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Google AdSense: No More Pop-Up and Pop Under - New Rule

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:54:19 -0000 · Google has clarified a rule confirming that AdSense on pop-ups and pop-unders is forbidden.

GSC July 13-14 Decrease in Average Positions is a Reporting Change... Not a Rankings Drop

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:50:05 -0000 · "If this was Google Search Console data, the reported drop in average positions doesn't necessarily mean that your rankings have fallen."

Report: Facebook to Test Subscription News Service

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:04:02 -0000 · Reports suggest a limited test of a news paywall at Facebook.

Google Search App Gets Algorithmic News Feed

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:36:11 -0000 · Google's Android and iOS app now has an algorithmic news feed which shows more of your interests the more it's used.

What would you do if Google SERPs just disappeared

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:01:26 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss alternatives to Google traffic.

Facebook and Google in Day of Action over "Battle for the Net" July 12

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:06:17 -0000 · Net neutrality takes center stage on July 12 with Amazon, Facebook, Google and Mozilla, amongst others, protesting to save Net neutrality.

Twitter Adds Advanced Filter Settings With Better Mute Controls

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:09:29 -0000 · Twitter has expanded the advanced filter settings to give users better control over mute settings.

Most of Your Website Traffic is Not Human

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:50:21 -0000 · "It's a disappointing but eye-opening statistic that most of the traffic to our websites is not from actual people." WebmasterWorld Members compare statistics and reveal surprising traffic levels.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - July 2017

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:43:50 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Google AdSense New Native Ads

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:27:36 -0000 · Google AdSense has launched new native ads for "In-feed, In-article, and Matched content.

Are you ready for the Mobile-First Index?

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 07:53:02 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss the site preparation required in advance of the Mobile-First index.

Germany Passes NetzDG Law: Illegal Content Must be Deleted in 24hrs

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:06:19 -0000 · Germany has passed the NetzDG law which requires sites, such as Facebook and YouTube, and other sites with more than 2 million users, to take down illegal content within 24-hours, or face fines up to Euros 50 million.

Canadian Court Rules Google Must Delete Pirated Products from SERPs Worldwide

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:36:49 -0000 · The Supreme Court of Canada has made a ruling that pirated products in Google SERPs must be deleted, not just in Canada, but World-wide.

Facebook Milestone, 2 Billion Users

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:43:59 -0000 · Phenomenal numbers on one platform!

Google News Makeover for Desktop

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:42:14 -0000 · Google has redesigned Google News for desktop which it claims is better for readability.

Google Fined $2.7 Billion Over Antitrust for Comparison Shopping Service

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:21:30 -0000 · The European Commission has fined Google Euros 2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) for abusing dominance as search engine by giving illegal advantage to own comparison shopping service.

Facebook Shifts Core Mission to Put New Emphasis on Groups

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:55:12 -0000 · Facebook made a number of announcements describing a rethinking of the company's core mission, and a new emphasis on Facebook Groups.

"Stack Clash" Privilege Escalation Bug in Unix Operating Systems

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:00:17 -0000 · Linux, OpenBSD and FreeBSD are all vulnerable.

Firefox 54, Faster, Less Resources

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:13:45 -0000 · Will Firefox 54 catch up with other browsers with this latest release?

Snapchat Now Offers Self-Serve Advertising With Snap Publisher Tool

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:33:38 -0000 · Snapchat announces it's own self-publishing ad tool.

Instagram Clamps Down on Bots and The Companies Running Them

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:57:00 -0000 · Facebook's Instagram has clamped down on the companies with bots that automatically generate followers with the objective of enhancing a profile.

Bing Image Search Removal Seems Slow

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:57:26 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss to apparent slowness to get images removed from Bing Image Search.

Upgrade to HTTPS - Use Relative vs. Absolute Links

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss absolute or Relative links for HTTPS

New Bing Visual Search Detail View

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 03:35:00 -0000 · Bing has introduced Visual Search which allows you to search on content within an individual image.

What is HTTP/2 and Why You Should Use It

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0000 · HTTP/2 is the first major HTTP protocol update since 1997 when HTTP/1.1 was first published by the IETF. WebmasterWorld Members explain why HTTP/2 should be employed.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - June 2017

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:02:00 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

NOODP No Longer Supported By Google - Getting a Good Meta Description

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:17:15 -0000 · Now that the Open Directory Project, DMOZ, is closed, Google has reminded webmasters that the NOODP tag is now superfluous. That being the case, a good Meta description is even more important.

