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Just a couple of days after Google finally confirmed that Caffeine had gone live, they have brought colour and life to their homepage. The Bing-ification of Google continues.
After introducing a left-hand navigation [see: The Changing Anatomy of a Google Search Page], which had more than a passing resemblance to Bing’s, it looks like Google have been borrowing from their Microsoft rivals again. Today the world woke up to a full colour Google homepage. The white background has been replaced by a rolling reel of photography.
Yesterday the BBC ran a story about how the founder of Stagecoach, Sir Brian Souter, had seen his website stripped of its rankings within Google. Understandably, he was less than happy with this revelation, claiming that “it’s not Google’s place to decide which sites we can see and those we can’t”. Sadly for Brian, it is.
The question of whether Google should wield this power is one that has been discussed time and time again. It’s an ethical quagmire, one which everybody has their own opinion on. However, what Google do have, as with all search engines, is a strict code of practice that webmasters should adhere to and an algorithm to index sites fairly.
In the days before the Internet, information was passed verbally or through writing. You’d read the news in a newspaper or watch it on the television; they were your primary, or in many cases, only source of worldly happenings. You’d discuss things with those around you and others who could be reached by telephone. If you wanted to converse with someone in a distant land – or the other end of the country at least – you’d apply for a pen pal. But the Internet has changed all that. Read more
As the dust begins to settle from Google’s latest algorithm bombshell – we’re beginning to see a clearer picture of the damage caused and why. Whilst it’s too early to conclude the absolute affects, the inevitable consequence of sites losing rankings due to poor content, is that those with decent on-site copy should prosper.
Sites that have been reportedly affected are those that contain low quality content including article sites, hubs and scraped blogs [See: Google Algorithm Update: Quality Content is King]. Whilst on the face of it this sounds like bad news, there’s no reason why you can’t turn this update in your favour; particularly if you’re prepared to invest in your on-page content.
We all know a good horror story or two, we all have our favourite scary movies, but nothing comes close to the SEO and digital marketing nightmares that have taken place this year. In the spirit of Halloween we thought why not share a couple of horror stories of our own; a lot has happened this year and these are just some of the tales that’ll be enough to make anyone in the industry shudder in fear.
If day one of the CS Forum provided me with a deeper understanding of content strategy and useful takeaways [See: The Content Strategy Forum - Day One] then day two gave me so much more. I was able to discover content strategy tips from the very best people practising this discipline.
From easy to use success metrics to analysing your content using analytics and from strategies for the social web to effective video content, I listened to compelling talks, something that should be shared to the wider community. One of the key takeaways from the Forum, as advocated by Melissa Rach is that our competitive advantage comes when we share…so share I will…
Google officially announced the second stage roll out of the Panda Update across all English language regions yesterday.
The algorithmic update was initially launched in the US just over a month ago and was designed to help users find the higher quality sites in the search results.
The team at Google have had a lot of positive feedback about the update from both searchers and website owners. Whilst searchers are seeing more relevant results and website owners are benefiting from increased visibility, now that spammy competitors have been downgraded in the SERPs .
You know that you’re getting up at a crazy hour of the day when you wake up and teletext is on most of the channels on your television, so as the alarm sounds at 5.30am, with no sign of the morning’s breakfast news, I slowly woke up and started getting ready to make the trip down to Brighton to meet fellow Koozai members for the Brighton SEO conference held at The Corn Exchange.
If further proof were needed that we are moving towards a media centralised on the Internet, today’s announcement that England’s World Cup qualifier football match with Ukraine will be televised exclusively online should certainly help.
For around £5, a million England supporters – numbers are limited so as not to overload the system – can enjoy the now inconsequential game on their PC (or Mac). Whilst this isn’t an entirely new phenomenon, it is the first time that an Internet company has been granted exclusive rights to host a live England match; quite a milestone.
Touted as the SEO killer [see: Is Google Caffeine the SEO Killer], Google Caffeine is an update to the Google system that has been designed to increased the speed with which results are generated and improve relevance once they arrive. Any significant overhaul of Google has to be taken seriously, but how much it will actually affect SEO and the current rankings is anybody’s guess.
Google are famous for drip feeding information about changes to their algorithm. Matt Cutts is often the one to spread the good and bad news to the wider search community; however, in this instance, Caffeine appears to have been kept largely under wraps.