The big core algo update might have had something to do with how brand keywords impact sites that are not the brand.
Google made a core algorithm update over the weekend that caused SEOs to lose their minds.
The question on all of our minds is - why in blue blazes would they want to do that?!
William Stanley sought to extort GE in Texas by threatening to post "fraudulent comments and creating negative reviews online," if he was not paid.
2016 might be the year Bing actually takes command of desktop search. Bing itself is responsible for around 20% of organic search.
The death of adsense is a common lamentation on many SEO and web marketing forums.
A user on WebmasterWorld points out that lots of folks are buying homepage links, and believes Google is still crediting them.
Now that Google is indexing HTTPS pages by default there are sure to be plenty of converts.
SEL reports that although bait and switch hacking is years old and was supposedly squashed, it seems to be working again for certain terms.
You can now track app install button data in Search Console, if that's your thing.
Their language is "...we'll start crawling HTTPS equivalents of HTTP pages, even when the former are not linked to from any page." They go on to say that, "when two URLs from the same domain appear
Google has dropped "Web" option from SERPs and now shows the word, "All."
There could be some real signifance to this change in dropping the word Web.
Links have been used as a ranking metric since the dawn of the search engine, but are we in the middle of a period of transition? Users on SEO Chat think (or at least hope) so.
Users on WebmasterWorld are talking about predictions and emerging trends in SEO for 2016 - it's a great topic so far.
Mobile usability is Google's meat and potatoes project these days - by that I mean it's taking up a big section on their plate.
Yahoo has been determined to complete a tax-free spinoff of its stake in Alibaba, even after the IRS said it might not fly.
Although a Penguin update was supposed to be on its way this month, Google's now saying that it probably won't happen until early 2016.
How much of this is the result of an error overwring a disavow file, or as the result of other factors, is yet to be discovered, but either way, it's an interesting topic.
Although Google hasn't confirmed it, some Webmasters believe that a third Phantom Update occurred on November 19, 2015.
Only 66% of users on complex payment systems will complete a transaction - making cart abandonment a major issue for ecommerce sites.
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