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361: new post   Why Haven't Sites Recovered from Panda? Google Tries to Explain
In an exchange with Danny Sullivan during the keynote at SMX Advanced conference, Matt Cutts made some comments that address the topic of why sites haven't recovered, even if they don't exactly "explain" the reason:[br][br]DS: Has it changed enough that some people have recovered? Or is it too soon? [br][br]MC: The general rule is to push stuff out and then find additional signals to help differentiate on the spectrum. We haven't done any pushes that would directly pull things back. We have recomputed data that might have impacted some sites. There's one change that might affect sites and pull things back. [br][br]DS: You guys made this post with 22 questions, but it sounds like you're saying even if you've done that, it wouldn't have helped yet? [br][br]MC: It could help as we recompute data. Matt goes on to say that Panda 2.2 has been approved but hasn't rolled out yet.
June 9, 2011
362: new post   Awesome Google Doodle Logo Today, Celebrates Les Paul's Birthday
For the next 24 hours on the Google homepage, you'll find an interactive, playable logo inspired by the guitar developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee that made the sound of rock and roll possible.
June 9, 2011
363: new post   Google Starts Supporting Authorship Markup
We now support markup that enables websites to publicly link within their site from content to author pages. For example, if an author at The New York Times has written dozens of articles, using this markup, the webmaster can connect these articles with a New York Times author page. An author page describes and identifies the author, and can include things like the author's bio, photo, articles and other links.
June 7, 2011
364: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - June 2011
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.
June 4, 2011
365: new post   Bing Google and Yahoo Unite On schema.org Microformats For Search Engines
It looks like they are moving their data "micro-format" markup to a standard that is supported by the big three search engines.[br][br]Hopefully this means that any website can implement these and get the benefits of the enhanced display with any search engine.
June 3, 2011
366: new post   Analyzing Google's Panda Results Three Months On
WebmasterWorld Members analyze Google's Panda three months on from its introduction.
June 3, 2011
367: new post   Google Rolls Out +1 Button For Websites
...we're releasing +1 buttons to the whole web. As a result, you might start seeing +1 appear on sites large and small across the Internet.
June 2, 2011
368: new post   Poor Newsletter Open Rate Causes Ranking Penalty?
A strange new report. Supposedly this site owner was penalized for having a poor newsletter open rate, as determined by gmail. After purging all the people on the list that hadn't opened the emails in the last 90 days, he filed a reconsideration request, and the penalty was lifted.
May 31, 2011
369: new post   Social Factors - The End of Intelligent Content On The Web
The vast majority of the best and brightest in terms of subject matter experts in many niches, simply are NOT spending time pushing their ideas on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIN. They, in fact, we if I be a bit presumptuous, have better things to do with our time. Nothing wrong with social but if popularity (number of tweeted links/likes) is a deciding factor in ranking, those creating the best content in terms of "thought value" simply won't show up.[br][br]There is now very little incentive to publish new ideas and thoughts to move fields forward, not only because it's hard to monetize, but because no one will see it because it won't have "buzz".
May 24, 2011
370: new post   Google Webmaster Tools Labs Showing Instant Previews
I just noticed that the Labs section of GWT is showing Instant Previews. When I compare my site to the instant preview google is showing 35 errors but the instant preview is working fine.
May 22, 2011
371: new post   Google Violating No Archive Policies?
"Technically, instant preview is a visually cached copy and any site set to NOARCHIVE is currently being violated because it's making and displaying archives of the site. The same reasons you don't want people looking at your cache, such as correcting pricing mistakes, taking down content that violated copyright, whatever, the reason you don't want cache and snoops evaluating it still apply with instant preview."
May 21, 2011
372: new post   What is an Acceptable Site Page Load Time
I installed page load measurement for GA a few days ago. Average loading time of my pages is around 4s.
May 21, 2011
373: new post   Google Rolls Out Social Search
Social Search can help you find pages your friends have created, and it can also help you find links your contacts have shared on Twitter and other sites. If someone you're connected to has publicly shared a link, we may show that link in your results with a clear annotation.[br][br]Social search results are only visible to you and only appear when you choose to log in to your Google Account. If you're signed in, Google makes a best guess about whose public content you may want to see in your results, including people from your Google chat buddy list, your Google Contacts, the people you're following in Google Reader and Buzz, and the networks you've linked from your Google profile or Google Account. For public networks like Twitter, Google finds your friends and sees who they're publicly connected to as well.
