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WebmasterWorld Newsletter | April 2017

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Only last month we covered some of Google's biggest changes to the SERPs, and it looks as if there's still a number of updates going on that are impacting sites. There were several occasions of reports of changes, only as recently as this last few days. In addition, there's an interesting phenomenon right now where the automated SERPs checkers are showing big changes, but, as yet, nobody's shouting loud, yet.

In the last few days Google announced its making several "improvements" to search and suggest that some of the changes are coming in now. As with so many of these announcements of updates, especially the few we get from Google these days, it's most likely that these changes have been tested in the SERPs over time, and we've probably already been seeing some tests and transitions over recent weeks. Google's tackling the fake news issue, claiming it'll be surfacing "more high-quality content from the web." Time will tell, of course. Read more about the search quality improvements in our thread which summarizes all the changes. In addition, please contribute to our threads as you might be seeing the changes coming thorough in your sector or region and others haven't yet seen.

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So, it's time to look at a selection of topics and news we've been discussing in the last few weeks. See you in the forums.

We're Feeling Lucky
Jim and Neil

Here are some of WebmasterWorld's Hottest Discussions and News this month.
Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2017

Google Updates and SERP Changes - March 2017

Google Announces Quality Improvements to Search

Google "Fact Check" Tag In News and Search Goes Global

Report: Google Plans Ad Blocking in Chrome

How do you find links to boost Google rankings?

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Starts Wikitribune to Help Fight Fake News

Bing Ads Monthly Budgets to Migrate to Daily Budgets During April, 2017

CDNs for Webmasters

Microsoft Authenticator Kills Off the Need For Account Passwords

The Ad Blocking Arms Race May Now Be Over

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Data Collection and Privacy Controls

Google Search Console: No Links to Your Site Reported, is a Bug

Mobile Optimized "Twitter Lite" Rolls Out

Google Image Search "Similar Items" Use Schema for Eligibility of Inclusion

Windows 10 Creators Update SDK Released

Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others Spend $15 Miln to Combat Declining Trust in News Media

StatCounter: Android is The World's Most Popular OS

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

10 Vulnerabilities Discovered in over 20 Linksys Smart WiFi Routers Potentially Allowing DoS Attack

U.S. Bricks and Mortar Stores Closing at Their Fastest Rate

Google's Android Pay and PayPal in Collaborate over Payments

Yahoo's Q1 Revenue 26pct increase to $1.37 billion

Google Cloud Speech API Out of Beta and Now Generally Available

Facebook Working on Tech Powered by Your Brain

Microsoft to Cut Some Services to Office Users Unless Subscribing to Office 365

Getting Phone Clicks

LinkedIn Passes 500 Million Users

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Interview: Where the Company is Heading

Google Hire Job Site Could Shake Up Recruitment Sector

Alphabet Inc.'s Google Settles Out-of-Court in Russia over Android Search

Facebook Publishes Tips to Spot Fake News

Google Home Spammed By Burger Company


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