In the latest video from Matt Cutts, he goes on to describe how authorship profiles will be strengthened by use of rel="author". There have been so many signals coming out of Google over authorship signals that there should now be no scepticism over the employment of rel=ĒauthorĒ and that if youíre serious about your articles, a profile of good standing can only benefit your work.
Itís the quality signals that interest Google, and that means they will get that boost thatís been talked about for some time.
Those of us that want privacy are now going to find new ways to keep up ours siteís profile, or to comply and accept itís now part of the Google ecosystem.
One thing is sure, itís here and itís going to force more activity on G+.
Watch the Mattís video in our thread on the topic.
The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.
Welcome to this week's WebmasterWorld Weekly Roundup.
In our thread titled, "Google Will Take Action On Sites Failing Advertorial Disclosure," WebmasterWorld members discuss the latest clarification over advertorials: Not telling users an article is paid, will result in Google taking action. Join in the discussion.
There was an interesting discussion where WebmasterWorld Members were evaluating the latest impact of Google+ in Google's SERPs. What is your experience showing?
How do you discover bad or spammy links? Join in with our thread on the topic.
Google announced a structured data markup helper in Google Webmaster Tools this week. Google said, "...we're excited to announce two features that make it simpler than ever before to participate in structured data features. The first is an expansion of Data Highlighter to seven new types of structured data. The second is a brand new tool, the Structured Data Markup Helper."
WebmasterWorld Members post helpful hints and tips to remind each other of simple ways to do better in Google. Come and join in the discussion.
This week I read about some useful tips from Google for International sites. "Six tips for International Web Sites."
Yahoo this week launched a new look for its U.S. search. Yahoo said, "Today we're excited to introduce a new, modern design for web search in the U.S. that puts your results front and center."
There were reports from WebmasterWorld Members about a Bing update going on. What changes have you seen in the SERPs?
The F.B.I. and Microsoft have continued their work and announced a step toward disabling the Citadel botnet. The statement said, "Typically, it said, machines compromised by Citadel were blocked from getting security updates to ensure those computers stayed part of the botnet."
News broke this week of Google filing a facial password patent. The filing was last year, however, it was only just now been made public.
It's interesting it broke this week, especially with the news that a ePetition for the blind was criticised for a challenging Captcha. #fail
Yandex announced an interesting development of interactive snippets or "islands" to its SERPs. Yandex said, "Importantly though, the launch of Islands does not mean Yandex will decide what information appears on the search page; that will be determined by the website owner who will be able to choose whether he or she wants to include interactive snippets, and if so, what they should look like. Yandex has also been working with a number of web developers to create the toolset."
Google added image extensions to AdWords for search. It's a beta program now being opened up to a wider audience. Here's what the image extensions might look like.
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