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Google to use Page Speed as Metric in Mobile Search Ranking

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:36:45 -0000 · "Today we're announcing that starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches."

Google's YouTube Changes Monetization Rules For Creators

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:48:52 -0000 · These are significant changes for creators.

Page Speed Insights Use Data From Chrome User Experience Report

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:52:57 -0000 · Google confirms the source of PageSpeed Insights data.

Facebook Changes Algo Feed to Show Less From Publishers and Brands

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:03:28 -0000 · In a significant move, Facebook has said it'll be changing the news feed to show less from publishers and advertisers.

Google AdSense Publishers Report Increase in Empty Ad Spots

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:32:18 -0000 · Discussion about publishers reporting an apparent increase in empty ad slots.

Google Rolling Out 16-Months Performance Data in New Search Console

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 04:40:18 -0000 · Google is rolling out a new search console with extended data including 16-months of data...

Google Consolidates Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:15:30 -0000 · Android Pay and Google Wallet are now Google Pay.

Serious CPU Vulnerabilities Named Meltdown and Spectre

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:47:11 -0000 · Meltdown and Spectre are affecting PCs, mobile devices, and in the cloud.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - January 2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:41:56 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Browser Login Managers Exploited for Web Tracking

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:58:49 -0000 · Password manager tools in browsers are being exploited for web tracking.

Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor flaw forces OS Updates

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:57:59 -0000 · Updates to OS could slow the system by as much as 30pct.

Predictions for 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 02:56:47 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members mull over 2018 predictions.

WebmasterWorld Server Moved

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:48:35 -0000 · We are back. Major thanks to The Ninjas for all the help!

Google Will Eventually Stop Following Links on Noindex Pages

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 03:53:18 -0000 · Google will eventually stop following links from a page that has noindex on it.

Eric Schmidt is Stepping Down From Alphabet

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 03:52:41 -0000 · Eric Schmidt is stepping down in January from his role as executive chairman of Alphabet.

Tool To Check How Your Site Performs from China

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:50:29 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss a tool to check how a site looks from China.

Google Chrome Starts Blocking Ads Not Complying With Coalition for Better Ads, Feb 15, 2018

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:38:52 -0000 · Google Chrome will start removing "failing" status ads that don't comply with the Coalition for Better Ads Guidelines.

Are You Ready For Google's Mobile First Indexing

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 09:17:59 -0000 · Mobile First indexing is a real thing, now: Make sure your site is ready by following these tips.

Facebook Clamps Down on "Engagement Bait"

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:50:50 -0000 · Posts and pages that use tag baiting and comment baiting will now be demoted by Facebook.

U.S. F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:45:14 -0000 · Well, that's it, it's a done deal.

Bing Adds Intelligent Search, Powered by AI

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:42:44 -0000 · Bing has announced new AI-powered features making it more interactive.

ROBOT Website Exploit is Back, After 19 Years

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:35:02 -0000 · Websites are vulnerable to a crypto exploit, called ROBOT, which was originally discovered way back in 1998.

Twitter Adds "Threads" Feature for Tweetstorms

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:06:44 -0000 · It's a far more elegant way of making multi-threaded messages.

Social Media is "ripping apart the social fabric of how society works"

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:08:47 -0000 · "I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,"

Apple Acquires Music Recognition Service, Shazam

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:37:20 -0000 · Shazam was estimated to be worth $1 Billion in January of 2015.

Blog Bribes and Search Engine Penalties

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:23:18 -0000 · The topic of paying for content has arisen again, with some strong accusations and denials.

Google Add Expanded Features Snippets, Knowledge Panel Updates and Suggested Content

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:24:50 -0000 · Google has made a number of updates to Featured Snippets, and has updated the Knowledge Panel, along with suggested content on search topics.

Oath and Mozilla Sue and Countersue Over Yahoo Search Deal

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:15:24 -0000 · Mozilla removed Yahoo as default search provider, resulting in a lawsuit by Oath.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - December 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:20:28 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Google Warns About Event Markup Abuse May Result in Manual Action

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:57:19 -0000 · Google has warned marketers over misuse of Event markup, and may risk manual action.

Apple MacOS High Sierra Bug Allows Logins Without Passwords

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:04:53 -0000 · It seems you can log in to the latest software with the password, root.

Imgur Hack 1.7 Million emails and Passwords Stolen

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:45:40 -0000 · Imgur has said 1.7 million passwords and e-mails were stolen back in 2014, and it went unnoticed until Thursday last week.

Intel Critical Vulnerability in Desktop and Server Chipsets

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:35:47 -0000 · Intel has said its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS) and Triusted Execution Engine (TXE) are all vulnerable to security flaws.

U.S. Net Neutrality Under Threat

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:34:53 -0000 · Net Neutrality in the U.S is under threat.

E.U. Ends "Geoblocking" of Ecommerce Across Member States

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:11:34 -0000 · The E.U. has reached agreement whereby consumers can buy products and services from any online business in any E.U. country.

Google Adds Trust Project Labelling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:36:05 -0000 · Google is adding Trust Project labelling for newrooms to add to their content.

Google Says AMP Pages Must Have Close Content Parity or Receive Manual Action Message

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:44:52 -0000 · Google has said from February 1, 2018, AMP pages must have close content parity to comparable to the original canonical page content.

EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and Analytics cookies

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:21:00 -0000 · The new General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is meant to protect the privacy, but it looks like it could be a nightmare for webmasters whose sites have dealings with citizens of the EU.

