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Report: Google To Block Paid Search Keyword Data With Not Provided; Like Organic “Not Provided”

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There are reports we are receiving from a few sources, including AJ Ghergich who posted it on his blog, that Google will soon stop passing keyword data to analytics software, even for AdWords advertisers. We expected changes to not provided in the near future, and based on these reports, the likelihood of advertisers being stripped […]


Google: News Sites May Have Seen A Decline In GoogleBot Crawling In March

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Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted that news related sites, such as this one, may have noticed a drop in the crawl statistics within Google Webmaster Tools. If you did notice that drop, Matt says you do not need to worry. Google News added if-modified-since support in March, which would be the reason for the crawl changes. […]


AdWords Editor Version 10.4 Arrives With Bid Strategies Support

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The PPC Twittersphere lit up today with word that Google dropped the latest version of AdWords Editor today. Here’s the lowdown on what’s new in Version 10.4. Bids and Bid Strategies: Much awaited, AdWords Editor now supports flexible bidding strategies. Users can update bid strategies down to the keyword level, apply flexible bid strategies from […]


Hotel Search Upgrade: Google Licenses Room 77 Platform

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Despite its controversial $700 million acquisition of travel software company ITA several years ago and the launch of Google’s Hotel Finder site, Google has yet to emerge as a force in online travel. That may all be about to change. Bloomberg reported yesterday that Google “is licensing hotel-booking software from Room 77 Inc.” The news […]


Google’s Penguin Algorithm Comes In Different Levels Of Degrees?

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It may be the case that some sites impacted by Google’s Penguin update may not be as impacted as the next. Meaning, Google’s algorithms may apply a different degree of the Penguin update (which may feel like a penalty) to one site over another. Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, posted on Twitter a […]


Google Takes Action On Seven Link Networks In Japan

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Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced on Twitter this morning that Google has “taken action” on seven different link networks in Japan. Over the past several months, Google has not only been manual taking action against link networks or link schemes in the US, but they have been widening their efforts across the […]


Google Updates Its Privacy Policy

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You may have noticed Google’s Privacy Policy has been updated as of March 31, with a red letter “Updated” call-out the site’s home page preceding Google’s Privacy & Terms link. This is the first time the company has updated the policy this year, following an update in December of 2013. There were only two updates […]


How Long Can RetailMeNot’s “SEO Empire” Survive?

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RetailMeNot is having remarkable SEO success. According to an analysis by Priceonomics, RetailMeNot is first for numerous coupon-related and “promo code” searches — an amazing 71 percent of the time. This is what the company said based on an analysis of nearly 300 coupon-related keywords: RetailMeNot ranks first in Google search results for an astounding […]


Google AdWords Call Conversions To Get More Granular, Enable Target ROAS Bidding

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Google is continuing to refine the way advertisers can track and optimize for conversion tracking events in AdWords. Last week, advertisers using call extensions and tracking call conversions were alerted that, at the end of April, they’ll be able to split call conversions up based on call length. The new call conversion tracking capabilities will […]


Bing Testing New Search Results Design

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Bing is testing a new search results layout that changes the color of the logo from gray to the yellow/orange, changes the color of the search button and removes the gray background color from the right side rail. Bing has also cleaned up the interface, giving it a tighter but more open look, while keeping […]


Google Gets Another Street View Privacy Fine — In Italy

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It seems like each European country is taking its turn fining Google for some privacy infraction. This time, it’s Italy and involves Street View. Google has reportedly paid a roughly $1.4 million (1 million EUR) fine. According a story in Reuters, the issue this time was the failure to clearly mark Street View cars during […]


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

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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 […]


Google Fixing Reverse DNS GoogleBot Verification

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Google has confirmed that there are some GoogleBot useragent spiders not properly passing verification protocol. Savvy webmasters noticed that GoogleBot over the .249.70.0 /24 IP range was not returning the proper reverse DNS verification details. The response given was “no such host is known,” but the activity webmasters noticed was that it did appear to […]


Google’s Matt Cutts: We Can Improve Our Algorithms For Authorities On Topics

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In an interesting video released by Matt Cutts, Google’s head of webspam, Matt answers the question on how Google separates the concept of popularity from authority. The truth is, he answered that question quickly by saying popularity and authority are two different things. The example he gave was that porn sites are often way more […]


Part Siri, Part Google Now: Microsoft Announces “Cortana” Virtual Assistant

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Rumored for months, Microsoft has formally announced its answer to Apple’s Siri and Google’s Voice Search/Google Now: Cortana. Danny Sullivan is at the Microsoft Build Conference and live blogging it. Cortana appears to be sassy like Siri and can perform many of the functions that Google Now does (providing reminders and notifications regarding dates, meetings and […]


Google Adds Shopping Campaigns Features, Says Regular PLA Campaigns To Sunset In August 2014

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Google introduced Shopping campaigns to all advertisers running Product Listing Ads (PLAs) in February as a way to simplify PLA set up and management. Today, Google announced some new features that have been rolling out in response to advertiser feedback, and they laid out the succession plan for Shopping campaigns to take over legacy PLA […]


Google Tests Product Images Within Organic Listings

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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 […]


No Joke: Google Maps Brings Back “Search Nearby” Feature

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You’re going to hear a lot of rejoicing when this news spreads: Google has returned the “search nearby” feature to Google Maps. #celebrate!!! Amidst all of today’s Google April Fools’ joke announcements, the company tweeted the feature’s resurrection earlier today. After doing a search on Google Maps, you can click again in the search box […]


Google’s Matt Cutts April Fools Video: No We Won’t Stop Changing; While Shirt Constantly Changes

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If you didn’t have enough April Fools day fun today, here is one more for you. In today’s video from Matt Cutts, Matt answered a real question from Dave in the UK, who asked, “When will Google stop updating its search results?” The answer was never! And to prove his point, Matt animated his shirt […]


Bing Snapshot Adds 150 Million New Entities & Relationships To Search Engine

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Dr. Richard Qian from the Bing Index and Knowledge Team announced that they’ve added an “additional 150 million entities” to power Bing’s Snapshot results. This is part of Microsoft Bing’s efforts to improve and grow their knowledge engine they named Satori. Most recently, they added tax help and famous people data to the engine. Now, […]


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