May 19, 2011
374: new post   Google Panda's Impact on Message Boards and Forums
WebmasterWorld Members discuss the effect of Google's Panda update on message boards and forums.
May 16, 2011
375: new post   Hackers Exploiting Canonical Tags
I came across a website with canonical tags setup on all of their pages and they were pointing to a spam site. I suspect someone hacked in and changed the canonical tags to siphon link juice.
May 14, 2011
376: new post   comScore: U.S. Search: Yahoo and Bing Gains on Google for April 2011
Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in April with 65.4 percent market share, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 15.9 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) and Microsoft Sites with 14.1 percent (up 0.2 percentage points). Ask Network accounted for 3.0 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.5 percent.
May 12, 2011
377: new post   Link Development TacticsTo Compete With Link Buyers
WebmasterWorld Members review tactics to compete effectively with link buyers.
May 8, 2011
378: new post   Google Testing New Linkless SERP's Layout
Links no longer underlined in tests.
May 7, 2011
379: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - May 2011
WebmasterWorld's monthly SERP monitoring and update thread for May 2011
May 7, 2011
380: new post   Matt Cutts Wants Websites to be Packaged Like Apple Products
"The sites that do put a little bit more individual care and attention and work into the content of their site, whether it be a product description, or a blog post," says Matt Cutts, Google's lead engineer on the Panda update, "those are the ones that users tend to prefer a little bit more and appreciate."
May 6, 2011
381: new post   Toolbar for IE8 Buries PageRank Indicator
As of today I've noticed that the PR indicator is now only accessible via a 'More' link, and cannot be dragged onto the main display. Also, although the little green bar still works, the mouseover alt text that displayed the PR number is gone.
May 5, 2011
382: new post   How To Move Part of an Established Site to a New Domain
I intend to move one language of this website onto a new domain. I was thinking to do 301 redirects from all old pages to all new pages and of course update the sitemaps accordingly. This way, Google should understand that my pages changed location and will index the new ones. But, it will probably exclude my webpages from SERPs, at least for a period.[br][br]How can I do this move, in order to make it as painless as possible for my site?
May 5, 2011
383: new post   What Might Cause Google Panda To Hit Your Site
WebmasterWorld Member analysis of Google's Panda update and how certain actions may affect your site.
May 3, 2011
384: new post   Panda Metric : Google Usage of User Engagement Metrics
I am continually surprised at some in the community that point to a couple of individual metrics as 'the ones' that caused xyz to happen in the most recent update. I think it is time to look at the greater picture of data that Google has available.[br][br]Eric Enge had a presentation at PubCon Austin that he felt Panda pumped up 20% user engagment metrics into the algo. It really got me thinking about this aspect indepth. I started to put together a list of possible data sources google could use as metrics (signals), and I was pretty surprised at how large a list it became with very little effort.
May 1, 2011
385: new post   How Google Handles No-Indexed Pages
WebmasterWorld Members analyse how Google treats sites with no-index pages.
Apr 28, 2011
386: new post   Super Sized Site Links
Just noticed a few of my websites have 12 site links now with a new layout. Below is an example of another website I found with them.
Apr 27, 2011
387: new post   Google Extends Realtime Search Including Quora and Gowalla
...earlier today, it appears Google flipped the switch to make Realtime Search a lot more useful. Namely, they've added results from services like Quora, Gowalla, and a range of others.
Apr 27, 2011
388: new post   Adding 25,000 Pages to a 3,600 Page Site
We want to expand the site to include all real estate listings in the whole state. Doing this would add about 25,000 new spider-able listings to the site and our longtail searches should increase quite dramatically. Is this something I can do all at once, or should I take it a bit at a time? And, do you have any recommendations on the amount of pages I should add a day?
