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    Using Ngram Phrase Models to Generate Site Quality Scores

    by Bill Slawski
    Sep 21, 2017 at 10:33 PM
    Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scrabble_game_in_progress.jpg
    Photographer: McGeddon
    Creative Commons License: Attribution 2.0 Generic

    Navneet Panda, whom the Google Panda update is named after, has co-invented a new patent...

    Google's Ranking Algorithms Dynamically Change Based On Query & Context

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Sep 20, 2017 at 5:07 AM
    The other day I reported how Google said there is no such thing as the top three ranking signals despite what may have been said before. I said it is likely because some queries weight some signals more important than others...

    Google Search Ranking Update Chatter Continues

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:56 AM
    As you know, we reported Google algorithm search ranking shifts this past Monday based on weekend chatter. That died down for a bit but overnight it spiked back up...

    Google Search Algorithm Update On September 16th

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Sep 18, 2017 at 5:55 AM
    I was incredibly tempted to do a special alert news story Saturday night on a Google algorithm update that seems to have touched down Saturday morning or late Friday but I decided to see how the Sunday chatter around it would be...

    Google: There Is No Top Three Search Ranking Signals

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Sep 18, 2017 at 5:09 AM
    A year and a half ago, Google's Andrey Lipattsev who has not been in the public eye since, listed off Google's top three ranking factors as content, links and RankBrain. It was a fun time for us search reporters, as you can imagine...

    Breaking: Google AdSense Stops Showing Ads For Many Publishers

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Sep 15, 2017
    The Google AdSense forum has begun lighting up with publishers complaining that their AdSense ads are no longer showing up on their web sites. There seems to be hundreds...

    Google’s Project Jacquard: Textile-Based Device Controls

    by Bill Slawski
    Sep 14, 2017
    I remember my father building some innovative plastics blow molding machines where he added a central processing control device to the machines so that all adjustable controls could be changed from one place. He would have loved seeing what is...

    Google Search Algorithm Update Today

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Sep 8, 2017
    The chatter and discussions around a Google search algorithm update is pretty strong this morning in the ongoing WebmasterWorld forums. It is very early on the chatter side...

    The value of product specifications: a modest proposal

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Sep 6, 2017
    Questionable use of stock photography aside, Colin Lernell’s Is the Product Requirements Document Dead? A Debate. brings up some interesting points. I’ve long argued that if you do it right, a good “product spec” is essential to successful product management and development. We’ve come a long way since the original concept of a 45-page PRD that no one reads (not even the person who wrote it). The format has evolved as we’ve grown accustomed to leaner development processes.

    One of Colin’s...

    Google Search Ranking & Algorithm Update Underway? Chatter...

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Sep 6, 2017
    In the past 24 to 48 hours I have been noticing an uptick in SEO and webmaster chatter around a possible Google search algorithm and ranking update...