Google Local 7-pack is now a 3-pack

It seems Google's local 7-pack has been replaced with a 3-pack, according to Mike Blumenthal. I looked and confirmed that it's a three-pack on my SERPs.

Firefox exploit in the wild - it's a nasty one - update your copy of FF right now!

I just heard about the Firefox explot, in the wild, which has been patched by Mozilla, so they, and I encourage you to update to V 39.0.3 right away.

Google Paid Traffic, eCommerce, and the Changing SERP Landscape

As Panda 4.2 rolls on, there's an interesting discussion happening on WebmasterWorld. It's about eCommerce and traffic.

Twitter as a Vehicle for Harassment

Rand Fishkin quietly added the word "feminist" to his twitter bio with sadly predictable results.

In all of Google's fruitless scrambling for a new shiny thing you can see their true fear...

I loved this comment by Tom Bishop (you may want to scroll down a bit if the permalink doesn't work) and it brings up great points:

Do As I Say, Not As I Do?

Everyone knows that link juice from forums dried up years ago and it's just spam now - but in some corners of the net, the juice may still flow.

Google Removes Free Maps Listings for Home Services Professionals

Dr Pete tweeted about Google testing removing the map and pins from local listings. So far, the test is only in San Francisco.

An Obsession With Paid Links

I haven't experienced this myself, but a user on SEO Chat seems to feel that the only way to get links is to pay for them.

Where Should You Put Your Ear to the Ground to Monitor Panda 4.2?

Panda 4.2 is going to be a long-term roll-out, which means that following its gradual impact is going to be interesting!

Good riddance G+; also Google doesn't like app interstitials

The days of "I-just-bought-an-Android-phone-now-I'm-getting-Google+-connection-requests-from-everyone-I've-ever-emailed" are over.

False Positives from Googlebot About Blocked CSS and JS Files?

Chatty Googlebot has a new message for you!

Google Autocomplete API Will Soon Be Restricted

Which means, effectively, that this is closing it down, unless you're using the CSE from that time.

Inactive Google Plus Local Pages Will Soon Be Shut Down

Mike Blumenthal asserts that this is the "final step in separating local from Plus." Another nail in the coffin for poor Google+.

Longer Google Search Snippets to Give the Summary of a Page?

There's an interesting screenshot shared by Darren DeMatas

Panda 4.2 is here!

Google announced yesterday that Panda 4.2 began rolling out this past weekend and that it will be slowly rolled out over the course of "months." This means that websites recovering or being filtere

Google is treating gTLDs no differently than a .com

Search marketers and brands alike have been up in arms over gen

Another Phantom Update? Panda Tremors? Lots of Chatter...

Some folks on WebmasterWorld are speculating that some "Phantom" tremors that began on the 14th could be Panda revving its engine.

Google is Selective About Which Tweets it Indexes

According to a blog post from Stone Temple, Google skews towards those with higher follower counts and "authority" when indexing tweets. Makes sense.

The AdWords "Buy" button takes a test run

Last week, Google AdWords implemented a "buy" button which will lead to a retailer-branded product page that is

Will Google Algorithm Be Fair One Day?

A very interesting article (and lots of more great content linked to from it) on how search algorithm is