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10 Things That Expose Good Sites to Google Panda

Adam Sherk

Google Panda was designed to go after sites with a high volume of thin or low-quality content (among other things) in an effort to improve the overall strength of the search results. The types of sites vary but most are trusted, authoritative brands with large audiences that have produced quality, popular content for years. Instituting a minimum word count is helpful.

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How Much Google News Traffic Do Publishers Get? Here’s Data on 80 News Sites.

Adam Sherk

Google News has been in the news itself lately, from European efforts to impose taxes to questions about its value and even suggestions for giving it a full redesign. But I was curious how much news search traffic sites are currently receiving and what percentage of total search traffic it represents. News Sites Ranked by Google News Traffic. Jan-Nov 2014) Percentage of.

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How to Make Your WordPress Site Google AMP Compatible

Bill Hartzer

We just got word that Google’s AMP ( Accelerated Mobile Pages ) project is live. Google will be encouraged to show your site more often in the mobile search results. So, how do you make your WordPress site compatible? Here’s how to make your WordPress Site Google AMP compatible. Well, luckily there’s a WordPress Plugin for that!

Google+ for Your Business


As promised in my blog post, Which Social Media Channels Should I Use For My Business? , I am following up with an in-depth look at Google+. Google+ has an estimated 300 million active users  - far from the ghost town people believe it to be.  Statistics also show that Google+ is the second most actively used social platform boasting users in over 31 markets. Use it. Resources.

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29% of the Top 500 Google+ Pages are News and Content Sites

Adam Sherk

Whenever I do a presentation on Google+ for publishers I mention that quite a few news and content brands are among the most followed pages. The point being that Google+ does indeed offer good opportunities for audience development, engagement and content promotion. Today I thought I’d check to see just how many news and content sites are among the top 500 pages on Google+.

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Google+ Tips and Tricks

Janet Fouts

This post is meant to be a getting started guide for those of us who got an invite and are now wondering how to use Google+.  If you’re looking for an overview of Google+ check out Part 1 of this post: Google+ and World Domination. Start with your Google Profile. Google+ has it’s own privacy policy, here’s a link. Google+. Language.

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StumbleUpon Traffic to Magazine and Content Sites Down 27%

Adam Sherk

The news of layoffs at StumbleUpon reminded me that in compiling some year-end social media referral data I’d noticed that a number of sites had experienced declines in StumbleUpon traffic. The examined sites can be roughly divided into five main categories: food, home, fashion & beauty, health, entertainment and news & tech. What Types of Sites Get the Most Links?

Google Penguin Recovery: Did Your Site Suffer from the Google Penguin Algorithm Update?

Bill Hartzer

How can you tell whether or not your website has suffered a traffic loss or some sort of penalty as a result of the Google Penguin updates? And if your website actually did suffer a traffic loss, you actually might not know it: especially if you are looking at your Google Analytics. First, I took a look at the Google Analytics for the site as a whole.

Google Plus SEO: The Business Benefits


Google Plus offers business opportunities available nowhere else. The social network run by Google — the gateway to your business — is a game-changer. It ties together several Google products and delivers many rewards for brands. Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, has said , “It’s really the unification of all of Google’s services, with a common social layer.”

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Where does Google+ fit into your B2B Marketing plans? [infographic]

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Have you made Google Plus a part of your marketing strategy yet? After all, it’s not every day that a social media website goes to great lengths to make your business more visible, but that’s exactly what you’ll get from Google’s services. By giving every plus profile a page rank, Google makes it easier for everyone to show up online in the search engine.

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The Fastest and Slowest News Sites in 2012

Adam Sherk

It has been a couple years now since page speed has been an official Google ranking factor and one year since the launch of PageSpeed Online , the Web-based version of Google’s tool for analyzing site performance. So I thought I’d check in on the PageSpeed scores for a selection of major news sites. 20+ Major News Sites Ranked by Domain Authority.

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White House Creates Crowdsourcing Site

Spin Sucks

This week, on Inside PR , Joe Thornley , Martin Waxman , and I talk about We the People , a new crowdsourcing site from the U.S. Yes, you read that correctly. A new crowdsourcing site from the U.S. You share your petition on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, your blog, etc., Sites such as  Starbucks and HP use for ideas and innovation from their customers.

Six Tips for Using Google+ Now

Spin Sucks

Well, much to my chagrin, I just saw that PRNews is offering  Google+ training for $329. The first thing you want to do is create a Google profile, if you don’t already have one. Go to  Google Profiles , sign into your Gmail account, and click on the edit profile button. Google+ is set up with what they call Circles. Tracking traffic to your web site or blog.

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Five Easy Ways to Use Google+

Spin Sucks

Last summer, when Google+ launched in beta to the uber-geeky technology crowd, the industry was all a flutter. Was Google to be more kind with our private information? And, because it’s a Google product, the search engine giant ranks content higher if it’s promoted through the platform than that on any other social network. Are you using Google+? Not really. Hangouts.

