Google Search Results Are Free Speech in the U.S; Google Rolling Out Mobile Friendly Label

November 18, 2014 by  
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Google rolling out  Mobile Friendly label ; Google Search Results Are Free Speech in the U.S. Is Google Penalizing Websites With Disallowed Pages?  Google Rewrites Quality Rating Guide – Refresh Yourself on What SEOs Should Know; Googles DoubleClick Outage Affected 55,000 Websites For Nearly Two Hours ; .Google News Testing Tiny Video Thumbnails Alongside Images.

Duane Forrester , Matt Cutts and the SEO Spokespeople Changeup

November 11, 2014 by  
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Amazon Echo; Facebook and Google Fight Ebola

SEO Rockstars host Chris Boggs had guest Frank Watson on for a lively discussion on recent search engine personnel changes. Bing search evangelist Duane Forrester was let go last week much to the surprise of most industry people.

Forrester had just won the US Search personality of the year at Las Vegas PubCon 2014. The pair noted it could be indicative of Bing’s admission of not being able to challenge Google’s search dominance and the company’s decision to concentrate on search apps and leave the rest to Google.
Google Spam Czar Matt Cutts recently announced he was extending his leave of absence – Matt has been on vacation for nearly 6 months and announced he was not planning on returning to his position – looking to find another project to take on when or if he gets back.
Amazon’s Echo devices came under some criticism for being an ever present ear in your home logging all comments and possibly prepping future search suggestions when looking for things online – especially through Amazon. This intrusion was also reflected in Google’s report of what days people were more hungover by how often people searched about the terms.
Google’s statement that buying links for traffic but sending them to a separate site and then redirecting that site to your main site – as suggested by John Mueler from Google – came under some criticism as it seemed like cloaking.
The begging for money from users by Facebook and Google for the Ebola situation was also discussed.

Google to Penalize For Not Disclosing CSS and Javascript; Google and Their Poor Treatment on Small Businesses

October 28, 2014 by  
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Chris welcomes guest host Frank Watson aka Aussiewebmaster on to discuss the recent post on the Official Google blog reporting the search giant will now be penalizing sites for not disclosing their CSS and Javascript files. The discussion noted how previously Google wanted clean pages with text being the concentration and code that potentially slowed page load or interfered with their bots being not liked by Google. Now apparently Google wants the access to this information but instructs website owners to compress the information.

Watson said he would not be doing any changes until others went through and started reporting impact. He likened it to the recent decision by Google to prefer https sites which was later said not to have an impact on rankings.
In other news discussed the poor treatment of small businesses by Google – as noted in – was mentioned particularly how Adwords is set up in such a way that spends can initially hurt small businesses who do not know how to set up an account and leave on the default settings. The recent changes to the Google algorithm and the decrease in small businesses actually showing in localized results was also noted.
A final nod was given by Chris Boggs to Bings ability to have searches on emojis. The search engine had recently added the ability to search by an smiley code to explain what it was.

Google Penguin 3.0 Worldwide Rollout; Google Deals with Spam For User Generated Content; Web Traffic Advisors Launched

October 21, 2014 by  
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Google Penguin 3.0: Worldwide Rollout Still In Process, Impacting 1 Percent Of English Queries;  Google Admits Spam Is A Hard Problem For User Generated Content Sites;  Google Now Testing Mobile-Friendly Text Notices In Search Results. Also Chris announces his newly launched independent consulting venture, Web Traffic Advisors

Thoughts About Pubcon 2014; Google Not Updating PageRank Anymore? How About Google PageRank Alternatives

October 14, 2014 by  
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Jim and Chris give their  thoughts about Pubcon 2014 in Las Vegas,  Google not updating PageRank Anymore and some Google PageRank Alternatives. Plus, Google Penguin 3.0:  Is It Too Late To Disavow Links Once They Show In Google Webmaster Tools.

Goodbye Orkut and the Yahoo Directory

September 30, 2014 by  
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Chris welcomes Frank Watson of Kangamurra Media discuss some stories that flashback to the closing of two throwback platforms. Plus, Switching to HTTPS Will Not Increase Your Search Rankings; Google Panda 4.1 Now Rolling Out; Aims To Help Smaller Web Sites; Bye Bye Yahoo Directory;  Fare well, Orkut, the story of Googles first attempt at a social network .

Google Penalizes Private Blog Networks; Adds Structured Snippets To Search Results

September 23, 2014 by  
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Headlines include: Google Penalizes Private Blog Networks;  Baidu Chief Scientist predicts half of web searches will soon be speech and images.  Google Has Tightened Its European Search De-Listing Request Process; Google Adds Structured Snippets To Search Results

SEO Rockstars Celebrates 200 Episodes; Google Indexing Google Maps Search Results Pages

September 16, 2014 by  
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SEO Rockstars Celebrates 200 Episodes; Google Indexing Google Maps Search Results Pages; Google Notifying Webmasters Of Sitelinks Search Box Via Webmaster Tools ;Google Patent Changes Ranks Based on TV Viewing

Penguin Refresh Needed to Recover; Google Brings Product Listing Ads To Third-Party Sites

September 9, 2014 by  
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Google Confirms Penguin Refresh Needed to Recover  Google Brings PLAs  Product Listing Ads To Third-Party Sites Like AdSense for Shopping and Yahoo doing same thing. Google Changes Documentation On Mobile Redirection From 302 To 301 Redirects ; Google’s Matt Cutts Migrates His Blog To HTTPS; Google: Responsive Design Doesnt Get Better Ranking Directly.

Google Drops All Authorship; Amazon To Launch Their Own Online Ads

September 2, 2014 by  
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Google has completely dropped all authorship functionality from the search results and webmaster tools. Amazon is planning to launch their own online advertising program, which includes replacing all of Google’s ads. Eric Schmidt says unbreakable’ encryption is coming and Google Webmaster Help Announces Series of Reconsideration Request Tips to Help Penalized Webmasters;  Google Now Crawling Final Rendered Page, Skips Static Version.