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    Google Labels Sites As Not Mobile Friendly That Are Mobile Friendly

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 17, 2017 at 5:12 AM
    That issue where Google was labeling pages as not mobile friendly when they are is still maybe an issue...

    How to Prioritize Your Link Building Efforts & Opportunities - Whiteboard Friday

    Feb 16, 2017 at 4:01 PM
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    Video Transcription

    Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. As you can see, I'm missing my moustache, but never mind. We've got tons of important things to get through, and so we'll leave the facial hair to the inevitable comments.

    I want to talk today about how to prioritize...

    Wall Street Journal pulls content out of Google’s “First Click Free” program

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Feb 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM
    The Wall Street Journal has confirmed to Search Engine Land that it has removed its content from Google’s First Click Free program, a system that allows Google searchers to access a limited amount of news content without a paywall barrier.

    Dow Jones — which publishes the Wall Street Journal — sent us this statement:

    We are constantly experimenting with different ways to enhance the digital experience for members. As a continuation of this, the Journal has broadened its test by removing...

    Ranking Local Businesses Based Upon Quality Measures including Travel Time

    by Bill Slawski
    Feb 13, 2017
    An Antique shop, formerly an apple factory

    Can the amount of travel time someone might take to get to a place be a good indication of the quality of that place? That is the assumption behind a recently granted patent from Google.

    Travel...

    February 7th Google Algorithm Update Was Big

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 13, 2017
    Last week, I reported about a Google update that touched down on Tuesday, February 7th. Well...

    Google May Check to See if People Go to Geographic Locations Google May Recommend

    by Bill Slawski
    Feb 12, 2017
    Google was granted a patent this week to enable them to check whether people are following recommendations in search results to visit geographical locations – to see how many people actually visited those places. And it’s probably good for many...

    Google Search Algorithm Update February 7th

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 8, 2017
    We just had some Google algorithm update a week ago potentially targeting spammy links I believe. And now a week later, around February 7th, yesterday...

    Google makes it easier to see and share publishers’ real URLs from AMP pages

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Feb 6, 2017
    As promised, Google is making a change to how it displays Accelerated Mobile Pages, so that users can easily view and share links that lead directly to publishers’ sites rather than to Google’s copy of the content.

    Google has been displaying AMP content by effectively making a copy of it and rendering it from its own servers, something that Google says both makes AMP faster and more secure for users. However, this has raised concerns with publishers and some users, who have found the...

    February 2017 Google Webmaster Report

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 6, 2017
    It was not a slow month when it comes to Google webmaster topics. We saw an unconfirmed Google algorithm update that hit spammers for the most part. We saw Google confirm a Japanese algorithm update but we had a couple smaller updates as well...

    Google Introduces a Social Where Next Suggestion Patent

    by Bill Slawski
    Feb 3, 2017
    Jellyfish from the Birch Aquarium

    Google was granted a patent this week on offering recommendations or suggestions for places to go for members of social groups.

    A social group, such as a meetup group that may get together for social...