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    Navigation Removal Trick Impacting Google Rankings Algorithm?

    by rustybrick
    Apr 18, 2019 at 5:36 AM
    An SEO, I believe his name is Alexander, asked John Mueller of Google in this morning's video hangout if Google is aware of a trick some sites are using to combat any negative impact from the August 1st medic update. John was unaware and confused by the strategy, saying he would only see a downside to removing a site's navigation in terms of how it would hurt the site's ranking in Google.

    How to build trust, and other advice for product manager soft skills

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 17, 2019 at 11:03 AM
    Claire Lew’s article on the 9 mistakes you don’t know you’re making as a new manager is written specifically for people managers, but I found a lot of good advice in there that relates to the product management role as well. For example, on how to build trust with a team:

    However, in our survey of almost 600 people, we found that team-building activities were in fact rated as the least effective way to build trust. What was rated as most effective? Being vulnerable as a leader,...

    Google: Some Other Google Bugs May Be Related To The De-Indexing Bug

    by rustybrick
    Apr 17, 2019 at 6:12 AM
    It seems like the past month or so has been a tough one for the Google engineers. We have seen bug after bug, many we haven't even covered yet over here. The question is, are they related and when will most of them be resolved. Of course, one thing we can expect, mistakes will happen in the future.

    Common mistakes less senior product people make, and other good hiring questions for PMs

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 16, 2019 at 11:38 AM
    Shaun Clowes shares some really good hiring advice in his post Picking good Product Managers – insightful interview questions. He starts it off with a good reminder that “bad product is worse than no product”:

    A product manager without a systematic approach to their discipline has less context than the team members so is less likely to make good decisions naturally. Thus a bad product manager is more likely to cause the team to make mistakes than no product manager at all.


    Google's Indexing Bug Spreads Like A Virus To Coverage Report, URL Inspection Tool & More

    by rustybrick
    Apr 15, 2019 at 4:40 AM
    The Google de-indexing bug, which took about 6 days to resolve and is supposedly resolved as of last Thursday is now causing issues within Google Search Console. The coverage and enhancement reports, as well as the URL Inspection tool are all impacted according to Google.

    The dangerous rise of “crazy-busy” product managers

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 12, 2019
    Over the past few months I have become fascinated by what I like to call “crazy-busy PM” thinking in the product management world. I’m sure you’ve seen a few tweets or articles about this yourself, but here’s a small sample, all from fairly big voices/blogs in the industry.

    From 15 Things You Should Know About Product Managers:

    It is common to go through the whole day as a PM, and get absolutely nothing done. Your calendar is stacked. The meetings are booked. There is a ton of...

    Pinterest and the value of focus and moving slowly

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 12, 2019
    Seth Fiegerman’s history of Pinterest and their approach to business and product is a breath of fresh air. In The anti-Facebook: Inside Pinterest’s slow and quiet rise, Fiegerman describes a company whose motto might as well be “move slow and debate things”:

    Pinterest resisted throwing money at its problems, debated product tweaks extensively and did not rush to copy features that helped larger competitors achieve viral growth, employees said. Fond of touting itself as an anti-social...

    The One-Hour Guide to SEO: Technical SEO - Whiteboard Friday

    Apr 11, 2019
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    Video Transcription

    Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome back to our special One-Hour Guide to SEO Whiteboard Friday series. This is Part V - Technical SEO. I want to be totally upfront. Technical SEO is a vast and deep discipline like any of the things we've been talking about in this One-Hour Guide.


    The most important indicator for a project’s success: its problem statement

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 11, 2019
    Lenny Rachitsky starts off his article on A three-step framework for solving problems with a really good insight:

    Though many factors contribute to a project’s failure, nothing is more certain to cause a project to fail than a misunderstanding of the problem you are solving.

    He spends the rest of the article focusing on how to develop and rally around a good problem statement, which is an essential skill to have for any product manager. I really like this framework and am keen to...

    When you deliberately design your remote work process, it’s good for the whole team

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 11, 2019
    Helen Mou and Kevin Ochal share some good tips for remote teams in Making the Dream Work: Leading Distributed Product Teams. Most importantly, I agree that if you are deliberate about how you design your work process, it’s good for the whole team — whether they’re remote or not:

    Instead of approaching distributed teamwork with the mindset of “we’re making it work, in spite of…” staying up late, working more hours, and spending more effort to be on a distributed team; we like to look...