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 WebmasterWorld Highlighted Posts   July 25, 2014
Report: Firefox Browser Market Share Show Steep Declines
Posted in Firefox Browser Usage and Support by engine

Reports indicate Firefox market share is in steep decline, with Chrome being the big winner. ... read more ...

 

Organic Traffic Drop on 28 June 2014
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by lolamjambuna

WebmasterWorld Members discuss traffic drops from Google on June 28. ... read more ...

 

Google Updates and SERP Changes - July 2014
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by netmeg

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

 

July 2014 AdSense Earnings and Observations
Posted in Google AdSense by RedBar

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's AdSense performance. ... read more ...

 

Google Site Visitors Down, Revealing Apparent Quality Referrals From Bing/Yahoo
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by webcentric

When a site gets hit by some kind of ranking change in Google SERPs, a close inspection of the referrals from Bing/Yahoo indicated different visitor movement throughout the site. How to tell if these are better referrals, even if the numbers are down. ... read more ...

 

Returning to SEO After 5 Years: Up To Date SEO Tips
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by ron_ron

A webmaster returns to SEO after a 5-year break and wants to get up to speed quickly. Here, WebmasterWorld Members help by discussing their top tips and recommended reading. This useful thread will help newbies, and anyone wanting a refresher. ... read more ...

 

Google Quietly Launches CookieChoices.org Website
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by bhartzer

Google has quietly launched the CookieChoices.org website today. ... read more ...

 

Google To Close Orkut September 30, 2014
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

"We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014" ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 29 June
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's Larry Page Discusses Privacy, Google Plus, and Tech Concerns
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

An interview with the NYT, Google's Larry Page and Sundar Pichai where a number of issues were discussed, including tech issues, Google Plus, and privacy. ... read more ...

 

Google's Secret Updates Leave Small Sites Scrambling
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by mrengine

Whether you're a start-up, family-owned, or publicly traded, there's danger in letting your business rely too heavily on Google search for site traffic. One morning in May, Stradley woke up to find her business in crisis. The number of visitors to the site, which had reached around 5 million a month, was suddenly down by 44 percent, cutting ad earnings by 56 percent. ... read more ...

 

The Recent U.S. Supreme Court Ruling May Point to Protection of Your Privacy in the Cloud
Posted in Foo by tangor

The ruling may indicate how the court sees privacy of data in the cloud. ... read more ...

 

Solutions To Combat Negative SEO Campaigns
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by goodroi

WebmasterWorld Members discuss negative SEO activity, and how to reverse the effect of negative SEO. ... read more ...

 

How Bing Chooses a Web Page Title For Its SERPs
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

Bing explains how best to get your page title selected for the SERPs. ... read more ...

 

Efficient Ways To Block or Redirect A Persistent Bot Wasting Bandwidth
Posted in Apache Web Server by Dan99

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how best to block a bot wasting bandwidth. ... read more ...

 

Google dropping profile images from Authorship Results
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Robert_Charlton

John Mueller of Google announced today that Google is dropping the display of profile images and circle count from its search results. The reason given is improving the visual display on mobile results and maintaining "a more consistent design across devices".... ... read more ...

 

Manage Multiple Bing Knowledge Widgets In Bing Webmaster Tools
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

"Now, you can easily manage multiple Bing Knowledge Widgets and settings from within the familiar Webmaster Tools experience." ... read more ...

 

Google Launches Domain Management Service (BETA)
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by RonPK

"Every domain includes easy forwarding, branded email, simple management tools and other helpful features." ... read more ...

 

June 2014 AdSense Earnings and Observations
Posted in Google AdSense by incrediBILL

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google AdSense performance. ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 22 June
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 ...

 

Blocked CSS and JS Apparently Causing Large Panda 4 Drops
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Robert_Charlton

In an interesting exercise, it appears that CSS and JS blocking may be resulting in traffic drops. ... read more ...

 

Bing Ads Bid Landscape Tool at Ad Group Level
Posted in BingAds (was MSN/Microsoft AdCenter) by engine

"...the Bid Landscape tool released earlier this year is now applicable at the keyword and ad group level for US Advertisers." ... read more ...

