Welcome to this WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.
Negative SEO is still a hot topic for us here are WebmasterWorld, and it's probably going to remain a hot topic for a while. Join our threads on the subject as we'd like to know your views and experiences of negative SEO.
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Let's move on to our hot discussion topics for the week.
The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.
As I mentioned, the hot topic of negative SEO: "Negative SEO - How to Tank a Site 101"
And on the same topic, our earlier thread, "Has The Most Recent Google Update Made Negative SEO Easier?"
Every DMCA request needs attention, however, Automattic, WordPress' parent company, is demanding $10,000 in compensation against a false DMCA takedown request. Obviously, it's important to get it correct when submitting a takedown request, but it may make scammers think twice if they are to be chased for recompense for falsely claiming their property rights.
YouTube's subscription service is not going all its own way with the news that, "YouTube Will Block Indie Labels Over Subscription Service Launch"
Do you remember Google's Caffeine program? It seems Bing is on a mission to give itself a more efficient system. "Bing To Get "Catapult" Network Architecture To Test Improved Search Speed and Efficiency"
After an aborted launch last week, Facebook finally launched its Slingshot App, but only to U.S. users for the time being.
One of Bing's beta advertising programmes is to close. "Bing Ads Express (Beta) will shutter at the end of July."
In an interesting development, one webmaster was reporting a manual penalty for a 302 redirect. A mistake, or misconfiguration? Find out more in our thread on the topic, "Google Manual Action Over 302 Redirect"
More news from Bing advertising this week which will help advertisers, "Bing Ads Bid Landscape Tool at Ad Group Level"
According to one webmaster, it appears that CSS and JS blocking may be resulting in traffic drops. "Blocked CSS & JS Apparently Causing Large Panda 4 Drops"
Keep up-to-date with WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google AdSense performance in our thread, "June 2014 AdSense Earnings and Observations"
Comment platforms are often built in to CMS such as WordPress, however, what do you do if you're a major publisher. It seems the NYT and Washington Post has subcontracted development for a comment system to Mozilla.
Half an hour without Facebook, and how would you cope? After a Facebook outage, it seems for some it's too much to be without their social network. "Facebook Outage Results in Some User Consternation"
Google released a study this week showing that search ads help lift brand awareness. Great news if you're running search ads for products as it should help with your business brand profile.
What's the best way to to create a sitemap for a very large site? This week WebmasterWorld members went about answering that question.
In Google corporate news, Google Play is being accused of abuses of it's power. "Aptoide Files Antitrust Complaint Alleging Google Abuses Play Power"
The latest foray into smartphone development was announced this week with Amazon launching a device with 3D views. The idea being it differentiates itself from others, along with an additional lock in to Amazon's system, similar to Kindle. Time will tell how it fairs.
Are you a Chrome power user? A Chrome apps and extension audit tool is now available. It should help you discover what's going on when you're using extensions and apps.
Twitter's latest announcement now permits sharing and viewing of animated GIFs on mobile. I can't help but feel this may become more of an annoyance than a benefit.
Thanks for the responses on last week's TED video. I thought i'd stay with it this week with another TED video, this time, "Hackers: the Internet's immune system." Enjoy!
It's going to be a great week ahead, right? Enjoy it, until next time...
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