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 WebmasterWorld Highlighted Posts   Oct. 23, 2014
John Mueller - Don't Expect Visible Ranking Change from HTTPS Switch
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by goodroi

Google's John Mueller stated: "I wouldn't expect any visible change when you move from HTTP to HTTPS..." ... read more ...

 

Google Panda Updated and 4.1 Rolling Out
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by netmeg

According to Google, "Depending on the locale, around 3 to 5 pct of queries are affected." ... read more ...

 

Facebook's Atlas Ad Platform Relaunches
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

"Targeting and measurement capabilities are built-in, and cross-device marketing is easy with new ways of evaluating media performance centered on people for reporting and measurement." ... read more ...

 

Yahoo To Close Its Directory, Yahoo Education, and Qwiki
Posted in Yahoo Corporate by engine

Yahoo announced its Directory is to close December 31, 2014. ... read more ...

 

Linux/Unix Critical Security Hole Discovered
Posted in Linux, Unix, and *nix like Operating Systems by engine

The Linux and Unix shell has a serious security issue and it may affect many web servers. Fixes and updates are recommended as soon as possible. ... read more ...

 

Google Extends Local Inventory AdWords To UK, France, Germany, Japan and Australia
Posted in Google AdWords by engine

Google is rolling out local inventory AdWords to more countries. ... read more ...

 

Google Now Showing Structured Snippets In SERPs
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

Structured Snippets is a new feature that incorporates facts into individual result snippets in Web Search. ... read more ...

 

Bing Ads Announces Campaign Planner
Posted in BingAds (was MSN/Microsoft AdCenter) by engine

Campaign Planner is a unique new feature in the Bing Ads web interface... ... read more ...

 

Facebook Tweaks Newsfeed Algo To Show More Timely Stories from Friends and Pages
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

Facebook has updated its Newsfeed algo to bring more stories to the top. ... read more ...

 

Amazon Beats Google to .buy TLD For $4.6 Million
Posted in Domain Names by engine

"Amazon paid $4.6 million in an auction that ended on Wednesday." ... read more ...

 

Alibaba Shares Soar on First Day Trading, Surpassing Facebook
Posted in Asia and Pacific Region by bill

"Alibaba reached $228.5 billion in market value after surging 36 percent above its initial public offering price to $92.70 per share." ... read more ...

 

Google Sitelinks Search Box Now Taking You Straight To a Site's Own Search Pages
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

WebmasterWorld Members discuss Google's new sitelinks search box now that it's operating. ... read more ...

 

New F.T.C. Trade Rules Aimed At Speeding Up Goods Shipments
Posted in Ecommerce by engine

Affecting ecommerce sellers and sites in the US, the new documentation and rules encompass most goods ordered from the seller by mail, telephone, fax, or on the Internet. ... read more ...

 

Apple's Tim Cook On User Privacy: Takes a Swipe at "Competitors"
Posted in The Macintosh Webmaster by engine

Apple's Tim Cook has decided to make a statement on privacy, whilst taking a pop at "competitors." ... read more ...

 

Bing: URL Keyword Stuffing and Detection
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

According to Bing, it uses a number of signals to help detect url keyword stuffing. ... read more ...

 

Google Direct Answers (Answer Box) Uses Forum Post As Content Source
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by aakk9999

WebmasterWorld Members noticed a Google SERP with Direct Answers showing a forum post. ... read more ...

 

How to Deal With Malicious Or Misleading Google AdSense 3rd Party Ads on Android
Posted in Google AdSense by yaashul

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how to deal with apparent misleading, or malicious 3rd party Google AdSense ads displayed on Android. ... read more ...

 

U.S. Government Threatened Yahoo With $250,000 per day Fine If It Didn't Release Data
Posted in Yahoo Corporate by engine

"At one point, the U.S. Government threatened the imposition of $250,000 in fines per day if we refused to comply." ... read more ...

