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 WebmasterWorld Highlighted Posts   June 30, 2015
Yahoo announces plans to kill off several services
Posted in Yahoo Corporate by bill

Say goodbye to Maps, Pipes, GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs, and some regional sites ... read more ...

 

Google Panda Refresh Expected in 2 - 4 Weeks
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by SnowMan68

According to the latest information from Google, there should be a Panda refresh in the coming two to four weeks. ... read more ...

 

Pinterest Buyable Pins Coming to US
Posted in Pinterest by engine

Pinterest is to introduce Buyable Pins to US iPhone and iPad, with Android and desktop to follow. ... read more ...

 

Facebook Can Now Send You PGP Encrypted Notifications
Posted in Facebook Marketing by bill

Facebook will now allow for PGP-encrypted emails, the site announced today. ... read more ...

 

Monitoring Bounce Rate from Google Serps
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by goodroi

Discussing the value and different ways of monitoring the bounce rate of visitors from Google search results ... read more ...

 

Google Confirms "Buy Button" To Appear "Imminently" in SERPs
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

Google has confirmed it's going to change the SERPs to include the ability for buyers to remain on its site and buy goods and services without leaving Google's site. ... read more ...

 

2015 Internet Trends
Posted in Professional Webmaster Business Issues by engine

Researchers, marketers, developers, and anyone else, will learn from this. ... read more ...

 

Twitter Announces Audience Insights Tool For Advertisers
Posted in Twitter by engine

Twitter just announced its Audience Insights tool. ... read more ...

 

Resurrecting Old Websites
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by goodroi

WebmasterWorld Members give great advice and ideas on resurrecting a 10-year old website. ... read more ...

 

Mobile Is Not Destroying Desktop Traffic
Posted in Professional Webmaster Business Issues by engine

Mobile has grown considerably, but not to the detriment of desktop. ... read more ...

 

New and Improved WebmasterWorld.com website
Posted in WebmasterWorld Community Center by jimsthoughts

As many of you know we've been developing the exciting, new responsive design for WebmasterWorld for some time. Today, we're officially announcing it's out of beta, and now live. ... read more ...

 

Bing App Indexing SEO
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

This is great if you really want to get the best out of your apps. ... read more ...

 

Yandex Releases Beta Version Of Its Browser, With Privacy Turned On By Default
Posted in Webmaster General by engine

Privacy is the message that Yandex wants to get across with a new beta version of its browser. ... read more ...

 

LogJam Encryption Algo May Block Thousands of HTTPS Sites
Posted in Webmaster General by engine

Most users won't realise what the problem is when they can't get to a site. ... read more ...

 

Google Webmaster Tools Renamed to Search Console
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by netmeg

Google Webmaster Tools are now renamed Google Search Console. ... read more ...

 

Twitter's Content Now In U.S. Google Mobile SERPs
Posted in Twitter by engine

We knew this was coming, and it's finally here, but only on mobile SERPs in Google U.S. for the time being. ... read more ...

 

Google Confirms Algo Change: "Quality Update"
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by netmeg

Google has confirmed many WebmasterWorld Member observations that there was a phantom update in recent days, and it seem there was a quality update. ... read more ...

 

Google Rich Snippets Data Dropping Out Of SERPs
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by FishingDad

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the apparent disappearance of rich snippets in the SERPs. ... read more ...

 

Report: Google to Test Buy Buttons In Mobile SERPs
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

Buy button tests in Google mobile SERPs may be tested any day now, according to people familiar with the matter. ... read more ...

 

Report: Mobile Networks In Europe Set To Block Google Ads
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

This would potentially affect publishers (AdSense), app developers, and advertisers, too, so it's quite wide-ranging. ... read more ...

 

Bing to Roll Out Mobile Friendly Algorithm
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

Bing is preparing to roll out a mobile-friendly ranking algorithm. ... read more ...

 

Google Decides What to Remove in the EU's "Right to be Forgotten"
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

Google decides what to remove in "right to be forgotten" decisions. ... read more ...

 

Google Patent on Determining Site Quality Score
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by aakk9999

WebmasterWorld Members discuss a recent Google patent on determining quality scores. ... read more ...

 

Microsoft has just announced all the different versions of Windows 10
Posted in Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista/Windows 7/8/10) by bill

Windows 10 is coming this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. Today, we are excited to share more details on the Windows 10 Editions. ... read more ...

