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441: new post   Matt Cutts Wants Websites to be Packaged Like Apple Products
"The sites that do put a little bit more individual care and attention and work into the content of their site, whether it be a product description, or a blog post," says Matt Cutts, Google's lead engineer on the Panda update, "those are the ones that users tend to prefer a little bit more and appreciate."
May 6, 2011
442: new post   Toolbar for IE8 Buries PageRank Indicator
As of today I've noticed that the PR indicator is now only accessible via a 'More' link, and cannot be dragged onto the main display. Also, although the little green bar still works, the mouseover alt text that displayed the PR number is gone.
May 5, 2011
443: new post   How To Move Part of an Established Site to a New Domain
I intend to move one language of this website onto a new domain. I was thinking to do 301 redirects from all old pages to all new pages and of course update the sitemaps accordingly. This way, Google should understand that my pages changed location and will index the new ones. But, it will probably exclude my webpages from SERPs, at least for a period.[br][br]How can I do this move, in order to make it as painless as possible for my site?
May 5, 2011
444: new post   What Might Cause Google Panda To Hit Your Site
WebmasterWorld Member analysis of Google's Panda update and how certain actions may affect your site.
May 3, 2011
445: new post   Panda Metric : Google Usage of User Engagement Metrics
I am continually surprised at some in the community that point to a couple of individual metrics as 'the ones' that caused xyz to happen in the most recent update. I think it is time to look at the greater picture of data that Google has available.[br][br]Eric Enge had a presentation at PubCon Austin that he felt Panda pumped up 20% user engagment metrics into the algo. It really got me thinking about this aspect indepth. I started to put together a list of possible data sources google could use as metrics (signals), and I was pretty surprised at how large a list it became with very little effort.
May 1, 2011
446: new post   How Google Handles No-Indexed Pages
WebmasterWorld Members analyse how Google treats sites with no-index pages.
Apr 28, 2011
447: new post   Super Sized Site Links
Just noticed a few of my websites have 12 site links now with a new layout. Below is an example of another website I found with them.
Apr 27, 2011
448: new post   Google Extends Realtime Search Including Quora and Gowalla
...earlier today, it appears Google flipped the switch to make Realtime Search a lot more useful. Namely, they've added results from services like Quora, Gowalla, and a range of others.
Apr 27, 2011
449: new post   Adding 25,000 Pages to a 3,600 Page Site
We want to expand the site to include all real estate listings in the whole state. Doing this would add about 25,000 new spider-able listings to the site and our longtail searches should increase quite dramatically. Is this something I can do all at once, or should I take it a bit at a time? And, do you have any recommendations on the amount of pages I should add a day?
Apr 27, 2011
450: new post   Canonical Tag vs. Block in Robots.txt
"For years, I have simply blocked the long query string URLs via the robots.txt file (The long query string URLs have a "virtual" directory in the URL, so I just block that virtual directory). [br][br]But with "trust" being such an important issue after the Panda updates, I wonder if it might be better to unblock those URLs in robots.txt and just let the canonical tag take care of it. [br][br]In webmastertools, under crawl diagnostics, it lists something like 700 URLs blocked by Robots.txt, and if it is something that is being measured by google, I can't help but think that they are somehow using that information for something."
Apr 25, 2011
451: new post   The Theory Why Google Panda is a Good Move
WebmasterWorld Members discuss the reasons why Google's Panda update might have been a smart move, despite the suffering and frustration.
Apr 25, 2011
452: new post   Analyzing Google Panda For Sites That Don't Fit The Mold
The point of this thread is to pick out the sites from those lists which DO NOT fit that mold, sites which it's not obvious why they lost, and figure out why they were hit.[br][br]In doing so, maybe we'll understand why Panda has hit so many here who don't seem to deserve it either.
Apr 21, 2011
453: new post   Google's Panda Key Algo Changes Analyzed
"WebmasterWorld Members review the key algo changes as a result of the Google Panda pandemonium."
Apr 20, 2011
454: new post   After Panda Update, Scraper Sites Still Taking Top Positions
I publish an original news post and after an hour or more I get links from relevant sites.[br][br]The related posts with backlinks to my post (on these relevant sites) get on the top of Google SERPS and my page is somewhere around #5.[br][br]After a couple of hours, a couple of scraper sites take over my position and I'm on the 2nd, 3rd page or simply nowhere. [br][br]
Apr 18, 2011
455: new post   Google Panda Algo Change And Human Behavior Theories
So they tried to convert user behavior into an algorithm. I've been trying to understand how we can correlate human behavior to our website design.[br][br]Based from my research I've found that there is a relation between the Google algo change and Maslow's 'hierarchy of needs' theory in psychology.
Apr 16, 2011
456: new post   PANDA International - Data on Winners & Losers from SearchMetrics
This afternoon the SearchMetrics blog released their data for the international wave of the Panda Update - affecting English Language search. The article includes data for 100 losers and 20 winners.[br][br]"The data was collated between the 5th & 12th of April 2011 and we can definitely confirm that the update has hit the UK – in a big way. Surprising is that ehow.co.uk and ehow.com has lost more than 50% in visibility."
