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361: new post   Analysing Optimal Reading Level in Google SERPs
WebmasterWorld Members assess the Optimal Reading Level in Google SERPs. What does it mean for you and your site?
Sept 25, 2011
362: new post   The Impact on SEO of Changing IP Address from US to UK
WebmasterWorld Members discuss the impact on positioning by changing the server IP from US to UK.
Sept 24, 2011
363: new post   Google Panda Interation Sept 16-18 or so?
I'm hearing some reports of site-wide ranking demotions over the weekend that have a similar pattern to what we saw with Panda. That is, lots of keywords affected, but the demotions are not at all uniform the way we often see in a site-wide penalty.
Sept 20, 2011
364: new post   Google Layout Change of SERPs
Google changed the layout of their SERPS this week to add an additional 1-2cm white gap between the search box and the results with the word "search" on the left and "about 10,000,000 results (0.15 seconds)" above the results.[br][br]This additional gap has pushed down all organic results so would essentially reduce the number of referrals for people.
Sept 16, 2011
365: new post   Google incorporates blocked sites into search results
"We've also started incorporating data about sites people have blocked into our general search ranking algorithms to help users find more high quality sites..."
Sept 15, 2011
366: new post   Life After Google Penalty
I thought I would share this with everyone to show Google may be King but Bing is most definately the Queen. It would be interesting to hear of similiar stories.[br][br]It can seem like the end of the world getting a G penality. I have had my share of them, the most recent at the start of the year a -50. The site was a high earning site and I was ready to hang the boots up and move on.[br][br]After the initial shock and numb feeling that lasted around three days, I decided that it was time to look at what to do and where to go. Looking at my stats traffic was down from a high of 18,000 to numbers that I had seen years ago, 800+. Not a single Google referal a few Yahoo and the rest of them Bing.
Sept 11, 2011
367: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - Sep 2011
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.
Sept 10, 2011
368: new post   Googlebot Is Getting Caught in robots.txt Spider Traps
I saw today that Googlebot got caught in a spider trap that it shouldn't have as that dir is blocked via robots.txt I know of at least one other person recently who this has also happened to. Why is GB ignoring robots? [br][br]...Perhaps we need a list from Google explaining EXACTLY under which circumstances they would/will ignore robots.txt, since they are essentially acting like a spam bot or scraper.[br][br]
Sept 4, 2011
369: new post   Having Google +1 button on a page will override robots.txt blocks!
Now this one is interesting.I just found this answer from a google employee in one of their forum threads. The +1 Button is only intended to be used on pages that contain all public content. By putting the button on a page we're taking it as an indication from you that this page is public content. This means that we will fetch your page even if crawler directives indicate otherwise.
Sept 2, 2011
370: new post   Google Webmaster Tools Now Sees Subdomains As Internal Links
"Today we're making a change to the way we categorize link data in Webmaster Tools. As you know, Webmaster Tools lists links pointing to your site in two separate categories: links coming from other sites, and links from within your site. Today's update won't change your total number of links, but will hopefully present your backlinks in a way that more closely aligns with your idea of which links are actually from your site vs. from other sites."
Sept 1, 2011
371: new post   Fancy Snippets - Bullet Points in SERP's
I noticed recently google started to have a 3 line bullet points description for some retail sites. [br][br]Instead of showing the meta description or some text taken from the page in 2 lines, it's listing very short form of meta description on the first line, then taking a combination of the name, price and review rating of the top 3 items listed on page and list them in bullet points.
Aug 27, 2011
372: new post   Matt Cutts Announces Scraper Site Reporting Tool
Google takes another look at scraper sites and poached content.
Aug 27, 2011
373: new post   New Advertisment Video on Google
Nice ad from the search team: How Google makes improvements to its search algorithm
Aug 25, 2011
374: new post   Google traffic drops to ZERO. Penalized or pandalized?
I read quite often here that people should not just jump to conclusions upon loosing some Google referrals. That your site is more likely to be algorithmically downgraded rather than penalized outright. Yet it's hard not to think of being penalized when the traffic drops to ZERO, (as in zilch).
Aug 23, 2011
375: new post   Google Panda And The Webmaster Web Content Purge
WebmasterWorld Members discuss their content purging exercise and what its effect is on Google's Panada update.
Aug 22, 2011
376: new post   New "Show More Results" Infinite Scroll
Google again tests auto loading scrolled results that stop at 1000 resutls (old page 100).
Aug 17, 2011
377: new post   Mega Sitelinks - everybody can see big sitelinks now
We've seen Google testing big sitelinks many times so far. It seems official now (or rolling out gradually). It's so huge that it occupies above the fold.
Aug 16, 2011
378: new post   Google puts Google+ Posts on/in SERPs
Whenever a user publicly shares a link on Google+, an annotation will show up under that link when it appears in a friend's search results. For example, if I share a Mashable article about Google+ eliminating pseudonyms publicly on my Google+ page, users who have added me to their circles will see a note that I shared that link if they stumble upon it in Google Search.
Aug 13, 2011
379: new post   Google Panda Now In All Languages
Earlier this year, we rolled out our 'Panda' change for searches in English around the world. Today we're continuing that effort by rolling out our algorithmic search improvements in different languages.
Aug 12, 2011
380: new post   Google Panda Update 2.4? Are They Now Processed In Real Time
WebmasterWorld Members reporting Google Panda 2.4, and asking the question whether thay are now processed in real time.
