• Larry Chrzan

    Wonder if those inorganic backlinks were affecting inorganic rankings… Anyone hungry for some fresh content… or… fresh pineapples?

  • http://taylortoussaint.blogspot.com/ Taylor Toussaint

    [project codename “Social Search”]  – More and more Google+ integration.

  • http://twitter.com/icwebdesign ic web design

    Google + is being slowly enforced on people 

  • cgh85

     it most certainly is.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanBurnsworth Ryan Burnsworth

    That is great info.
    I noticed the Page Title thing a week or so ago also.
    I was looking for one of my webpage in search, and it only had one keyword | Site Title
    Thought that was weird, because the Page Title is obviously different, and that was just once keyword from it.
    Now I get it. :)

    Thanks for the post Matt.

  • Gareth_Sear1

    Thanks for the update Matt! With regards to the title tag I noticed last night on my econmerce website that they are amending my description snippets and including the price in there. Anyone else finding this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Klein/100001985538605 Thomas Klein

    Its obviously that freshness becomes one of the key elements for good rankings.

  • Gareth_Sear1

    Thanks for the update Matt! With regards to the title tag I noticed last night on my econmerce website that they are amending my description snippets and including the price in there. Anyone else finding this?

  • http://www.1918.com/ 1918

    Another “feature” that sacrifices search quality… “significantly improves the efficiency of our scoring infrastructure with minimal impact on the quality of our results.”

  • http://twitter.com/starpadilla Star Padilla

    Google+ is definitely being enforced. The GA blatantly states the social sites/networks they ‘support’ .

  • William Slawski

    Good to see Tom Waits and Otis Redding  represented. Whoever is working on alternative titles updates for Google deserves a raise, or at least a commendation.  Looking forward to the codename arethafranklin and the samcooke updates now.

  • http://blog.karlribas.com/ Karl Ribas

    Thanks for the update Matt. The changes to how Google handles page titles is a bit disturbing for the very same reasons your friend mentioned. I’m not sure I like this.

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  • http://twitter.com/keliedotcom Keli E

    We had some page titles changed in the SERP (brand name with a ® was used instead!!!) last week… happened to two sites, same industry and city.  Today… bamm… old titles are back. 

    SEO changes, death and taxes!  Count on it :)

    Keli E

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  • http://twitter.com/DonHalbert Don Halbert

    These latest updates are really something. I’ve been having a go at G for the past month over sites they sandboxed (aged) by mistake because of some sites that legitimately linked to my clients however they placed the links in the “blogroll” of a site with over 77k of indexed pages. 

    Guess what Google thought? Yea…u got it.

    Another incident (separate to the one above) is where Google sandboxed a site of mine then one day later congratulates me on a massive influx of traffic from an article that was getting over 800k pageviews in 3 days. 

    They claimed it was “unnatural linking”…

    WTH? A Russian forum (massively popular) decided to pick up the story and share it on their forums along with linking to my original article and video on the subject…yet again…another 40+ thousand links coming in. 

    End result was me blowing a gasket on them and calling them a bunch of Nazi’s – maybe that might get me results? LOL.

    PS: I did tell them however that with these kinds of updates, they leave themselves wide-open for negative SEO by competitors. Which sux.

  • http://twitter.com/DavidJo45324615 David Johnstone

    I hope that these last few months will just be a blip for Google and they will correct their mistakes.  Off-page factors shouldn’t carry negative ranking influence.  If they DO continue along these lines, then we might as well give up trying to run a business online.

  • blinicorovi

    Positions of one of my site dropped dramatically today :(
    I guess that’s inorganic links problem agein, although I tried to follow recomendations about “non commercial anchors”, google changes make me feel bad :(

    Am I alone with my dropped positions or no?

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  • igor1

    Nope, you sure are not.

  • http://inboundmarketingnj.com Jason Diller

    This is kinda what happened to meta descriptions a few years ago, isnt it?

  • helpstring

    They have to, or let it die wave-style.

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  • Max Lehmann

    That is great info. But google changes make me feel negative… SEO competitors could easily crash my website, with tones of bad links and google will punish my site..

  • astrageeks

    Thanks for the update Matt.Freshness becomes one of the key element for good page ranking.

  • astrageeks

    Thanks for the update Matt.Freshness is the key element for good page ranking.Thanks for the information that you have provided.

  • http://www.antonkoekemoer.com/ Anton Koekemoer

    As long as Google is still the #1 resource for obtaining information, everything that they say that can impact your SEO should be taken note of. Wave didn’t have an impact on SEO, Google+ does.

  • http://twitter.com/sharithurow sharithurow

    Hi all-

    Regarding Google’s title updates…

    At first, I was a bit miffed about it. Because, as website owners, I believe Google (and any search engine) should respect how we choose to label our own content.

    Then, after thinking about it for awhile, are we truly getting better at labeling our pages (titles being an example of a label)? Maybe not. Some overzealous and overenthusiastic SEO professionals might build pages for every keyword combination they can muster without truly considering how both humans and search engines read these titles. That is one end of the spectrum.

    At the other end of the spectrum are people who do not realize that they are generating substandard titles or no titles as page labels. 

    So in spite of my initial miff, I understand why Google made the decision to alter titles. I don’t agree with everything about it, but I acknowledge that they are trying to deliver more accurate search listings. Google won’t get it right every time. And personally, I haven’t seen title modification be overtly egregious.

    I wish there were some kind of national or global initiative to genuinely teach people how to search more accurately (better queries) beginning in grade school. Not only query formulation but also evaluating search results. That way, students would know how to use the web search engines properly.

    I also wish there were some initiative to teach people how to label content appropriately. I have seen multiple curricula of college/university web design courses (and web development courses). Labeling doesn’t seem to be a topic that is taught.

    My 2 cents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=618171451 Nate White

    It would be nice to have a feature in Google Webmaster Tools showing which page titles have been changed, an explanation why, and tips on how to adjust your titles to meet Google’s standards. I don’t want Google holding my hand. If they want webmasters to meet a certain standards level then it’s their responsibility to point us in the right direction.

  • http://twitter.com/chexsystemsinfo ChexSystems Info

    Google tells us not to over-optimize, yet they do it with their own search engine.