 

Panda and Penguin NOT In Real Time
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by aakk9999

Many webmasters are still confused over Panda and Penguin recoveries, having made the required changes. Here's what you need to know. ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Edge Browser: Enhanced Security Built In
Posted in Microsoft Internet Explorer by engine

Microsoft publishes more details about its new "Edge" browser, and explains about in-built browser security. ... read more ...

 

Verizon to Acquire AOL For $4.4 Billion
Posted in Foo by engine

Much discussed in the past, but now we know, it'll be Verizon. ... read more ...

 

Google Adds Food Ordering Direct From Google Mobile SERPs
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

Google has added food ordering from the mobile SERPs. ... read more ...

 

Google WMT New "Search Analytics" (Beta) to Replace "Search Queries"
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Nutterum

WebmasterWorld Members assess Google Webmaster Tools New Beta "Search Analytics", which used to be "Search Queries". ... read more ...

 

Google To Shut Down Page Speed Service
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Fotiman

Google is to shut down the page speed service on May 5, 2015. ... read more ...

 

Google Updates and SERP Changes - May 2015
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Mentat

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes. ... read more ...

 

Google Acquires Time Scheduling System Business, Timeful Inc.
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

Google has announced it's acquired the time scheduling app, service and company, Timefiul Inc. ... read more ...

 

EU Court Rules Skype Name Cannot Be Registered: Too Similar to Sky UK
Posted in Webmaster General by nickreynolds

An EU Court rules Skype's name is so similar to the broadcaster Sky's that there will be public confusion between the two! ... read more ...

 

Facebook's Internet.org Platform Opened Up to Developers
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

Facebook is opening up its internet.org to developers in a move to make it "more transparent and inclusive." ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Taking a Hard Stance Against Misleading and Malicious Advertisements
Posted in Microsoft Corporate by engine

Microsoft is making moves to combat misleading ads which could also deliver malware and misleading downloads to users. ... read more ...

 

How Much is a Tweet Worth? Valuing Digital Influencers
Posted in Twitter by ergophobe

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the value in a tweet, and, how you value a tweet by a "digital influencer." ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Confirms The Browser Codenamed "Spartan" Will Be Called Microsoft Edge
Posted in Microsoft Internet Explorer by bill

Microsoft has confirmed its browser, codenamed Spartan, will be called Microsoft Edge. ... read more ...

 

Twitter Introduces The Best of Tweets With "Highlights"
Posted in Twitter by engine

Twitter's new Highlights is a summary of the best Tweets delivered via rich push notification. ... read more ...

 

Google Inc. Q1, 2015 Results, Revenue was $17.3 billion
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

Google's first quarter ended with revenues up 12% year on year. ... read more ...

 

Google Mobile Algo Roll-Out April 21, 2015
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by keyplyr

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the Google smartphone mobile roll-out starting April 21, 2015. ... read more ...

 

Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more status updates from friends
Posted in Facebook Marketing by bill

Tweaks to the News Feed will show more status updates from friends in lieu of Liked stories ... read more ...

 

Yahoo and Microsoft Search Deal Now Includes Early Termination Clause
Posted in Yahoo Search Engine and Directory by engine

It seems there's a new termination clause included within the Yahoo and Microsoft deal, according to the SEC filing on April 20, 2015. ... read more ...

 

Twitter Re-Enables Direct Messages Option From Non-Followers
Posted in Twitter by engine

Twitter has re-enabled the direct messaging option from anyone, even when not following each other. ... read more ...

 

How Soon For a New Responsive Site to Appear in Google SERPs Showing "Mobile Friendly"
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the time-scales involved in getting a "mobile friendly" site in Google SERPs. ... read more ...

 

Google Switches Mobile Search To Show Real-World Names
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

More changes to mobile search prior to the mobile update coming on 21 April. ... read more ...

 

Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org Project Under Fire
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

Several Indian firms have pulled out of the project claiming that it's confusing consumers into thinking Facebook is the Internet. ... read more ...

 

comScore: Bing Breaks Through 20pct US Search Share, March 2015
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by engine

Overall searches are up, too, which is an interesting statistic. ... read more ...

 

Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Amend Search Partnership
Posted in Yahoo Search Engine and Directory by travelin_cat

"Over the past few months, Satya and I have worked closely together to establish a revised search agreement that allows us to enhance our user experience and innovate more in our search business." ... read more ...

 

Europe "Statement of Objections": Antitrust Charges Against Google
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by Brett_Tabke

The E.U. has issued a statement of objections to Google, and reportedly, planning a fine as large as $6.4 billion. ... read more ...