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67% of Consumers Are More Likely To Purchase From Mobile-Friendly Sites

The Realtime Report

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of consumers think it’s important for brands to have a mobile-friendly site, according to a recent study by Google. Despite this clear expectation by consumers, nearly all of those surveyed (96%) have come across a site that wasn’t mobile-friendly, AdWeek reports. So what happens when consumers do find a mobile-friendly site?

Get Your Site on Google’s Front Page Search

Bill Hartzer

Have you received an email (usually an unsolicited email) from someone offering to get your site on Google’s front page? In fact, as part of Google Penguin recovery for websites, I am having to get article submissions and directory listings taken down as an effort to clean up a website’s link profile. Search Engine Optimization

Is Google+ Really Growing? [infographic]


Tweet Google+ has registered the fastest user growth when compared to its social networking counterparts. The site reached 10 million users early on and 20 million in mid July. As Google continued to roll out their “by invitation only” beta, users lined up around the block. Similar Posts: Facebook vs. Google+ [infographic]. People are indexed at random for the sample. 3.

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Creating Google Plus Business Pages

Janet Fouts

Everybody’s been arguing over the value of Google Plus lately. Well, Google just changed the conversation in a big way and just in time. The announcement of Google pages for business came just in time to turn the whole argument on it’s head. As I scanned my Google Plus stream it quickly became clear that it was way more than that. How could we resist?

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6 cool curation sites you may not have heard of


So my new thing is curated news sites.  Or curated stories, as they are not all “news” per se. During my time off of blog reading, I discovered (or rediscovered) a bunch of new curation sites, some of which have now become my “morning newspaper time”  I though you might be interested in checking them out for yourself. Cowbird is a beautiful site for stories.

24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012

Webbiquity SMM

Will Google+ be a “Facebook killer” or just Google’s next failed social network? Then again, the average Facebook user spends nearly seven hours per month on the site—compared to just three minutes for the average Google+user. Many of this year’s best posts about Google’s newest social platform were written early in the year. You can!

6 Best Sites for Virtual Tour


Then go over this site and have your private tour of some of the places listed by Unesco as the World Heritage List. This is a brilliant site to browse through as the images are just stunning and makes you feel that you are actually there walking. net is also a cool site to come by when you feel like being anywhere but where you are at. 1001 Wonders. 360 Cities. Gigapan.

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Is Google+ the Next Big Social Media Site for Business?

The Social Media Incubator

Google+ is getting a lot of attention right now due to the “rivalry&# between Google and Facebook, which is heavily partnered with Microsoft.  Social Media Strategist Caroline Melberg feels that the site will be beneficial at some point in the future, but it might take some time. “I think it is a bit too early for most businesses to jump into Google+ as the jury is still out on how participation will ramp up, but if it happens like I think it will, Google+ will become the first real social-business networking site,” said Melberg.

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5 Top Social Media Professionals on Google+

Janet Fouts

There’s been a lot of noise about Google+. Personally I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Google+. Unfortunately the platform has quite a lot of downside too. I’ve noted before that the Google+ Business pages may not be for all brands, some have built their Google+ pages and done quite well, but maybe not well enough to ax that Facebook page just yet.

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Which Social Media Sites Are The Riskiest?

Small Business Mavericks

According to one survey , Facebook is the riskiest social media site for businesses online. 43% of businesses found video sharing sites to be slightly risky. LinkedIn is considered slightly risky by 43% of businesses and not risky by 35%, making it more trusted than Facebook, Twitter, video sharing sites, or blogs. Answers, Google+, and Foursquare (in that order) are likely to be your cup of tea. Social Media facebook Foursquare google Twitter YouTubeIt’s not really surprising. But the rest of the results of the survey are quite interesting.

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18 Expert Guides to Using Google+ for Business

Webbiquity SMM

Despite the reputation Google+ has in some circles for being the social network that everyone has joined but no one uses , marketers are increasing viewing it as a vital platform for branding and engagement. So what are the best practices for posting and sharing content on Google+? What are the best tools for analyzing Google+ activity and results? ” Google+ and SEO.

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Did your site survive Mobilegeddon 2015?

Saying It Social

5 easy steps to ensure that your website is mobile-friendly and will be ranked higher in Google's mobile SERP following the April 21st algorithm change, also known as Mobilegeddon 2015. The post Did your site survive Mobilegeddon 2015? Google + SEO Google https Mobile mobile-friendly Mobilegeddon SERP Web Developer Webmasterappeared first on.