The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Exact Match Domains (EMDs)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:10:46 -0000 · "It ain't over 'til it's over and the value of EMDs doesn't reside only in the ephemera of weighting of "words in domains" in search engine ranking signals."

Twitter Working on New Authentication and Verification Program

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:56:59 -0000 · It's reviewing the current system and also verifications, so even if you are verified today, that status may be removed.

Firefox 57 Quantum Released

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:19:36 -0000 · Mozilla claim it's twice as fast as its browser of six month ago.

Twitter Rolls Out Tweet Capability to 280 Characters

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:16:54 -0000 · Twitter's test of 280 characters shows it wasn't over-used, and it's now rolling it out to all.

Pubcon Acquires WebmasterWorld

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:39:14 -0000 · Brett Tabke has re-acquired WebmasterWorld.

Google AdWords: Wasted Spend -- Still Hurts the Most

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:38:08 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss Google AdWords and one of the most annoying aspects, wasted spend, and what to do about it.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - November 2017

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:03:42 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Beyond Backup: Preserving Your Web Data

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:43:24 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss the options for backing up and archiving web sites and data.

Google Drops Access to Travel API - Affects Major Travel Players

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:10:43 -0000 · Google has said no new registrations are being allowed, and it's shutting off access of its QPX Express API service as of April 10, 2018.

New China Domain Law Now Much Tougher

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:17 -0000 · Getting a .cn domain is now much tougher with this new law.

Google Now Serves Country-Specific Domain SERPs Based on Location

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:09:48 -0000 · Choice of country service is no longer indicated by domain. Now, by default, users will be served the country service that corresponds to the users' location.

Voyaging Outside the Google Box

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:55:04 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members look beyond Google, and discuss technologies that will give sites the competitive advantage.

Google Mobile First index rolling out slowly/ being tested for some sites

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 07:10:46 -0000 · Google says the mobile first index is rolling out slowly and is going well. Webmasterworld Members make observations and discuss the effects.

Facebook and WhatsApp to Face EU Investigation Over Data Sharing

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:28:42 -0000 · The regulator says it is in "non-compliance" with E.U. Laws.

Facebook Tests Moving Non-Promoted Posts Out of News Feed

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:54:52 -0000 · Facebook is testing a news feed change that could significantly alter how non-promoted posts from page publishers disappears from the newsfeed.

HTTPS Security Headers

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 18:00:00 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss server response headers that strengthen security after you've made the switch to HTTPS.

Mozilla Helps Unify Microsoft, Google, W3C, Samsung to Create Cross-Browser Documentation on MDN

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:40:49 -0000 · Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, W3C, and Samsung have agreed to collaborate to create cross browser compatibility on MDN.

Google Updates and Who or What They Target

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:10:06 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss Google updates and who or what they are targeting.

High Severity WPA2 WiFi Vulnerabilities, Dubbed KRACK, Key Reinstalltion Attacks

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:41:13 -0000 · Researchers indicated that a KRACK attack exploits a four-way handshake that is used to establish WPA2 key reinstallation.

Being a Webmaster: Increasingly Difficult

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:34:26 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss the apparent increasing challenges and difficulty of being a webmaster.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, Windows Store Now Microsoft Store

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:20:03 -0000 · Microsoft developers conference announced a new SDK and a change to the Windows Store branding to become Microsoft Store.

Windows 10 Mobile is No Longer a Priority: Microsoft's Joe Belfiore

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:53:46 -0000 · Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a priority for the company.

Disqus Hackers Got 17.5 Million Emails in 2012

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:51:30 -0000 · Disqus says it has forced reset of all passwords of affected users.

Danny Sullivan joins Google as a "sort of public liaison for search"

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 04:59:38 -0000 · Danny Sullivan joins Google in a public liason role.

How "Direct Traffic" May Be Undermining Your Marketing

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:58:00 -0000 · Are you wasting your marketing efforts?

Yahoo Data Breach Revealed as 3 Billion Accounts

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:12:07 -0000 · Original disclosure was 1 billion accounts.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - October 2017

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:59:00 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Share Your Theories on Google SERP Shake Up

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 06:59:53 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members share their theories on the latest Google SERPs changes.

Google Ends First Click Free Policy for Publishers

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 02:37:23 -0000 · It'll replace it with what it calls "flexible sampling."

ICANN Postpones KSK Cryptographic Key Rollover

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:17:44 -0000 · A significant number of resolvers used by ISPs and network operators are not fully ready for the change which was due on 11 October 2017.

What's Changed From Being a Newbie Web Dev Today as Opposed to a Decade Ago

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:56:22 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members look at the techniques and tricks that worked for newbie web developers a decade ago, and what works now.

Microsoft Becomes a Premium Sponsor of Open Source Initiative

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 02:32:00 -0000 · How the industry has changed, eh!

Google Opens Shopping Ads to Comparisons Services Within Europe

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:32:06 -0000 · It is now confirmed by Google that it's to open its Shopping ads in Europe to Comparison Services businesses.

Twitter Tests Tweets With 280 Characters

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:28:29 -0000 · Twitter is testing longer tweets, 280 character limits, with selected users.

Firefox Quantum 57 in Beta - New Design and Much Faster

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:27:49 -0000 · Firefox Quantum 57 is now in beta and available to download for desktop, android and iOS.

Apple Switches Default Search From Bing to Google for Siri Web Search

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:44:51 -0000 · News just in that Apple is switching from Bing to Google for Siri web searches...

Google Adwords Updating Terms and Conditions

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:53:07 -0000 · Google is making some significant changes to the Adwords Terms and Conditions which gives Google a bit more protection.

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