 

Google Manual Action Over 302 Redirect
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by jammy8891

"It contained a URL that included a /goto/[mysite] command which eventually 302 redirected to my site." ... read more ...

 

Bing Ads Express (Beta) To Close
Posted in BingAds (was MSN/Microsoft AdCenter) by engine

"On July 30th, we will sunset the Bing Ads Express product, and will offer search marketing opportunities to our customers only through Bing Ads." ... read more ...

 

Facebook Launches Slingshot App To U.S. Users
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

Slingshot is similar to Snapchat, and allows users to send a photo or video to friends, but they can't see what's sent until they send something back. ... read more ...

 

Negative SEO - How to Tank a Site 101
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by JD_Toims

"If the site hasn't tanked yet, month 4 hit 'em with 20,000 inbound links all at once -- Keep doing it and eventually the site you're aiming at will tank and they won't be able to figure out how to recover -- It takes almost none of your time and costs very little to tank a site due to the "penalty mentality" Google has decided to run with." ... read more ...

 

Bing To Get "Catapult" Network Architecture To Test Improved Search Speed and Efficiency
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

This a pilot program of 1,600 servers to test the efficacy of the new system before a decision to roll it out. ... read more ...

 

YouTube Will Block Indie Labels Over Subscription Service Launch
Posted in Web Video Creation and Optimization by travelin_cat

A spokesperson for the indie labels said YouTube was making a "grave error of commercial judgement". ... read more ...

 

WordPress Clamping Down on False DMCA Takedowns
Posted in WordPress by travelin_cat

Automattic, WordPress' parent company, is demanding $10,000 in compensation against a false DMCA takedown request. ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 15 June
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 Update Targeting Spammy Queries, Algorithm 3.0
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Mentat

This new algo is rolling out this week. ... read more ...

 

Welcome To WebmasterWorld's New Home Page
Posted in WebmasterWorld Community Center by engine

This new home page will help you navigate WebmasterWorld much easier, and it shows you our most recent featured news and information posts, our hottest threads of the week, and our hottest threads trending for the month. ... read more ...

 

Responsive AdSense ads: Your thoughts so far?
Posted in Google AdSense by atladsenser

"I'm about to implement responsive design for my site (finally!) and just wanted to know what to expect, as much as that's possible." ... read more ...

 

dot UK Now Available For a Shorter, Snappier UK Domain
Posted in Domain Names by nickreynolds

Nominet: "That's why we've introduced our new shorter, sharper and smarter .uk domain..." ... read more ...

 

Google "My Business" Launched: Makes It Easier To Update Info In One Place
Posted in Local Search by travelin_cat

"In addition to new businesses getting started with Google My Business, we're also upgrading current users of Places for Business and the Google+ Dashboard to this new experience." ... read more ...

 

Bing Publishes Sitemaps Best Practice, for Small To Large Sites
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

Bing has just published a best practice guide to sitemaps, for small through to large sites. ... read more ...

 

Google Publishes an Updated Guide To Site Moves
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

"To help you avoid surprises, we've created an in-depth guide on how to handle site moves in a Googlebot-friendly way." ... read more ...

 

YouTube To Start Removing Suspended Accounts From Subscriber Counts
Posted in Social Media Marketing by engine

YouTube announces a potential change to your subscriber counts. ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 8 June
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 ...

 

Chrome overtakes IE to become most popular browser
Posted in Google Chrome Browser by bill

Chrome now has more market share than IE in the US ... read more ...

 

Facebook Q and A: Page Ranking and Organic Reach
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

Find out what Facebook thinks of the changes its made, and why it made them. ... read more ...

 

WordPress.com To Serve All Sites Via HTTPS
Posted in WordPress by lorax

"We'll be serving pages only over SSL for all *.wordpress.com subdomains by the end of the year." ... read more ...

 

OpenSSL Serious Vulnerability Notice; Affects Versions Patched After Heartbleed
Posted in Webmaster General by engine

With Heartbleed bug still in our minds, there's another serious vulnerability in OpenSSL which needs attention. ... read more ...

