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How Google’s New “Right To Be Forgotten” Form Works: An Explainer

google-eu-featured Google has taken a big step forward in complying with the European Union's new "Right To Be Forgotten" that was established after a court ruling earlier this month. The company has created a new form allowing those in the EU to request takedown of URLs they dislike. Removals will only happen for EU-versions of Google, and there will be disclosure in Google's results when listings are dropped. How The Form Works [caption id="attachment_192887" align="alignright" width="353"] Google's Right To Be Forgotten Form[/caption] You'll find the new form here. It requires people to select one [...]


Google Authorship Goes Down Again, Twice In One Week

google-authorship-yes-image-1400675709 Google Authorship is once again down for the count, second time within a one-week period. Authorship is the image you see next to the Google results of those who wrote the article, blog post or news story. Normally, Google's search results are sprinkled with them, but now, no search results are showing the authorship rich snippet. Here is what authorship should look like next to a snippet: Here is what it looks like when Google takes it away. Last week, Thursday at 3:45 p.m. EST, authorship dropped out of the search results. Google fixed the issue within two hours. Now, aut [...]


Google Begins Rolling Out Panda 4.0 Now

google-panda-xcu-600 Google's Matt Cutts announced on Twitter that they have released version 4.0 of the Google Panda algorithm. Google's Panda algorithm is designed to prevent sites with poor quality content from working their way into Google’s top search results. But didn't Google stop updating us on Panda refreshes and updates since they are monthly rolling updates? Yes, but this is a bigger update. Panda 4.0 must be a major update to the actual algorithm versus just a data refresh. Meaning, Google has made changes to how Panda identifies sites and has released a new version of the algorithm toda [...]


Official: Google Payday Loan Algorithm 2.0 Launched: Targets “Very Spammy Queries”

spam-600 Google has confirmed they have released a new algorithm update to their Payday Loan Algorithm update over this weekend. This algorithm specifically targets "very spammy queries" and is unrelated to the Panda or Penguin algorithms. A Google spokesperson told us: Over the weekend we began rolling out a new algorithmic update. The update was neither Panda nor Penguin -- it was the next generation of an algorithm that originally rolled out last summer for very spammy queries. This comes with at no surprise to most SEOs and Webmasters who watch the space. There was a tremendous of rumors and s [...]


Google Search Results Snippet Overlay Descriptions May Use DMOZ Description

google-snippet-dmoz About a year ago, Google introduced a new feature in the search results that give you quick overlays on the search result so that you can learn more about the site you are about to click on before you click on it. Early on, the results of the data in the snippet came from Wikipedia but it seems now Google is sourcing some of their information from DMOZ. Alex Chitu spotted that a search for [google blog] returns the Google Blog but when you click on the arrow down, it shows a description from DMOZ. DMOZ is not the most updated source of information, which is why it is interesting t [...]


Those Google Ranking Shifts Are Not A Google Update, Google Denies Any Algorithmic Changes

google-algorithm-search-featured Over the past week or so, there has been a lot of various signals across the search community that Google's algorithms and rankings were updating; so much so that people were bracing themselves for a major Penguin or Panda-like algorithm announcement from Google. Google never made the announcement, and so I asked Google if anything was going on. Google told me that nothing was going on, that there is nothing going on at their end that would result in what is being reported by the community. Where are the reports? On May 2nd, I noticed a lot of discussion in the SEO forums about an update [...]


New Google Sports Knowledge Graph May Include NBA Video Recaps

google-nba-recap-video Search for [miami heat] on Google and you may not just see information about scores, schedules, standings and so on, but you may also see a video hosted on YouTube from the NBA with a game recap. Google is now showing video thumbnails in the NBA knowledge graph. The picture above shows how the result looks like today but when you click on the video, Google overlays a black background on top of the results and plays the full video on top of the search results. The video contains data on the top of it, including the teams that played, their standings and the final score, including thei [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts Regrets Not Acting Faster On Paid Links & Content Farms

matt-cutts-google-regrets In Google's Matt Cutts latest video, he answers a question I personally asked about what he regrets, what decision he regrets making in the past related to webspam. My question specifically was: Was there a key moment in your spam fighting career where you made a mistake that you regret, related to spam? Matt answered it in than four minutes explained he regrets not acting sooner on (1) paid links and (2) content farms. Google's Paid Links Regret Matt explained that several years ago at a search conference in San Jose, a well-known SEO told him that paid links are too common and there [...]


Google Search App Adds Reminders For Where You Parked Your Car

Google iOS Search App Android Authority reports Google's latest update to the Android version of the Google Search App has a new feature to remember where you parked your car and then give you directions on how to go back to that location. Parking at large venues, malls, or big cities, can often get confusing at times. You often see those people walking around the parking lot, clicking the lock and unlock buttons on their keys, to trigger a sound or flash on their car so they can find out where they parked their car. How it works is that when you park your car, Google will ask you if you want to save this loc [...]


