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2001: new post   Matt Cutts and Amit Singhal Share Insider Detail on Panda Update
Wired Magazine interviewed both Matt Cutts and Amit Singhal and in the process got some helpful insight into the Farm Update. Some of the speculation we've had at WebmasterWorld is confirmed.[br][br]The process of creating this update used input from human quality raters. They were asked questions like: "Would you be comfortable giving this site your credit card? Would you be comfortable giving medicine prescribed by this site to your kids? Does this site have excessive ads?"[br][br]Then the formal algorithm was developed and back-checked against the human input.[br][br]
Google SEO News and DiscussionMar 3, 2011
2002: new post   Microsoft and Google Together Sue GeoTag Inc Over Patent
Google and Microsoft have joined forces to take down a Texas company's geotagging patent that they claim has been used in lawsuits against more than 300 entities, many of which are customers of the two companies. Microsoft and Google want to protect Google Maps and Bing Maps against this kind of activity.[br][br]The complaint, filed in Delaware on March 1, 2011, asks for declaration of invalidity of the patent asserted, judgment that Google's and Microsoft's customers do not infringe any valid claim of the patent, and "a preliminary and permanent injunction precluding GeoTag (and affiliated persons and entities) from suing for infringement or otherwise asserting infringement of the (patent in question) against customers of (Microsoft's and Google's) Mapping Services for store locators or other locators on websites."
Webmaster GeneralMar 3, 2011
2003: new post   A New Way to Look at Anchor Text Links
I have been doing a good amount of testing lately, especially when it comes to anchor text links. The testing I've been doing is limited a little bit, but I thought I would share my results.[br][br]The links I've tested have been always within the middle of a sentence, not links that appear in a sidebar, in a footer, or anywhere else on a page--always within the text in the middle of a sentence. (-subscription required)
Google SEOMar 2, 2011
2004: new post   Opera 11.5 Has Full Hardware Acceleration
Our hardware acceleration is a bit different from what other browsers are doing. Like IE9 and Firefox 4, we do full hardware acceleration of all draw operations, but unlike those browsers, who only offer this acceleration on Windows Vista and Windows 7, our implementation will run on any OS with sufficient hardware support.[br][br]This means we can have full hardware acceleration on Windows XP, Linux, Mac OS X and OpenGL ES 2 capable devices such as recent smartphones and web-enabled TVs.
Opera Browser Usage and SupportMar 2, 2011
2005: new post   Google Is Working on an Algo Fix For Major Problems With Update
Here's official news that many sites have been waiting to hear. Google fellow Amit Singal is quoted in Wired: [br][br]"We deeply care about the people who are generating high-quality content sites, which are the key to a healthy web ecosystem," Singhal said. [br][br]"Therefore any time a good site gets a lower ranking or falsely gets caught by our algorithm - and that does happen once in a while even though all of our testing shows this change was very accurate - we make a note of it and go back the next day to work harder to bring it closer to 100 percent." [br][br]"That's exactly what we are going to do, and our engineers are working as we speak building a new layer on top of this algorithm to make it even more accurate than it is."
Google SEO News and DiscussionMar 2, 2011
2006: new post   Google Pressures Yelp Over Reviews
"We are unhappy with the way Google uses our users' review on its Places page. However, there is no solution to the problem. [b]Google's position is that we can take ourselves out of its search index if we don't want them to use our reviews on Places[/b]. But that is not an option for us, and other sites like us, such as TripAdvisor, as we get a large volume of our traffic via Google search... We just don't get any value out of our reviews appearing on Google places and haven't been given an option other than to remove ourselves from search, how to improve this situation."
Google SEO News and DiscussionMar 2, 2011
2007: new post   Facebook Updates Comments Box Plugin
More Social Relevance[br][br]The upgraded Comments Box uses social signals to surface the highest quality comments for each user. Comments are ordered to show users the most relevant comments from friends, friends of friends, and the most liked or active discussion threads, while comments marked as spam are hidden from view.
Facebook MarketingMar 1, 2011
2008: new post   CNN: Growing Backlash to (MFA) Content Farm Update
CNN: "Google made one of the biggest changes ever to its search results this week, which immediately had a noticeable effect on many Web properties that rely on the world's biggest search engine to drive traffic to their sites. Comments from site operators lit up on the WebmasterWorld.com forum starting on Wednesday. Many webmasters complained that traffic to their sites dropped dramatically overnight, and others expressed concern that they can't adapt quickly enough to Google's changes to its algorithm."
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 26, 2011
2009: new post   Bing Goes More Social and Extends Facebook "Liked" Results
"A few months ago, we announced an exciting partnership with Facebook to make search more social. As part of that work, we introduced Liked Results, which promotes links your friends have publicly liked or shared via Facebook. Today we are extending Liked Results to annotate any of the URLs returned by our algorithmic search results to all users in the US."
Bing Search Engine NewsFeb 25, 2011
2010: new post   Stopping Scrapers From The Start
"I'm putting a *huge* number of pages of content online. I'm looking to stop the scraping/copying/bots from the outset and I need bandwidth kept to a minimum."
Search Engine Spider and User Agent IdentificationFeb 25, 2011
2011: new post   Google Goes After AdSense Farms With Update
"Google said Thursday that it had made a major change to its algorithm in an effort to improve the rankings of high-quality Web sites in its search results, and to reduce the visibility of low-quality sites. While the company did not say so explicitly, the change appears to be directed in part at so-called content farms like eHow and Answerbag, which generate articles based on popular search queries so they will rise to the top of the rankings and attract clicks."
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 25, 2011
2012: new post   Google Announces Major Algorithm Change
From Google's announcement: "In the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what's going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful."

