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    RIP Aaron Swartz, One Of The Earliest Google Bloggers

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Jan 12, 2013
    I was saddened to see the news that Aaron Swartz had committed suicide. Such a tragedy. Swartz is known for a wide-range of things, such as helping create Reddit, RSS and being an internet activist. But I remember him most as one of the earliest Google bloggers.

    The Google Weblog went up on March 17, 2002, two years before Google launched its own official blog. I mentioned it to my own readers soon after as a new site that was about all about Google. Aaron, in speaking to Philipp Lenssen of...

    Why Asking StumbleUpon To Remove Your Links Is Dumb

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Jan 11, 2013
    Turns out, StumbleUpon is getting regular requests each week from people asking for it to remove links to their sites, people who are worried that being linked to from a popular and long-standing social media sharing site is somehow hurting them with Google. The linksanity sadly continues.

    Every since Google stepped up its attack on bad links last year, in particular with its Penguin Update, there’s been panic in some quarters about getting links removed. But it’s not about removing all...

    My Google Rankings Dropped Due To Bounce Rate Attacks!

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jan 11, 2013
    I love these myths that come up from places deep inside the paranoid SEO mind. A Google Webmaster Help thread has one webmaster claiming his rankings dropped in Google because his site was hit by a "bounce rate attack...

    Building Google’s Knowledge Base and Identifying Locations in Web Pages

    by Bill Slawski
    Jan 10, 2013
    When we talk about indexing and crawling content on the Web, it’s usually within the context of pages being ranked on the basis of a number of signals found on Web pages that might be ranked in response to queries. Google has told us that the future of search involves Knowledge Bases, and the indexing [...]

    The post Building Google’s Knowledge Base and Identifying Locations in Web Pages appeared first on SEO by the Sea.

    EU Antitrust Chief: Google “Diverting Traffic” & Will Be Forced To Change

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Jan 10, 2013
    While saying he’s “still investigating,” the head of the European Union’s antitrust regulatory body has told the Financial Times that he’s convinced Google is “diverting traffic” and that it will be forced to change its results.

    From the FT interview: “We are still investigating, but my conviction is [Google] are diverting traffic,” Mr Almunia told the Financial Times, referring to Google’s preferential treatment of its own vertical search services.

    That’s Joaquin Almunia, who has been...

    Google's Internal Linking Penalty?

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jan 10, 2013
    A WebmasterWorld thread has one webmaster who runs about 150 web sites. Three of those web sites noticed a ranking decline in Google around the same time. He said, the only common factor amongst those three sites and not the other 147 sites were how they used anchor text on the home page to link to the home page.

    Phone Support Comes To Google Local For Business

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jan 9, 2013
    Jade Wang mentioned that a specific person can contact the Google Maps support team in a Google Maps Help thread, and linked to this support form.
    If you click through the options, you may get to a way for Google to contact you via phone.

    Google Fixes Definition URLs, Makes Them Clickable Links

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Jan 8, 2013
    When Google introduced a new format last month for the definitions it sometimes shows at the top of its search results, something was missing. The source URL wasn’t a clickable link. That’s now been fixed.

    Here’s an example, the definition box that Google shows for a “define speed of light” search:



    The URL shown under the definition previously wasn’t clickable. Instead, the only way to click through to the source of the definition was to use the smaller “Source” link at the very...

    January 2013 Google Webmaster Report

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jan 7, 2013
    As it is our tradition, here is our monthly recap of all Google Webmaster related topics we've covered in the past month and summarizing anything new in the ongoing WebmasterWorld thread.

    The Strange Explanation Of Why Windows Phone Users Lost Access To Google Maps

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Jan 5, 2013
    On Friday, Windows Phone users found themselves unable to access Google Maps. Google says it made no sudden change on its end to cause this, but some of Google’s explanations for the blockage don’t add up. Windows Phone User? No Google Maps For You!

    To recap briefly, Windows Phone users started reporting (as covered by The Verge) that they were unable to reach Google Maps using the Internet Explorer web browser on their phones. They got redirected instead to the Google home page.

    Google...