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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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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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Facebook Introduces New Post Types

One of the most common mistakes business owners make with their Facebook pages is posting the same type of content over and over again. Nobody wants to be bombarded with the same style of promotional messages all the time – and Facebook wants to help you make new posts by offering an easy way to create them! Over the course ...

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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, ...

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Do It For The Vine, One Last Time

If you think it’s been a while since you’ve heard about any updates or changes to the Vine platform – you’d be right. Twitter has sat rather stagnant with Vine for a long time now, and as such when the official announcement regarding the closing of Vine came out yesterday – there wasn’t much surprise. Since 2013, millions of people ...

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Scam Alert: Email-Based Domain Name Registration Scam

It seems there is another round of domain name registration based scams going around – this time in the form of an email that arrives in your inbox from Domain Service with the title mydomainname.com Expiration – seemingly a simply notification from your registrar that your domain name is expiring. Alas this is a new scam originating from China, as the whois ...

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Why Everything Online Is Broken Today

All throughout today you may be noticing that some of your favorite online services are acting up, broken, or entirely offline. Twitter, IHeartRadio, PayPal, Spotify, Reddit, Imgur, Constant Contact, and a plethora of other services are experiencing severe issues as of this morning – and the reason is a series of DDoS attacks on Dyn – one of the largest ...

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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 ...

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YouTube Director Let’s Everyone Easily Create Video Ads For Their Business

These days video advertising is crucial if you truly want to capture your audiences attention. Videos are all around us. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – and people love watching them. YouTube is here to help with a brand new product called YouTube Director – designed specifically to help businesses create a professional-looking video ad without the need to hire an entire set ...

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77% Of Users Feel Bad About Blocking Ads

Gladly, the company behind the Goodblock ad-blocker ran a survey recently, asking their users why they choose to block ads and where. Know what they learned? 77% of Goodblock users felt bad about blocking ads. Furthermore over 40% of Goodblock users had 5+ websites whitelisted. Two rather high numbers that prove that people truly do understand that online publishers and ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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EU Promises Free WiFi To All EU Towns!

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has announced a new EU developmental project last week called WIFI4EU, a project whose goal is to provide free Wi-Fi internet to all EU towns by 2020! Plans are to subsidize the new project, using the funds to purchase and install Wi-Fi hotspots across major urban areas. Accepted installation points include public buildings, health centers, parks ...

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Shutterstock Launches Photoshop Plugin To Compete With Adobe Stock

It looks like Adobe Stock is getting some competition as Shutterstock rolls out a brand new plugin for Photoshop which lets you to search for, trial, and license Shutterstock’s stock images, right from inside Photoshop. The plugin works in much the same way that Adobe Stock functions now – letting you use watermarked images from the Shutterstock library. Modify these images ...

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