According to Danny Sullivan's recent interview: "Officially, Google isn't saying the algorithm change is targeting content farms. The company specifically declined to confirm that, when I asked. However, Matt Cutts — who heads Google's spam fighting team — told me, 'I think people will get the idea of the types of sites we're talking about.'"
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 25, 2011
2013: new post   Yahoo to Close MyBlogLog
Users of MyBlogLog, a start-up that Yahoo acquired in 2007 for about $10 million, received an e-mail early today announcing the service's demise.[br][br]The announcement is not exactly a surprise. MyBlogLog was one of the Yahoo services listed on a leaked presentation screenshot from December as a property that would likely be sold or shut down as the troubled Yahoo cuts costs.
Blogging SEO Blog AdministrationFeb 24, 2011
2014: new post   Link Building Games and Schemes
What has the link building business gotten into![br][br]WebmasterWorld members debate the common, time wasting approach to asking for links.
Link DevelopmentFeb 24, 2011
2015: new post   Making A Site Mobile and Search Friendly
We've noticed a rise in the number of questions from webmasters about how best to structure a website for mobile phones and how websites can best interact with Googlebot-Mobile. In this post we'll explain the current situation and give you specific recommendations you can implement now.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 22, 2011
2016: new post   Piracy of eBooks: A Growing Problem, Or An Opportunity?
If you're an author with little or no following, surely this is an opportunity. If you're an established author that relies on sales, it's going to hurt.[br][br]Should the established author fight, or ignore, and should the unknown author grasp this as an opportunity to get known.
Content, Writing and CopyrightFeb 21, 2011
2017: new post   Executives at Alibaba Resign Over Frauds
The chief executive of e-commerce group Alibaba.com has resigned after an internal investigation showed sales staff "intentionally or negligently" allowed more than 2,300 fraudsters to set up verified stores.