Apr 27, 2011
389: new post   Canonical Tag vs. Block in Robots.txt
"For years, I have simply blocked the long query string URLs via the robots.txt file (The long query string URLs have a "virtual" directory in the URL, so I just block that virtual directory). [br][br]But with "trust" being such an important issue after the Panda updates, I wonder if it might be better to unblock those URLs in robots.txt and just let the canonical tag take care of it. [br][br]In webmastertools, under crawl diagnostics, it lists something like 700 URLs blocked by Robots.txt, and if it is something that is being measured by google, I can't help but think that they are somehow using that information for something."
Apr 25, 2011
390: new post   The Theory Why Google Panda is a Good Move
WebmasterWorld Members discuss the reasons why Google's Panda update might have been a smart move, despite the suffering and frustration.
Apr 25, 2011
391: new post   Analyzing Google Panda For Sites That Don't Fit The Mold
The point of this thread is to pick out the sites from those lists which DO NOT fit that mold, sites which it's not obvious why they lost, and figure out why they were hit.[br][br]In doing so, maybe we'll understand why Panda has hit so many here who don't seem to deserve it either.
Apr 21, 2011
392: new post   Google's Panda Key Algo Changes Analyzed
"WebmasterWorld Members review the key algo changes as a result of the Google Panda pandemonium."
Apr 20, 2011
393: new post   After Panda Update, Scraper Sites Still Taking Top Positions
I publish an original news post and after an hour or more I get links from relevant sites.[br][br]The related posts with backlinks to my post (on these relevant sites) get on the top of Google SERPS and my page is somewhere around #5.[br][br]After a couple of hours, a couple of scraper sites take over my position and I'm on the 2nd, 3rd page or simply nowhere. [br][br]
Apr 18, 2011
394: new post   Google Panda Algo Change And Human Behavior Theories
So they tried to convert user behavior into an algorithm. I've been trying to understand how we can correlate human behavior to our website design.[br][br]Based from my research I've found that there is a relation between the Google algo change and Maslow's 'hierarchy of needs' theory in psychology.
Apr 16, 2011
395: new post   PANDA International - Data on Winners & Losers from SearchMetrics
This afternoon the SearchMetrics blog released their data for the international wave of the Panda Update - affecting English Language search. The article includes data for 100 losers and 20 winners.[br][br]"The data was collated between the 5th & 12th of April 2011 and we can definitely confirm that the update has hit the UK in a big way. Surprising is that ehow.co.uk and ehow.com has lost more than 50% in visibility."
Apr 13, 2011
396: new post   Google PANDA rolls out WorldWide
Today, for the first time, after checking daily, I can now see US Panda results on Google properties worldwide including but not limited to: .co.uk, .ca, .co.in, .com.au, .fr, .de, .se, etc. [br][br]Congratulations, it's no longer speculation if you have Panda, it's quite visibly there.
Apr 11, 2011
397: new post   In Google's Penalty Box, Overstock Takes a 5% Hit on Revenue
Six weeks after getting penalized by Google Inc. for using promotional links with university web sites that boosted its natural search rankings, Overstock.com Inc. says the penalty, a drop in its Google natural search rankings, has resulted in a 5% drop in revenue, according to the retailer's filing toay with the Securities and Exchange Commission. [br][br]"We now estimate that it will be at least another two to three weeks before Google will end the penalty period," Overstock says in the filing. "During the penalty period to date, we have experienced an approximately 5% negative impact on our revenue, which we anticipate will continue during the penalty period."
Apr 9, 2011
398: new post   Becoming Search Engine Algo-Proof
Every two years Google throws in a big change to their algo. They pick the latest thing they don't like and blow the crap out of a bunch of sites. Lots of people get hit.[br][br]This process scares the bejeepers out of me. In fact, I lived in fear of the algo for years to the point I wouldn't even meddle in anything less than pure.[br][br]I've attempted to make my main site resistant to algo changes. Initially this started out by being whitehat, that's no longer the case. I'm not blackhat, I simply do what works now, and what I expect to work in the future.
Apr 7, 2011
399: new post   Ten Things We Can Learn About Google SEO - From Angry Birds
I just read an article by Daniel Rasmus on Macworld called 10 things that CIOs can learn from Angry Birds, and it struck me that even though most of us don't really think of our job as being a CIO, the article's ten points were excellent about achieving success with Google.
Apr 6, 2011
400: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2011
WebmasterWorld's monthly SERP monitoring and update thread for April 2011.
Apr 3, 2011
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