasn’t stopped Matt Cutts from discussing it further in a new …

Is Google Acknowledging Getting A Link Wrong? Is Google Acknowledging Getting A Link Wrong?

Last week, we looked at a webmaster’s claim that Google was calling one of his natural, legitimate links unnatural, and now Google may have realized it that it made a mistake. The webmaster had said he received a warning earlier …

Google Wants You To Tell It Specific Sites To Rank Better. Will It Listen? Google Wants You To Tell It Specific Sites To Rank Better. Will It Listen?
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Assuming that Matt Cutts’ Twitter account wasn’t hijacked, Google wants you to tell it if you know of any small sites that should be doing better in Google rankings. Do you think Google will really listen to this feedback? Do …

Why Google Can’t Answer All Of Your Questions About Your Site Why Google Can’t Answer All Of Your Questions About Your Site
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In a new Google Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts talks about why Google can’t answer all of your questions. He responds to the following question: When will there be official Google support for webmaster questions? I only ever receive automated …

Is Google Ever Wrong About Links? Is Google Ever Wrong About Links?
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In case it wasn’t bad enough that fear of Google has kept people from linking to other sites, and got them requesting legitimate links be pulled down, Google is reportedly sending unnatural link warnings to sites based on links that …

Are You Getting More Out Of Paid Search Than From SEO? Are You Getting More Out Of Paid Search Than From SEO?
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As you’ve probably found out, getting your content seen in Google’s organic listings is not as easy as it used to be. It’s no wonder that businesses are getting more out of paid listings than they are organic search traffic. …

Today On The Matt Cutts Show: Page Speed As A Ranking Factor Today On The Matt Cutts Show: Page Speed As A Ranking Factor
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In Google’s latest Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts discusses page speed and whether or not it’s a more important factor for mobile than for desktop. The video is a response to the submitted question: Is load speed a more important …

Google Answers Questions About Authorship Google Answers Questions About Authorship
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Google posted to its Webmaster Central blog today to address seven questions the company is commonly hearing about authorship, or rel=”author”. The post discusses what kinds of pages can be used with authorship, use of company mascots as authors, language …

Would You Use Google+ More If You Knew It Could Help Your Search Rankings? Would You Use Google+ More If You Knew It Could Help Your Search Rankings?
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Update: Matt Cutts has responded to Moz’s report. See end for update. Sure, some of you are already using Google+ a lot, and I’m not one to call it a ghost town, but I don’t think many would argue that …