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SEO: New Top-Level Domains (Still) Won't Rank Better

Google has spoken out to debunk rumours claiming new top-level domains (TLDs) are shortcuts to better rankings. John Mueller, webmaster trends analyst, quietly shouted down the gossipers in a Google+ post last Thursday. He wrote: “There still is no inherent ranking advantage to using the new TLDs. They can perform well in search, just like […]

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Never-Ending Penguin: Google Confirms 'Continuous' Penguin Updates

Yesterday, we reported that Google may be continually updating its spam-fighting Penguin algorithm in the run up to Christmas, as part of Penguin 3.0’s “slow worldwide rollout”. According to Search Engine Land, this has turned out to be true. But rather than a ‘slow’ rollout, Penguin 3.0 is being continually updated, with no “distinct end-point” […]

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SEO: Is Google Repeatedly Updating Penguin in the Run Up to Christmas?

Google is pushing out repeated ‘refreshes’ of its Penguin algorithm over the holiday period, theorises Search Engine Land’s Barry Schwartz. Schwartz has tracked Google ranking fluctuations, discovering unusual activity on Tuesday 2 December, Friday 5 December and Saturday 6 December – as well as on Thanksgiving Day. Google dismissed the Thanksgiving ‘update’ as being part […]

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Local SEO: Google Maps Updates and 'Clarifies' Local Pages Guidelines

Google has updated its ‘Guidelines for representing your business on Google’, which lay out best practices for businesses creating local pages on Google Maps. The update was announced on Monday by Jade Wang, community manager for Google My Business, who posted the following message on the Google Product Forums: We’ve updated and clarified our quality […]

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SEO: Six Weeks Later, Penguin 3.0 Still Rolling Out Says Google

Shortly after its latest Penguin update launched on October 17, Google’s Pierre Far told the world to expect a “slow worldwide rollout, so you may notice it settling down over the next few weeks”. Well, things have certainly been slow. Yesterday, Search Engine Land reported that Google had confirmed the webspam-tackling update was still rolling […]

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Google's New 'Mobile Friendly' Label May Come With Ranking Boost

Google has officially launched its ‘mobile-friendly’ label in mobile search results, and says it is experimenting with using the label as a ranking signal. The official announcement, made via its Webmaster Central Blog yesterday, comes after weeks of testing – with Google trying out several variations of the label, including ‘mobile-unfriendly’ icons. Google says the […]

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Google: Penguin 3.0 STILL Rolling Out, Actually

Yesterday we reported that Google’s John Mueller had confirmed the new version of the Penguin algorithm had finished rolling out. “As far as I know,” he said in a Webmaster Hangout, “it has rolled out completely.” However, according to Search Engine Land, Mueller retracted that statement a few hours later. So, what’s going on? A […]

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Google: Penguin 3.0 Algorithm Update is Complete

Following significant speculation over the past weeks, Google has officially confirmed it has finished rolling out the latest update to its Penguin algorithm – Penguin 3.0. A Google representative confirmed to Search Engine Land that the update – the first in more than a year – rolled out last Friday (October 17). Then in a […]

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SEO: Mobile User Experience to Impact Google Rankings?

Google may be taking mobile user experience into account when calculating rankings for pages, posits Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Land. As confirmed back in May, Google’s spiders can now “see what users see” when crawling a page, rather than just its underlying code. And according to Schwartz, Google’s Gary Illyes at Search Marketing Expo […]

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Google's 'Toolbar PageRank' May Be Gone For Good

Google appears to have confirmed it will no longer be updating the PageRank indicator in Google Toolbar, commonly known as ‘Toolbar PageRank’. In a Webmaster Hangout video posted on Monday, Google Switzerland’s John Mueller said: “We will probably not be updating [PageRank] going forward, at least in the Toolbar PageRank.” Toolbar PageRank – the publicly […]

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