16 Feb Forbes.com Caught With Paid Links Again?

While I'll usually refrain from posting about specific sites and problems, this is already made public thanks to Google Webmaster Central. Since JCPenny was getting some flack from Google and the web this last week, it looks like other Fortune 500's are being treated equally. While a site like Forbes.com does have what to appear to be paid links, they're always quite on target. Despite that, they're followed links and it seems that the new "unnatural links" message was warranted....

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12 Feb JCPenny Caught With Paid Links?

I just enjoyed reading the long and well done report by the NT Times on the black hat hi-jinx JCPenny has been tangled up in. I don't need to chat much about it as they went 5 pages deep into uncovering what was going on. JCPenny, by the looks of their Alexa, did quite well this last holiday season! This is a good warning to all big brands not to game their links and stay away from any anchor text filters...

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28 Jan Google Algorithm Change January 26th Confirmed

The cat is out of the bag and a major algorithm change has been launched within Google. Matt Cutts has come out and stated the news on his blog which you can read here. This is definitely a post everyone should be reading but to do a slight bit of dupe content myself, this is what their focusing on: This was a pretty targeted launch: slightly over 2% of queries change in some way, but less than half a percent of...

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27 Jan Content Scrapers Outranking Your Website? You're Not Alone

As I went off yesterday about Google going after content scrapers and low quality websites, I also should have gone into this topic a little more. Our site gets scraped by a few sites and while it is getting better, I'm still finding posts I wrote a week or two ago getting outranked by the scraper site. This pisses me off to no end, and I don't need any more stress in my life that's for sure. Matt Cutts has stated,...

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26 Jan Google Targets Content Farms and Low Quality

There has been a lot of talk about Matt Cutts recent remarks regarding the amount of content farms and low-quality (spun and other) content that dominates the SERPs. We saw in the Mayday update how Ecommerce sites with manufacturer content descriptions started taking a dive. This was also seen throughout the real estate industry because of IDX and MLS listing system spread across tens of thousands of Realtor sites. There definitely is a reason why SEO's keep talking about content being...

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22 Jan Google VS Bing: Round 1

There has been a lot of complaining from webmasters around the world about Google's quality in the search results, so I thought we could take a different scenarios and see for ourselves. I for one complain daily about Google, but mostly to the staff here and they're getting pretty sick of it. We'll take a look at different types of keywords and compare results to see what kind of useful information we're getting back, especially for product reviews. I recently...

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18 Nov Google Is Testing Two New Meta Tags For Content Syndication

It's about bloody time Google! A lot of people this past year have seen their own content get outranked by other, highly authoritative syndication sites which has been causing a brouhaha. There are also a lot of mashup sites in the mix which are pretty much entirely syndicated content which I feel is fine as long as the source is credited, and now that won't be a problem. This is going to be a major relief to a lot of...

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25 Sep Google's Getting Scared Of Bing?

In a recent interview I caught on Business Insider with Google's Eric Schmidt talking about what he see's as the Biggest threat to Google's market share. With the partnership Bing has setup with Facebook, I'd be worried too. Top that all off with the recent Mayday updates and I see a wounded Google who finally may have someone to fight with...

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27 Aug Google's Realtime Search Results

If you haven't heard, Google has dropped its realtime results page for you to play with. This should set off alarm bells about real time marketing if they haven't been going off. While it currently shows mostly Twitter updates, I have seen the odd Facebook updates which makes we wonder what else is going to start showing up in here. I imagine this Google feature will lead to all sorts of fun and free statistics and trend updates for us...

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