Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Google's Matt Cutts On Telling If Your Site Was Hit By Algorithm

The truth is, for an experienced SEO, this video sheds nothing new about the question on determining if your site was hit by an algorithm or not.
In short, the best way to tell if you were hit by a Google algorithm such as Panda or Penguin, is to see your analytics and see if you had a major dive in traffic from Google on a specific day. If so, then write down that date, go to our Google updates section here and see if the date corresponds with anything reported here. If not, then you are out of luck. Well, not exactly.
Matt describes three reasons why a ranking drop might occur:
(1) Manual Actions
(2) Crawling Errors or Issues
(3) Algorithmic Penalty

(1) Manual actions show a notification in Google Webmaster Tools, so it is clear cut, Matt said.
(2) Crawl errors also are likely to show in Google Webmaster Tools, often clear cut also.
(3) Algorithmic penalties are not thought of as a penalty, they are algorithms for ranking. General quality and algorithms will determine rankings. So it is hard to tell if an algorithm is hurting you. But Google will communicate large scale algorithm changes, such as Panda or Penguin. They will tell you on what date they run, this way you can check the date and see if that algorithm had an impact on your site.
But as you improve your site and the algorithms run, your rankings can improve.
Here is the video:

At WebmasterWorld, GoodROI, the administrator, said:
For people (especially newbies) having trouble making money online they should remember most things are interconnected. For example if you publish poor content it will lead to weak link development because no one likes linking to poor content. There are ripple effects when working on different parts of your site.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Title Tag Guidelines & Preview Tool

Google's recent SERP redesign may not seem like a big deal to the casual observer, but at least one change could have a real impact on SEOs. This post will explore the impact of the redesign on title tags, and define a new, data-driven length limit, but first, a new tool...

Title tag preview tool (2014 edition)

Pardon the reverse order of this post, but we wanted to put the tool first for repeat visitors. Just enter your title and the search query keywords (for highlighting) below to preview your result in the redesign:
Enter Your Full Title Text:
Enter Search Phrase (optional):
I'm really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best
This is your page description. The font and size of the description has not changed in the latest redesign. Descriptions get cut off after roughly 160 characters ...

Note: Enter keyword phrases as natural queries, without commas. This preview tool only highlights exact-match text (not related concepts) and is only intended as an approximation of actual Google results.

How the redesign impacts titles

Google's redesign increased the font size of result titles, while keeping the overall container the same size. Look at the following search result both before and after the redesign:
The title on the top (old design) has a small amount of room to spare. After the redesign (bottom), it's lost six full characters. The old guidelines no longer apply, and so the rest of this post is an attempt to create a new set of guidelines for title tag length based on data from real SERPs.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Google Humans Do Review Every Reconsideration Request

Over the past week or two there has been some people suggesting that Google does not review manually every single reconsideration request.
A new Google Webmaster Help thread has one such complaint but the truth is, at least from what we are told, Google employees reviews 100% of all reconsideration requests.
I have been told that directly by Googlers and Matt Cutts did a video a couple years ago on the topic. That was before Google swapped the reconsideration requests in the manual action viewer where now all reconsideration requests have to be submitted via the manual action section and thus all are reviewed by humans.
They might have some templated responses they use but humans do click on, read and paste the response.
Here is Matt's video:

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

Google Secure Search Going Global, So Is Not Provided

WebmasterWorld thread links to a story that says Google has recently begun defaulting to Google's secure, encrypted search worldwide.
Here is a statement from Niki Christoff, Google's Director of Corporate Communications:
The revelations of this past summer underscored our need to strengthen our networks. Among the many improvements we've made in recent months is to encrypt Google Search by default around the world. This builds on our work over the past few years to increase the number of our services that are encrypted by default and encourage the industry to adopt stronger security standards.
Honestly, I thought Google's secure search was default globally already based on my 93% not provided count. But I guess, it will soon be 100%.
Yes, as Google defaults all search to SSL, it will stripe out the referral query data and marketers will lose out as well. Most don't care if it goes global because most have already lost 90%+.
But we are eagerly awaiting what Google is going to announce with the upcoming not provided changes.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
Google has penalized a few more international link networks on Friday afternoon. Google went after, as promised Italian and Spanish networks and those who participated in them - as well as a couple more Germany link networks.
Earlier in the day on Friday, Matt Cutts, Google's head of search spam, tweeted that Google has "taken action" on another German link network, this one named efamous plus a German agency network. This is the second time in almost two months that Google booted a Germany link agency and network. The thing isefamous looks pretty legit but I guess behind the scenes, in Google's mind, it was not?
Later on in the day, this may be somewhat historic, but Matt Cutts didn't announce it first, that they penalized an Italian and Spanish link network. Giacomo Gnecchi, a Google search quality analysts who has been with Google for maybe about 4 years, tweeted it in Italian and then much later, Matt Cutts retweeted it and then posted a translated version on Twitter. This shouldn't be a surprise because Matt warned it days before.

