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WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-Up 29 November

8:05 pm on Nov 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanksgiving in North America is a significant holiday in the region, and it presents terrific opportunities for ecommerce. It can also be a disaster if the ecommerce site is hit by a penalty or rankings drop.

I would have thought that the search engines, especially Google, would be stable for the few days prior to and throughout the holiday of Thanksgiving to Black Monday. With that in mind, it seems odd that Google appears to have rolled out some kind of update in the run up. For those hit by the update it can be a worrying time, especially when so much online business is carried out throughout the holiday period. Of course, itís never a good time if your own site is hit by a penalty.

What can you do about it? Not much if you rely on Google for traffic.

Itís obvious, of course: Donít put your reliance entirely on Google. Donít moan about it as thatís a waste of your time and energy.

Start with a document detailing all the possible opportunities to market your business, including Google and Bing, and Iím certain you will be surprised at how many other places are potential openings.

Draw up a plan. When youíre happy itís doable, start right away and prepare for the next holiday. Only you can take your business forward, and time waits for no man!

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Welcome to this WebmasterWorld Weekly Round-up.

The previous WebmasterWorld Weekly is here.

What's the problem with Google SERPs? To many, the SERPs seem so unstable, so WebmasterWorld Members were discussing the apparent unstable Google SERPs Googlethis week.

A WebmasterWorld member was getting so frustrated with link take-down requests, he saw no option but to shut the site. Was he right to do that?

A further nine new gTLDs were rolled out to trademark holders this week. If you're a trademark holder, don't miss out.

This week, Google started to test mobile anchor ads with AdSense publishers.Google AdSense

Bing announced an initiative of "Connected Pages" in Bing Webmaster Tools. The idea being that you get better analytics information by connecting your pages.Bing

I read this week that there is a Ruby on Rails Cookiestore vulnerability which webmasters ought to be aware of. Find out more in our thread.

There's more discussion of the strange case of Google traffic dips with no apparent ranking changes. What's going on?

Here's something which is very strange, especially from a company that dislikes automated polling of its own servers. "Google wants to clone your Social Media activity"

More surges in the value of Bitcoins this week, with values exceeding $1,000.

For those of us marketing to China, there was news reporting Android users exceeded 270 million.

According to reports, Microsoft is considering Ford Motor Co's Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally and internal executive Satya Nadella as front runners in its hunt for a new CEOMicrosoft

I read that the Dutch Data Protection law was broken by Google's privacy policy. It's not clear what will happen as a result of this breach.

Google announced to developers new Google Maps embedding and new ads will roll out. Expect to see more ads on the maps.

The anti-spam email fighters, Spamhaus, are calling for fines for anyone with unsecured servers. If it was made law, i'm not clear how it would be managed.

Back on the Bitcoin topic, and a hard drive thrown away apparently contained 7,500 Bitcoins, currently worth $7.5 million. Oh dear! Don't throw those hard drives away as there's value in them to somebody.

This week Google announced it's Trusted Stores now shows seller ratings on AdWords. Yet another rating system to worry about.

And wait, Google has added reviews in Google Places. What was I just saying about another system to be concerned about!

This story caught my eye this week with Google wanting its employees using Macs, not Windows or its own Chromebooks. Interesting, eh!

To those that are celebrating, enjoy the holiday weekend. If you're not, have a terrific week!



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