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March, 2016

  • 15 March

    Google Removing Public Access to PageRank

    Google’s publically viewable PageRank hasn’t been updated in ages – and Google’s John Mueller stated back in 2014 that we probably shouldn’t expect to see it updated ever again. Frankly when Google dropped PageRank scores from Google Webmaster Tools (now Google Search Console) – alarm bells should’ve started going off. Alas there’s still plenty of places that you can still ...

February, 2016

  • 22 February

    Google Begins Rolling Out Campaign Drafts and Experiments in AdWords

    Google has began rolling out Google AdWords Campaign Drafts & Experiments – a new suite of features intended to let advertisers test and measure changes to their campaigns with ease. Things essentially break down into two main features: Drafts – which let you prepare and review multiple campaign changes without actually implementing any live changes. Experiments – which let you ...

  • 16 February

    Google Confirms: No Need To NoFollow Related Posts

    The majority of blog’s out there showcase “related” posts at the end of their blog post – and in most cases this content is automatically generated via a plugin – and a common concern is whether or not these auto-generated links need to be “nofollow“. And the final answer – no. Google’s John Mueller confirmed this in the following Google Hangout at ...

  • 5 February

    Google AdWords Will Only Support Internet Explorer 11

    Now that Microsoft has given up on supporting older versions of Internet Explorer – Google is starting to filter out the older versions of IE from it’s various services. To start off – Google AdWords is dropping support for all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer except for IE 11. Google announced the news via a Google+ post, stating the following: ...

  • 2 February

    Google Confirms: External Links Are Not A Ranking Factor

    Yay! There’s more confirmations from Google! This time around Google’s John Mueller has stated that external links are not a ranking signal. The news came from a Google Hangout, and can be viewed here at 19:53 in the video. Our point of view, external links to other sites, so links from your site to other people’s sites isn’t specifically a ranking ...

January, 2016

  • 29 January

    A Non-Secure Icon Is Coming To Google Chrome

    Talk across the Interwebs this morning is revolving around a possible upcoming decision by Google Chrome to flag non-secure websites via a red “x” icon. The feature hasn’t been officially announced, however a new hidden option is now available within Chrome which lets you “Mark non-secure origins as non-secure, or as ‘dubious’“. Want to try it out for yourself? Head ...

  • 20 January

    Google Confirms: What It Really Thinks About Your Title Tag

    During the last Google Webmaster Hangout session an interesting question came up. Just how important is the title tag for Google? Here’s what Google’s John Mueller had to say about the topic: We use that just as a part. I think it’s not like the primary ranking factor of a page, to put it that way. We do use it ...

  • 19 January

    Google Confirms: There’s No Technical Benefit to Having Multiple Sitemaps

    Sitemaps are a key part of any websites onsite SEO task-list, however what happens when you have a really large website with dozens of categories and hundreds of pages? Do you keep everything within a single sitemap, or do you split it up? Furthermore – what does Google want?! Well, Google’s John Mueller answered this question during a hangout session ...

December, 2015

  • 24 December

    Google Confirms: Don’t Use Special Characters In Your URLs

    This recent confirmation from Google is a bit common sense, but just in-case: don’t use commas, semicolons, spaces, quotes, and other special characters in your URLs. John Mueller from Google stated in a Google Webmaster Help thread: I generally recommend avoiding special characters like commas, semicolons, colons, spaces, quotes etc. in URLs, to help keep things simple. URLs like that are ...

  • 24 December

    Google Will Favor HTTPS Content In Search Results

    It’s probably safe to say that Google has started, and led, the battle for a safer and more secure browsing experience – ever since they mentioned the first SSL ranking boost back in 2014. Ever since I’ve seen countless websites transition to HTTPS, and have gotten tons of questions from webmasters – most of whom just wanted to understand if ...

  • 3 December

    Google Confirms: Clicks On Your Business Impact Your Local Ranking

    A recent post over in the Google My Business Help Forum confirmed something we’ve long believed: clicks on you’re listing help boost your listings ranking. Search history: The number of times it has been useful historically on the basis of relevance, prominence and distance. Which basically means how many times someone has searched for a specific keyword, seen your listing, ...

November, 2015

  • 30 November

    Google Removed Reviews From Google+ Pages & There’s No Reason To Panic

    Last week Google launched a brand-spankin new design for Google+, and all everyone seems to actually care about is the fact that business reviews have been removed. Reviews will no longer be shown on Google+ Pages in the new Google+ design. Reviews are still accessible on Google Search and Maps which have always been the primary way that users find ...

  • 2 November

    Google Begins Testing Dynamic, Responsive Billboard Ads

    Gaining someone’s attention these days is getting harder and harder. Attention spans are growing progressively shorter – and generic sales pitches simply do not work the way they used to. When it comes to web adverts – Google’s DoubleClick technology has led the market for years now – allowing advertisers to target ads to specific visitors across millions of websites. ...

October, 2015

  • 28 October

    Google Confirms: We Pick Up Text Links But Do Not Pass PageRank To Them

    Ever wondered just how Google would treat a non-hyperlinked text link? Will Googlebot recognize it as a link or simply look over it? Google’s John Mueller finally confirmed on Twitter that Googlebot does in-fact recognize text links however no PageRank or link signals are passed to it. @AGr4ves @methode We can pick up links from text too, but they don't ...

  • 21 October

    Yahoo Can Now Display Google Ads & Search Results

    Yahoo has published their 2015 Q3 Results, which shows a 7% growth in GAAP revenue, a loss from operations, oh and a partnership with Google that lets Yahoo show Google search results and ads. I’ll quote directly: In October, the Company reached an agreement with Google that provides Yahoo with additional flexibility to choose among suppliers of search results and ...

  • 15 October

    Google Battles Spam From Hacked Websites

    Google recently rolled out a new set of algorithms designed to help clean out their search results from spam induced via hacked websites. As a webmaster, if you didn’t notice the hack yourself than Google’s Webmaster Tools will often times send you a notification when it locates something suspicious – and often times these are pages with paragraphs worth of ...

  • 9 October

    Check Out Google’s Hour Long Discussion On Duplicate Content

    Earlier this week Google’s John Mueller held a video hangout to discuss the SEO communities most popular topic: duplicate content. The hangout ended up lasting over an hour, featuring roughly 20 minutes worth of presentation and a 40 minute Q&A session. I won’t even attempt to summarize all the different questions and concepts that get covered – however I urge ...

  • 6 October

    Google Adwords Display Network Is Going 100% Viewable CPM

    Google has recently announced a rather huge change towards what they consider a view when it comes to Google Adwords advertising. Subsequently that change for Adwords advertisers also applied a huge change in the income for Google Adsense publishers. In a nutshell Google has stated that they are working on making sure that advertisers only have to pay for ad impressions that ...

September, 2015

  • 29 September

    Google Drive Web Hosting Will Be Shut Down By August 2016

    Back in 2013 Google introduced the capability for users and developers to utilize their Google Drive account as a web hosting service, and on August 31st of 2016 Google will be shutting that capability down. Fact is that there are plenty of web hosting providers out there along with countless options for free or low-cost solutions to get your content ...

  • 24 September

    Introducing Brotli – Google’s New Compression Algorithm

    Speed was always important to Google. Heck it’s important to mostly everyone who uses the Internet. Everyone wants their favorite website to load quickly – and compression plays a big role in this. We minify our CSS/JS files; we use GZIP compression, and we try to compress all of our image files to help ensure that our websites load as ...

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