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Microsoft Outlines its Immediate Plans for LinkedIn Now Acquisition Gets Regulatory Clearance

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:06:28 -0000 · Microsoft's CEO, Sataya Nadella, outlines some of the immediate plans for LinkedIn.

Google Removes "In The News" From Desktop Search over "Fake News" Criticism Renames it "Top Stories"

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:58:57 -0000 · Google renames "In the News" to "Top Stories"

US Congress passes legislation over ticket-grabbing bots

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:30:46 -0000 · The U.S. Congress has passed legislation to "crack down" on those using bots to snatch tickets.

Google AdSense: Is it Doing Enough to Stop Spam Ads

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:58:00 -0000 · WebmasterWorld members discuss the challenge of dealing with spammy ads in the review center.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - December 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:51:28 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Should We Still be Concerned About "Bad" Links?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:23:10 -0000 · WebmasterWorld members discuss whether "bad" links should be a concern, and how to better develop linking strategies.

Phishing Botnet Taken Down and 800,000 Domains Seized

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:35:27 -0000 · "largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures..."

Firefox Zero-Day Exploit Reveals Tor Users' Identity

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:45:00 -0000 · The vulnerability is being used to reveal the identity of Tor users'.

The Stress-Less Way to Move to HTTPS

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss whether the stress involved in moving to HTTPS is worth it, and talk about the tips and tricks to make it all easier.

Amazon Deletes 500,000 "Incentivized" Reviews

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:11:00 -0000 · In a little over a month the company has made good and is doing more than prohibiting, it's deleting "incentivized" reviews.

E.U. Proposals For Ecommerce Payments Will Require Extra Security Checks

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:19:00 -0000 · The European Union's "Payment Services Directive 2" proposal includes making consumers go through additional security measures.

Google Extends Rich Cards to Include Local Restaurants and Online Courses

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:52:03 -0000 · Google adds two new verticals to the Rich Cards.

Facebook Winds Down Ad Serving on Atlas

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:33:59 -0000 · Facebook's Atlas ad serving is to be wound down over the coming months.

Australian AdSense Login Problem

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:43:55 -0000 · AdSense log in problem for Australian publishers.

Facebook to Fix Metrics Bugs in Insights

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:58:00 -0000 · Facebook has said the Page Insights metrics had a bug in the system since May 2016.

Microsoft Takes Platinum Membership at The Linux Foundation

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:31:18 -0000 · Microsoft is joining The Linux Foundation with Platinum membership.

Google Cloud Joins .NET Foundation

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:26:53 -0000 · Google is joining the Technical Steering Group of the .NET Foundation.

Google to Ban AdSense Publishers With Fake News Sites

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:01:00 -0000 · The new policy will go into effect "imminently."

Twitter Now Lets You "Mute" Keywords and Phrases

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:48:00 -0000 · Twitter is rolling out a new addition which means you can now mute keywords and phrases, or conversations.

WhatsApp Adds Video Calling

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:33:14 -0000 · WhatsApp adds video calling and is rolling it out world-wide.

New Form of AdSense Abuse and Spam Attack

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:13:22 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss a new observation of sites appearing to use AdSense code resulting in skewing page view statistics.

Best Practices for Indexable Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:03:26 -0000 · Comprehensive guide detailing both best practice and a series of do's and don'ts.

Facebook Messenger 1.3 Now Allows Sponsored Messages

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:59:59 -0000 · Sponsored messages coming to Facebook Messenger.

Google Safe Browsing "Repeat Offenders" Locked Out For 30-Days

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:58:04 -0000 · Repeat offenders of Google's safe browsing will be locked out from review for 30-days.

Browser Plug-In Found Selling User Browsing Histories

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:10:18 -0000 · The plug in has now been removed from the browsers.

Google Announces Mobile-First Indexing Experiments

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:46:52 -0000 · "To make our results more useful, we've begun experiments to make our index mobile-first."

