Google’s PageRank came about, as we know it anyway, has been around for almost two decades – and Google’s Gary Illyes recently reminded us that it’s still very much alive. In a “DidYouKnow” tweet he states “DYK that after 18 years we’re still using PageRank (and 100s of other signals) in ranking?“. Check out the tweet below: DYK that after 18 ...
Google and Bing both announced today that they have raised the file size limits on their sitemaps from 10mb up to 50mb. The 50,000 URL limit hasn’t changed however. Here is an excerpt directly from the Sitemap.org protocol: You can provide multiple Sitemap files, but each Sitemap file that you provide must have no more than 50,000 URLs and must ...
Google has rolled out a brand new pilot program letting local businesses chat directly with their customers straight from their search result listing. Go look at your Google My Business dashboard right now, and imagine all of those people who were viewing your business on Google every month had the opportunity to chat with you. If this pilot goes well and ...
For those of us old-timers on the web – we may feel weary about creating file or directory names with spaces in them. See back in the days of Netscape Navigator and the early days of Internet Explorer – spaces were treated by browsers and servers as the end of a URL. So something like http://www.somewhere.com/my directory/some page.html ends up ...
Google’s John Mueller confirmed on Twitter that AMP pages do not require an XML sitemap to be picked up by Google. Simply making use of the rel=amphtml link is all that Google needs to find your AMP pages. @Kfowler325 @Kfowler325 No need for sitemaps for AMP pages — the rel=amphtml link is enough for us. — John Mueller (@JohnMu) October 13, ...
Now that Google search results are fully AMP powered – blog owners will want to make sure they run valid AMP pages for their latest posts if they wish to obtain the display boost given to AMP-powered pages on mobile devices. To help all the new webmasters make sure their AMP pages are utilizing the proper structure and code Google ...
Google has finally updated Penguin, the algorithm responsible for penalizing sites using spammy or black hat techniques in an attempt to game the system. The new update, deemed Penguin 4.0, brings with it a series of important changes. The most prominent one being that Penguin is now a real-time algorithm – meaning you no longer have to wait for Penguin to recrawl your ...
AMP pages have been slowly taking over search results, and more and more people have noticed the new pages, which often load in mere seconds. As of today Google has announced that AMP pages are now displaying for all users across the world! That means that, when available, you will see a website showcasing exactly the content you want, without ...
These days almost anything can be learned via online courses or instructional videos, and Google is acknowledging that with the release of a new schema markup specifically for courses! Shoutout to Aaron Bradley who spotted this first and shared it on Twitter. Google introduces rich snippets for courses (before #schema.org/Course live) – https://t.co/IqslsDCHiD h/t @suzukik pic.twitter.com/5MU9VomfSB — Aaron Bradley (@aaranged) ...
Are you the webmaster of an eCommerce website/business? If so – you’ve probably heard of Google Merchant Center by now – and if not there is literally no better time to start using it than right now! Google Merchant Center is THE way to get your products and inventory listed within Google.com and other partner websites, and this week Google has ...
Have you ever clicked through on a search result using your mobile phone only to find your page covered by an interstitial ad prompting you to download that websites app instead of browsing the mobile website? Annoying isn’t it? Google thinks so also , so starting January 10th, 2017 Google has announced they will roll out a new ranking penalty ...
Call-only ads in Google AdWords have been extremely popular since their launch – however one constant complaint from advertisers has been the lack of business name display. This finally appears to be changing as Josh Leibner of Red Ventures pointed out on Twitter a few days ago: Google .@AdWords Call-Only Ads are now pulling Business Name into the headline. #ppcchat ...
Google’s John Mueller recently confirmed on Twitter that links coming from adult websites are not automatically viewed as spam. Assuming those links are natural links, and do not violate Google’s link guidelines, there is nothing wrong with them. @Marie_Haynes Adult sites aren't automatically spam, and links from them not automatically unnatural / problematic. — John Mueller (@JohnMu) August 5, 2016
Back in May Google announced that future versions of Google Chrome will no longer support Flash, and yesterday Google delivered on its promise – announcing official plans for Flash content support in the next Chrome versions. Google’s Anthony LaForge, the engineer tasked with managing Flash in Chrome, has stated that, beginning with Chrome’s next version, Chrome 53, set for release in September, the ...
It seems that Google is experimenting with a new method to verify businesses for the Google My Business program. Rather than waiting weeks for a post card, users who have an auto-receptionist setup on their phone will be able to verify their business listing using a company email address. This was first spotted by Kiran Kumar over on Twitter: We can ...
The Nielsen F-Pattern has been, for a long time, the standard belief of how the average person browses a website – and since it’s release in 2006 websites, search engines, and more have been built with the Nielsen F-Pattern in mind. However many things have changed since 2006 and the Internet has grown tremendously. Does the Nielsen F-Pattern still apply? ...
Google has alot of different tools that webmasters should use when it comes to testing their website and ensuring an optimal user experience – such as PageSpeed Insights, and the Google Mobile-Friendly Test. To help simplify things, Google has rolled out a brand new website dedicated to merging together the various Google tests into one single, easy to read report ...
With all of the new TLD domain names coming out, did you ever wonder if keyword based TLD’s such as .attorney or .seo will actually have any SEO benefit? Well, you’re not the only one – and I am sure that plenty of people originally got excited about the new TLD’s thinking they would be able to quickly boost their ...
As a webmaster, chances are that you have alot of different properties added to your Google Search Console (previously called Google Webmaster Tools). You might have the mobile version of your website, some subdomain-based landing pages, and your main website’s domain name; and if you wanted to get an overall understanding of how you’re entire brand is performing in search ...
Flash is on it’s way out – and most of us have come to accept this. HTML5 has offered a phenomenal replacement, and all of the recent security issues regarding Adobe Flash isn’t exactly making things better. We know that Google is looking to switch Chrome users from Flash to HTML5 by the end of 2016 – however news has ...