Apr 13, 2011
457: new post   Google PANDA rolls out WorldWide
Today, for the first time, after checking daily, I can now see US Panda results on Google properties worldwide including but not limited to: .co.uk, .ca, .co.in, .com.au, .fr, .de, .se, etc. [br][br]Congratulations, it's no longer speculation if you have Panda, it's quite visibly there.
Apr 11, 2011
458: new post   In Google's Penalty Box, Overstock Takes a 5% Hit on Revenue
Six weeks after getting penalized by Google Inc. for using promotional links with university web sites that boosted its natural search rankings, Overstock.com Inc. says the penalty, a drop in its Google natural search rankings, has resulted in a 5% drop in revenue, according to the retailer's filing toay with the Securities and Exchange Commission. [br][br]"We now estimate that it will be at least another two to three weeks before Google will end the penalty period," Overstock says in the filing. "During the penalty period to date, we have experienced an approximately 5% negative impact on our revenue, which we anticipate will continue during the penalty period."
Apr 9, 2011
459: new post   Becoming Search Engine Algo-Proof
Every two years Google throws in a big change to their algo. They pick the latest thing they don't like and blow the crap out of a bunch of sites. Lots of people get hit.[br][br]This process scares the bejeepers out of me. In fact, I lived in fear of the algo for years to the point I wouldn't even meddle in anything less than pure.[br][br]I've attempted to make my main site resistant to algo changes. Initially this started out by being whitehat, that's no longer the case. I'm not blackhat, I simply do what works now, and what I expect to work in the future.
Apr 7, 2011
460: new post   Ten Things We Can Learn About Google SEO - From Angry Birds
I just read an article by Daniel Rasmus on Macworld called 10 things that CIOs can learn from Angry Birds, and it struck me that even though most of us don't really think of our job as being a CIO, the article's ten points were excellent about achieving success with Google.
Apr 6, 2011
461: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2011
WebmasterWorld's monthly SERP monitoring and update thread for April 2011.
Apr 3, 2011
462: new post   Google Rolls Out the +1 Button - parallels the Facebook "Like"
Today Google began rolling out their next foray into social recommendations. Google calls it +1, as they explain "the digital shorthand for "this is pretty cool.'"[br][br]To recommend something, you click the +1 button on an organic result or ad you find useful. These +1's will then start appearing in Google search results for others in your social network when they are signed in. Future plans include +1 buttons for websites, too.
Mar 30, 2011
463: new post   How Should I Link Build Now?
There seems to be a great deal of chatter about the devaluing of links on your basic syndication channels (article networks) after the Panda Update.[br][br]WebmasterWorld Members discuss ideas on how to build links that would stand the test of time.
Mar 29, 2011
464: new post   The Downside to Using Noindex
WebmasterWorld Members discuss the downsides of switching to using noindex.
Mar 23, 2011
465: new post   After the Google Panda Update,What Improvements Have You Seen?
WebmasterWorld members discuss the status of the Panda update at Google.
Mar 18, 2011
466: new post   Does Google Whitelist Certain Websites?
Webmasters have long wondered if Google maintains a whitelist that protects certain domains from penalties. As reported on SERoundtable, Google issued a statement to clarify the question. [br][br]Their answer denies anything like a "get out of jail free" card, but it explains what they call "exception lists" or "exception logs."[br][br]
Mar 17, 2011
467: new post   Google Adds Block Domain To Search
"Once you click the link to 'Block all example.com results' you'll get a confirmation message, as well as the option to undo your choice. You'll see the link whether or not you're signed in, but the domains you block are connected with your Google Account, so you'll need to sign in before you can confirm a block.[br][br]Now when you click a result and then return to Google, you'll find a new link next to 'Cached' that reads 'Block all example.com results.'[br][br]Once you've blocked a domain, you won't see it in your future search results. (Side note: Sometimes you may have to search on a new term, rather than simply refreshing your browser, before you'll notice the domain has been successfully removed.) The next time you're searching and a blocked page would have appeared, you'll see a message telling you results have been blocked, making it easy to manage your personal list of blocked sites. This message will appear at the top or bottom of the results page depending on the relevance of the blocked pages."
Mar 11, 2011
468: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - March 2011
WebmasterWorld's monthly SERP monitoring and update thread for March 2011.
Mar 8, 2011
469: new post   Matt Cutts and Amit Singhal Share Insider Detail on Panda Update
Wired Magazine interviewed both Matt Cutts and Amit Singhal and in the process got some helpful insight into the Farm Update. Some of the speculation we've had at WebmasterWorld is confirmed.[br][br]The process of creating this update used input from human quality raters. They were asked questions like: "Would you be comfortable giving this site your credit card? Would you be comfortable giving medicine prescribed by this site to your kids? Does this site have excessive ads?"[br][br]Then the formal algorithm was developed and back-checked against the human input.[br][br]
Mar 3, 2011
470: new post   Google Is Working on an Algo Fix For Major Problems With Update
Here's official news that many sites have been waiting to hear. Google fellow Amit Singal is quoted in Wired: [br][br]"We deeply care about the people who are generating high-quality content sites, which are the key to a healthy web ecosystem," Singhal said. [br][br]"Therefore any time a good site gets a lower ranking or falsely gets caught by our algorithm - and that does happen once in a while even though all of our testing shows this change was very accurate - we make a note of it and go back the next day to work harder to bring it closer to 100 percent." [br][br]"That's exactly what we are going to do, and our engineers are working as we speak building a new layer on top of this algorithm to make it even more accurate than it is."
