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The World Wide Web is constantly evolving and growing – and as a webmaster it’s up to you to stay on top of all the latest and most important updates that may possibly affect you’re online presence. Here we do our best to offer a curated collection of webmaster news – touching base on SEO, Social Media, Online Marketing, & so much more.

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Bing Launches Their Own Mobilegeddon

Following in the footsteps of Google who recently implemented their own mobile-friendly algorithm, Bing announced that they too will add mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. If you remember Bing started showcasing mobile friendly badges in their search results a little while back – and according to yesterday’s post that was the start. Now Bing makes it very clear that ...

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Stop Wasting Your Time Setting Priority & Change Frequency Inside Your Sitemaps

Webmasters have always wondered the true importance of the priority and change frequency settings when generating XML sitemaps for their website – however we never really had any definite answer.   Various members of the SEO community & various webmasters have made their assumptions – however none of the big search engines have ever stood up and said anything … until now. ...

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Stablehost Launches PingThat Beta – Website Monitoring Made Awesome!

StableHost has been around for quiet a while now and they’ve built up a reputation for themselves in the web hosting community as a no-nonsense hosting company with a huge focus on support & performance. Well continuing with that focus the team over at StableHost has began building a simple, straight forward, website monitoring platform – complete with email, SMS, ...

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Test Out The New Transparent Youtube Player in TestTube

The transparent video player that YouTube is testing is pretty awesome; however forcing YouTube to let you try it out took some work. Luckily the new player is now available in TestTube – YouTube’s own experiment playground much like Google Labs used to be. Right now there are 2 “experiments” listed there, 1 for 4K videos and the second for the ...

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Verizon Buys AOL for $4.4 Billion

There’s been some speculation lately in the tech community that Verizon may acquire AOL – and this week that speculation was proven to be correct as Verizon announced it has purchased AOL for $4.4 billion, or $40 per share. Verizon’s vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports ...

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Google Rejects Your Right To Be Forgotten About 60% Of The Time

Google’s Right to be Forgotten came into play over a year ago now thanks to a European court ruling forcing Google to comply with requests from individuals to remove their names from search results; and originally started off by by Spaniard Mario Costeja González who wanted Google to remove search results that pointed to online articles about his home being ...

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Windows 10 Will Launch With 7 Versions

Windows 10 is coming this summer – and plenty of us are patiently waiting for that to come out – especially since the upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 will be completely free. In a blog post today Microsoft announced some more information regarding the various versions that Windows 10 will be released with. These are: Home Mobile Pro Enterprise ...

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Google Testing A New Value Alert Tag in Google Shopping Search Results

Google has been testing a new “Value Alert” tag to Google Shopping search engine results. The alert shows below the store name on the Google Shopping results page similar to the Special Offer tag or a star rating and seems to showcase items that are on sale. This was first spotted by Elizabeth Marsten at CommerceHub on Thursday; and since then SearchEngineLand, myself, ...

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Order Your Food from Your Google Search

Google has decided that ordering food is way too complicated these days – and as such figured they would follow along in the footsteps of Bing and let you order food directly from your search results. Well so long as your in the U.S. and the restaurant you want works with either Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu or MyPizza.com. So ...

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Applebot Is Live & Crawling Around

Apple posted a help document on May 5th this week confirming the existence of Applebot – Apple’s own web crawler. According to the help article Applebot is used by various Apple products such as Siri and Spotlight Suggestions; and it follows all robots.txt and robots meta tags rules. Considering that a TON of people search the web on a daily ...

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Google Makes Search Analytics Report Available to All Webmasters

Just a week ago I wrote on here about the new Search Analytics report that Google let me try out – showcasing an overview of website clicks, impressions, and position metrics. Well as of this morning you can try out the Search Analytics report yourself since Google officially rolled out that report to all webmasters. Go ahead and check it ...

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Facebook Working On Letting Publishers Post Entire Articles

Facebook’s recent focus on balancing their newsfeed algorithm suddenly makes sense as the Wall Street Journal breaks the news regarding Instant Articles – making news publishers content available in its entirety right on Facebook. Instant Articles could potentially launch as early as this month, and according to the Wall Street Journal report, Facebook has offered to change its customary revenue-sharing ...

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Scored Poorly in Google’s Mobile Test? Should You Be Worried?

Google rolled out the newest search engine algorithm change this week and we’ve been bombarded with sky-is-falling cries that only mobile-targeted responsive sites will survive and the rest of the web will be lost to the tenth page of search results. Google reps even claimed that PPC advertising costs would rise for non mobile-friendly sites. Don’t worry, the algorithm has been unleashed ...

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PayPal Buyer Protection Will Cover Digital Goods Soon

PayPal made a huge announcement yesterday, without really letting many people know. As probably the leading place to make and accept payments online – operating in 203 markets and with 152 million active accounts (as of 2014 anyway) – PayPal holds a part in alot of transactions for tangible and intangible goods on the interwebs that many of us webmasters ...

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Google Mobile Algorithm Now Fully Rolled Out

Google’s mobile friendly algorithm officially began it’s roll out on April 22nd, and according to Barry Schwartz (@rustybrick) that algorithm is now fully rolled out. @methode is the Google Mobile algorithm fully rolled out? Not everyone is seeing the impact yet… — Barry Schwartz (@rustybrick) May 1, 2015 However this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be seeing much change yet. See, ...

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Mozilla Wants You To Go HTTPS Or Else

Google kicked off the migration away from HTTP to HTTPS for most webmasters; and Mozilla aims to put the finishing fork into HTTP by announcing a new program which will essentially force webmasters onto HTTPS or else risk loosing various browser features. Removing features from the non-secure web will likely cause some sites to break. So we will have to monitor the ...

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Facebook To Launch Live Chat Support for Small Business Advertisers

Looking to dive into the world of Facebook advertising for your own small business but have no clue where to start? In the past you were left contacting outside ad-specialists like myself, or reading through various blogs and help articles to get the answers you needed – however Facebook is determined to change that by launching online chat support. Through ...

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YouTube Now Has A Filter To Search For 360 Degree Videos

Late month YouTube announced the launch of 360-degree videos for Android & desktop users – however finding 360-degree videos to watch on Youtube isn’t the easiest of tasks. Until now. YouTube has added a new search filter intended to help users find 360-degree videos to watch.   The new filter works both for the Android app and on desktop. On ...

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