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June 5, 2015

Google Wants You to Make Your Site Faster or They’ll Do It For You. Will You Like the Result?


In April, around the time of Google’s “Mobbilegeddon” mobile ranking update, the search engine announced another mobile optimization in testing. Via the Webmaster Central Blog, Google said they’d “developed a way to optimize pages to be faster and lighter, while preserving most of the relevant content.” In other words, if you don’t optimize your site so that it loads quickly for mobile devices, Google will try to do it for you.

Called transcoding, Google says it’s a feature intended to help deliver results quickly to searchers on slow mobile connections. Google’s early tests show that transcoding returns pages with 80 percent fewer bytes and 50 percent faster load times. Indonesia has been the staging ground for early field tests, displaying transcoded sites when a mobile searcher is on a slow connection, like 2G.

Sounds cool, right? Now website owners and SEOs don’t need to worry about optimizing sites to be fast; Google is going to do it for us! What a magnanimous thing for Google to do. Except that there are a couple of reasons that this should give developers and webmasters pause.

Read about the pros and cons of Google’s new low bandwidth transcoder.

June 2, 2015

SEO AMA: Googler Gary Illyes Answers Burning Search Questions at #SMX Advanced


Googler Gary Illyes sits, cool and collected, on the SMX Advanced stage. Across from him is Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan. Sullivan is about to ask Illyes anything and everything digital marketers have been dying to know in this “Ask Me Anything” session. In the weeks prior to SMX, SEOs have been sending in their questions. Sullivan will ask Illyes those questions and anything else he sees fit to quiz the Google Webmaster Trends Analyst on.

It seems like every SMX attendee is in the standing-room only audience. Read on to find out everything Illyes had to say, including his insights on:

  • Mobilegeddon (a term, for the record, that he hates)
  • The Quality Update
  • When to expect the next updates of Panda and Penguin
  • App indexing

Read SEO AMA: Googler Gary Illyes Answers Questions at SMX.

SMX Liveblog: Mobile Is Still the New Black Says Google’s Gary Illyes


April 21, 2015 arrived with a bang. Google announced it was the day that mobile-friendliness would officially be a ranking signal for Google mobile search results. That day, dubbed “Mobilegeddon,” wasn’t the the day search marketing changed, however. Improving a website’s experience for mobile users has been an SEO mission a long time in the making. SMX Advanced speakers, including a Google representative, share thoughts on improving a site in light of Google’s mobile-friendly update.

Read the liveblog coverage of the SMX Advanced session Mobilegeddon! Surviving Google’s Mobile Friendly Update.

June 1, 2015

Introducing DisavowFiles: Free Crowdsourced Tool Brings Google Disavow Link Data to Light

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Ever wonder what’s inside the search engines’ black box of disavowed backlink data?

Google and Bing are the only parties who can see the disavow data given to them by site owners. We, the webmaster community, can’t access this data to help us make informed decisions when vetting backlinks, researching sites, or creating our own disavow files.

Let’s change that.

Today we’re launching DisavowFiles, a free, crowdsourced tool aimed at bringing transparency to disavow data. Sign up for free at

Read the post on the reports, features and, of course, privacy and anonymity of

May 27, 2015

The Complete Guide to Disavowing Links for Google and Bing

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The search engines’ disavow links tools are needed in today’s link penalty environment. As with all powerful tools, they come with questions about proper use and concerns for abuse. It doesn’t help that site owners have no insight into disavow data held by Google and Bing. As is often the case, SEOs have become comfortable with the unknown.

Are you at risk for a Penguin penalty? What about in the next update?

Are you a victim of negative SEO? Are you sure?

How do you know if you have backlinks that others have disavowed?

Would you like to know if another site has disavowed your pages?

On Monday, June 1, we announced the launch of our DisavowLinks service, a new tool that complements and brings transparency to disavow data. Shared at SMX Advanced, the crowdsourced tool was buzzed upon as it provides the search marketing community with much-needed balance to data ownership. Read more about the DisavowLinks tool.

In the meantime, let’s talk about the whys, whens and hows of the search engines’ tools for disavowing links. For steps on disavowing links with both Google and Bing, read the complete disavow link guide.

