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    Ashley Madison Hack Leads To New Business For SEOs & Online Reputation Management Companies

    by rustybrick
    Sep 3, 2015 at 5:51 AM
    Ashley Madison has received a lot of attention in the past couple months. If you don't know, not sure how it is possible that you don't know, but on July 15...

    How to continue to make good products as organizations grow

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Sep 2, 2015 at 10:25 AM
    In my latest column for A List Apart, called The Distance to Here1, I discuss a theory I’ve had for a while now:

    The larger the distance between people who build a product and people who make decisions about the product, the harder it is to make a good product.

    The post goes into detail on how I think companies can continue to make good products as they grow.

    Anyone else old enough to get the reference? ↩

    Google: Mobile App Interstitials Ads Can Hurt Your Mobile Rankings

    by rustybrick
    Sep 2, 2015 at 5:47 AM
    Google announced that starting November 1, 2015, mobile sites that have app interstitials that hide a "significant amount of content" will not be considered Google mobile friendly and thus won't benefit from the mobile friendly ranking boost.

    Cancelled Invasive Google Here Program Patent Application

    by Bill Slawski
    Sep 1, 2015 at 9:31 AM
    This morning, I ran across the news article Google reportedly kills plan to let retailers send notifications in Maps, and I knew exactly what the story was about, without reading past the headline, because I had noticed a patent application that...

    Did Google Reverse The Panda 4.2 Update?

    by rustybrick
    Sep 1, 2015 at 5:42 AM
    As you know, Google quietly and is slowly pushing out a Panda 4.2 refresh, one that hit home since this site saw a nice and steady recovery over the weeks after the release...

    Google Search Queries Report Removed For Some Webmasters

    by rustybrick
    Sep 1, 2015 at 4:50 AM
    Google seems to be slowly removing the Search Queries report from the Search Console...

    Mount McKinley Becomes Mt. Denali On Google Maps; Bing Stays With Old Name

    by dannysullivan
    Aug 31, 2015 at 3:41 PM
    Denali in 1996, by Danny Sullivan

    North America’s highest mountain has been restored to its native name of Denali by US President Barack Obama. The peak had been known as Mount McKinley since 1917.

    The move has sparked some political debate, especially among Ohioan politicians who view it as a slight against Ohio native William McKinley, who was the 25th president of the United States. Alaskan politicians had been pushing for the change.

    I was curious how quickly our major search...

    How Google may Identify How Related Different Entities Are

    by Bill Slawski
    Aug 30, 2015 at 7:51 AM
    A patent granted to Google this week attempts to identify similarities between different types of entities, when it finds information about them on the Web. It refers to these types of similarities as commonalities, as in things they may have in...

    Google: HTTPS Content Mismatch Errors May Not Get Ranking Boost In Future

    by rustybrick
    Aug 28, 2015
    In this morning's Google hangout on Google+, John Mueller said at the 18:30 mark that Google may not give HTTPS web pages the HTTPS ranking boost if the page serves up HTTPS content mismatch errors.

    Google Search Console Index Status Reporting Bug?

    by rustybrick
    Aug 27, 2015
    Many webmasters are noticing that the Index Status report within the Google Search Console is showing a significant drop between August 16th and August 23rd. Meaning...