David Wei and chief operating officer Elvis Lee departed amid what the firm, one of China's biggest internet success stories, described as "systemic breakdown in our company's culture of integrity".
Asia and Pacific RegionFeb 21, 2011
2018: new post   Google Changing Page Titles and Descriptions
Does anyone have a good reason why Google couldn't just leave my home page title and description alone when I put noodp on the page?[br][br]I personally can't think of one. I can understand wanting to let their users know what the site has, but there's NO WAY they know the other titles and descriptions on the SERP pages better than I know them for my niche, and there's NO WAY they know what stands out on that page or results better than I do, so why do they need to mess with my home page title and description, especially when the page contains a noodp robots tag?[br][br]I don't mind if they want to convert ALL CAPS to First Letter Only or truncate it when it's too long, but I wish they would not change the text when I indicate I don't want it changed by using a meta robots noodp tag.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 18, 2011
2019: new post   Google Social Search Integration: Get Ready For Search Marketing Optimization
First, social search results will now be mixed throughout your results based on their relevance (in the past they only appeared at the bottom)[br][br]Second, we've made Social Search more comprehensive by adding notes for links people have shared on Twitter and other sites.[br][br]Third, we've added a new option to connect accounts privately in your Google Account. (After all, you may not want everyone to know you're @spongebobsuperfan on Twitter.)
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 17, 2011
2020: new post   Bing Testing Personalized and Location-Based Search
...something relatively simple: automatically tailoring search results based on your physical location. As 76% of people use search engines to plan trips, events or social gatherings, Bing Local has always provided you with maps to nearby business listings, authoritative reviews and areas of interest. Starting today, we're going a step further with new improvements that take into account where you are and serve locally relevant information directly in the body of the results page.[br][br]Second, we're introducing a feature that helps Bing present the most relevant website based on an individual's previous searches.
Bing Search Engine NewsFeb 17, 2011
2021: new post   Bing Results More Successful than Google?: Hitwise Study Says Yes
More interesting to me is their data on "success rate". Here there is no month-over-month change for any of them. However, the baseline shows a major difference. Success rates on Bing are measured at 81.5% and at Google, 65.6%[br][br]One reason for this is probably the definition of success. The detail isn't made very clear, but it does involve visiting another website. As we've been observing for quite a while, Google SERPs contain a lot of information on their own, and the user often doesn't need to visit another website to have found what they were looking for.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 17, 2011
2022: new post   Google One Pass Launched, A Digital Content Management Service
Google One Pass, a service that lets publishers set their own prices and terms for their digital content.[br][br]With Google One Pass, publishers can customize how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them, offering subscriptions, metered access, "freemium" content or even single articles for sale from their websites or mobile apps.
Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business IssuesFeb 16, 2011
2023: new post   New Chrome Extension to Report Low Quality AdSense Sites
Google introduces a Chrome Extension for users to report low quality sites, (such as MFACF's: Made For AdSense Content Farms)[br][br]We've been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of the signals we're exploring is explicit feedback from users.[br][br]To that end, today we're launching an early, experimental Chrome extension so people can block sites from their web search results. If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 15, 2011
2024: new post   U.S.: New Do Not Track Privacy Bill Introduced
The bill is the first in this session to specifically tackle the creation of a do-not-track system, according to a spokesman for Ms. Speier. In December, the FTC issued a report recommending the creation of a do-not-track system and suggested that lawmakers use the report as a template for legislation.

Since the FTCs recommendation, Mozilla Corp. has said it will include a do-not-track feature in an upcoming version of its Firefox Web browser. But so far, no tracking companies have publicly stated that they will participate in a do-not-track system.
Webmaster GeneralFeb 14, 2011
2025: new post   NY Times Article On Paid Links
The New York Times has quite an article about white hat and black hat SEO - entitled "The Dirty Little Secrets of Search." [br][br]It seems that all through the holiday season, Penney's website was at the top for all kinds of retail searches, including single keywords like "dresses". Given the amount of competition for all these keywords. something smelled funny to the Times. So they brought in an SEO consultant firm, and they found a large number of backlinks, strewn around thousands of nearly abandoned websites.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 12, 2011
2026: new post   Amazon in Spat with Yet Another State
As a result of an ongoing tax dispute with Texas, Amazon.com has decided to take its ball and go home.[br][br]The online retailer said Thursday that it would shutter its Irving distribution facility April 12 and cancel plans to hire as many as 1,000 additional workers rather than pay Texas what the state says is owed in uncollected sales tax.[br][br]Texas wants $269 million from Seattle-based Amazon in past-due sales tax. It sent the bill to the company last October.
EcommerceFeb 11, 2011
2027: new post   The Fallacy of AdSense Failing: It's Not Really That Bad!
People are constantly saying AdSense is failing, going down the toilet, and of course everyone claims absolutely everyone is having these problems. The only thing is "everyone" is just the limited finite group of usual complainers constantly complaining which assumes the AdSense universe is only comprised of all of their complaining peers.[br][br]Have you ever wondered about the thousands or most likely millions of AdSense publishers out there that you never, ever, hear complain about AdSense?
Google AdSenseFeb 11, 2011
2028: new post   Microsoft and Nokia Team Up Over Smartphones
Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft in an attempt to regain ground lost to the iPhone and Android-based devices.

The deal would see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.

Microsoft's Bing will power Nokia's search services, while Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft's mapping services.
Smartphone, Wireless, and Mobile TechnologiesFeb 11, 2011
2029: new post   Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Released
Microsoft said today that it had sent the first service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to original equipment manufacturers, with a consumer release to follow later this month.
Deprecated - Microsoft Windows 7 Operating SystemFeb 10, 2011
2030: new post   Your iPhone Passwords Can Be Stolen In Under Six Minutes
Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode.