 

Google Webmaster Tools API Updated
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

Google has just announced it has updated its Google Webmaster Tools API with additional features. ... read more ...

 

Google May Show Ad Extensions On Mobiles Instead of Second Line of Ad Text
Posted in Google AdWords by engine

"Starting on October 15, 2014, your ad extensions may show instead of the second line of ad text (description line 2) on your mobile search ads." ... read more ...

 

Google Confirms Penguin Recovery Requires Algorithm Refresh
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Robert_Charlton

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the news that Google's John Mueller had confirmed that Penguin recovery is possible, but not until after the algorithm is refreshed and/or data is updated... and that has not happened in quite a while. ... read more ...

 

Google Updates and SERP Changes - September 2014
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Martin_Ice_Web

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes. ... read more ...

 

Apple Moves Into Mobile Payments With Apple Pay
Posted in Ecommerce by engine

"Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks, American Express, MasterCard and Visa, issued by the most popular banks including Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo, representing 83 percent of credit card purchase volume in the US." ... read more ...

 

Twitter Tests "Buy Button With Selected U.S. Partners
Posted in Twitter by engine

Twitter is stepping up its ecommerce capability with tests in the US of a "Buy" button. ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Previews Completely Revamped MSN.COM
Posted in Microsoft Corporate by engine

"... we have rebuilt MSN from the ground up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world." ... read more ...

 

10 Top Tips for Responsive Design
Posted in Mobile Web Site Design and Development by not2easy

WebmasterWorld members discuss ways to improve site ranking by making the site more mobile device friendly. Even if you can't budget a major redesign, there are steps to regain visibility and traffic. ... read more ...

 

Google Testing Domain Clustering In SERPs
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Saffron

According to reports, Google may be running a new test of domain clustering in the SERPs. ... read more ...

 

Google AdWords Rolls Out Callout Extensions Allowing Additional Text In Search Ads
Posted in Google AdWords by engine

"Callouts show valuable information to potential customers before they click your ad; while also being a factor in Ad Rank." ... read more ...

 

Defining What Makes a Backlink Bad or of Value
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by amilylorry

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how to define what makes a good or bad link or citation. ... read more ...

 

Google is Developing a New "Knowledge Vault"
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by aristotle

"As well as the ability to analyse text on a webpage for facts to feed its knowledge base, Google can also peer under the surface of the web, hunting for hidden sources of data such as the figures that feed Amazon product pages." ... read more ...

 

Google Authorship Support Dropped
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

"...we've made the difficult decision to stop showing authorship in search results." ... read more ...

 

Migration to HTTPS May Cause A Drop In Google AdSense Earnings
Posted in Google AdSense by Mo_T

WebmasterWorld Members debate the recent ranking signal notification from Google for HTTPS, and whether early adopters switching to secure have jumped too quickly. ... read more ...

 

Twitter Rolls Out Tweet Analytics Dashboard to All
Posted in Twitter by engine

Now, the dashboard and the data is being rolled out to everyone. ... read more ...

 

The Best Way To Deal With Blunt Force Attacks On WordPress Login Screen
Posted in WordPress by Planet13

With the WordPress login screen being a popular attack page, WebmasterWorld members discuss the best solutions to reduce bandwidth and successful login. ... read more ...

 

Facebook To Clamp Down On Click Bait In News Feed
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

Facebook says it's going to clamp down on spammy, click bait-style headlines and stories. ... read more ...

 

.COM Growth Slows in 2014
Posted in Domain Names by jmccormac

"The monthly growth figures for .COM show that the TLD's growth is slowing." ... read more ...

 

Google Manual Ban For Unnatural Links Rescinded
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by serenoo

Was the ban a Google error error? Webmasters discuss what appears to be a Google manual ban, then rescinded. ... read more ...

 

Report: Amazon To Launch Google AdWords Competitor, With AdSense?
Posted in Google AdSense by EditorialGuy

WSJ reports that Amazon is preparing to launch a Google AdWords competitor, with the possibility of an AdSense offering. ... read more ...

