Patent-Reading Reveals New Technical Insights to How Google Views Entities

Fancy something a little more meaty and technical than your typical SEO article?

Link Search Operator at Google No Longer Operating

It's been years now since SEOs have been using the link search operator at Google  (e.g., link:yourdomain.com) and relying on it to provide meaningful data.

How to Choose the Best Ecommerce Platform for SEO (January 2017)

Research Methodology

The first step was to create a list of the most widely-used shopping cart platforms in Europe and the U.S (source: BuiltWith.com); Danny Richman then 

Google: We Do Not Throttle or Restrict Traffic

It's a long-running conspiracy theory in SEO that Google throttles the traffic it sends to sites. Some webmasters have, in the past and up to today, noticed strange patterns with their traffic.

There's Something Weird Going on With Google Map Maker

Namely, Google Map Maker is shutting down. Now, I know what you're thinking - who cares?

"Methbot" is one of "the most profitable bot operations in existence"

The bot operation called "Methbot" watches up to 300 million video-based ads every day automatically.

Google Makes Algorithmic Changes to Fix Holocaust Denial SERPs

Just a few days ago, I highlighted a story from The SEM Post that used the search phrase "Did the Holocaust happen," to show how fake news ranks in Google.

Search Traffic Declining? You’re Not Alone (and What to Do About It)

According to research from BuzzFeed, “Search traffic to publishers has taken a dive in the last eight months, with traffic from Google dropping more than 30%…While Google makes up the bulk of searc

The Politics of Fake News

While Google and Facebook fight fake news, people on the sidelines are debating whether they're taking the right course of action.

New Yahoo Hack announced: More than 1 billion accounts from 2013 stolen

Yahoo has just confirmed a new hack from 2013 which surpasses the previous 500,000 million.

There's No Such Thing As Google Sandbox

Paranoid SEOs who love to blame Google for everything also love to whine about the "Google Sandbox." But, according to Google, there is no such thing.

AMP URLs Will Be Changing Soon

AMP cache URLs have been showing up as coming from google.com/amp/ - but soon they'll be coming from cdn.amproject.org instead.

Will the Front Page of Google SERPs Be Fully Paid Search in the Future?

Google is testing a new format for the front page that pushes organic results so far down the page that they're almost off of it.

How Google is Fixing Fake News

Despite all of our technological advances, humankind is still vulnerable to lies and manipulation.

Google Removes Content Keywords from Search Console

Just a quick blurb of news today - Content Keywords has been removed from Search Console.

Just in Time for Black Friday - Amazon Drops the Hammer and Deletes 500,000 Incentivized Reviews

Back in October, Amazon warned that they would be taking a serious look at incentivized reviews on their platform. Now, just in time for the holidays, they've made good on their word.

Images Are Appearing in Mobile Sitelinks

It's just like it sounds - images in text ads are appearing as sitelinks in Google.

Individual Sitelinks are Back, Baby

The row of sitelinks at the bottom of listings that appear for generic queries has returned. Gary Illyes's comments seem to imply that their removal was a bug.

Google AdSense and Facebook Ban Ads for Fake News

Fake news sites are hopefully going to have a lot more difficulty staying afloat in the near future.

Bing? Mobile? Pssshaw!

Christi Olson from Bing has said that they "have no plans to do a Bing 'mobile first' index."