September 24, 2017

Google Using Copyright Removals in Page Rank

Google has announced their search results algorithm this week will start taking into consideration copyright renewal notices. According to Amit Singhal, Google’s SVP of Engineering, “Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results.” That means Google is once again cracking down on duplicate content across the web. Google has been processing 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days which have been submitted as having copyright infringement. Singhal says they “We will now be using this data as a signal in our search rankings.” Of course, Google cannot decide whether or not a webpage copyright…

Yahoo! Selects Google’s Marissa Mayer as CEO

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Yahoo! has selected 37-year-old Marissa Mayer as their fifth CEO in 4 years. Mayer could be a perfect fit for Yahoo!, who has struggled to find a focus that will make the company profitable again. Mayer was Google’s 20th employee, and first woman engineer. Yahoo! hopes Mayer’s experience in software engineering, product and user experience design will make Yahoo! relevant again as a technology company, rather than the media company which former CEO Terry Semel turned it into. Mayer’s first priority at Yahoo! might be to make Yahoo! Mail more secure by adding HTTPS connections. Yahoo! also needs to focus on several of their popular…

Developer Edition of Google Glasses Priced at $1,500

The much-anticipated augmented reality eyeglasses just got a little closer to the consumer market with Google’s announcement at the IO 2012 conference that the Project Glass Explorer Edition will be available to select developers for $1,500, with a ship date sometime next year. It is hoped that these developers will aid Google’s Project Glass effort in determining innovative uses for the product. While consumer needs will vary across markets, it seems certain skydivers will be among the first to line up for consumer editions. Link to this post!

Google Penguin Update – Quality Still Rules

While Google isn’t revealing exactly what their new Penguin update has done in terms of page ranking, it’s pretty clear that quality content still rules. “Focus on creating high quality sites that create a good user experience,” said Google’s Matt Cutts in an announcement of the search update which appears to be heavily targeted at web spam. Much like the Panda update last year the update also seems to give fresh content more weight, while penalizing sites that keyword stuff, cloak, and make use of “black hat” SEO tactics. Cutts also talked about duplicate content which can be seen as…

SEO: What To Do With Duplicate Content

Google’s search algorithm looks down upon duplicate content. So what do you do if you have multiple pages with duplicate content? Google’s WebMaster blog clues you in to several different methods of addressing duplicate content. Check out the options below and choose which method suits you best. Use 301s: If you’ve restructured your site, use 301 redirects (“RedirectPermanent”) in your .htaccess file to smartly redirect users, Googlebot, and other spiders. (In Apache, you can do this with an .htaccess file; in IIS, you can do this through the administrative console.) Be consistent: Try to keep your internal linking consistent. For…