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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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Shellshock Exploit: What It Is, What It Means, & What To Do

Surely you’ve heard the term Shellshock exploit be mentioned everyone across the internet these last couple of days, however what is it exactly and what does it really mean for you? Well, Shellshock is the name for a brand new exploit which targets a vulnerability in Bash. Bash, an acronym for Bourne Again Shell, is a command-line shell used by ...

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Google Begins Slowly Rolling Out New Panda Update

Google had first released Panda 4.0 back in May of this year, and yesterday Google has announced that the latest version of its Panda Update has began rolling out. Through a post on Google+ Google said that a slow rollout has began this week and will continue through to next week. Depending on location the new Panda update should affect about ...

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Media Temple Relaunches Managed VPS Hosting Product

Media Temple announced on Wednesday of this week that it has relaunched its Managed VPS Hosting product and CloudTech managed support offering. According to Media Temple VP of product Brian Kuhn, the company relaunched its Managed VPS Hosting product (formerly Managed Hosting) to meet the industry definition of managed. “One of the things that I’ve been trying to see if ...

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Google Introduces Structured Snippets

This week, the Google Research team introduced a new addition to Google Web Search called structured snippets, which provide an additional way for Google to pull data from your website and display it among their search results. From the blog post: “Google Web Search has evolved in recent years with a host of features powered by the Knowledge Graph and other data sources ...

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Bing Launches Bing Ads Campaign Planner

Bing is putting a pretty heavy focus on their advertising network this quarter as Bing introduces more and more new additions to the Bing Ads service. Recently Bing has launched another new feature named Campaign Planner. The Bing Campaign Planner enables advertisers to see marketplace insights by vertical, product, and keyword. Specifically, it helps advertisers get research for: Search traffic ...

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Web Listings, Inc - Scam Alert

Web Listings, Inc – Scam Alert

I had wanted to write this post the first time I had gotten a Web Listings, Inc letter in the mail and somehow it slipped my mind then. Luckily I own a fair share of domain names and so, sure enough, I got another letter from Web Listings, Inc a few weeks back. So finally it pissed me off enough to ensure ...

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Bing Introduces Dynamic Site Links to Bing Ads

Following an internal report by the Bing team which has determined that providing annotations on ads can improve click through rates – Bing has introduced a feature called Dynamic Sitelinks. I would re-write to you what they do however the Bing blog post describes it best: Dynamic Sitelinks is another way to help your potential customers evaluate what your web ...

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Amazon Bought The .BUY Domain

In a bidding that ended last week ICANN awarded Amazon the .buy domain after the company successfully outbid three other competitors in an auction with a winning bid of $4.6 million. Google came in second place through its registry service, Charleston Road Registry. Amazon has yet to say what it will do with the .buy domain; however there’s plenty they ...

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More Penguins from Google

In a Google+ hangout earlier in the week Googles John Mueller had mentioned that the 3rd version of Penguin will launch “in the reasonable future” and he expects it will happen within the 2014 year. So webmasters and SEO’s – get ready. He answers this at 54 minutes and 45 seconds into the following video:

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Bing Explains How They Deal With Keyword Stuffing URLs

In a post on the Bing Webmaster Blog Bing has dug into how exactly they deal with keyword stuffing URLs. There are a few main signals that Bing looks out for when determining whether URL keyword stuffing tactics are in-use on a site: Site size Number of hosts Number of words in host/ domain names and path Host/ domain/ path ...

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HostDime Partners With BitPay to Accept Bitcoin Payments

Bitcoin continues to make quiet the splash in the hosting and technology community as yet another hosting company, HostDime, announces their acceptance of Bitcoins as payment for their cloud hosting and datacenter services. HostDime is kicking things off with their USA and Brazil branches, and eventually plans to expand the acceptance of Bitcoins as a payment method to their other ...

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IBM Brings Data Analysts To Small Businesses

Being able to truly analyze your businesses data was something that most small businesses simply never had the ability to do. Chances are you, the business owner, simply has no time left to sit there and draw out graphs and plot charts – and hiring a dedicated data analyst simply isn’t in the budget. This is where IBM’s latest Watson Analytics ...

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123-Reg & Minds + Machines Join Forces to Promote .LONDON

UK domain registrars 123-reg.co.uk and Minds + Machines announced a collaborative effort to increase awareness and adoption of the new .london TLD late last week. The collaboration will include a range of on and offline marketing initiatives. According to 123-reg.co-uk, registrations of .london surged on the first day of general availability for the extension, which was Sept. 9.  Early adopters include Fortnum & Mason, ...

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Yelp Wins Court Ruling To Move Up Negative Reviews

There’s always been talk among business owners of the “grey-area” around Yelp purposely placing negative reviews on non-paying merchant profiles. Unfortunately this did actually happen, and some business owners did actually sue Yelp – and in the end the court ruled that Yelp is completely in the clear in doing this. The ruling supported a lower court decision that dismissed ...

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Microsoft Aims To Revive MSN

MSN was one of the original all-in-one portals created by Microsoft over 2 decades ago. It’s your default Internet Explorer homepage, and as of late something you probably have almost forgotten about. In-fact with almost no real updates to the MSN portal Microsoft may have very well almost forgotten about it as-well. This is all about to change however as ...

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Yahoo Buys An Ad Company

With all the different things happening with Bing and Google it gets a bit hard to keep up with Yahoo as-well. However the gentle giant is far from sleeping. Yahoo seems to be putting some serious focus behind driving their advertising revenues up, as evident following a recent acquisition of Luminate – an advertising company which places ads within images. ...

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