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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 …

Google Has Made People Afraid To Link Google Has Made People Afraid To Link
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Google has made it so people are scared to link to content. That’s what it has come to. I don’t think it’s ever been Google’s intention to scare people away from linking when it’s natural and deserving, but its never-ending …

Is Google Going Too Far With The Nofollows? Is Google Going Too Far With The Nofollows?
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Note: This article has been updated from its original form. Google, this week, has given webmasters more advice on when they should be using the nofollow attribute. In other words, Google is telling you more types of links you shouldn’t …

Can Google Really Keep Competitors From Harming Your Business? Can Google Really Keep Competitors From Harming Your Business?
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Some webmasters aren’t convinced by Google’s “solution” to negative SEO. Wasn’t Google’s Disavow Links tool supposed to be a major help in preventing negative SEO – competitors (or other enemies) associating your otherwise legitimate site with “bad neighborhoods,” by way …

Did Google Give Webmasters What They Need This Time? Did Google Give Webmasters What They Need This Time?
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Webmasters, many of which have businesses that rely on search rankings, have been wanting Google to do more to communicate with more specificity what is hurting their sites in Google search rankings. The search engine can’t seem to do enough …

Here’s The Matt Cutts Video We’ve All Been Waiting For Here’s The Matt Cutts Video We’ve All Been Waiting For
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Okay, maybe you weren’t waiting for it, but if you’ve watched a lot of Matt Cutts videos (which I assume you have if your’e reading this), it’s kind of funny. The video comes from OnlineMarketing.de, and it’s called, “It’s a …

Google Adds Functionality To ‘Skip Redirect’ For Smartphone SERPs Google Adds Functionality To ‘Skip Redirect’ For Smartphone SERPs

Google has made a change to how Skip Redirect on smartphone SERPs works, so it now also uses the rel-alternate-media annotations recommended in Google’s guidelines on separate mobile URLs. Skip Redirect is when Google changes the link target it shows …

Here’s A New Google Video About Hidden Text And Keyword Stuffing Here’s A New Google Video About Hidden Text And Keyword Stuffing

Okay, one more. Google cranked out seven new Webmaster Help videos feature Matt Cutts (and in some cases, other Googlers) talking about various types of webspam. So far, we’ve looked at three videos about unnatural links, one about thin content, …

If Google Has Accused Your Site Of ‘User-Generated Spam,’ You’ll Want To Watch This Video If Google Has Accused Your Site Of ‘User-Generated Spam,’ You’ll Want To Watch This Video
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Google pumped out a batch of new videos about webspam via its Webmaster Help YouTube channel. You can find others from the series here. We just looked at one about the “pure spam” manual action label. This one is about …

Google’s Cutts Explains The ‘Pure Spam’ Manual Action Label Google’s Cutts Explains The ‘Pure Spam’ Manual Action Label
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Google has put out a series of videos discussing various forms of webspam. You can see others from the series here. In this one, Google’s Matt Cutts explains the “Pure Spam” manual action label. This basically includes scraping, cloaking and …