Google Misattributing Content From Major News Publishers

mistake-error-erase-600 A reader has sent us examples of Google misattributing content from dozens of large online news publications, with hundreds thousands of examples of Google indexing URLs and pages, but that content being pulled from a different source. For example, if you search for [hometownlocator site:post-gazette.com], the first result is local.post-gazette.com/boardman+florist.9.125954212p.home.html: If you look at the cached result, it brings up a page from hometownlocator.com instead of from site:post-gazette.com. Here is the cached result: But when you click through it takes you to the [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts: Determining If Your Site Ranking Is Result Of A Penalty Is “Tricky”

matt-cutts-smx-2-featured Today's video from Google's head of webspam Matt Cutts tackles the question, "How can you tell if your site is suffering from an algorithmic penalty, or you are simply being outgunned by better content?" According to Cutts: It's kind of tricky because we have a large amount of algorithms that all interact, and whether you call something a penalty, or ranking change...any of those things can be really hard to draw a fine distinction between those different points. If you're wondering why your site's ranking has dropped, Cutts suggests first going to  Webmaster Tools to see if you have a p [...]


Nearly A Year Later, Google’s Penalty Notices Remain Confusing

confusion-maze-direction-600 Nearly a year after Google's Matt Cutts told us penalty notifications will get clearer, including more actual examples of what a problem is, it seems as if the notifications have gotten harder to understand. I spend a lot of time following penalties issued by Google through examples given to me via email, penalties publicizes on blogs and then examples posted in the Google webmaster forums, where people are confused. And in the past week, two good examples of experienced people and companies being confused have come up. Experienced SEO Company Confused Over Penalty Last week, an experien [...]


Google Slaps Greek Sites With Penalties

google-flyswatter-penalty-600 It appears that Google has taken action on spammers, potentially link spammers, in Greece recently. Matt Cutts, Google's head of search spam, responded on Twitter to a webmaster noticing that many websites in Greece received penalties. Matt responded saying "ah, you noticed the action in Greece?" Here is Matt's tweet: @realpoisom ah, you noticed the action in Greece? — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) March 24, 2014   It is unclear if this was a specific action around links or other search spam but based on the pattern we have seen from Google recently, in all likelihood, it is rel [...]


Selling Links To A Big Brand? Here’s Why You Don’t Tweet About It

quiet-shhh-600 Here's a lesson in how not to sell links. As Search Engine Roundtable pointed out this morning, someone named "Vince" from WebDesign.org is using Twitter to contact companies about renewing paid links that are about to expire. You can look at the @vitaliykoloswdl account and see numerous conversations about selling or renewing paid link agreements. The most notable conversation seems to be this one with T-Mobile, which started in February and has continued into this month (there are more tweets than shown on the screenshot below): At one point, "Vince" tells T-Mobile that there's [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts Implies MyBlogGuest Publishers Will Receive Penalties

matt-cutts-featured Google has taken action on a large guest blog network that we believe is MyBlogGuest.com. In fact, the owner of MyBlogGuest.com, Ann Smarty confirmed last night she received a penalty. Yesterday, there was confusion over if those publishers who participated in MyBlogGuest.com would also be penalized. I suspected they would be and it seems that is the case. We have Matt Cutts, Google's head of search spam, tweeting that it is likely and we have several publishers from the network claiming they have manual action notifications in their Webmaster Tools accounts as of yesterday. Here is Matt [...]


The Knowledge Graph: Should Your Content & Business Strategy Change?

google-knowledge-graph-featured Many articles have been written on the Google Knowledge Graph and its impact on SEO, but have you given thought to how the Knowledge Graph potentially impacts your content strategy -- or even your entire revenue model? For many publishers, it's time to take stock of how to work with the Knowledge Graph and how content strategy and revenue models may need to adjust with this shift in organic search. The Knowledge Graph was designed to provide information about people, places and things (i.e., entities). Google gathers information to supply answers via the Knowledge Graph from a variety [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts: We’ve Taken Action On A Large Guest Blog Network

google-flyswatter-penalty-600 Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced really early this morning on Twitter that Google has taken action on "a large guest blog network." Cutts previously warned the webmaster and SEO community that guest blogging is done, at least for SEO and link building purposes. Well, it might not have been done -- it obviously still had and has some impact on Google's algorithms for Google to have gone after and taken action on a large guest blog network. Here is Matt's tweet: Today we took action on a large guest blog network. A reminder about the spam risks of guest blogging: htt [...]


10 Key Takeaways From Meet The Search Engines @ SMX West

key-door-keyhole-600 Another SMX is in the books! This show definitely had one of the most engaged attendee groups I have ever seen at any conference in recent memory. The polite, attentive search engine marketers weren't there to just network and enjoy the San Jose sun. They were interested and looking for answers. And on day three of SMX West 2014, the Meet The Search Engines session delivered a lot of those answers. This panel is generally one of the crown jewel sessions at SMX and drew yet another big crowd. Bing's Duane Forrester (@duaneforrester) and Google's Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) were jovial, infor [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts Gives SEO Advice For Times When Your Products Go Out Of Stock

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 1.23.04 PM Google's Matt Cutts answered in a video what webmasters and site owners should do about their out of stock products on their e-commerce sites. Matt Cutts basically said it depends on the size of the e-commerce site. He broke it down into three sizes: small sites with tens of pages, medium sites with thousands of pages and massive sites with hundreds of thousands of pages or more. Small E-Commerce Sites Small sites that sell items, such as handmade furniture, that showcase a product that is out of stock should likely link to related products. This way the customer can see that this owner c [...]


