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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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Amazon S3 Outage Breaks The Internet

Amazon’s S3 service had a few hiccups today – and took down a big portion of the web during it. Have you noticed throughout today that your emails look rather weird, websites don’t function properly, images online don’t seem to load, and even your smart thermostats and connected light bulbs aren’t working as they should? That’s because Amazon’s web-based storage ...

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Love Conquers Like When It Comes To Facebook Reactions

Remember when Facebook first introduced the new reaction emoji buttons to supplement the original ?? Turns out Facebook wants to use those reactions to gauge what topics should be displayed within your personal newsfeed. For example reacting with ??, ?, or ? emojis signifies that you feel strongly about a specific topic, more strongly than if you were to simply give ...

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Facebook Videos Being Monetized With Ads

Facebook videos are extremely popular, extremely. By the end of 2016 Facebook users were watching 100 million hours of videos every single day! With this popularity it only made sense for Facebook to monetize their videos. What Facebook decided to do was integrate ads 20 seconds into their videos, and then share the revenues with their publishers. Currently the breakdown ...

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Customer Service on Twitter Just Got More Personal

Twitter is well aware of how popular their platform is for customer service. As such they have launched a new feature allowing customer service agents on Twitter to include their names and profile pictures inside Direct Messages. This gives the entire customer service interaction via Twitter a more personal approach. According to an internal Twitter study 77% of people are ...

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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 ...

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Facebook Videos Will Soon Auto-Play With Sound

Remember when it was a big deal that Facebook started auto-playing videos as you scrolled by them in your newsfeed? Facebook recently finished up testing auto-playing sound along with those videos – and apparently decided it was a good idea. So, coming soon, everyone gets auto-playing sound along with their auto-playing videos! People are watching and sharing more video on ...

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Twitter Growth Is Severly Behind It’s Competition

Twitter has many problems these days – and growth is one of the major ones. Over the course of  a 2 year span (2015 – 2016) Twitter has gained only 31 million active monthly users. A recent study showed Instagram gaining 300 million and Facebook gaining 467 million during the same year. Check out the full comparison below which sadly ...

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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 ...

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130 Million Ads Rejected Last Year by Bing

Bing recently released their Ad Quality Year in Review report for 2016 – reviewing the various different actions that Bing has taken towards malicious and misleading ads on their network. The stats are not pretty. Bing rejected 130 million ads and banned 175,000 advertisers – and even with numbers as impressive as these – online malvertising threats still managed to ...

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Pinterest is Getting Serious About PPC

After months of testing, and with a reach surpassing 150 million unique monthly users, Pinterest is finally ready to jump into the PPC world. Pinterest is common destination for those looking for products and ideas with roughly 2 billion searches each month. Capitalizing on these stats could prove extremely beneficial for Pinterest. The current plan is to run ads on ...

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Malvertising Threats Grew 132% In 2016

I like keeping up to date on the latest industry reports, it’s a great way to stay on top of industry trends. The most recent report, however, has me a touch worried, or at least is forcing me to pay close attention. RiskIQ, a leading digital threat management company, has found that malvertising threats grew over 132% in 2016 when ...

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EIG Announces Plans to Layoff 440 Bluehost Employees

Endurance International Group has an unfortunate track-record of ruining web hosting companies that they acquire – and the recent blow seems to be coming to Bluehost as EIG announces plans to lay off 440 Bluehost employees. That includes staff from accounting, customer support, human resources, and training staff – all of whom add up to over half of Bluehosts 750-person ...

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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 ...

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Vine Becomes Vine Camera

Back in October we heard about the official discontinuation of the Vine app – at least as we knew it. Until now everyone figured the Vine app would no longer serve a purpose at all – turning into just another app that gets deleted from your device (unless you still haven’t downloaded the Vines you wish to save). Turns out ...

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GoDaddy Buys Host Europe for $1.79 Billion

GoDaddy is an extremely well known name when it comes to the web hosting market in America, however when it comes to the international market there are a lot of players with a significantly larger presence. To help fix this, GoDaddy has acquired Host Europe Group – a leading managed hosting provider in Europe & Germany. The final purchase came ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Clean Up Your Online Profiles With Deseat.me

Over your years on the world wide web you have probably created your fair share of online accounts and profiles – some of which you may wish you no longer had. In the days of social logins it’s extremely easy to click “Sign In With Google” and instantly register on a new website. However that instant registration also means that ...

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Alexa Wants To Retire Top 1M Website List – Twitter Doesn’t Let It

Earlier today Scott Helme noticed that the Alexa Top 1 Million Websites list was no longer accessible online – and promptly sent a tweet to Alexa who confirmed the pages retirement. This however didn’t go over well with the rest of the Twitter community … Hey @AlexaInternet have you stopped providing your Top 1 Million Sites list? https://t.co/MT94elIaA2 — Scott ...

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