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    8 Weeks Later, Google To Release Panda #25

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 12, 2013
    As I reported in my live blogging last night and on Search Engine Land - Google's Matt Cutts announced a Panda refresh is coming this weekend. Either this Friday, March 15th or this Monday March 18th.
    It has been 7 weeks since the last Panda refresh, version 24. So when this actually pushes out, it will be closer to 8 weeks since that last update.

    Beware: Google To Squash Another Link Network Very Soon

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 12, 2013
    As I reported last night during my live blogging - but things get lost there - Google is going to punish yet another link network in the next week or two.
    Which network? I do not know yet, but I am sure that information will surface via the SEO forums when it does happen.

    How Google is Generating Query Refinements the Orion Way

    by Bill Slawski
    Mar 11, 2013
    In 2006, Google battled Yahoo! and Microsoft for an algorithm developed by an Israeli Ph.D.student in Australia. The algorithm had a semantic element to it, and advanced Google in an algorithm arms race between the search giants (one of which doesn’t even have a search engine of its own now). We’ve seen the technology described [...]

    The post How Google is Generating Query Refinements the Orion Way appeared first on SEO by the Sea.

    Coming Soon: The Google Merchant Quality Algorithm

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 11, 2013
    At the popular SXSW conference Friday, Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts announced that Google will be soon going after bad merchants with a new algorithm targeted at lowering their rankings in Google.
    Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land first covered this, quoting Matt's statement during his presentation.
    Matt said...

    Google Update Brewing? March 2013

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 11, 2013
    The ongoing WebmasterWorld thread has a huge spike in chatter over the past 48 hours with speculation around an update.
    In the past 48 hours or so there have been over 100 new posts in the thread, all around webmasters and SEO asking if there was some sort of update.
    There was a Google attack...

    Engineered to be vaguely dissatisfied

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 10, 2013
    Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed is a punch-in-the-gut piece by David Cain. Consider this paragraph:

    We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

    Feeling indignant that he would insinuate...

    Google On Bing Attack Ads: “Others Should Focus On Building Good Products”

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Mar 10, 2013
    Google has largely ignored Bing’s Scroogled campaign, the one attacking it over the pay-for-play change to Google Shoppping & Gmail privacy. But today, Google search chief Amit Singhal pushed back a bit, saying Bing perhaps should focus on making better products rather than attacking Google.

    Speaking at the SXSW conference, when taking a question posed via Twitter about how Google views Bing’s attacks, Singhal responded to say “We focus on our users.” Then he continued: “Others should focus...

    Growth Of Mobile Search “Like Seeing My Second Child Grow” Says Google Search Chief At #SXSW

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Mar 10, 2013
    The growth of mobile search is like seeing a second child grow up. SEO isn’t bull. The knowledge graph, speech recognition & natural language are searches biggest challenges. And he really, really likes Star Trek. That’s just some of what the head of Google’s search efforts, Amit Singhal, shared when talking at SXSW today.

    Singhal is senior vice president and a Google Fellow who oversees Google Search. He spoke during the “The Future of Google Search in a Mobile World” keynote at the SXSW...

    Design process: don’t let extreme views grind you down

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 10, 2013
    Josh Emerson offers some words of advice that we should all take to heart:

    But perhaps the most important thing I want to highlight here, is that the answer to most questions is it depends, and very often in the grey area between black and white. Try not to take extreme views on things, and perhaps see that there is always another level of complexity to be discovered in any decision you make.

    We just came out of a season of arguing whether or not Flat Design is the answer to...

    Complexity and technology-driven innovation

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 10, 2013
    In The Guardian Tom Meltzer asks, Are our household appliances getting too complicated? Despite violating Betteridge’s law of headlines he makes some good points:

    “The innovation is obviously being driven by manufacturers’ desire to add value and to differentiate themselves,” says analyst Neil Mason, head of retail research at market research company Mintel. “But from a consumer’s point of view, what they want is convenience and simplicity. When you run into trouble is when you add all...