 

Google Updates and SERP Changes - June 2014
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by linkbuildr

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

 

Twitter Acquires Mobile Native Ads Company, Namo Media
Posted in Twitter by engine

Twitter continues its efforts in advertising, now with acquiring Namo Media. ... read more ...

 

Google AdSense Releases Two New Ad Sizes
Posted in Google AdSense by engine

Google AdSense's new larger ads may help some publishers with space to spare. ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Bing Celebrates 5-Years
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

Today, Microsoft's Bing turns 5-years old, and many things have changed in that relatively short time. ... read more ...

 

Apple Unveils iOS 8
Posted in The Macintosh Webmaster by engine

Lots of announcements from Apple, and especially the unveiling of iOS 8. ... read more ...

 

DuckDuckGo Gets Added to Safari
Posted in Alternative Search Engines by Brett_Tabke

Announced today at Apple's developers conference: "You can also now search the web using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn't track you." ... read more ...

 

Flaws in Popular SEO plug-in put WordPress websites at risk
Posted in WordPress by Brett_Tabke

Researchers from Web security firm Sucuri found two flaws in a plug in called "All in One SEO Pack" ... read more ...

 

Negative SEO May Now Be Easier Than Ever
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

WebmasterWorld members discuss negative SEO, especially for Google, and how webmasters deal with the problem. ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 1 June
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 Opens "Right to be Forgotten" Form For E.U.
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

This appears to be the start of a filtering for E.U. residents. ... read more ...

 

Cyberattack Locks Apple Devices
Posted in The Macintosh Webmaster by travelin_cat

"A majority of victims affected by the hack so far appear to be from Australia, according to an Apple support thread, but there were also owners affected in New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada." ... read more ...

 

Fetch as Google Tool Expanded To Show Fetch and Render
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by phranque

"...we've recently expanded this tool to also show how Googlebot would be able to render the page." ... read more ...

 

Bing Webmaster Community Forum Resources Redeployed
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by phranque

"...there are a number of communities online today that house exactly the expertise folks seek." ... read more ...

 

Google: Link Drops In Forums Is Spam and Will Get The Dropped Site Penalised
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

Dropping links in forums to your site will get your site into trouble, either algorithmically, or manually. ... read more ...

 

Twitter and Omnicom Reach $230 Million Mobile Ad Deal
Posted in Twitter by engine

Omnicom Media Group announced a mobile focused deal with Twitter on Tuesday, worth $230 million over the next two years. ... read more ...

 

LulzSec Hacker Gets Off With Light Sentence For Helping Thwart Further Attacks
Posted in Foo by engine

A convicted hacker turned informant, who was facing in excess of 20 years in prison, has been handed a sentence of a year's supervision. ... read more ...

 

Google's Better Understanding of JavaScript on Sites
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by brotherhood_of_LAN

Google explains how it has been able to better understand sites with JavaScript by making pages render as they would as if in a browser with JavaScript turned on. There will also be a new tool to help webmasters see how Google indexes JavaScript on sites. ... read more ...

 

New Lawsuit Accuses Google of AdSense Widespread Fraud
Posted in Google AdSense by martinibuster

"A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Google accuses the tech titan of engaging in widespread fraud by canceling AdSense accounts just before they were due to pay out." ... read more ...

 

Google Confirms Panda 4.0 Roll Out
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by EvilSaint

Google has confirmed a rollout of Panda 4.0 today. ... read more ...

 

WordPress Sites vs Hand Coding For Best SEO and Ranking In Google
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by neophyte

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how WordPress sites or and coded sites might perform better in Google SERPs. ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 17 May
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 ...

 

New Google AdSense Ad Format: Magazine Ads
Posted in Google AdSense by fumanchu

Google introduces a new ad format: Magazine Ads ... read more ...

 

Leaked New York Times Digital Strategy Report
Posted in Webmaster General by goodroi

An honest assessment of how the NYT struggles to remain popular as they try to transition themselves to better connect with the fast changing online world. ... read more ...