 

Using Excel to Analyse Bots
Posted in Website Analytics - Tracking and Logging by DixonJones

"With Google analytics so prevalent these days, we forget that GA misses huge swathes of data about our sites. I recently had need to ascertain the relative amount of crawling each bot was doing." ... read more ...

 

Bing's New Malware Detection Might Be Dialed Too High
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by mike2010

WebmasterWorld Members discuss whether Bing's new malware detection and alert dialed up too high, and if alerted, is the information Bing provides to webmasters adequate? ... read more ...

 

Case Study in Google Ranking a Brand New Site
Posted in Google SEO by incrediBILL

WebmasterWorld members discuss the surprising results from the launch of a brand new site. Details covered include using a new domain, responsive web design via Twitter Bootstrap, HTML5 with minimal SEO and social media engagement. Subscription Required. ... read more ...

 

Improving Security: Flat Files vs Databases
Posted in Perl Server Side CGI Scripting by explorador

WebmasterWorld Members discuss improvements to security in the comparison between fat files and databases.

"The main difference about flat file databases is one has to build the system and features, but let's focus on security." ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 18 August
Posted in WebmasterWorld Community Center by engine

WebmasterWorld's weekly round-up of hot topics and discussions you may have missed in the last few days. ... read more ...

 

Google AdWords Going Close Variant Keyword Matching: Exact Match No Longer Possible
Posted in Google AdWords by engine

Google is shutting off the opt out option of close variant keyword matching. This means your exact match keywords will no longer be possible. ... read more ...

 

Google Takes Action On European, German Link Networks
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

Google has taken action against link networks in Europe and one in Germany. ... read more ...

 

Expired Domain, In Error, Instantly Out Of Google: Renewal Took 30 Days To Return To SERPs
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by anon123

Expiring domains can sometimes catch us unaware. This example shows that even an instant renewal can take a month to return to the original Google rankings. ... read more ...

 

All SEO is Unethical!
Posted in Foo by incrediBILL

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the idea that all SEO is unethical. ... read more ...

 

Good Reasons To Stop Developing For Older Web Browsers
Posted in CSS by incrediBILL

WebmasterWorld Members debate the reasons for and against developing and supporting older web browsers. At some point the market share will decline to the point of diminishing returns. How do you identify what the point in time is, and how do you handle the inevitable errors. ... read more ...

 

Bing Adds Conversational Search Responses To U.S. SERPs
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

Bing continues to add new features to its SERPs, and now with the addition of conversational search. ... read more ...

 

Only 3pct of New gTLD Registrations Being Used for Business Websites
Posted in Domain Names by Webwork

With so many sites apparently parked, or used for PPC, where does that leave the new gTLDs. ... read more ...

 

Bing Makes Code Search and API Reference Easier
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

Bing makes improvements to search for improved code search and developer queries. ... read more ...

 

Internet Outage Problems Caused By BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) Routing Tables Too Large
Posted in Webmaster General by engine

Yesterday's Net outage may not be the last, thanks to inadequate memory in top level routers. ... read more ...

 

Google AdSense Home Page Keeps Switching From New To Old
Posted in Google AdSense by bhukkel

WebmastersWorld Members reporting frustration the Google AdSense home page regularly switches between old and new, and back again at each log in. ... read more ...

 

Twitter Launches Beta Test Of Video Ads In Stream
Posted in Twitter by engine

Twitter is inviting existing advertisers to join the beta program. ... read more ...

 

Net Outage Affecting Many Users Worldwide
Posted in Webmaster General by engine

According to reports, many, many users indicating lots of sites appear to be down. ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 11 August
Posted in WebmasterWorld Community Center by engine

WebmasterWorld's weekly round-up of hot topics and discussions you may have missed in the last few days. ... read more ...

 

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