 

Bing Now Labelling "Mobile Friendly" Sites In SERPs
Posted in Bing Search Engine News by nomis5

WebmasterWorld Members reporting Bing labelling "Mobile Friendly" sites in its SERPs. ... read more ...

 

Pew Internet Survey: Teens, Social Media and Technology Overview, 2015
Posted in Social Media Marketing by engine

Pew Internet survey published. If you're marketing to teens, you really ought to read the full report. Some of the stats will surprise you. ... read more ...

 

New Googlebot IPs Whitelist Error, and Site Loses Rankings
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Ralph_Slate

A WebmasterWorld Member describes the problem of running a white-list for Googlebot, and when Google's IPs change, and the white-list is not updated, the site rapidly lost rankings and, importantly, traffic. ... read more ...

 

New Google AdSense Performance Reports Cause Frustration
Posted in Google AdSense by RedBar

Google has announced new AdSense reports and, according to reports from WebmasterWorld Members, it's not an improvement. ... read more ...

 

April First Fun Spawns a State of Google Search Discussion
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by seoskunk

WebmasterWorld Members start a discussion about an April Fools prank, and it develops into a serious discussion about search. ... read more ...

 

LinkedIn Acquires Lynda.com For $1.5 Billion
Posted in LinkedIn by travelin_cat

"The transaction is valued at approximately $1.5 billion, subject to adjustment, in a combination of approximately 52 percent cash and approximately 48 percent stock. Subject to the completion of customary conditions, the acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015." ... read more ...

 

Facebook launches Messenger for web browsers
Posted in Facebook Marketing by bill

The social network unveiled a Web version of Messenger ... read more ...

 

Responsive Web Design vs. Alternatives: The Great Debate
Posted in Mobile Web Site Design and Development by MrSavage

WebmasterWorld Members debate responsive web design, and the alternatives when serving a mobile and desktop audience. ... read more ...

 

Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2015
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by getcooking

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes. ... read more ...

 

Report Says Facebook is Tracking All Site Visitors, Violating EU Law
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

Many privacy campaigners have been concerned about extensive levels of tracking, and this is especially important if a user chooses to opt out. ... read more ...

 

ICANN Proposal to Release New Country and Territory Domains
Posted in Domain Names by engine

ICANN has started a public comment over the release of new country and territory domains within the .HONDA, .AXA, .EPSON, .HSBC, .XYZ and .COLLEGE TLDs ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Confirms Its Future Browsers Will Not Have Do Not Track as Standard
Posted in Microsoft Corporate by engine

This is a turnaround from its previous stance, and users that want DNT can change the setting. ... read more ...

 

Europe Ready to File Anti-Trust Charges Against Google
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by Brett_Tabke

The European Commission nears an anti-trust investigation into Google and its practices in Europe. ... read more ...

 

eCommerce and Google's SERPs
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Whitey

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the latest developments for eCommerce in Google's SERPs, and where it may go in the future. ... read more ...

 

Firefox 37 Released With Changed URL Bar and Uprated Security Features
Posted in Firefox Browser Usage and Support by engine

Firefox 37 released and there is improved security and a changed URL bar. ... read more ...

 

Microsoft Releases First Windows 10 Preview with "Spartan" Browser
Posted in Microsoft Internet Explorer by bill

Windows testers will get an early preview of the 'Spartan' browser. ... read more ...

 

Google SERPs Update Demoted Wikipedia
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by aristotle

According to WebmasterWorld Members, Wikipedia appears to have been hit by Google SERPs movements. ... read more ...

 

Rumor: Yahoo may end search alliance with Microsoft
Posted in Yahoo Search Engine and Directory by bill

Will Yahoo drop the Bing-powered search results in favor of their own search technology? ... read more ...

 

Google Loses Appeal To Stop Apple Safari Users Suing Over Privacy
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by RedBar

Google has lost its court appeal to halt Apple Safari users suing the company over claims that Google bypassed Safari security settings. ... read more ...

 

Google AdWords Extends Product Ratings To UK, France and Germany
Posted in Google AdWords by engine

Google AdWords said it has extended the product rating system beyond the US, now to UK, France and Germany. ... read more ...

 

Twitter Introduces "Periscope" Video Streaming
Posted in Twitter by engine

Twitter has introduced its recently-acquired "Periscope" live video streaming app. ... read more ...

 

Facebook In Talks Over Hosting News Sites' Content
Posted in Facebook Marketing by engine

Facebook want to host news sites' content, according to people familiar with the matter. ... read more ...

