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February, 2017

  • 22 February

    Google Confirms: Don’t Use URL Fragments

    The SEO community has long known that URL fragments such as http://www.example.com/page.html#something cannot be properly crawled by Google. As such Googlebot will only see page.html, regardless of what content may be dynamically displayed via Ajax as part of the #something fragment. This was confirmed by Google’s John Mueller via a Twitter post early this morning: @ryansiddle No. I'd recommend moving away ...

  • 14 February

    Google Confirms: PageRank Is Still Being Used

    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 ...

January, 2017

  • 25 January

    DuckDuckGo Provided Over 4 Billion Search Results in 2016

    If you haven’t been paying much attention to DuckDuckGo as a webmaster – now is THE time to start. According to the latest statistics – DuckDuckGo has had 4 billion searches in 2016, and these numbers are set to only go up throughout 2017. In fact on January 10th of 2017 DuckDuckGo served up 14 million searches! Some all around awesome ...

November, 2016

  • 30 November

    Google & Bing Raise Sitemap File Size Limits to 50mb

    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 ...

  • 29 November

    Google Testing New Chat Feature For Business Listings

    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 ...

  • 25 November

    Are Spaces In My URL Allowed?

    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 ...

  • 9 November

    Google Confirms: AMP Pages Don’t Require XML Sitemaps

    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, ...

October, 2016

  • 13 October

    Google Rolls Out New Tool to Test Your AMP Pages

    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 ...

September, 2016

  • 23 September

    Google Penguin 4.0 Is Among Us

    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 ...

  • 20 September

    Google Confirms: Search Results Are Officially AMP Powered

    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 ...

  • 15 September

    New Schema Markup Added For Courses

    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) ...

August, 2016

  • 25 August

    Google Announces A Mobile Interstitial Penalty Coming Jan 10th, 2017

    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 ...

  • 19 August

    Google AdWords Call-Only Ads Now Display Business Name

    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 ...

  • 10 August

    Google Confirms: Adult Links Are Not Automatically Spam

    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

July, 2016

  • 14 July

    Add Schema Markup To Any Page Using The JSON-LD Schema Generator

    JSON-LD is a relatively new, easy-to-use, JSON-based, link data format that allows you to easily and quickly add Schema structured markup tags to just about any page or website without modifying any of the HTML structure. The biggest benefit to JSON-LD is that the specified Schema markup is entirely separate from the HTML code – where you would normally find ...

June, 2016

  • 28 June

    Does the Nielsen F-Pattern Apply to Search Results?

    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? ...

  • 27 June

    Test Your Website With A New All-In-One Google Tool

    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 ...

  • 15 June

    Google Confirms: Keyword Rich TLD’s Won’t Help Your Google Ranking

    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 ...

May, 2016

  • 31 May

    Organize Your Google Search Console with Property Sets

    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 ...

  • 16 May

    Google Is Rolling Out The May 2016 Mobile-Friendly Ranking Signal Boost

    The importance of mobile users is not going to be going away anytime soon – in-fact there is a greater focus on these users now than there has ever been. People are using their mobile devices while on their way to work, while standing in traffic, while walking – heck almost all the time. They are searching for new places ...

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