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November 12, 2015

Is Google about to Unplug Its Penguin?

Unplug Penguin Feature Square

TL;DR – A theory: The next Google Penguin update, expected to roll out before year’s end, will kill link spam outright by eliminating the signals of inorganic backlinks. Google will selectively pass link equity by topical relevance of linked sites, made possible by semantic analysis. Google will reward organic links and perhaps even mentions from authoritative sites in any niche. As a side effect, link-based negative SEO and Penguin “penalization” will be eliminated.

Is the end of link spam upon us? Read why we think it’s a good thing that Google is about to kill Penguin.

October 9, 2015

Millennial Expectations and Search Behavior Trends with Google’s Gary Illyes

Googler Gary Illyes_ Generation Y

Getting to know Millennials has been a hot topic at Pubcon Las Vegas 2015. Everyone’s talking about Millennials, including Google’s Gary Illyes (who’s a millennial himself!). He took the stage to deliver the grand finale keynote, and he’s going to tell us how Google is thinking about Millennials and how they’re shaping the future of search.

Read the liveblog report of Googler Gary Illyes’ keynote address at Pubcon Las Vegas 2015.

October 2, 2015

Google Now, Microsoft Cortana & the Predictive Search World – #SMX Liveblog

Predictive search signals

Google Now continues to grow and adapt to the way people search, and it’s important for search marketers to keep up. In this Day 1 SMX session, Cindy Krum covers these changes and what it means for marketers.
Our Liveblog is up.

October 1, 2015

Meet the Search Engines: Bing’s Duane Forrester and Google’s Gary Illyes Answer SEO Questions

Gary and Duane SMX East

Google and Bing are in the same hot seat as SMX East attendees get to ask them anything. Our liveblog covers this insightful session with Bing’s Duane Forrester and Google’s Gary Illyes and reveals big news about the latest Panda update from Gary.

Read our liveblog of Meet the Search Engines.

September 22, 2015

Shining a Light on iBeacon & Google Eddystone: Location-Aware Marketing Made Possible with BLE Technology


BLE technology, including Apple’s iBeacon and Google’s Eddystone — while most digital marketers have heard of it, have they harnessed it? Media Wyse CEO Casey Markee is speaking about the technology powering location-aware marketing next month at Pubcon Las Vegas.

Markee joined me for an interview on all things BLE this morning, starting off with the most important question: just what is this technology? From there, we looked at how BLE technology that makes location-aware alerts and offers possible, fits into the big picture of digital marketing, plus took a look at specific examples and case studies, and where the line between helpful and intrusive may be when it comes to beacons.

Check out the entire interview and/or read along here.

September 14, 2015

Gary Illyes: Panda Will Update Slowly with Refreshes, Penguin Updates Will Be Real-Time ━ Eventually

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Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes joined Bruce Clay for a candid chat about topics vital to SEO, including content for mobile, Gary’s dream of a world where everyone employs HTTPS, and the reality of the Phantom updates — plus plenty of talk about penalties and algorithm updates.

Here are key highlights right off the bat:

  • Panda updates will come slow with refreshes and Penguin updates will happen in real time
  • HTTPS can be seen as a tiebreaker between otherwise equal sites
  • Phantom was a core algorithm change
  • Google considers Panda part of the core algorithm now and does not think of it as a penalty
  • We are “months away” from the next Panda update

Watch the entire interview and/or read the transcript!

August 10, 2015

Google Local Search Results Now Dominated by Ads. Is It the End of Organic Local SEO?


Google local results shifted in two significant ways that local businesses and home service providers should take note of.

1. Fewer local organic results display on the first page.
Where last week seven local results were shown next to a map for a local-intent query, this week we see only three organic local listings by a map. As a result, local businesses ranked beyond the top three have no organic visibility.

2. Google is testing a new search ad format for home service providers.
Google is beta testing home service ads. To be included in this coveted space, service providers must meet the most stringent qualifications for advertisers yet, including background and license checks, online reputation checks and mystery shopping checks.

Read about how the changes impact local SEO.

July 15, 2015

FAQs on How to Use Google Search Console

FAQs: How to Use Google Search Console

Whether you’re new to Google Search Console (formerly called Google Webmaster Tools) or have been using it for years, you might have a question or two about its functionality and capabilities. In this article we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Google Search Console from our readers as well as some additional ones that we hope will make using the tools easier for you. Get your answers and learn how to use the Google Search Console.

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 3, 2015

SMX Liveblog: Keynote Conversation with Google AdWords VP Jerry Dischler


Jerry Dischler, who heads AdWords, is full of contagious energy as he gears up to talk about what’s working and what’s not in search ads and AdWords in this morning’s keynote conversation. Whenever there’s a Googler onstage, the crowd is packed and this session is no exception.

Everyone wants to know the latest news in paid search, and Dischler won’t disappoint as he delves into topics near and dear to search marketers hearts, including:

  • How advertisers can capitalize on the opportunity of Micromoments
  • The future of text ads and buy buttons
  • Advances in attribution models
  • And how marketers are marrying online and in-store strategy

Facilitated by Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan and Search Land Paid Search Correspondent Ginny Marvin, the keynote conversation transpired as follows. Read the liveblog coverage of a Keynote Conversation with Google AdWords VP Jerry Dischler.

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