Welcome to this week's WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.
We have an entertaining and informative thread running on WebmasterWorld this week and it’s all about quitting Google. It was started as a tongue-in-cheek discussion for some fun, and has turned out to be an educational and thought provoking thread.
We’ve had many threads in the past that have discussed how to gain traffic from other sources, and those threads prove to be of great educational value. Don’t miss out on our discussion (see below).
Another point to note this week is the apparent changes in local results coming through from Google, dubbed “Pigeon.” It seems the local SERPs are in flux at the time of writing, so we’re not really sure where this will end up. Once again, join our discussion and help with our research into these latest changes.
It's time to move on and take a look at a few of our hot discussions and news topics for the week.
The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.
As I mentioned, there's news breaking of a new Google Local SERPs update, "Google "Pigeon" Updates Local Search Algorithm." Robert Charlton, WebmasterWorld's Moderator, said, "From what I've heard so far, this is a significant update with major changes in Google's Local results." What have you seen in the local SERPs? Let's have your feedback so we can assess the changes.
News came in last week that Google AdWords is rolling out Dynamic Sitelinks.
As I mentioned earlier, here's that tongue-in-cheek look at ranking in Google, and you might even learn something, too! "Impossible to Rank in Google Anymore, Let's All Quit"
Facebook is now getting into stride and its latest financial results are starting to look much better. "Facebook Q2 Revenues up 61pct to $2.91 Billion"
This is a very useful tip for WordPress site installation and management of URLs. "How Best to Deal With URLs When Deploying a WordPress Site"
Here's something that many don't relise about the alternative to cookies: "Canvas Fingerprinting User Tracking Is A Better Alternative to Cookies, and Very Difficult To Block"
Bing is raising the profile of its index quality team, "Bing Index Quality Team Makes Moves To Filter Low Quality Links In Its SERPs"
WebmasterWorld Members discuss the apparent demise and its impact of authorship and pages in Google's SERPs. "Continuing Demise of Authorship Stats - Could It Now Be a Spam Signal?"
Are you using Chrome, and want to use Bing search? News came in that the Bing search box is now on Chrome new tab pages.
It seems attackers are exploiting a weakness in Elasticsearch by launching DDos attacks.
More financial results came in, this time from Amazon, and it seems, despite the sales growing, it's making a loss. "Amazon Reports Q2 Sales up 23% to $19.34 Billion" I would guess Amazon are in it for the long game.
I heard that Russia is offering $111,000 for a solution to crack the TOR network. I wonder how many takers there will be.
For App developers wanting to maximize their opportunities to earn, this might just be a useful thread: "Improving App Discoverability and Potential Income In Google Play"
We had a fun e-mail spam thread last week, and this week there was a report out that the U.S. and Bulgaria top the email spam league table. That did surprise me as I thought other countries would have been higher.
According to reports, Google has removed over 50 % of submissions under the E.U.'s "Right to be Forgotten." That's a huge number of removals and must be costing Google quite a lot of money to administer. Importantly, should Google be deciding what gets removed from its index in Europe?
Again here's our evergreen monthly Google SERPs thread, "Google Updates and SERP Changes - July 2014"
Time for an entertaining and video this week. Would you give this guy your credit card? ;) "Top Hacker Shows Us How It's Done"
Thank you for joining the conversations, until next time...
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