engine - 8:00 pm on Sep 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
So, Google is 15, or thereabouts. It's well into it's teens, so is it going through growing pains? It's celebrating today with one of its doodles: You must have seen it.
Importantly, news broke this week that Google refreshed its algorithm, and branded the new core search engine algo, Hummingbird. It seems this new algo has been running for a few weeks now, and we may have seen something going on with our thread, "Google Tests Organising Directory Groupings in SERPs"
One of the big stories was the news that "not provided" is now the norm with Google's referrals, and many are not happy about it.
Join in our threads, details below.
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Google organic keyword data is now completely gone, with "not Provided" appearing in the referral. Many are not too happy about this switch, and others are more philosophical. Either way, have your say in our thread, titled, "Google Organic Keyword Data "Not Provided" - It's Now Gone"
As I mentioned, here's our hot topic about Google's new search engine algo core designated, Hummingbird.
Join our discussion on the topic.
Google AdSense users might be interested to know that you can now run AdSense on HTTPS sites.
"I Want a New Search Engine," says Brett. WebmasterWorld members discuss the problems with the existing search engines, and the features and capabilities of an entirely new search engine. Join the lively discussion.
Another Google discussion this week; the announcement of new re-designed text ads, which Google says are to refresh the look. WebmasterWorld members discuss the CTR performance of the new ads. How are your AdSense stats looking since the chance?
False online reviews are in the news this week with the authorities fighting back. Operation "Clean Turf" saw significant fines for companies participating in generating false reviews.
Google has said its AdWords now has the capability to customize the conversion counting window from 7 to 90 days after a click. This has to be a good development, especially for those products and services where there is a long gestation period between a click and a sale.
Yet more Google this week: "Ready Creatives" is a new facility in Google AdWords devised to help create improved display ads. Read more about it in our thread.
Google AdWords Certification program is changing, and it's being replaced with Google Partners. Find out more here in our thread.
Back to false reviews, and Yelp admitted that at least 25 percent of its submitted reviews are fake.
There was so much Google news this week that i'm going to just give them all a quick thread and title.
Google To Refund You For Unused Google Offers
Google Says It Will Block Plug-Ins In Chrome From January 2014
Google Announces Tech Hub Network Partners
Google's Hangouts/GTalk Messaging System Appears to be Sending Messages to Wrong Recipients
You may recall that yahoo was to drop e-mail addresses that seemed to be unused. According to reports, the e-mail recycling has become a privacy issue, with sensitive information being received by the new e-mail owners. ouch!
Bill Gates has admitted Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake. i'm not so sure, unless you were using an older version of Windows.
Microsoft's soon to depart, CEO, Steve Ballmer, has hosted his final company meeting. Apparently, it was a tearful event.
Video time, and does googlebot care about valid HTML?
Until next time, enjoy your week!
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