Google to test subscription tool to help publishers winn new subscribers

Google has said it'll test a tool to enable publsihers gain more subscriptions. This is ver similar to Facebook's earlier announcement to help.

Googles latest response to YouTube advertiser boycott: New site category exclusions for display network

The changes to improve 'brand suitability' are  detailed on this Google help page were

Google continues move into the home services niche with US east coast expansion

In 2015, Google launched a pilot of their home services ad in San Francisco and has since then made it available in several other cities in the US including, San Diego, LA, Philadeplphia.

Facebook has a tool to help them monitor potential acquisitions and rivals

Facebook has a tool to help it identify start-up competitors

FB Says its not counting accidental ad clicks anymore

Facebook is finally taking action on invalid clicks, which is good news of advertisers.

Is AI really "Stuck"? - Gary Marcus thinks so.

Within technology industry and beyond, AI seems to be the new buzzword.

Facebook's changed its news feed algo so that faster loading pages will rank higher

Facebook is going to rank faster loading pages higher in the newsfeed than a sluggish loading page, according to the latest developer news.

What does Google autoplaying video test mean for search, Wired Inquires

 

G quietly updates Quality Rater Guidelines, Affecting Mainly Mixed Language & Non-English Results

Jennifer Slegg, reports from theSEMpost on recent changes, this is

Watchdog group EPIC asks FTC To investigate Google Offiline tracking for privacy violations

In May, we posted about Googles announcement of new capability to track online/offline interations and attribute them to Googles ads.

Google Search Console Refresh & Some New Reports

Google is finally giving a long overdue refresh to google search console (yay).

Does Pinterest dominate Google SERPs too much?

Barry has a thread over at Search Engine Roundtable which observes discussion at WebmasterWorld suggesting that Pinterest is dominating Google's SERPs too much.

Don't Worry Too Much About Canonicals Implemented in Error

A report at TheSemPost from one of Google's Hangouts describes a situation where a canonical is incorrectly set up. Does it cause a problem?

Affiliate Summit Acquired by Clarion Events

Most of you know Affiliate Summit and Missy Ward and Shawn Collins, and it's just been confirmed that Clarion Events has acquired Affiliate Summit.

The rise of HTTPS in Google SERPs

According to a report at SER, 99% of Google page 1 SERPs contain at least one HTTPS result. I haven't see quite that many, but, I have seen a lot more HTTPS than previously.

Has Spammy Content From Others in Google Ruined a Webmaster's Livelihood

Barry Schwartz has written a piece about an observation in the WebmasterWold Google update thread that a webmaster has lost their livelihood over spammy sites ranking above their quality site.

Bing Webmaster Tools Broken?

Bing's webmaster tools appear to be broken, and it doesn't look as if there's a fix coming. Perhaps by talking about it Microsoft will do something.

Do you use Bing Webmaster Tools?

Google pays professors as part of academic influence campaign

According to the wall street journal, as part of its anti-trust battle plan, G

Google Search Apps to Get AI for News Feed

Google is releasing updates to its apps on iOS and Android where artificial intelligence will be used to learn about your interests with the result of giving you even more of the relevant news.

How does umbrella-sharing start up lose nearly all of its 300,000 umbrellas in a matter of weeks?

The umbrellas sharing startup, E Umbrella based in Shenzen, which only just launched in 11 Chinese citiles announced that it lo