The attack, which requires possession of the phone, targets keychain, Apple's password management system.

Among passwords that could be revealed were those for Google Mail as an MS Exchange account, other MS Exchange accounts, LDAP accounts, voicemail, VPN passwords, WiFi passwords and some App passwords.
Smartphone, Wireless, and Mobile TechnologiesFeb 10, 2011
2031: new post   Rumor of The Day: Potential Twitter Buyout by Facebook or Google
Twitter has been holding talks with potential suitors, including Facebook and Google, which could value the micro-blogging site at $10bn, reports suggest.[br][br]The new valuation would be a significant leap for Twitter. Last December it raised $200m in funds from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and existing Twitter investors. The deal valued the firm at $3.7bn. But since then investors have shown a fierce appetite for the new wave of internet companies and the valuations of its peers have soared.
TwitterFeb 10, 2011
2032: new post   Preventing Mail Server Hacking Attempts
It seems like automated spies, programs or whatever are accessing sender page and sending testing mails once or twice a day.[br][br]How can I avoid those people even sending test mail?
PHP Server Side ScriptingFeb 10, 2011
2033: new post   The Single Best SEO Strategy
If you were to choose only one SEO strategy as the most recommended, what would be it?[br][br]It is common knowledge that multiple factors play in multiple possible manners to affect SERP, but you are to recommend only one.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 9, 2011
2034: new post   Adobe Announces Flash Player 10.2 For Windows, Mac and Linux
Today, we're launching Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. We're especially excited that this release introduces Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers.
Flash and ShockwaveFeb 9, 2011
2035: new post   comScore: Online Sales Grew 9.8 pct in 2010
Bouncing back smartly from the recession, online retail sales increased 11% in the fourth quarter of 2010 from the previous year, and full-year 2010 sales were up 9.8% over 2009,[br][br]Fourth quarter e-retail sales totaled a record $43.432 billion, versus $39.045 billion a year earlier. For the full year, online retailers sold $142.491 billion worth of merchandise, up from $129.797 in 2009.[br][br]Retail e-commerce had a strong fourth quarter, growing 11% versus last year as holiday season spending was bolstered by an improving sentiment among some consumer segments and by retailers' discounting and promotions,"
EcommerceFeb 8, 2011
2036: new post   Big Changes Promised Shortly at Google
We've been working on this issue for a long time, and made some progress. These efforts started long before the recent spat of news articles. I've personally been working on it for over a year. [br][br]The central issue is that it's very difficult to make changes that sacrifice "on-topic-ness" for "good-ness" that don't make the results in general worse. [br][br]You can expect some big changes here very shortly though.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 7, 2011
2037: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - February 2011
"WebmasterWorld's monthly SERP monitoring and update thread for February 2011."
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 5, 2011
2038: new post   Creating Your Own Backlinks Helps Ranking In Google
Last week, a competitor that is normally on page 3 to 4 on Google has started to rank number one or 2 for a highly competitive term.[br][br]When i was evaluating their backlinks, 85% of the 20 links they have are all from blog / low content sites they own. When I say low content I mean one post on a blog with a unique url over 6 months ago. The other 15% are from low quality directories.[br][br]I thought Google was trying to get rid of this type of spam links, not reward them...
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 4, 2011
2039: new post   Answers.com Acquired for $127 Million in Cash
today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by AFCV Holdings, LLC, a portfolio company of growth equity investor Summit Partners, for a total cash consideration of approximately $127 million.[br][br]"This is a great outcome for our shareholders," said Bob Rosenschein, Founder, Chairman and CEO. "After an exciting six years as a public company, we are very pleased to achieve considerable value for our investors."
Community Building and User Generated ContentFeb 3, 2011
2040: new post   Do Glass Ceilings Exist in AdSense?
Always reading about the so-called "glass ceiling" where AdSense won't earn any more than that magical amount where earnings are capped.[br]br]Are you sure the glass ceiling isn't your imagination and creativity instead?[br][br]I almost fell into the glass ceiling mindset trap once, years ago, when I couldn't seem to get the site over the $100/day ceiling, just wouldn't budge. Then I realized I was looking at it all wrong, the site and AdSense units as-is (as-was) caused the cap, so I set about to change things up. Couple of months later I was looking at a theoretical $200/day earnings cap, but having broken the $100/day ceiling I was sure I could bust it and did.
Google AdSenseFeb 3, 2011
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