SearchCap: Google Webmaster Tools Removal Notices, Panda Slaps Yahoo & Changed Links Less Trusted

scap240pxBelow is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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  • Panda Strikes Again: Yahoo Voices & The Yahoo Contributor Network Closing Down Yahoo has announced another round of product cuts and changes, all part of what it calls a continued effort on “furthering our focus.” The most notable cut announced today is the upcoming closure of both Yahoo Voices (voices.yahoo.com) and the Yahoo Contributor Network (contributor.yahoo.com). The former is Yahoo’s home for user-generated articles; the latter is […]
  • Former Googler: Links That Change Are Trusted Less By Google’s Algorithms A former member of the Google search quality and web spam team, Pedro Dias, said publicly on Twitter yesterday that “Google is less likely to trust a link once it has changed from the first time it was seen.” So if you changed the anchor text or URL path of the link, the value and […]
  • VIDEO + SLIDESHOW: Managing Search, Managing Change About the only constant in the life of a search marketer is change. Changing algorithms, changing products and features, new online marketing channels… but there are other important changes that are vital to manage, such as developing new sites and acquisitions, handling corporate restructuring, on–boarding new leadership, helping team members in transition, and much more. […]
  • Survey: Mobile Dominates Vacation Search Queries Local SEO provider Placeable, which competes with a range of companies in the increasingly crowded national-local segment, has released new travel-related survey data. The study’s findings, at least as presented, don’t tell an entirely coherent story about user behavior however. Basically the survey says that travelers rely heavily on search — mobile search in […]
  • Report: Apple Accelerating Crowdsourced Maps Improvements According to a couple of reports (Reddit and MacRumors), Apple has stepped up the pace of map-data corrections and improvements. The MacRumors report, from a couple of weeks ago, says that changes are being implemented weekly. The Reddit thread says they’re happening nightly — at 3 a.m. Eastern: Over the past month, Maps were being […]
  • A Glimpse Into The Future Of Search With Futurist Ramez Naam In the process of working on the upcoming third edition of The Art of SEO, I had the pleasure of discussing the Future of Search with Ramez Naam. Ramez is a futurist, a best-selling author (check out his science fiction novels Nexus and Crux and his newest nonfiction book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas […]
  • Search Engine Marketing Helps Drive Back-to-School Sales Summer may just be starting, but advertisers that want to do well this back-to-school shopping season need to plan now to make the most of this really impressive annual consumer shopping event. In fact, at an estimated $72.5 billion in combined back-to-school and back to college spending in 2013 [1], this is the second-largest retail event […]
  • Google Notifying Publishers For Right To Be Forgotten Removals Now that Google has been removing results from the European versions of Google in response to the EU’s Right To Be Forgotten requirements, many webmasters are now receiving notifications of these removals. Last night, around 10 p.m. EST, I received a notification for a site I have verified Webmaster Tools access from. The notice read: […]
  • Bing Ads Doubles Number Of Keywords Advertisers Can Review In UI To Support Larger Accounts Bing Ads has takenanother step toward supporting larger accounts. Yesterday, the ad network announced it had updated its user interface so that advertisers can now review accounts with up to 100,000 keywords in the Keyword Tab. As part of the updates, ad groups and tabs have also been configured to support the increased amount […]

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