April 28, 2015

The Comprehensive Mobile-Friendly SEO Guide for Business Owners Post-April 21st #Mobilegeddon

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Are you a hands-on small business owner managing your own digital marketing grappling with Google’s April 21st mobile-friendly update? We’re here to help. This article is your go-to guide for dealing with the aftermath of Google’s April 21st update. We’re one week out from Google’s latest major algorithm update and that means it’s time to dive into data and plan ahead — because even if the mobile-friendly update boosted your mobile traffic, we know search engine optimization is never complete.

Read on for post-April 21st advice! This guide discusses everything a hands-on business owner needs to know about improving your website’s appearance in mobile search results:

  • Creating a mobile baseline report in Google Webmaster Tools
  • Learning how to determine how your site was impacted
  • The mobile-friendly label vs. other SERP annotations
  • How to edit the new mobile breadcrumb URLs

Read more of The Comprehensive Mobile-Friendly SEO Guide for Business Owners Post-April 21st.

April 20, 2015

Google’s New Mobile Breadcrumb URLs: Making the Most of Your Site Name & URL Structure

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Google announced two more changes last week to the way URLs are displayed in mobile search results:

  • Mobile search results no longer show the actual page URL, but instead show a breadcrumbs-like format of the URL structure. This is rolling out worldwide.
  • The breadcrumbs-like information can show the site name in place of the domain name. This is rolling out in the U.S. only for now.

You can specifically control how the breadcrumb URL for your search results will appear if you add markup to the HTML on your pages. Read more of Google’s New Mobile Breadcrumb URLs: Making the Most of Your Site Name & URL Structure

April 15, 2015

Why Is My Mobile-Friendly Label Missing in Google Search Results?

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As the April 21st deadline to make your site mobile-friendly approaches, many sites are checking to see if their pages get the “mobile-friendly” annotation. Those two words are Google’s promise to searchers that a result meets a certain standard of usability that mobile surfers are starting to expect.

What’s concerning is that sometimes the label doesn’t show up — even though Google’s own Mobile-Friendly Test declares “Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly.” In working with clients and through research, we’ve uncovered little-discussed reasons why a mobile-friendly annotation may not show up despite a page’s being fully optimized for mobile browsing.

Read more of Why Is My Mobile-Friendly Label Missing in Google Search Results?

April 7, 2015

Introducing SEOToolSet Lite: A Free SEO Tools Suite

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You may have heard of the SEOToolSet®. SEOs have been using it for technical and organic search engine optimization since 1997.

But have you heard of the free SEOToolSet — SEOToolSet Lite?

In March we rolled out the newest generation of the SEOToolSet, built from the ground up and full of new tools our SEO analysts asked for and vetted. SEOToolSet 6 has two tiers — Lite and Pro, and today we want to introduce you to the tools available to you for free in SEOToolSet Lite. There’s no credit card required to sign up for SEOToolSet Lite, and there’s no software to download. Just create a username and password, supply an email, and get instant access to four diagnostic tools for a single website project.

Learn about the tools available to you in SEOToolSet Lite: A Free SEO Tools Suite from Bruce Clay, Inc.

March 30, 2015

Oh, the Challenges SEO Tools Can Solve – Announcing SEOToolSet 6

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The SEOToolSet® is a suite of organic optimization tools built by SEOs, for SEOs. We created these tools to help us do our jobs better and we hope, in turn, they can help you do your job better, too.

Today we’re launching SEOToolSet 6, the sixth generation of our tools. From the first-ever web page analysis program that Bruce Clay himself wrote in 1997 until now, our SEO software has always had a singular goal: Give SEOs the tools they need to increase a website’s visibility in search.

The SEOToolSet is unique because it focuses entirely on search engine optimization. See how these tools help solve the challenges SEOs face every day, such as:

  1. Have reports that monitor and prove SEO progress.
  2. Figure out what’s “natural” among top-ranked competitors.
  3. Efficiently find missing meta tags, duplicate titles, and problems with canonical elements.

Read more of Oh, the Challenges SEO Tools can Solve

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