A Whirlwind of Drama as Google Blocks (and then unblocks) Keyword Planner Access

Admittedly, I was pretty peeved yesterday too when I heard the news. Keyword Planner is an essential tool for business and one that I recommend to many beginners.

The Mysteries of RankBrain (And Other Tidbits From a Google Q&A)

SEL has a good summary of the recent Google AMA. The short and skinny is:

Google's Ad Labels Changed From Orange/Yellow to Green and People Don't Know What to Think

I didn't expect Google's new green ad labels to be such a divisive issue, but they've created a fissure in the SEO community.

Lots of Stuff in the Pipeline for Search Console!

More than 90 days worth of data, featured snippets analysis, and more is coming to Search Console.

Are We Living Through Another Online Advertising Bubble?

And is it about to burst? That's what users are talking about in this WebmasterWorld thread.

Vanity TLD Domain Names Don't Impart a Ranking Boost

Last week I highlighted a story from SEL where the writer claimed that a lawyer who switched to .attorney saw a big ranking boost. Turns out that article was probably a bunch of BS!

Another Rough Week for Google

A class action lawsuit about AdWords can proceed, the U.S. Supreme Court says. Well, really they declined to hear the case.

Filing Bogus Spam Reports on Your Competitors is a Boneheaded Idea, Google Confirms

Remember a few months ago when Google said that they keep track of users who submit good, real, honest spam reports? And that those reports get prioritized?

How Much Do You Trust Fancy New TLDs?

Here's a curious little article published in Search Engine Land recently.

A Separate Mobile Search Index Is Still Coming

Now that more than 50% of all searches happen on mobile devices, Google's Gary Illyes says that it makes sense to have a separate, mobile-only index.

Google's Paris Office Raided By Investigators Over Alleged Unpaid Taxes

Google's Paris office has been raided by investigators where Google is accused of owing the French state

A Florida Judge Rules Google Must Face Trial Over Site Removals From SERPs

This lawsuit can proceed, says the judge. However, don't get too excited just yet as Google usually manages to come out without a case to answer.

Are Monthly SEO Contracts a Scam?

People can be skeptical of a lot of SEO practices. Is the method of payment one of them?

URLs and Photos No Longer Count Towards the Character Limit on Twitter

A few months ago, Twitter was talking about pushing its character limit out to 10,000+. There was a huge debate over how essential the character limit is to the essence of Twitter.

Google Mobile SERPs Update Coming in May

Google has announced a mobile SERPs update coming in May which will mean that mobile-friendly sites are likely to get a bigger boost.

A Nail in the Coffin For Payday and High Interest Loan Ads

Beginning July 13 of this year, Google will stop accepting and displaying ads for a specific slice of payday and high interest loans.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau is Planning a New Ad Scoring System to Fight Ad Blockers

They call it the L.E.A.N. system because ads clearly need to go on a diet. That stands for "Light, Encrypted, AdChoice supported, and Non-invasive advertising".

Featured Snippets Get Expanded Topics

Just another way for Google to keep all the traffic to itself?

67% of mobile shoppers convert on desktop

This just popped up in my Twitter feed

Google's New Mobile Friendly Test Adds Comprehensive Blocked Resources Report

Just in case you were wondering if Google still values the mobile web - the answer is "yep!" Their mobile friendliness test was launched prior to Mobilegeddon and now it's getting an upgrade!