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    Fewer Links to Your Site In Google Webmaster Tools? You're Not Alone.

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 5, 2013
    Over the past 20 hours or so, there have been numerous reports and concerns over the number of links being reported within Google Webmaster Tools "Links to Your Site" section severely dropping.
    The number of links being reported in that section for many webmasters have dropped by as much as 75%...

    Google's First PageRank Update In 2013

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 5, 2013
    Google has begun pushing out new PageRank values to the Google Toolbar yesterday. This would make the first Toolbar PageRank update of 2013.

    Normally Google updates PageRank values in the Google Toolbar every 3 months or so...

    Google Patent Granted on Mobile Location Detection

    by Bill Slawski
    Feb 4, 2013
    Google has a lot invested in knowing where you are. The future of search, and many of the services that Google offers is going to rely upon it being accurate, too. It can’t be off by 30 meters, like it might be with cell tower triangulation. It can’t rely upon a GPS system initially built [...]

    The post appeared first on SEO by the Sea.

    Do you have any specific tips for news sites?

    Feb 4, 2013
    Do you have any specific tips for news sites, which have unique concerns compared with commercial sites? For example, if I have a developing news...

    Beyonce, Blackout, Ravens And M&Ms — What We Searched For During Super Bowl 2013

    Vanessa Fox
    by Vanessa Fox
    Feb 4, 2013
    We hear a lot about how TV viewers often multitask with a second device, followed by evidence such as Twitter hashtag activity and Facebook likes. While we absolutely flocked to Twitter in droves yesterday during the game, we also did had search engines at the ready to provide us with those #infiniteanswers Amy Poehler was looking for in that Best Buy commercial. Most Popular Topic of the Day: Beyonce vs. The Blackout

    According to the (sadly now significantly scaled back) Google Trends, the...

    Google: Google's Disavow Tool Won't Damage Others

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 4, 2013
    A WebmasterWorld thread links to a blog post on sno.pe about some questions he asked a Googler in regards to the Google disavow tool...

    Searching for the Super Bowl Start Time: 2013 Edition

    Vanessa Fox
    by Vanessa Fox
    Feb 3, 2013
    Surely every organization managing an event site knows at this point that people want to know what time things start. And that those potential viewers are likely to turn to Google to find out.

    This year, Google just provides the answer right at the top of the page: February 3rd at 3:30 pacific.

    Just as we saw last year, the NFL understands what their target audience is looking for and has built a page that provides exactly what they need (that ranks first in the search results), as well...

    The life and death of Flat Design

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Feb 3, 2013
    120 days. That’s how long it took for the term Flat Design to go from cutting edge to extremely uncool. On September 25, 2012 the LayerVault team introduced Flat Design in their post The Flat Design Era:

    We interpret recent shots taken at skeumorphism as a sign of the coming of “Honest Design.” Much like we were not too long ago, designers working for the web are getting fed up with the irrational, ugly shortcuts being praised as good design.

    On January 23, 2013 Cole Peters...

    Alternatives to User-Centered Design

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Feb 3, 2013
    Cennydd Bowles casts a critical eye on the UCD process in Looking Beyond User-Centered Design. He lists several weaknesses of UCD, including the negation of style — the idea that “Good design is invisible”:

    By negating the idea of a designer’s influence, we also negate the idea of style within the UX discipline. We’re saying that, done properly, it should be impossible to tell one UX designer’s work from another’s. There should be no signature elements, no philosophical movements, no...

    Is Semi-Hidden Text Bad for SEO?

    Jill Whalen
    by Jill Whalen
    Feb 1, 2013
    Is using hidden text within class tags ideal for SEO, or should it be avoided?