Welcome to this week's WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.
For those of you that know who i'm talking about, itís been a year since the passing of my good friend, Tedster. His rich legacy lives on amongst us all as weíre still learning from his wisdom. Even so, I miss you Ted.
Thereís a discussion at WebmasterWorld that suggests that many small sites are now struggling in Googleís SERPs since the most recent updates. Well, I donít think there is necessarily anything new in this observations as small sites have always struggled, to an extent. Iím not talking about spammy sites; Iím talking about genuine sites that have been online for a long time.
The example cited in the discussion is not necessarily reflective, but itís a site thatís been doing what it does for many years and, apparently, was never impacted in the past.
Has the latest Google update hit long-standing sites such as the one described? Is your site hit? Weíd love to hear your views and experiences.
Let's take a look at our hot discussions and news topics for the week.
The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.
As I mentioned, here's the topic over smaller sites getting hit by Google's latest updates. "Google's Secret Updates Leave Small Sites Scrambling"
WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google AdSense performance is here, for those with observations to make. "June 2014 AdSense Earnings and Observations"
News broke this week that Google is stepping up its domain management service. It's a beta, by invitation, and no doubt it's probably heavily subscribed. "Google Launches Domain Management Service (BETA)" Of course, Google's been in the domain business for some time now, so this is probably the first phase of a move to offer the services to a broader audience.
One of Bing's recent announcements included the ability to manage multiple Bing knowledge widgets in Bing Webmaster Tools. According to Bing, "Now, you can easily manage multiple Bing Knowledge Widgets and settings from within the familiar Webmaster Tools experience."
Google's John Mueller said that Google is dropping the display of profile images and G+ circle count from its SERPs. "Google dropping profile images from Authorship Results"
This week there's a discussion about how best to block a bot wasting bandwidth. The thread is titled, "Efficient Ways To Block or Redirect A Persistent Bot Wasting Bandwidth"
Find out how you might get a better title in Bing's SERPs. "How Bing Chooses a Web Page Title For Its SERPs"
Negative SEO is still a hot topic, and this week WebmasterWorld Members were discussing negative SEO activity, and how to reverse the effect of negative SEO.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling may point to better protection of your privacy and data protection in the cloud. Join our thread on the topic and let's have your views.
An interview with the NYT, Google's Larry Page and Sundar Pichai where a number of issues were discussed, including tech issues, Google Plus, and privacy.
Google's recent I/O event was interrupted by protesters more than once. I wonder if Google will now end up stepping up the security at such events.
YouTube explained some of the developments for creators that can be expected in the coming weeks and months. There's quite a few useful developments coming along, so watch this space.
More on YouTube this week where E.U. antitrust regulators were asked to investigate YouTube's paid streaming music service.
Here's a little fun discussion, with videos this week, "Are You Happy?"
Facebook is messing with your mind, and you may have been part of the manipulation that took place. "Experiment Manipulates User's Emotions" Creepy, eh!
There was an announcement of a further roll out of Facebook's Slingshot, which is now available for International audiences.
It was rumoured, and now it's here; Microsoft's first new phone, after the Nokia acquisition, has an Android OS. Yes, that's correct, and Android OS! Many in the industry are not so surprised by this announcement.
I like the TED Talks series and try and look out for one for myself each week. Here's one that was on my list recently. "Your body language shapes who you are." Social interaction and "non verbals" might help you at that next meeting. :)
There won't be a WebmasterWorld Weekly next week, but we'll be back in a couple of weeks, until next time...
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