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Google Pirate Update Rolls Out After Criticism of Anti-Piracy Efforts

Google’s Pirate Update has most likely rolled out, based on reports by TorrentFreak. Pirate Update is a search filter designed to penalise sites that violate copyright legislation, such as torrent sites. It was first rolled out in 2012, but has seemingly remained unaltered in the two years since. However, on Friday last week Google announced [...]

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Google Tests 'Mobile Unfriendly' Icons in Mobile SERPs

Just last week we reported that Google may be planning to use mobile user experience as a ranking factor. In what appears to be a further step towards this goal, the search engine is now testing ‘mobile unfriendly’ icons in mobile SERPs. As pointed out by Search Engine Watch’s Yuyu Chen, the new feature appears [...]

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New Google Panda Update (4.1) is Rolling Out Right Now

Google has confirmed a new and “improved” Panda algorithm update is in the process of rolling out, according to an employee’s Google+ post. Pierre Far of Google UK wrote: “Earlier this week, we started a slow rollout of an improved Panda algorithm, and we expect to have everything done sometime next week.” Panda, which first [...]

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Structured Snippets Go Live in Google Search

Google has announced the introduction of Structured Snippets – short snippets of factual information displayed alongside web search results. The new feature was first spotted in the wild by Alex Chitu at Google Operating System over two weeks ago. However, Google’s announcement on its Research Blog yesterday means the feature is now out of its [...]

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SEO Rumour Roundup: Penguin 3.0 in Time for Christmas?

Could the long-rumoured ‘3.0’ update to Google’s Penguin algorithm finally be about to happen? The answer is a fairly confident ‘yes’, direct from the horse’s mouth. In a Google Webmaster Central office hours hangout on September 12, Webmaster Trends analyst John Mueller said: “My guess is yes,” before rushing in with the caveat “as always, [...]

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Bing and Yahoo! Test New Mobile-Friendly Designs

Bing and Yahoo! are test-driving radical new designs, reports Search Engine Watch. Both search engines appear to be aiming to improve user experiences for mobile web users, featuring card-like SERP designs reminiscent of Google. Yahoo!’s new look features arguably the most extensive changes, with distinct cards containing search results, images, related searches and ads. All [...]

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SEO: Google's Knowledge Graph Successor Will Be "Largest Store of Knowledge in Human History"

Google is in the process of building a successor to its Knowledge Graph, and it will be the “largest store of knowledge in human history,” according to New Scientist. The system, known as Knowledge Vault, automatically gathers facts from around the web and uses machine learning to turn the data into useful information. No human [...]

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SEO: Bing Now Recognises Conversations in Search

Bing has bolstered its context-specific search technology by allowing users to engage in a ‘conversation’ while searching. The Microsoft search engine already recognises questions like “Who is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?”, and displays relevant information from its knowledge base. In this case, ‘David Cameron’. The new innovation, announced in a blog post [...]

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Google To Update Google Shopping Feed To Help Merchants

Google is updating its Google Shopping feed requirements to bring things in line with changes to the Shopping service itself. A number of changes have occurred over the last year to Shopping, with a variety of new ad formats and a new campaign type added. Now Google is aiming to provide merchants with more flexibility [...]

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