Manual Spam Action Revoked! A Case Study

road-to-recovery-featured Checklists of how to get out of a Google penalty abound. Five things you should do, five things you shouldn't do, etc. But the number one thing you shouldn't do is ignore it. I want to tell you the story of a two-year long penalty, the steps we took and how something we never thought would work… finally did. No Impact On Organic Traffic The client was a purveyor of a highly competitive retail product -- one of the top in the world, with over 10 million visits per month. Back in July 2012, the client received the first notice that there were "unnatural links pointing to the site." But the c [...]


Ranking Benefit To Making Your Site SSL? Not Yet But Google’s Cutts Would Like To Make It Happen.

google-ssl-logo-1319029457 Google has been migrating all their properties to work over SSL over the past years and they are still working on that migration process. Google would like to see you make your site work over SSL as well. So much so that Matt Cutts said at SMX West that he would personally love to make it part of the ranking algorithm. Let me be clear, Matt Cutts, Google's head of search spam, did not say it is or it will be part of the ranking algorithm. But he did say that he personally would like to see it happen in 2014. Matt Cutts is a senior Google search engineer that has opinions that matter, so I w [...]


Google Penalizes Italian & Spanish Link Networks

google-cop-busted-featured As promised, Google has taken manual action to penalize link networks in Italy and Spain. It was just four days ago that Google warned webmasters in those two countries about its rules on paid links and willingness to take action against websites that violate those rules. The penalties were announced separately on Friday by Google employees outside the U.S., and later retweeted by Matt Cutts, the head of Google's webspam team. First up was Giacomo Gnecchi, a member of Google's search quality team based in Dublin, who tweeted the news (in Italian) about the Italian link network penalty [...]


Google Penalizes Two German Link Networks; One Being efamous

google-flyswatter-penalty-600 Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced on Twitter today that they have penalized and taken action on two additional German link networks. He mentioned one by name: efamous. efamous looks like a typical ad network, but I guess they passed PageRank through their link network, which is against Google's guidelines. Cutts also said they went after another "German agency network," but did not disclose which one that was. Here is Matt's tweet: Today we're taking action on a German link network (efamous) and a German agency network that violate our guidelines. — Matt Cutts (@m [...]


Yes, Google Does Have & Use Author Rank; Specifically Within In-Depth Articles

google-knowledge-mortar-board-graduation Google's Matt Cutts confirmed on stage at Search Marketing Expo today that Google does have a form of "Author Rank" in use today at Google. It is specifically used within the in-depth articles system to determine which articles to show in the In-Depth articles section. This question was prompted by a tweet from Matt Cutts: @marktraphagen to be fair, it does come into play in some ways. For example, in-depth articles use that data, I'm pretty sure. — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) March 12, 2014   Matt confirmed again, on stage that this is indeed true. We are also expecting Googl [...]


Google Working On A Softer & Gentler Panda Algorithm To Help Small Businesses

panda-and-baby Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced at Search Marketing Expo that his search team is working the "next generation" Panda update that would appear to many as being softer. Cutts explained that this new Panda update should have a direct impact on helping small businesses do better. One Googler on his team is specifically working on ways to help small web sites and businesses do better in the Google search results. This next generation update to Panda is one specific algorithmic change that should have a positive impact on the smaller businesses. Matt Cutts didn't mention [...]


Up-Close @ SMX West: Life After “Not Provided”

keywords-not-provided-featured Last September, Google confirmed it was encrypting search term information, rendering previously available keyword data "not provided" and leaving many website owners in the dark. While most SEO professionals managed the loss of search terms without suffering major disruptions in their SEO efforts, SMX West's "Life After Not Provided" panel offered tactical insights for those who felt as if Google had taken away their flashlight. Moderated by Search Engine Land's executive features editor Pamela Parker, the "Life After Not Provided" panelists included Catalyst's director of SEO operation [...]


Google Reviewing “Not Provided,” Withholding Keywords From Organic But Not Paid Search Clicks

not-provided-featured When Google moved to secure search in October 2011, it was a blow to publishers, who began losing data about the search terms used to reach their sites. It also opened Google up to claims of hypocrisy, in that advertisers continued to receive the terms. Now, Google says it's reexamining the issue and seeking a better solution. Will clicks on non-paid listings go back to passing along search term data again? Will ad clicks have that withheld? Google didn't say either way, and there could be other possibilities, as well. Google Looking For Solution The news came out of a keynote convers [...]


Live Blog: Head Of Google Search Amit Singhal Keynote At SMX West 2014

amit-danny-smx-west Good evening/afternoon (or early morning for our European readers!) from sunny San Jose, Calif., where day one of our SMX West conference is almost finished. We're wrapping up the Marketing Land Digital Marketing Summit with a keynote conversation between Google's Amit Singhal and Danny Sullivan, founding editor of both Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. Singhal has overseen Google's search engine ranking algorithms since 2000. From the Knowledge Graph, to Google Voice Search, to Google's new "Hummingbird" algorithm update, no one has better insight into Google's many methods of trying [...]


How 90s HTML Coding Will Save The SEO World In 2014

Sprite sheets are a cutting edge technique for mobile SEO strategies.

A surprising blast from the coding past has been making a comeback via SEO, and is frequently making its way into the core of advanced responsive design thinking: the humble sprite.


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