Google Updates and SERP Changes - November 2016

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:09:31 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

MySQL Exploit Gives Root Access to Server: Update Your Systems

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:28:19 -0000 · Site administrators should apply patches immediately.

Facebook Q3, 2016 Reports Revenue $7.01 Billion

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:29:34 -0000 · Facebook says its monthly active users reaches 1.79 billion, which is a 16pct increase, year on year.

Reviews of The Latest Google AdSense User Interface

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:19:44 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members review and discuss the most recent update to the Google AdSense user interface.

Microsoft Flow - Create automated workflows between your favorite apps

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:32:59 -0000 · Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service that makes it simple to automate common tasks and business processes across your applications and services

Do You Still Believe in 200 Rank Factors, and Santa Claus

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:44:20 -0000 · Do you still believe there are 200 ranking factors?

Publishers Give Google AMP Mixed Reviews

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:24:06 -0000 · Some publishers are unhappy with the performance of their ad revenues with Google AMP.

Twitter Q3 Beats Expectations: Revenue $616 million, Cuts Jobs by 9pct

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:12:45 -0000 · It seems twitter's Q3 performance was better than expected, at $616 million in revenue...

WiGig Super-Fast Wireless Certified By WiFi Alliance

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:27:07 -0000 · Super-fast wireless technology based upon the 802.11ad standard, dubbed WiGig, has been certified by the WiFi Alliance.

DDoS Attack Brings Down Sites - Twitter, Github, Reddit

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:57:13 -0000 · Widespread outage, many top sites hit with DDoS disrupting services

Linux "Dirty Cow" Exploit: Patch Your Systems Now

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:28:40 -0000 · This bug has been around for nine years.

Going Font-Less

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:23:46 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss going font-less, and the pitfalls of doing so.

Google Mobile-Only Search Index Coming Within Months

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:46:52 -0000 · Announced at Pubcon, Google's Gary Illyes said Google has plans to release a separate mobile search index.

WebmasterWorld's Brett Tabke Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:37:44 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's Brett Tabke was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in Las Vegas on 12 October, 2016

New and Less Common Webmaster Technologies and Software

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:08:48 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss some of the newer or less common technologies and software.

Server Farms - Update

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:48:23 -0000 · This is where we report data center IP ranges as they are discovered or change in the rapidly evolving assigned IP landscape.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - October 2016

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:44:54 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Windows 7 Rebounds and Windows 10 Uptake Declines

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:19:10 -0000 · Windows 7 has increased its market share now that the free Windows 10 uptake has reached its end.

Facebook Launches Marketplace: Buying and Selling in Local Communities

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:57:34 -0000 · Buying and selling in local communities is the aim of Facebook's new Marketplace.

Blocking the IP of a Bot that is hogging resources

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:45:55 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss how best to identify and block a bot wasting bandwidth and hogging resources.

ICANN Now The Ultimate Overseer of Domain Name System

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:40:50 -0000 · Some ask if the U.S. Government has given away the Internet?

Apple to Start Selling App Store Search Ads October 5, 2016

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:19:49 -0000 · Apple's App Store search ads are about to take off from October 5, 2016

Twitter Rolling Out "Moments" For Everyone

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:17:43 -0000 · Look out for "Moments" appearing on your menu.

BlackBerry To Stop Making Phones

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:11:23 -0000 · BlackBerry has said it is to give up making phones.

Link Building Mistakes of the Professionals and Newbies

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:36:47 -0000 · WebmasterWorld discuss today's link building mistakes.

Google Penguin 4.0 Confirmation, is Now Part of Core Algorithm, and Realtime

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:03:33 -0000 · Today, Google confirmed what many WebmasterWorld had known, that Penguin 4.0, confirmed today, is now part of Google's core algorithm, and it'll continue to run in real time.

