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Google Make Webmasters Feel Uneasy

Eagle-eyed users of Google’s ‘Webmaster Tools Help Centre’ have recently noticed a change to the wording for one of the answers given on the page – namely the answer to ‘can competitors harm rankings?’ The answer, which was apparently updated in March 2012 but has the date May 22 stamped on it, used to say “There’s almost nothing a competitor can do to harm your ranking or have...

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Google Deny the Severity of Penguin Update

According to the experts at Google, the Penguin Update that launched at the end of April only affected around 3% of search queries, meaning the vast majority of webmasters should not have had their sites affected in a severe way. Webmasters around the world beg to differ though and from the thousands of forums online it seems that many smaller websites were affected to a greater extent than when...

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Is The Google Penguin Mad?

Since the Google Penguin Update that was implemented at the beginning of May thousands of website owners have seen their ranking drop, and no one really seems to understand why. According to the Google bods the new algorithm has been designed to combat spam websites and those with poor quality content but it seems that genuine websites are also being affected by the changes. So what exactly does...

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Google Penguin May Not be Entirely to Blame for Lower April Rankings

Webmasters who saw their websites slip down the rankings during the month of April have naturally blamed the launch of Google Penguin for the changes, but it seems Penguin may not be entirely to blame. This is because Google actually implemented over 50 changes to their algorithm during April – some of which launched at the same time as Penguin while others came later – and it could be that...

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Google makes Changes to Compete with Bing

It seems the recent move by Bing to incorporate the Facebook ‘Likes’ algorithm into their personalisation of search results has prompted Google to add the number of shares a website has on the various network sites into their search result snippets. This doesn’t mean to say however that Google is going to incorporate social network shares into their algorithm as Bing has done, and the...

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New Index shows the Real Size of the Internet

SEO experts, SEOMoz, have over the last 12 months been compiling an internet index to show the real size of the internet and other invaluable statistics…and at the start of May they finally released the results. According to the new figures, there is now just short of 160 billion unique URLs that make up the internet! But that’s not all the index shows. In addition there is: • 1.1 billion...

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