Aug 10, 2011
381: new post   Google Improves Webspam And Malware Report Form
We've noticed that our users sometimes report these other issues using our webspam report form, causing a delay between when a user reports the issue and when the appropriate team at Google handles it. The new form's interstitial page allows you to report these other search issues directly to the correct teams so that they can address your concerns in a timely manner. [br]
Aug 9, 2011
382: new post   "In The Plex" - Getting a Clearer Picture of What Google IS
If anyone wants to sail, then they need a real appreciation for the ocean. If they want to go backpacking, they need knowledge of the woods and terrain, and the more accurate the better.[br][br]We want to use Google organic search results as one way to market our web businesses, and yet we often have a very unrealistic idea of what, exactly, Google is. And when we operate under false assumptions, sooner or later we can get crushed.[br][br]For this reason I work very hard to build a realistic model of what Google is as a business - and what they are not. No kool-aid for me, but no knee-jerk negativity either. Both are distortions and will lead use astray.
Aug 9, 2011
383: new post   Google Synonym Bolding In SERPs
For some sites, the synonym is bold, but for other sites, the synonym isn't bold - even when it seems clear that the synonym has the same meaning when used on all sites.
Aug 8, 2011
384: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - Aug 2011
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.
Aug 6, 2011
385: new post   Google Reconsideration Requests - New Clarity
The area of Reconsideration Requests has become increasingly muddy, especially because Google now assesses some spam penalties by algorithm, and only manual penalties will be lifted through a Reconsideration Request. Unfortunately, there's no certain knowledge about what kind of spam penalty may have hit a website... so what's a webmaster to do?
Aug 5, 2011
386: new post   Reports Circulate of Google PageRank Update Today
WebmasterWorld Members are reporting they may have seen a Google PageRank update.
Aug 4, 2011
387: new post   URL Submission to Google with Fetch as Googlebot
The Fetch as Googlebot feature in Webmaster Tools now provides a way to submit new and updated URLs to Google for indexing. After you fetch a URL as Googlebot, if the fetch is successful, you'll now see the option to submit that URL to our index. When you submit a URL in this way Googlebot will crawl the URL, usually within a day. We'll then consider it for inclusion in our index. Note that we don't guarantee that every URL submitted in this way will be indexed...
Aug 4, 2011
388: new post   Google Chrome Pre-Fetch Caching Raising Ire Of Webmasters
Instant Pages is on by default in the latest stable version of Chrome.
Aug 3, 2011
389: new post   Writing Titles That Get Clicks and Still Help Site Rank
"So, how do you write titles that are eye-catching yet won't mess up your google rankings?"[br][br]WebmasterWorld Members come up with some great ideas.
Aug 2, 2011
390: new post   Google Launches Trial of Page Speed Service
Page Speed Service is an online service that automatically speeds up loading of your web pages.[br][br]To use the service, you need to sign up and point your site's DNS entry to Google. Page Speed Service fetches content from your servers, rewrites your pages by applying web performance best practices, and serves them to end users via Google's servers across the globe.
July 28, 2011
391: new post   Google Takes Notice And Makes +1 Button Faster
...we've begun to roll out out a set of changes that will make the button render up to 3x faster on your site. No action is required on your part, so just sit back, relax, and watch as the button loads more quickly than before.
July 27, 2011
392: new post   Brandspam - Google's Latest Challenge
We all have our different views on the value of Google's search results after Panda.[br][br] What is undeniable is that a lot of rubbishy spam sites have disappeared out of the listings which is very welcome - but many commercial key phrases are now dominated by big brands that have taken the opportunity to move into niches that they have never been in before, and which they have little obvious expertise in.
July 27, 2011
393: new post   Google's +1 Button Slows Page Loading
With Google's need for speed, WebmasterWorld Members discuss the issue of slow page loading as a result of installing the Google+1 button. The question of how this slowness of page loading is affecting the site's SERPs positioning is discussed.
July 27, 2011
394: new post   Improved Parameter Handling in Google WMT - Now Called URL Parameters
You may have noticed that the Parameter Handling feature disappeared from the Site configuration Settings section of Webmaster Tools. Fear not; you can now find it under its new name, URL Parameters! Along with renaming it, we refreshed and improved the feature.
July 25, 2011
395: new post   Google Directory (DMOZ) Now Gone
Google Directory is no longer available.[br]We believe that Web Search is the fastest way to find the information you need on the web.[br]If you prefer to browse a directory of the web, visit the Open Directory Project at dmoz.org
July 20, 2011
396: new post   Google Pushes Out A New Toolbar PageRank Update
It looks like Google has just updated its own PageRank and fixed a bug which appeared to set its own PR at 9 at its previous update.
July 19, 2011
397: new post   The Ranking Effects of New Links: Has It Changed After Google's Panda?
I remember a couple of months ago some google engineer saying "we will be changing the way we handle links soon" - well - its happened I am certain.
July 18, 2011
398: new post   My Competitor Made a Title Change and Google Loves Him For It
A WebmasterWorld Member shares an idea which may have helped boost the CTR on someone's site. Take a look and see if it will help yours.
July 13, 2011
399: new post   Strategies to Get The Best Out of Google +1
WebmasterWorld members review tactics to get the best out of the Google +1
July 11, 2011
400: new post   New York Times Goes After Yet Another SEO Strategy
"Though Google is apparently already battling back. On Thursday, a search of 'emergency locksmith Seattle' yielded only one Google Places result, not seven, but maybe more tinkering is needed. The site that landed on this prized perch appeared to be a lead gen operation, it's 24/7 Emergency Locksmith, which lists its address at a U.P.S. store. The woman who answered the phone at 24/7 would say nothing about the company, or even where she was located."
July 10, 2011
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