LinkedIn to Deprecate its Groups API July, 2017

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:33:57 -0000 · The Groups API is going away, making automated tools useless for LinkedIn.

2017 State of the Internet Trends Report

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:54:15 -0000 · The annual State of the Internet Trends, 2017 is just published and, as usual, shows some global trends that may affect people's marketing decisions.

Google Play Store Apps With Ad Click Malware Downloaded 36.5 Million Times

Wed, 31 May 2017 07:21:09 -0000 · Google Play Store game apps with a link to ad click malware discovered by researchers.

Google Ad Hub (beta) Connects User Spending With Ads on its System

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:53:13 -0000 · Google's Ads Hub (beta) is being devised by the company to help identify the connection to an online ad through to a consumer purchase which may occur in a retail store.

Internal Anchor Text Causes Wrong Page to Rank in Google?

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:27:00 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss an interesting effect reported where the internal anchor text on one page causes the wrong page to be ranked in Google.

Supreme Court Ruling Gets Tough on Patent Trolls

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:04:51 -0000 · The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that patent lawsuits can only be filed in courts located in the jurisdiction where the targeted company is incorporated.

Analytics is THE Engine of Change

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:40:39 -0000 · Analytics has become far, far more than mere tracking and logging.

Facebook Fined by E.U. 110 miln Euros ($122 miln) Over WhatsApp

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:26:04 -0000 · The E.U. has fined Facebook 110 million euros, $122 million, for misleading information regarding the acquisition of WhatsApp back in 2014.

Facebook Makes Refunds to Some Advertisers After Finding Another Measurement Bug

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:40:15 -0000 · Facebook has discovered a new bug in its ad measurement process, and results in calls for better and more transparent measurements.

At Home with the Robots: 2017 edition

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:04:47 -0000 · Comprehensive assessment and record of search engine robots.

Google Tests Dropping First Organic if it's a Featured Snippet in SERPs

Tue, 16 May 2017 03:43:13 -0000 · There are reports going round that Google is dropping the result from organic from the featured snippet.

Microsoft Calls For Collective Action Over WannaCrypt Cyberattack

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:37:18 -0000 · Microsoft has called for collective action over the WannaCrypt cyberattack which took place in the last few days.

Facebook Changes Algo to Cut Back on Low Quality Content and Ads

Wed, 10 May 2017 12:18:40 -0000 · Facebook makes a change to its algo to downgrade low quality content and ads.

Opera Desktop Browser is Reborn

Wed, 10 May 2017 07:13:07 -0000 · Opera 45 is released, based on Chromium 58, and ready for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Google AdSense "Ad Balance" Gives Publishers Greater Control Over Ads

Tue, 09 May 2017 07:46:10 -0000 · Google AdSense "Ad Balance" new feature will help publishers by giving more control to improve the ads users see, and how those changes affect your earnings.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - May 2017

Fri, 05 May 2017 07:06:40 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Google Docs Phishing Scheme Blocked by Google

Thu, 04 May 2017 06:35:31 -0000 · The messages often appear to be coming from people you may know. Re-brands to Become Dotdash

Tue, 02 May 2017 12:14:11 -0000 ·, the long-established site, is to get a re-brand as its owners re-brand it to Dotdash.

Twitter Teams up With Bloomberg for 24-Hour Streaming Video News

Mon, 01 May 2017 09:13:20 -0000 · Twitter has announced a partnership with Bloomberg for a 24-hour a day video news streaming service.

Blocking Googlebot Correctly and Fully: robots.txt, nofollow

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:26:37 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members assess the correct methods and syntax to block Googlebot from crawling, including robots.txt and nofollow.

Google Announces Quality Improvements to Search

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:13:48 -0000 · Google has just announced it's making quality improvements to its search to tackle some of the issues and challenges its been facing.

U.S. Bricks and Mortar Stores Closing at Their Fastest Rate

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:12:46 -0000 · Ecommerce on its own is not solely to blame.

How do you find links to boost Google rankings?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:58:16 -0000 · Back in dinosaur days, you could submit your site to directories and get a bunch of links that actually boosted your Google rankings. Today directory links are so dead that even the DMOZ directory has closed shop. So how do you find and evaluate links to figure out which ones will boost your Google rankings?

