Remember the good old days of Google Bombing? Back when George W Bush’s bio page at the White House was ranked #1 for “miserable failure”? Well, this is something we haven’t seen for a while, and it is largely thought that this practice would no longer work, but as the Vatican reported to Google a few days ago, it still does. Read more…
Today in court Google won out over Viacom’s $1 Billion lawsuit, essentially showing that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement.
Viacom had sued YouTube over copyright infringement relating to the many video clips of various Viacom owned programming posted to the video sharing site. While Google has won a “motion for summary judgment” Viacom can still appeal if they choose to do so.
Over at the Google Webmaster Central Blog, Kaspar Szymanski has published a post about quality links. One of the most popular questions Google tends to receive is what are the best practices for organic link building. In this post Kaspar explains Googles viewpoint on the issue.
There are no breakthrough techniques listed in the Google post, but every little bit of insight can certainly add up.e sure to check out the full post, but here are some of the main points covered. Read more…
Last month Google announced the launch of a secure beta version to help all of those searchers out there who are uber-concerned with security and privacy. The secure version currently only works for standard searches and has not yet been rolled out to image search and other features.
For those who are deep into their analytics, this may have an impact on the data you are analyzing. Today you will likely see little to no evidence of this, but in the future it just may have an impact and start to confuse the heck out of you. Read more…
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We will be back to normal hours on Tuesday May 25th.
When doing a search for “Victoria BC Lawyer”, in the Local Business results I found that only one of the seven results were actually for law offices! The remaining 6 were for doctors as well as a government publishing office.
One would think that Google has been doing this long enough to not make such a big error – 1 out of 7 results relevant to the search? That’s pretty poor if you ask me.
Over at Yahoo they seem to be running into some technical difficulties. Regardless of the search phrase used, organic results are not appearing and the error message “We had temporary problems searching for web pages. Search again for <phrase> or type a new query above.
Regardless of the search phrase I tried, I continued to receive this error.
Interestingly enough, sponsored links continued to appear. Anyone else having these same issues this morning? There is not word out yet as far as what is causing this issue or how widespread it is.
Well it’s official. Google is now incorporating site load speed into its ranking algorithm according to a Webmaster Central Blog post earlier this morning.
There has been chatter about this addition being in the works for some time, and if you ask me, its one that will significantly help to improve the overall quality of search results and end user experience. Read more…
Yesterday Google announced in the Webmaster Central blog the added expansion for images within XML Sitemaps.
By expanding your XML Sitemap to include images in the new format, this will allow Google to easily learn which images you consider important. With image related queries being performed at Google every day, this extra step may help you to benefit from a bit of increased image related traffic. Read more…