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) ...
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 [email protected] 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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Google has been strongly pushing all webmasters to have mobile-friendly websites. The first major push happened back in April of 2015 when Google officially made mobile friendliness an SEO ranking signal. Now Google has announced that starting May of 2016 they will start rolling out another mobile ranking signal in an effort to help mobile users find better, more relevant, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Bing and AOL announced a long term partnership back in July of 2015 and now, as of Jan 1st, 2016, Bing has taken over AOL search – successfully powering all of AOL’s search results. As of Jan. 1, Bing powers AOL’s web, mobile, and tablet search, providing paid search ads and algorithmic organic search results to AOL’s properties worldwide. All major ...