Google: Being Disavowed Won't Hurt Your Site

I am pretty sure we covered this before but the message is not getting out. If someone puts your site in their disavow link file, it will NOT have a negative impact on your rankings.
There are many link spammers trying to get their links removed from sites and are using very threatening emails and messages to encourage those sites to remove the links. One example is in a thread at Google Webmaster Help.
Here is part of the message:
We would like to bring your notice that failure to remove these links would require us to file a "Disavow Links" report with Google. Once we submit this report to Google, they may "flag" your site as"spammy" or otherwise if anything is not in compliance with their guidelines. The last thing we want is to have another web master go through this grief!
John Mueller from Google responds to the concern saying:
They are wrong. Having URLs from your website submitted in their disavow file will not cause any problems for your website. One might assume that they are just trying to pressure you. If the comment links they pointed to you are comment-spam that was left by them (or by someone working in their name) on your website, perhaps they are willing to help cover the work involved in cleaning their spam up?
I love how he outright calls them wrong and then goes on and suggests they pay up to remove the link they placed on their site. It is like throwing it back in their face and using a tactic the spammer would have used.
Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

Google's Official Advice On Out Of Stock Products On E-Commerce Sites

A common question large sites or e-commerce sites have to ask themselves is what do I do about product pages that are either temporarily out of stock or forever out of stock. It is a question we asked a coupletimes. In fact, Google's John Mueller gave his two centsin 2008.
Well, now, Google's Matt Cutts created a short video answering what you should do in three different situations.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Google Notifies Google Places Users Of Duplicate Listings Issues

Google is upgrading more and more businesses to the new Google business local dashboard and during that process is running into issues with old listings being duplicate.
Google is sending out emails to business owners with issues with instructions on how to repair the duplicate issue and move forward with the upgrade.
Jade Wang from Google posted in the Google Business Helpforums a snippet of the email and then in detail described the issues and how to address them.
The email reads:
We'd like to inform you that Google Places no longer accommodates more than one authorized owner per business location. Your account contains one or more listings that have been identified as duplicates of other listings and as a result, some of the information you provide will not be shown to Google users anymore...
There are two issues where this can be triggered:
(1) Your account and another account that you don't control became verified for the same business using the old Places dashboard.
(2) You may have verified the page multiple times using accounts you control.
In each case, Jade describes how to repair the issue so you can continue with your upgrade.
For more details see the Google Business Help thread for those details.
Forum discussion at Google Business Help.

Google: Don't Worry If Your Google Webmaster Tools Preview Is Wrong

You know that often, Google Webmaster Tools shows an image preview of your site's home page on the dashboard listing view of your site profiles within Google Webmaster Tools.
What if the image of your site is wrong? Should you be concerned? Google's John Mueller implies it is really not something to be too concerned about.
In a Google Webmaster Help thread, one person was concerned because his mobile site was displayed in the preview and not his main site. John said, don't "give too much weight to these preview images."
I wouldn't give too much weight to these preview images -- they're not meant to be a representation of how Googlebot crawls the page. If you do see something wrong there, I'd still follow up to see where it came from, but it's not something that would be affecting how we index & rank your website. From what I can tell here, we do recognize your website appropriately, and can pick up the smartphone version. Since the homepage has a very different response size depending on the version that you serve, one way to dig into the details could be to check your server logs, comparing size with the user-agent that made the request, to double-check that your real users get the correct version.
These previews don't represent what Googlebot crawls or your indexing and ranking. It is likely just a style thing for Webmaster Tools.

Local SEO Checklist

WebmasterWorld moderator, travelin cat, posted an awesome and free local SEO cheat sheet onWebmasterWorld.
He said he has uses this cheat sheet for "some time" and if you take it step by step in a careful and detailed manner, "this information should work for you as well."
Here are the instructions but for the cheat sheet, go toWebmasterWorld.
First, complete the following questionnaire BEFORE you begin to submit your website to the search engines, review websites and other citation sites. Some of these questions may not apply to your business, if that is the case, just leave them blank.
Be accurate and thorough. The most important thing to remember is to BE CONSISTENT! All of your submissions must have identical information or you will not get the search engine rankings that you will need to improve business.
After you have completed this questionnaire, use it and the information that it asked you to gather up, to submit to the 25 sites included below it.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Google's Matt Cutts On Percolator, Dremel & Pregel

I doubt this will help you with your SEO and rankings but hey it is always fun hearing an engineer talk about some really technical details about how certain things are used at Google.
In his latest video, Matt answers how Google uses Percolator, Dremel and Pregel?
Here are the technical documents on each:
Here is how Matt sums it up in four minutes:

Google: Keep URL Length Shorter Than 2,000 Characters

SEOs obsess about the smallest things, even how long is too long for a URL.
Google Webmaster Help thread has SEOs and webmasters asking how long can they go for a URL. Google actually answered the question.
John Mueller of Google said, while there is "no theoretical length limit" and they can go forever, Google does recommend you keep it under 2,000 characters. Google's John Mueller wrote:
As far as I know, there's no theoretical length limit, but we recommend keeping URLs shorter than 2000 characters to keep things manageable.
It is interesting cause DoubleClick, a Google company, maxes out on 2,000 characters in a URL. It seems the GET method maxes out on 2,000 characters for a URL and that Internet Explorer can't go beyond 2,000.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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