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05 Feb 2016

HTTPS Migration Tips, Amit Singhal, and More: Weekly Forum Update

The big news this week was that Amit Singhal, Head of Google Search, is stepping down to pursue philanthropic interests. SEOs were immediately speculating that Matt Cutts would return to replace him. He didn’t – but I won’t spoil you for who the real replacement is just yet. In other news, Yandex launched its own “mobilegeddon,” and John Mueller gave us some now widely shared tips for HTTP to HTTPS… [Read More…]


29 Jan 2016

Title Tags, New Webmaster Guidelines, and More: Weekly Forum Update

One of the biggest pieces of news this week is that Google updated their Webmaster Guidelines page. Some changes were subtle and others were quite loud. Our communities have been discussing this as well as John Mueller’s response that title tags “are not the most critical part of a page,” in a recent webmaster hangout. On Cre8asiteforums, user iamlost has a great summary of what has lead Twitter to its… [Read More…]


15 Jan 2016

Panda, Algorithm Updates, and SEO Tips: Weekly Forum Update

Welcome back to another community round-up! It was a busy week in the SEO community with two big news stories. First, Panda has been added to Google’s core algorithm; second, Google’s core algorithm has been updated. It’s important to note that those are two different stories – Panda has not been updated. Yet. Besides discussion about the core algorithm and Panda, we’ve got some great tips about mobile optimization, URL… [Read More…]


08 Jan 2016

Pop-Up Penalties, Twitter 10k, and Adsense: Weekly Forum Update

Happy New Year! We took a short break for the holiday season, but now we’re back! Between stuffing their faces with turkey, spending time with family, and kicking their feet up, our users have been posting plenty of awesome threads to start 2016 with a bang. The big news in social media is that Twitter wants to increase their character limit. We’ll share a great WebmasterWorld thread about that, as… [Read More…]


21 Dec 2015

Google Employees Who Actually Reply to Help Website Owners

Google has had a long history working with webmasters and while we don’t always agree with what they say (for various reasons), our community certainly appreciates this cooperation. Here are most active Google employees who work a lot to talk back to us: Spread the word about this infographic: John Mueller Where to find: Twitter @johnmu Google Plus +JohnMueller Google Webmaster Central Help John Mueller is a Webmaster Trends Analyst… [Read More…]


18 Dec 2015

What Will SEO Be Like in 2016? Weekly Forum Update

This week in our communities, users are recounting the changes we saw in 2015 and speculating about what lies ahead. SEO is a wild world, and each year seems to bring new challenges and changes. On WebmasterWorld, users are debating the split between mobile, desktop, and app traffic. On SEO Chat, users are wondering if link building is finally dead or dying. News updates from Threadwatch indicate that mobile page… [Read More…]


11 Dec 2015

Free HTTPS, Broken Algorithms, and Phantom 3: Weekly Forum Update

It’s been a week of most curious tales on our forums. We’ve got another Phantom update lurking in the shadows and churning the rumor mills. A user on WebmasterWorld accidentally re-avowed some items on their disavow file… only to experience a tremendous surge of traffic. Users on SEO Chat wonder if Google has broken its own algorithm, and on Cre8asiteforums users discuss the best way to hop from one server… [Read More…]


05 Dec 2015

Ante Up – Microsoft Goes “All In on Search”: Weekly Forum Roundup

Here’s hoping you had a happy turkey day! I’m sure by now that your refrigerator is cleared of leftovers, right? We took a break last week, so this week we’re rounding up two weeks in one! In our title story, Microsoft has announced big plans for Bing in the future. We’ll also visit search competitor Yandex and touch on some new features they introduced to their webmasters last week. In… [Read More…]


20 Nov 2015

Living in a Post Panda World: Weekly Forum Update

Remember Google Plus? It had a hard time catching on, and this has been a rough year for it. Well, just this week it got a fancy new style and some updated features. Can you believe it? Yeah, our communities had a hard time believing it too. In other buzz, we’ve got a great conversation between experts on WebmasterWorld to share about living in the post-Panda apocalypse. It’s no Fallout… [Read More…]


06 Nov 2015

With Love, From Twitter: Weekly Forum Update

The biggest news in the social media sphere this week is that Twitter favs have been replaced with heart-shaped “likes.” Members of Threadwatch were quick to pick up that story – while the rest of our communities were more focused on site speed, user behavior, and Google’s antics in Europe. Don’t let yourself fall behind the times – here’s the latest from the cutting edge! Twitter Introduces Likes, Replaces Favorites… [Read More…]


30 Oct 2015

RankBrain and Artificial Intelligence: Weekly Forum Update

RankBrain is the big news this week. The “third most important ranking factor” kind of snuck up on everyone, so it’s natural that our communities have been trying to figure it out ever since. If you haven’t heard, RankBrain is an artificial intelligence. It uses machine learning to to process searches that people make and attempts to show pages that contain words related to, but not necessarily included in, the… [Read More…]


23 Oct 2015

Zombie Traffic and Fake Reviews: Weekly Forum Update

Right on time for Halloween, rumors spring out of the ground that a new Google update involving so-called low quality, high volume, “zombie” traffic is coming. And that’s not all that’s buzzing in our communities! We’ve got news of Duane Forrester’s departure from Microsoft, a great discussion about site layouts, words from Seth Godin about ad blocking, and more. Besides zombie traffic, the biggest news is probably Amazon tackling 1,114… [Read More…]


16 Oct 2015

Search Engines as Users and SEO Skeptics: Weekly Forum Update

Lots of surprises came out of our communities this week! There was the news that Firefox is dropping all plugin support… except for Flash. Yes, the same Adobe Flash that was, not long ago, being dropped left and right. We’ve got a great discussion about the nature of search engines as users where Alan Bleiweiss was kind enough to join in and share some great thoughts, and conversations about structured… [Read More…]