Mar 2, 2011
471: new post   Google Pressures Yelp Over Reviews
"We are unhappy with the way Google uses our users' review on its Places page. However, there is no solution to the problem. [b]Google's position is that we can take ourselves out of its search index if we don't want them to use our reviews on Places[/b]. But that is not an option for us, and other sites like us, such as TripAdvisor, as we get a large volume of our traffic via Google search... We just don't get any value out of our reviews appearing on Google places and haven't been given an option other than to remove ourselves from search, how to improve this situation."
Mar 2, 2011
472: new post   CNN: Growing Backlash to (MFA) Content Farm Update
CNN: "Google made one of the biggest changes ever to its search results this week, which immediately had a noticeable effect on many Web properties that rely on the world's biggest search engine to drive traffic to their sites. Comments from site operators lit up on the WebmasterWorld.com forum starting on Wednesday. Many webmasters complained that traffic to their sites dropped dramatically overnight, and others expressed concern that they can't adapt quickly enough to Google's changes to its algorithm."
Feb 26, 2011
473: new post   Google Goes After AdSense Farms With Update
"Google said Thursday that it had made a major change to its algorithm in an effort to improve the rankings of high-quality Web sites in its search results, and to reduce the visibility of low-quality sites. While the company did not say so explicitly, the change appears to be directed in part at so-called content farms like eHow and Answerbag, which generate articles based on popular search queries so they will rise to the top of the rankings and attract clicks."
Feb 25, 2011
474: new post   Google Announces Major Algorithm Change
From Google's announcement: "In the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what's going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful."

According to Danny Sullivan's recent interview: "Officially, Google isn't saying the algorithm change is targeting content farms. The company specifically declined to confirm that, when I asked. However, Matt Cutts — who heads Google's spam fighting team — told me, 'I think people will get the idea of the types of sites we're talking about.'"
Feb 25, 2011
475: new post   Making A Site Mobile and Search Friendly
We've noticed a rise in the number of questions from webmasters about how best to structure a website for mobile phones and how websites can best interact with Googlebot-Mobile. In this post we'll explain the current situation and give you specific recommendations you can implement now.
Feb 22, 2011
476: new post   Google Changing Page Titles and Descriptions
Does anyone have a good reason why Google couldn't just leave my home page title and description alone when I put noodp on the page?[br][br]I personally can't think of one. I can understand wanting to let their users know what the site has, but there's NO WAY they know the other titles and descriptions on the SERP pages better than I know them for my niche, and there's NO WAY they know what stands out on that page or results better than I do, so why do they need to mess with my home page title and description, especially when the page contains a noodp robots tag?[br][br]I don't mind if they want to convert ALL CAPS to First Letter Only or truncate it when it's too long, but I wish they would not change the text when I indicate I don't want it changed by using a meta robots noodp tag.
Feb 18, 2011
477: new post   Google Social Search Integration: Get Ready For Search Marketing Optimization
First, social search results will now be mixed throughout your results based on their relevance (in the past they only appeared at the bottom)[br][br]Second, we've made Social Search more comprehensive by adding notes for links people have shared on Twitter and other sites.[br][br]Third, we've added a new option to connect accounts privately in your Google Account. (After all, you may not want everyone to know you're @spongebobsuperfan on Twitter.)
Feb 17, 2011
478: new post   Bing Results More Successful than Google?: Hitwise Study Says Yes
More interesting to me is their data on "success rate". Here there is no month-over-month change for any of them. However, the baseline shows a major difference. Success rates on Bing are measured at 81.5% and at Google, 65.6%[br][br]One reason for this is probably the definition of success. The detail isn't made very clear, but it does involve visiting another website. As we've been observing for quite a while, Google SERPs contain a lot of information on their own, and the user often doesn't need to visit another website to have found what they were looking for.
Feb 17, 2011
479: new post   New Chrome Extension to Report Low Quality AdSense Sites
Google introduces a Chrome Extension for users to report low quality sites, (such as MFACF's: Made For AdSense Content Farms)[br][br]We've been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of the signals we're exploring is explicit feedback from users.[br][br]To that end, today we're launching an early, experimental Chrome extension so people can block sites from their web search results. If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.
Feb 15, 2011
480: new post   NY Times Article On Paid Links
The New York Times has quite an article about white hat and black hat SEO - entitled "The Dirty Little Secrets of Search." [br][br]It seems that all through the holiday season, Penney's website was at the top for all kinds of retail searches, including single keywords like "dresses". Given the amount of competition for all these keywords. something smelled funny to the Times. So they brought in an SEO consultant firm, and they found a large number of backlinks, strewn around thousands of nearly abandoned websites.
Feb 12, 2011
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