10 Vulnerabilities Discovered in over 20 Linksys Smart WiFi Routers Potentially Allowing DoS Attack

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:25:53 -0000 · Linksys have issued a security advisory with a temporary fix while it says it's working on a a firmware update on all affected devices.

Report: Google Plans Ad Blocking in Chrome

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:12:11 -0000 · Google Chrome could soon have an ad blocker turned on by default.

Microsoft Authenticator Kills Off the Need For Account Passwords

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:42:01 -0000 · Microsoft has killed off the need to remember passwords to access a Microsoft account with its new Authenticator phone logins.

The Ad Blocking Arms Race May Now Be Over

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:01:37 -0000 · This one may be a game changer.

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:55:57 -0000 · Google's Tensor processing AI chips save it from building dozens of new data centers.

Google Search Console: No Links to Your Site Reported, is a Bug

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:27:36 -0000 · "Links to your site" section showing no links turns out to be a bug in the Google Search Console.

Google "Fact Check" Tag In News and Search Goes Global

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:57:08 -0000 · Google is now extending the "Fact Check" label globally, and in all languages.

Windows 10 Creators Update SDK Released

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:51:21 -0000 · Developers can now get the Windows 10 Creators Update SDK.

Mobile Optimized "Twitter Lite" Rolls Out

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:49:55 -0000 · Twitter Lite, a mobile optimized version aimed at low bandwidth and slow connections.

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Data Collection and Privacy Controls

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:51:30 -0000 · In a move to allay the fears of many that Windows 10 is harvesting user data behind the scenes, Microsoft has said there are important privacy enhancements in the Creators Update.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2017

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:03:47 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

StatCounter: Android is The World's Most Popular OS

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:39:06 -0000 · Android has surpassed Microsoft's Windows operating system to become the World's most popular.

Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others Spend $15 Miln to Combat Declining Trust in News Media

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:19:30 -0000 · Combating declining trust in the news media is being tackled through the News Integrity Initiative, formed and funded by a group of businesses and individuals.

CDNs for Webmasters

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:01:54 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss CDNs, configurations, and how to get the best out of it.

Bing Ads Monthly Budgets to Migrate to Daily Budgets During April, 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:40:32 -0000 · Bing Ads suggest advertisers move their campaigns to daily budgets before a forced migration takes place.

Amazon Acquires Dubai-Based eCommerce Site, Souq

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:04:49 -0000 · Amazon makes it s move into the Middle East with the acquisition of Dubai-based Souq with a deal estimated at $650 million.

Twitter to Start Selling Pre-Roll Video Ads in front of Periscope Videos

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:09:04 -0000 · Twitter is to start selling pre-roll video ads ahead of Periscope videos in a move to make a little more money from its service.

Google To Deprecate and Remove Trust From 30,000 Symantec-issued Extended Validation Certificates

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:42 -0000 · "Removal of recognition of the Extended Validation status of Symantec issued certificates, until such a time as the community can be assured in the policies and practices of Symantec, but no sooner than one year."

Twitter Considering Enhanced Version of TweetDeck for Professionals

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:55:01 -0000 · Twitter is mulling over the idea of an enhanced version of TweetDeck for professionals, which may include a monthly subscription.

Hacked Sites up 36pct in the Last Year

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:17:58 -0000 · Google reports it detected a 36% increase of hacked sites in 2016, compared to 2015.

Google Reacts to Advertisers Suspending ads on YouTube

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:27:42 -0000 · Google says it's expanding "safeguards to advertisers" following advertisers suspending advertising on YouTube.

Approaching Google SEO as a Zero Sum Game

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:17:59 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss how and why to approach Google SEO as a zero sum game, or why it is smarter to take a different view.

Google Fred Update Targets Ad Heavy, Low Value Content Sites

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:16:42 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss the Google "Fred" update.

Updated Google Rater Guidelines: Fake News, Inaccurate Content and Hate Sites

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:37:14 -0000 · Google has just published the latest Google Rater Guidelines, 14 March 2017.

Vimeo Opens Up 360 Video With Revenue Earning Opportunities for Creatives

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:20:27 -0000 · Vimeo 360 is now open and will allow uploading of videos up to 8K.

Google's Gary Illyes Names Latest Algo Change: Fred Update

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:19:28 -0000 · Perhaps it was a flippant remark, but when a significant update takes place and the SERPs shift, it's always good to give it a name for reference.

SEO Weather vs SEO Climate

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:26:41 -0000 · Weather is a snapshot of what you see outside on any one single day.

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