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Google Web Designer For HTML5 Sites That Work On Any Device

Bill Hartzer

With everyone talking about responsive web design, and creating websites that will work on any device, Google Web Designer seems to be a pretty good option. Really, only 2 minutes, to download and test out Google Web Designer on a recently-acquired domain name, Streaming Video , where I wanted to put up a real basic web page. Google Search Engine Technology Search Engines

Sitelinks: Has Google Rewarded Your Site With Sitelinks Yet?

PWB Marketing Blog

Have you ever noticed those sub-links under a search listing when you do a Google search? Google calls them sitelinks and they appear only for certain websites triggered by certain keywords. Site owners cannot manually add sitelinks to their website. Sitelinks appear only for websites chosen by Google that meet certain criteria. Google keeps their formula top secret.

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Google Page Speed Ratings One Year Later: News Sites Range from Up 27% to Down 73%

Adam Sherk

The launch of Google’s Page Speed Online (which allows users to get Page Speed scores without installing a browser extension) reminded me that it has been a year since I looked at the page load times of major news sites. Today I checked each of those home pages again and ranked the sites by improvement. Site Page Speed Score. So which sites are now the best performers?

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Google+ Page Tips for Nonprofits


I admit I was a bit skeptical when I got an email from a Google rep offering to help set up a Google+ page for ASHA. Also, I am  still kind of lukewarm on Google+ overall. He shared this handy guide, 10 ways to build your community on Google+. He showed me how to add a +1 button to a website and how to create a Google+ badge for your site.

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Google Analytics for Beginners


Google has made all this possible with its quintessential service called Google Analytics that specifically caters to online marketers. So what exactly is Google Analytics? Google Analytics is a flagship service from the Google stables that furnish accurate visitor data for an online enterprise. Advantages of using Google Analytics. How do I sign up?

How to Create Content for Your Site that Your Readers Will Love

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

With the changes that Google is making, content – quality content – is more important than ever. But you shouldn’t want better content just for the sake of Google. Don’t forget that customers, potential customers, media, and potential business partners are all visiting your web site. What do visitors to your site want? This is a guest post by Miranda Marquit. .

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5 Social Sites That Aren’t Facebook

Waxing UnLyrical

Its stock has been almost cut in half, GM dropped a $10M ad deal, and Google is nipping at its heels with the purchase of Wildfire. Unlike Google, I am not on Facebook to look for products, hence I’ve never clicked on a Facebook ad. Google+ was betting on this, but hasn’t succeeded in switching over users, perhaps in part because it’s not exclusive enough. Networking.

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SEO Strategies: Optimisation Ideas for Your Google+ Page


And, right now, Google+ is one of the dominating social networking sites. With that said, take the following aspects into mind while creating your Google+ page. When it comes to the “About” section, make sure that it includes relevant details about you or your company since Google search results use a line or two as a snippet or meta description.

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Does Social Media Improve Google Organic Search Ranking?


If your site appears on the first page of Google results, it can make a huge difference in brand recognition, sales, and [.]. Google Infographics Search Social Media Google Search StatisticsIf you manage a website, you know the importance of search engine rankings. Since Since more than 90% of all online traffic is driven by search results, search engine optimization can be vital to businesses.

Google Penguin Recovery: Site Owner Doesn’t Know About Resources Page on His Site

Bill Hartzer

I spend a few hours each day helping site owners and business owners recover from the dreaded Google Penguin algorithm update. thought that I had received crazy emails from site owners who don’t know how to update their website. But it’s also amazingly hilarious to me when I run into a site owner who doesn’t even know that certain pages exist on their website. also asked him if he was going to be able to remove that page on his site or if he still could remove the link. Date: Wed, March 12, 2014 3:34 pm To: "XXXXXXXXX".

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Use Media Relations to Get on the First Page of Google

Spin Sucks

In the comments, Stephanie Vermillion asked, “Is there a suggested number of total content pieces you need to develop expertise on the main topic in the eyes of Google?” You could have one epic piece of content that gives you expertise on that topic—in the eyes of Google—or you could create 200 pieces. The short answer is no. The number of pieces does not matter.

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How to get your content shared on Google+

Janet Fouts

Sure Google+ can be a powerful tool to share your message with, but this network is in it’s infancy, and  with millions of users your message can be left largely unheard unless you have created circles who care about what you have to say and will share it with their own circles and help you get the word out. So how can you measure how effective your Google+ engagement is?

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If your site is not mobile-friendly, Google will penalize you.


Over the past few years, Google has been putting a lot of energy into pushing website owners to cater to mobile customers, who are becoming an important part of the online ecosystem. Today, the company will start counting mobile-friendliness in its all-important algorithms—and responsive sites, rather than dedicated mobile platforms, are the preferred way to go.

Do You Use Google +?


Oh Google+. You had great hopes to become the next big social media site. Google+ is the social network brought to you by arguably the biggest Internet conglomerate of all time. When this brainchild of the Google brand was announced, many people thought it would be so successful that it could edge Facebook out of the social media market. Has it happened yet?