Another weekend and with it another major Google algorithmic update. What SEOs have been waiting for over two years has finally happened. Last Friday, September 23rd, Google announced Penguin 4.0 is now baked into its search core algorithm, Hummingbird and is now real-time! So What is Google Penguin? According to Search Engine Land, “Penguin is […]
PubCon Austin 2015 was held during the beautiful Spring in Texas. One of the most informative sessions was the Increasing Your Leads and Sales With Content Remarketing by Damon Gochneaur of Aspiro Agency and Sean Dolan of PushFire. These guys provided well documented insights into remarketing advertising. Damon kicked off our session with describing what feels like a […]
It is not often that I see a clear and short video explaining complex ideas. Panda and Penguin algorithm updates from Google continue to confuse and perplex most people who are not directly in the SEO industry. Moz published a WhiteBoard Friday video outlining how to move forward with your website and content to make […]
They say change is a good thing, but it isn’t always easy. SEOs everywhere are experiencing the big change taking place with Google phasing out the old version of Google Analytics. It seems like Google is itching for the “old version” of Analytics to go away. The only way to even get to the old […]
Google recently announced a change to how links are categorized in your Webmaster Tools. You may be familiar with how link data is categorized into two categories: links coming from other sites (external links) and links from within your site (internal links). Google says, “the update aims to better categorize these links in a way that more closely aligns with your idea of which links are actually from your site vs. from other sites.”
A common question in the SEO world has always been: What’s best to use in a URL, dashes or underscores? Do they make a difference to search engines and how our web sites rank?
According to Search Engine Land, Google and Bing handle dashes and underscores in URLs differently.
Google’s Webmaster Tools now features a new option to submit your new and recently updated URLs for indexing by Google. In order to submit a URL, first you have to fetch the URL as Googlebot. Once the URL has been fetched and deemed successful, Google will give you the option to submit that URL to their index. After submitting, your URL will be crawled by the Googlebot, usually within a 24 hour time frame. Once the URL has been crawled, it will be considered for inclusion in the Google index.
Google announced Thursday that Google Places pages have undergone a few very important changes. You’ll notice that third party reviews are now gone from Places pages. These changes come as a result of other consumer ratings websites like Yelp, Citysearch, and TripAdvisor claiming that Google was using their content without permission.
Places pages will still link to these third party sites for a more well rounded search experience but only after showing Google user reviews. Google will no longer integrate the actual reviews from any other consumer rating websites into the page or the Place rating system.
In the new era of micro messaging, Google has added Posts to the Google Places listing tools. Think of this as a small welcome or featured message to your clients and to promote your business. If you haven’t see this yet, Google Places is the newest version of Local or Google Map type listings. Once […]
Google Instant has been announced today. The new feature for signed in users of Google Search will anticipate search query and display search results on the query page based on initial characters. One of the most talked about changes in the several Google Blogs indicates it may have a strong relationship to impressions vs. click […]