 

Pinterest "Pinnability" Machine Learning For Home Feed Relevance
Posted in Pinterest by engine

Pinterest engineering has gone into detailed explanation about how it can bring personalized and relevant Pins to the newsfeed. ... read more ...

 

Google Chrome's New Javascript Techniques Help Speed Page Loading
Posted in Google Chrome Browser by engine

Two new techniques in Chrome to help speed browsing, especially on a mobile connection. ... read more ...

 

2012 FTC Antitrust Probe Into Google: Documents Exposed Reveal "real harm to consumers and to innovation"
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

"The staff report from the agency's bureau of competition, which hasn't before been disclosed, recommended the commission bring a lawsuit challenging three separate Google practices,..." ... read more ...

 

Google To Shut Down Old Webmaster Tools API April 20, 2015
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

Webmasters should, of course, already be migrating to the new API. ... read more ...

 

Google Mobile Algo to be Bigger Than Panda or Penguin as Deadline Looms
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Whitey

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the impact of Google's smartphone/mobile algorithm having a greater impact than Panda or Penguin. ... read more ...

 

Microsoft To Kill Off The Internet Explorer Brand
Posted in Microsoft Internet Explorer by bill

Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away. ... read more ...

 

Windows 10 Launches Summer 2015
Posted in Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista/Windows 7/8/10) by bill

Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. ... read more ...

 

Dot Com Turns 30-Years Old, and There's no Sign of its Popularity Declining
Posted in Domain Names by engine

Some may be surprised to know .com is 30. ... read more ...

 

Google Doorway Page Algorithm Refreshed
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by aakk9999

Google is to introduce a ranking adjustment for doorway pages. ... read more ...

 

Google SERPs Knowledge Layout With No Organic Above Fold
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by aakk9999

WebmasterWorld members discuss Google SERPs layout with Knowledge Graph and no organic results above the fold. ... read more ...

 

WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin Serious Vulnerability Fixed
Posted in WordPress by engine

Update your Yoast SEO plugin. ... read more ...

 

Google WMT Now Includes a Blocked Resources Report
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

Blocked resources report will help find Googlebot crawling errors. ... read more ...

 

Demanding Nofollow Removal or a Link Takedown Request
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Rlilly

WebmastersWorld Members debate whether a nofollow is fair, and whether it ought to be follow, or to submit a link take-down demand. ... read more ...

 

WordPress Developer, Automattic, Wins Case Over False DMCA Claim
Posted in Content, Writing and Copyright by engine

It can be expensive for those that think submitting false DMCA claims is a way of censorship. ... read more ...

 

Google Mobile Smartphone Algo April 21st: Real Time And Page By Page Basis
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by aakk9999

Google's Mobile/Smartphone Algorithm is likely to be page-by-page, and in real time: The "Smartphone Update." ... read more ...

 

Google Launches Compare For U.S. Car Insurance
Posted in Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business Issues by engine

Google's latest move to become a comparison site took a step forward with Compare for car insurance in the U.S. ... read more ...

 

Facebook warns page owners their 'Like' count may dip
Posted in Facebook Marketing by bill

Facebook will be removing Likes on business Pages from inactive and memorialized accounts. ... read more ...

 

Google Updates and SERP Changes - March 2015
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by Itanium

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes. ... read more ...

 

Google's Knowledge Graph:Knowledge-Based Trust: Estimating the Trustworthiness of Web Sources
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by engine

The possibility of the SERPs changing from significantly link-based, to greater emphasis on trustworthiness-based might be closer than some may think. ... read more ...

 

"Freak" Security Flaw Could Impact Apple and Google Users
Posted in Webmaster General by engine

More than one third of encrypted Web sites - including those bearing the "lock" icon that signifies a connection secured by SSL technology - proved vulnerable to attack... ... read more ...

 

Google AdSense PII Email Error "Sent Inadvertently"
Posted in Google AdSense by dolcevita

According to Google AdSense, last week's PII error emails were sent inadvertently to publishers. ... read more ...

 

First Signs of Google + Being Split Up?
Posted in Google Plus by bill

Bradley Horowitz appointed to run to be running Google's Photos and Streams products. Is this a sign of Google+ being split up. ... read more ...

 

Google To Expand Mobile Friendliness As A Ranking Signal
Posted in Google SEO News and Discussion by travelin_cat

The time to make sure your site is mobile friendly is approaching! ... read more ...

 

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