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WebmasterWorld Newsletter | May 2015
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Yes, there were changes to Google SERPs in May, and if you want to find out what changed, it’s reported in our Google Updates and SERPs Changes thread. Are you one of the many thousands of webmasters still waiting on Penguin 4.0? Google has still not updated Penguin, despite promises by Google of an update to come early in 2016. We also know that Google is wanting to automate as much as possible of it into the algorithm so that it’ll eliminate the announcements and changes involved in a Google SERPs dance. Despite all that, we saw signs of some possible Penguin changes and updates during May, but then, perhaps not. It may simply have been a test, and if so, it’s yet to roll out further.

One of the big changes we saw over recent weeks was Google’s SERPs interface, and it’s now becoming clear how that is folding in to the forthcoming changes. For example, with the wider display in the SERPs, with AdWords appearing in the top and bottom, and no longer at the side, you will see that Google has increased the number of pixels to allow longer page titles. In addition, the SERPs will now work better across mobile through to desktop.

In May the mobile SERPs were updated, and we’re reporting those in our threads on the topic. Our Members would like to know how you’ve benefitted by the latest updates to mobile SERPs.

One other topic was the redesign of AdWords that we covered last month. Google made some announcements and you can pick up on those in our thread, New Google AdWords Summary and Innovations Coming In 2016.

Since our April newsletter, our news and discussions have covered many of the hottest topics relevant to webmasters and online marketers. If you’d like to know more, here are a couple of the topics we covered: The Legacy of Spinning Articles and Getty Images Files E.U. Complaint Against Google for Enabling Image Piracy.

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We look forward to seeing you in the forums.

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Jim and Neil

Here are some of WebmasterWorld’s Hottest Discussions and News this month.
Google Updates and SERP Changes - May 2016

Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2016

Google Issued the Equivalent of 490 Manual Actions per Hour in 2015

The Legacy of Spinning Articles

Getty Images Files E.U. Complaint Against Google for Enabling Image Piracy

Google to Roll Out Mobile SERPs Update, in May, Increasing Mobile Ranking Signal

Google Adds Rich Cards Search Result Format

New Google AdWords Summary of Innovations Coming in 2016

Microsoft forces users into Bing with Cortana, Edge browser in Windows

AdSense Page Level Ads is a Major Addition to Ad Formats

Google Testing Black Links in SERPs

Specific Page Backlinks From Other Site Credits Pages

ImageMagick Vulnerabilities Put Many Websites at Risk

Google Blogspot Now HTTPS by Default to all Blogs

New Google Referrer: com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox For Search Apps

Twitter to Exclude Photos and URLs From 140-Character Limit

Google Releases Firebase Analytics For Mobile Apps

Report: 117 million LinkedIn Account Emails and Passwords Leaked Online

New Google Spaces, Small Group Sharing Social App for Android and iOS

IAB Lays Out Plans on L.E.A.N. Scoring to Stem the Tide of Ad Blocking

Google AdWords to Ban Pay Day Loan Ads from July 13, 2016

Web Census Shows Top Trackers

Google's Paris Office Raided By Investigators

Microsoft Criticised for Sneaky Windows 10 Upgrade Pop-Up

May 2016 AdSense Earnings and Observations

Google U.K. Gains Access to 1.6 Million NHS Patients' Records

Google Patents a "Sticky" Coating For a Car

Google Extends Universal App Campaigns to iOS and Adds Automation

Treating two words as one in search

Google Appeals to French Court Over "right to be forgotten" Global Deletions

Microsoft is Building a Bing Assistant Bot

Court Rules Google Must Face Trial Over Site Removals From SERPs

Google Says It'll Bring Password-Free Logins to Android Apps

Facebook Responds Over Trending Topics Allegations of Bias


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