 

FCC Votes For Lane Speeds In Net Neutrality, But May Change Its Mind Later
Posted in Foo by tangor

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, despite weeks of backlash, still wants to allow Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon to "offer" different levels of service to internet companies, although he refused to call them a "fast lane" and a "slow lane" and refused to recognize how those arrangements up the food chain affect consumers and a neutral internet. ... read more ...

 

Google Will Have "Right to be Forgotten" System, In Germany, Within Two Weeks
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

"They promised to come up with a process within two weeks for users to log their complaints," ... read more ...

 

Pinterest Tests Paid Promoted Pins To Selected Brands
Posted in Pinterest by engine

"Our first paid test, in the U.S. only, is with a small group of brands from different industries..." ... read more ...

 

Twitter Confirms "Mute" Feature Coming To Accounts
Posted in Twitter by engine

According to Twitter, mute gives users more control over the tweets in your stream by allowing you to remove a user's content, without them knowing you've muted them. ... read more ...

 

EU Court Backs Users' 'Right to be Forgotten' on Google
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by Whitey

The European Union Court of Justice said links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased on request. ... read more ...

 

Bing's Top 10 SEO Myths, Including Linking, Social, and Content
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

Bing's Duane Forrester has published his top ten SEO myths, which may give you some pointers into the search engine's view of SEO and what works. ... read more ...

 

Mozilla Confirms Firefox To Run Sponsored Tab Experiments
Posted in Firefox Browser Usage and Support by Lame_Wolf

"We'll experiment on Firefox across platforms, and we'll talk about what we learn before anything ships to our release users." ... read more ...

 

WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 11 May
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 Updates and SERP Changes - May 2014
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by chalkywhite

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

 

Bing SERPs or Algorithm Update
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by Scuba_SEO

There are reports of a Bing update taking place. ... read more ...

 

Twitter Introduces Language Targeting In Accounts and Tweets
Posted in Twitter by engine

"Advertisers can now target Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts in languages that their audience understands..." ... read more ...

 

Analyzing Google AdSense Performance
Posted in Google AdSense by avalon37

WebmasterWorld Members analyze the performance of Google AdSense over time, and discuss the current state, and include predictions for earning in May. ... read more ...

 

Alibaba Files IPO in the U.S.
Posted in Asia and Pacific Region by bill

The Alibaba IPO is expected to be one of the largest stock listings in history. ... read more ...

 

May 2014 AdSense Earnings and Observations
Posted in Google AdSense by glitterball

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google AdSense. ... read more ...

 

Amazon Introduces Add To Cart Social Shopping Capability Via Twitter
Posted in Ecommerce by engine

"If you spot an Amazon product link on Twitter, you can now add it to your shopping cart just by responding to the tweet with the hashtag..." ... read more ...

 

Experiments with Google AdSense For Increased Revenues
Posted in Google AdSense by netmeg

WebmasterWorld Members discuss experiments with Google AdSense for increased revenue. ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Patches IE Vulnerability, Even On Windows XP
Posted in Microsoft Internet Explorer by engine

The update that does this goes live today at 10 a.m. PDT. ... read more ...

 

Firefox 29 Launches With Major Redesign
Posted in Firefox Browser Usage and Support by bill

After almost two years of working on its Australis redesign, the company is now finally ready to bring it to its stable release channel. ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Closes The Acquisition of Nokia, and The New Business Becomes Microsoft Mobile Oy
Posted in Microsoft Corporate by bill

"The opportunity for Microsoft to be both a devices and services company, so that it can deliver the complete proposition to its consumers, is at the heart of this," ... read more ...

 

Facebook Wants To Be a Journalist's Newswire And Partners With Storyful
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

"Today, we're excited to announce FB Newswire, a resource that will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce." ... read more ...

 

Blocking non-North American Traffic Made Simple
Posted in Search Engine Spider and User Agent Identification by webcentric

Webmasters discuss how to make an amazingly small optimized IP block list that allows only North American traffic to access a website. The technique can easily be applied to other geographical areas. ... read more ...

 

Report: Facebook To Announce Mobile Ad Network Before End Of April
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

"Facebook will pitch the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage the social network's vast database of user information for better ad targeting." ... read more ...

 

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