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WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 15 June
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 12:32 pm on Jun 15, 2014 (gmt 0)
Do we have a Google Dance? Surprise, surprise, we have yet another algorithm update from Google this week, only days after the last one. Webmasters are still reeling over the last two updates. This time the update is aimed at payday loans and spammy queries.

Some Webmasters are reporting huge Googlebot crawls followed by significant drops in traffic. There's always the World Cup effect going on, with many users distracted by the beautiful game. Social media, on the other hand, might show significant gains during the tournament with people tweeting and conversing online over the latest foul or sending off, or gooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaal!

What's happening in your industry sector? Join our threads on the topic and let's have your feedback so we can assess the impact for everyone in the WebmasterWorld Community.

Blowing our own trumpet a little, we introduced a new home page this week to try and give you more of the site in one page. See our thread further down this update for a little more information.

Anyhow, let's move on to the news topics of this week.



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Welcome to this WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.

The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.


I didn't think we'd be discussing yet another Google update this week, following on from the roll out of Panda 4.0 and the anti-spam updates. The Dance is on! Here's our thread on the topic. ""Google Update Targeting Spammy Queries, Algorithm 3.0""
And, as before, our Google SERPs changes thread, "Google Updates and SERPs changes"Google










This week, Google Published an updated guide to site moves which is worth a read.



I heard this week that YouTube is to start making changes that may affect your subscriber numbers by removing suspended accounts. Keep and eye on your subscriber numbers.YourTube









Bing just published a sitemaps best practice which covers small to very large sites. Some of the sites mentioned are extremely large, which don't relate to most of us, but the concept is there for all of us to learn.Bing









I mentioned this previously and it's become a hot topic for a while now. "Negative SEO - How to Tank a Site 101"


How are the Google AdSense responsive ads working for you? Join our thread on the topic and give us your feedback, and learn how others are fairing.
AdSense









It's reached launch date: "dot UK Now Available For a Shorter, Snappier UK Domain" Is it a money spinner, or are there real benefits?Nominet






Still on the dot UK topic, "Dot UK Domain Privacy Issue With Nominet"


Google has been trying to bring its fragmented UI and products together for some time. Here's the latest move where it launches "My Business" to make it easier to update the business data it hols in one place. Fragmentation is one of the big issues Google faces, and I hope this will help.


As I mentioned, we wanted to try giving our members a new home page as a first step to making our site content easier to discover. "Welcome To WebmasterWorld's New Home Page" We hope you like the additional resources all on one page. For those that prefer the original home page you find it's still there, and linked from the WebmasterWorld Highlighted Posts.


Virtual currency acceptance may be taking another step towards acceptance with the news that Expedia has decided to accept Bitcoins for hotel transactions. This follows on from Apple considering the idea that we reported on earlier.


There was a big acquisition earlier this week with news that Priceline had acquired OpenTable for $2.6 billion in cash!


The latest Mozilla Firefox 31 beta was released and it is showing more updates than the recent Firefox 30 which was released to the channel last week. Find out what's new in Firefox 31 beta in our thread.Firefox









Google continues its look skywards by announcing it is acquiring satellite company called Skybox Imaging"


On the same skywards topic, there's a report that Google is in talks over a stake in Virgin Galactic.


Are you fed up with certain Facebook ads? This week Facebook introduced an ad preferences tool for users. Facebook









Just in time for the FIFA World Cup, Twitter is experimenting with Bing language translation of tweets in its iOS App. I like this test and hope it'll be rolled out to a wider audience. Twitter









There were reports of Google having plans for "Google Fit," a health monitoring service. Look out for announcements on this before too much longer.


Speculation over a strange YouTube account was rife, with even aliens being blamed. "Google Fools Many With a Mysterious Webdriver Torso Account at YouTube"


How's your Google Shopping account going? News broke this week of Google updating its content API for Shopping.


In a negative sounding thread titled, "Link building no longer possible," one member believes Google has crushed the opportunities for link development. Other disagree and try to help the Member think with their link development programmes.


In what may be a landmark case, "Microsoft Fights Search Warrant Over Data Held Outside U.S." This may be important to U.S. business and where data is stored, so we all really need to know the outcome.


Android continues to be the target of security and privacy stress testing, and this latest proof of concept is rather concerning. "Cryptolocker For Android Simplocker Ransomware"


I heard news this week of Apple beginning to clamp down on Apps rewarding users for social sharing. It sounds as if the marketing loopholes there are closing.Apple









A bug in Tweetdeck was disclosed and fixed rapidly, however, the fix still requires users to log out and back in to effect the fix.


One of those, "whoops, we accidentally showed the app" moments, "Facebook released Slingshot, then immediately pulled it.



Here's a great video from the TED series I picked up on which you may find entertaining and educational. It's not new, but it's still relevant. "The Puzzle of Motivation"
Take 15-minutes to listen and learn for yourself, and for your staff.








Have a wonderful week, until next time...

Cheers
Neil

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