Coupons, Coupon Codes, Promo Codes…When Content Is NOT King

coupons-discounts-600 A few years ago, I did some work for a comparison shopping/coupon website. Curious about how well the site was doing in regard to their SEO, I did a few search queries for some of the terms I remembered being big traffic drivers. I didn't see my former client on page one for the first few queries, so I kept going. Eventually, I noticed the following: Clicking the above result brought me to the page below (you can click for a larger version): [caption id="attachment_189607" align="aligncenter" width="600"] (Click to enlarge.)[/caption] I was taken aback by the fact that a site [...]


Google Search Lets You Filter Restaurants By What’s Open Now, Price & More

filters austin Google announced you can now filter your restaurant searches by price, ratings, cuisine, and if it’s open right now. All you need to do is go to Google on your desktop or mobile device and search for [show me some restaurants in downtown Austin] or related searches, and Google will give you the ability to filter down the results by those characteristics. Here is a screen shot: If you are on your mobile device, and you found a place you want to eat at, all you need to do is say "OK Google, call..." and it will call the restaurant. This feature currently only works in the Unite [...]


Google Tests Video Search Results Without Thumbnail Images

google-homepage-search-600 For the longest time, videos found within Google's search results contained thumbnail images of a frame within the video. That is how Google has displayed richer search results, ever since the days of Universal Search. It seems like Google is testing making those video results a bit less rich by removing the video thumbnail image and replacing it with a small, gray, play button followed by the time of the video. Craig Gilhooly posted a screen shot of the new user interface test on Twitter. Here is a picture: Here is what it currently looks like to the average searcher: [...]


Google Responds To Misattributed Content Saying They May Show The Canonicalized URL

Google-Wall A few weeks ago, we reported on cases where Google was misattributing content for select news publishers. We showed examples of Google showing URLs of large news publishers but those URLs listed were not the source URLs and thus, redirecting from Google's search results to a completely different URL. Yesterday, a few weeks after we reported the issue, Google's Matt Cutts responded to us saying: In response to URL or site: queries, we occasionally show URLs that would otherwise be canonicalized to a different URL. What Matt is explaining is that at one point, the URLs in the example set [...]


Google App Indexing Adds 24 Android Apps & Expands To All English Content Worldwide

google-apps-featured On October 31st, Google announced they are now supporting a new feature named app indexing, which allows publishers to create links from Google's search results directly into the deep content within their Android apps. So if you search for something on your Android device and happen to see a result from a publisher where you also have their app on your device, clicking on that link will open the app and take you right to the content within the app that is related to your query. In December, the first apps started appearing to support app indexing, including the IMDb Android app. Google a [...]


Google Tests Product Images Within Organic Listings

google-organic-product-images-1396354303 It seems Google is testing showing product images in the organic, free search result listings, for certain e-commerce sites. This was first spotted in a Moz thread for a site that sells ski equipment named evo.com. Here is a picture of the organic listing that shows not just rich snippet data for pricing and stock but also a product image: I personally cannot reproduce this but some others can. We asked Google for a comment but have not heard back from them about this within 24 hours. We see these product images often in Google Product Listing Ads but never within the free listing [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts On How They Evaluate New Search Algorithms

matt-cutts-algo-change-eval Google Head of Search Spam Matt Cutts posted a video today answering how Google goes about evaluating which new search algorithms they use and which they throw away or adapt. The question was posed by James Foster of Sydney, Australia who asked: What are some of the metrics that Google uses to evaluate whether one iteration of the ranking algorithm is delivering better quality results to users than another? Matt Cutts breaks it down to about three steps of the evaluation process: (1) They test the algorithm offline, benchmarking how the results rank with the new algorithms and if the [...]


Five Days Later, It Looks Like Google Has Penalized Web Design Library For Selling Links

wdl-tmobile-link-tweets We all saw this one coming: Web Design Library, the website that was using Twitter to renew paid links last week, appears to have earned a Google penalty. While I was researching last week's article, I saw the site ranking at No. 8 for the term web design. Today, I'm seeing it at No. 48 for that same query. But the more obvious indicator of a penalty is that the site no longer ranks for its own name, Web Design Library. If you missed the original story, someone using the name "Vince" and tweeting from the @vitaliykoloswdl account was reaching out via Twitter to renew paid link agr [...]


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 [...]


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 Can Now Solve Your Geometry Math Questions

google-geometry Google has quietly upgraded their search calculator to not just answer your basic math questions or graphical or 3D math questions; now, it can do your geometry homework. You can ask Google geometry related questions and it will solve them for you, such as [perimeter of a trapezoid]: As Alex Chitu notes, you can also search for these geometry questions: [solve triangle] [area of a circle] [volume of a sphere] [perimeter of a trapezoid] [area of a pentagon] [hypotenuse calculator] [triangular prism volume] [calculate the diagonal of a cube with 6mm edge] [volume of [...]


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