Yahoo Confirms 500 Million Accounts Hacked

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:10:47 -0000 · A recent investigation by Yahoo! Inc. has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company's network in late 2014

Massive Jumps in GSC Legacy Crawl Errors

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:38:24 -0000 · WebmasterWorld Members discuss the massive jumps in legacy crawl errors in Search Console.

ICANN To Change Cryptographic Key Pairs For The First Time

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:39:41 -0000 · The cryptographic key switch-over will take around two years to complete.

Bing Academic and Movie Search Intelligent Autocomplete

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:38:08 -0000 · Bing has said its autocomplete for academic and movie search is enhanced to improve the search experience for users...

Does your HTTPS site need a unique IP address?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0000 · With Google's ever increasing push toward HTTPS, including the recent news about the Chrome browser displaying "unsecure" for non-HTTPS sites in January 2017, will you need a unique IP address when installing your cert?

Facebook and Google in Coalition for Better Ads, Formed To Improve Consumer Experience

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:05:44 -0000 · Major advertisers and businesses involved in the Internet, including Facebook and Google, IAB and IAB Europe, have formed Coalition for Better Ads to "improve consumers' experience with online advertising."

Official recall of Samsung Note 7 phones

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:56:22 -0000 · The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is now stepping in on a formal recall

Facebook Messenger to Allow Messages with Payments

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:33:55 -0000 · Facebook made some Messenger announcements for developers, including the capability to send payments via Messenger.

Ad Exchange Launched by Ad Block Company

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:58:09 -0000 · Users with the Adblock Plus software installed will soon get ads, but, it's described as acceptable ads

Twitter Changes What Counts in 140 Characters, Making Longer Tweets Possible

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:15:11 -0000 · In the coming months, Twitter has said it'll cut down on the content that counts towards your 140 character limit.

Google Chrome Will Mark HTTP Sites Transmitting Passwords or Credit Cards as Non Secure

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0000 · From January 2017, Google Chrome is going to mark HTTP sites that communicate passwords and or credit card info as non-secure.

Google: Spammy Widget Links Violate its Webmaster Guidelines

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:47:17 -0000 · As if you didn't know this already, Google has now made it abundantly clear...

Google Tests "Shop the Look" For Mobile

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:40:56 -0000 · Clearly, Pinterest's success has caught Google's eye with this test of "Shop the Look."

Google Updates and SERP Changes - September 2016

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:34:13 -0000 · WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Apple to Remove Abandoned Apps, and New App Names Limited to 50 Characters

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:44:08 -0000 · Apple's new policy to clear up the App Store.

Facebook Wants Advertisers to Improve Their Sites for Mobile Users

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:52:34 -0000 · Facebook is keen for advertisers to improve their sites for a better mobile experience.

Apple Ordered by EU to Repay $14.5 Billion in Irish Tax Breaks

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:40:47 -0000 · EU says tax deal with Ireland allowed Apple to pay almost zero tax on European profits between 2003 and 2014

Opera says its service for syncing web browser data was hacked

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:34:01 -0000 · Opera sync servers hacked, usernames and passwords at risk

The End Of Google Fiber?

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:34:02 -0000 · According to a new report Google Fiber was told to slash staff numbers in half and drastically reduce installation costs

How do you calculate ROI based on true lead value or quality?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0000 · WmW members discuss how to figure out which campaigns bring in the highest real revenue and lead quality

Adsense 3 ads limit lifted?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:37 -0000 · Is Google AdSense removing the limit of 3-ads-per-page?

Google wants to put an end to pop-over ads

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:09:40 -0000 · Google to downrank pages with intrusive interstitials

Pinterest Adds Video Advertising

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:09:53 -0000 · Adding to its buyable Pins capability, Pinterest is now moving in to video advertising on the main Pinterest feed.

Link Maintenance Matters

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:44:51 -0000 · "Even if you don't care about Google rankings, you should care about growing referral traffic to your website so your business isn't 100pct reliant on Google sending organic traffic."


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