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SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is an ever-changing game. Keeping up with just Google’s algorithm changes is a full-time job – but add Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines into the mix and things get really hectic. Here we offer a curated collection of the most important, relevant, and confirmed news from the SEO community.

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Forums & Google Search Results

A forum administrator, Basak Kayik, posted a few questions in the Google Webmaster Help forum wondering how to improve his forum in the eyes of Google. Luckily the topic was picked up by Google’s John Mueller who responded to it in great detail. Now I have touched upon managing forums before in a slew of articles such as: Generating Traffic & Sales ...

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3 New Bing Ads Geotargeting Features Now Available

Bing has announced some great new targeting features which have been implemented into Bing Ads. These new features allow you much more control over your visibility and target radius for your Bing Ads. First, new map features give advertisers a way to visualize where they are targeting on the map. “You can also add/remove targets from the map control.“ Improved ...

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Goodbye Google Authorship Images

In a post on G+ yesterday Google’s John Mueller announced the removal of authorship avatars and circle counts from Google’s search results. The reason behind it is to improve the visual display of search results and maintaining a more “consistent design across devices”. Now granted John did mention that Google’s own experiments have shown the click-through behavior for the new ...

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Yandex Joins The “Not Provided” Club

Joining in with Google, Yahoo & recently Bing, Yandex has decided to also strip search query data from the referrer meaning that Yandex is now 100% not provided. The announcement roughly translated from Russian reads as follows: In December last year we started an experiment to encrypt text query in the Referrer , which gradually expanded. By February, the share ...

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Bing Announces Plans To Make Things Faster

Microsoft researchers and colleagues from Bing have been collaborating with others from industry and academia to examine datacenter hardware alternatives, and their work, a project known as Catapult, was presented in Minneapolis on June 16 during the 41st International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA). Confused yet? Hold on. Their paper, titled A Reconfigurable Fabric for Accelerating Large-Scale Datacenter Services, describes an effort to combine programmable hardware ...

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Bing Supports Up To 125 Trillion URLs In Sitemaps

Fabrice Canel, the Principal Program Manager of the Bing Index Generation team, posted their Sitemaps best practices guide for large web sites which shows off some pretty awesome numbers. For starters Bing can support up to 125 trillion links through multiple XML sitemap files. If you’re really curious with one sitemap file, Bing allows you to list 50,000 x 50,000 links, which brings you ...

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Google Launched Yet Another Spam Algorithm Yesterday

A couple weeks ago we saw the launch of version 2.0 of the Google Spam Algorithm, also known as the PayDay Loan algorithm; and surprisingly yesterday Google launched version 3.0. Matt Cutts previously explained that 2.0 was targeting specifically spammy sites, and so 3.0 moves the target over to spammy queries specifically. Looks like the new algorithm started rolling out ...

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Google: How Do I Rank Content Without Links

This week we have another great question in the Google webmaster forums where Ashish from India asks “How does Google determine quality content if there aren’t alot of links to a post?“. Matt Cutts explains that at that point what the search engine has to go by is the actual text that is on the page. So this is where ...

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2 Links, 1 Page

As I recently mentioned the Google Webmaster forums have been filling up lately with some great SEO related questions; and the Google team has done a good job at stepping in and answering some of these for us. A recent question by a London based webmaster brought up the concept of having two links on one page that both point ...

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Google Adds New Fetch & Render to Webmaster Tools

I was pleasantly surprised today as I logged into my Google Webmaster Tools and noticed a new button called Fetch & Render within the Fetch as Google option. Then I noticed the new drop down which allows you to choose what device you want to emulate the fetch & render with. To see what Googlebot sees, select Web. To see what the ...

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Google Says Forum Links Are Spam

With all of the changes with Google’s various algorithms there’s been some great questions being posted within the Google Webmaster forums and as of late a discussion has risen around whether or not placing a link to your website within a forum profile/signature of yours would cause any negative SEO effects. For those of us who have been around forums ...

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Big Week For Google SEO – Panda 4.0 & Spam Algorithm 2.0 Launched

This is turning out to be a pretty big week in the SEO community as Google announces the release of version 2.0 of the Google Spam Algorithm, and a brand new Google Panda Algorithm (version 4.0). The Spam Algorithm was released over the weekend and confirmed by Matt Cutt’s yesterday via Twitter; while the new Panda 4.0 algorithm only went ...

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Shocker – Content Length Doesn’t Actually Matter for SEO

There have always been plenty of myths in the world of SEO about what Google and various other search engines look for when crawling your website – and for years copy writers, bloggers, and webmasters were told to write content that is a minimum of 250 or 300 words long or else Google won’t index it, it wont rank well, ...

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How Does Google Treat New TLDs?

I’ve been mentioning alot of cool new TLD’s around here – however there’s been a question burning in the back of my mind about all these new domain names for a while now: How does Google plan to treat all of these new domain names? Will Google automatically geo-target a .NYC domain name to New York residents? As it turns out ...

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99% Of Guest Bloggers Today Can’t Write

There’s been quiet alot of talk going on lately about guest blogging and what’s to come of it. Google made a clear stance against the current state of guest blogging; and the recent hits on both MyBlogGuest, and more recently PostJoint are evidence of that. All this has created quiet the stir amongst the SEO community with plenty of people ...

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Grammar Matters, Atleast to Bing

I don’t want it to sound like I am picking on Bing with the post title of Grammar Matters, Atleast to Bing – fact is it should matter to all of us webmasters. After-all our jobs is to create and display online content in the best way possible for our visitors and grammar should play a large role in that. Regardless ...

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SEO Challenges And Tips For Small Businesses Today

Most small businesses require an expert SEO company to help create and implement marketing strategies that work. A lot has changed since the days of keyword-based SEO and websites now need rich and useful content in order to positively affect their brand. Generating SEO ideas can be challenging even for experienced marketers and the components required to formulate an SEO ...

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RIP Guest Blogging

So 2 days ago Matt Cutts called it – the death of guest blogging – at noon on 1/20/2014. Or at least the death of guest blogging for SEO purposes. A method that many SEO agencies have absolutely adored over the past few years. Okay, I’m calling it: if you’re using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, ...

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