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. Here’s an example of site that was hit by Panda 4.0

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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’ve included enough sites to provide a good sense of the current news search opportunity for publishers.

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Trending Sources

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?

Google+ for Your Business

yMarketingMatters

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.

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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.

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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.

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ZDNet Buys Domain Name: Immediately Gets 2 Year Old Trusted Site Banned in Google

Bill Hartzer

ZDNet recently bought a new domain name from the domain name aftermarket (a domain name auction), and almost immediately got their trusted, authoritative, 2 year old website banned in Google. Google absolutely got it right, and was correct in banning the site in Google.

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. One thing to point out is that not every site experienced a decline in 2012.

Google Plus SEO: The Business Benefits

Pamorama

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. Google Plus and social signals.

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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.

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.

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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. 20+ Major News Sites Ranked by Domain Authority.

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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. The majority (55%) say a bad mobile site experience hurts their opinion of a brand. What are consumers looking for on mobile sites?

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. 5 Social Sites That Aren’t Facebook.

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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? Google is now giving websites manual penalties for doing article submissions and having lots of links in lots of articles pointing to your website.

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.

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6 cool curation sites you may not have heard of

SocialFish

So my new thing is curated news sites. This was sparked by the death of Google Reader, which depressed me so much that I stopped reading blogs altogether for a while. (By Instead, though, this site always manages to attract me to browse stories.

6 Best Sites for Virtual Tour

Idaconcpts

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.

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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 Melberg has recognized Google for upping the competition. Long term, Facebook may find Google+ to be competition.

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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. Google+ Guides and Tips.

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. Google+ came in at 49% slightly risky and 33% not risky, a total of 82%, beating out Foursquare in the “slightly risky or less” category.

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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+. The user interface is getting better but it’s still painful to get in and out unlike sites like Twitter and Facebook which are very manageable through 3rd party apps.

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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+?

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Some Google Changes and Google Plus Tips

Waxing UnLyrical

I have read a few “How to use Google Plus for Business” posts and presentations. They all focus on search results and the power of Google. While I do not have a Facebook Page, my Google Plus result comes up third in search: I did a test for Chobani and Pepsi.

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.

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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. Site Page Speed Score.

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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. I have a few comments about Google Web Designer, though: – The title tag was pretty easy to add.

Google+ Page Tips for Nonprofits

SocialFish

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+.

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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?

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Google Analytics for Beginners

Idaconcpts

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? Advantages of using Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a free service.

Which News Sites Have the Highest Reading Level According to Google?

Adam Sherk

I saw Malcolm Coles’ post on Google’s reading level scores for UK newspapers and thought it would be fun to do the same thing for US news sites. Last week Google released a new search filter that allows users to refine search results by reading level. So what reading level does Google assign to major news sites in the US? I was going to look at top 25 US newspapers online according to Journalistics but I decided to include a wider variety of news sites.

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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.

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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. I 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.

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Does Social Media Improve Google Organic Search Ranking?

Pamorama

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 more than 90% of all online traffic is driven by search results, search engine optimization can be vital to businesses.

Do You Use Google +?

Unspoken

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. One of the key areas of competition between social media sites is time spent browsing.

How to get your content shared on Google+

Janet Fouts

Even though this is a Google product and we know they must have a lot of data and information collected on the conversations on Google+ that data is still pretty hard for users to find. So how can you measure how effective your Google+ engagement is? What about my Google+ page?

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Is Google+ Really Growing? [infographic]

Mindjumpers

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.

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Google Analytics Adding New Ways To Analyze Web Sites

Small Business Mavericks

Google have added two new features to their Analytics tool. These are two areas that we know Google are keen to include in their search algorithms. The new tool added to Google Analytics makes it easy to see at a glance how a page is performing over time. Users are looking for fast page loading times – Google Analytics will prove to be a valuable tool for measuring your page loading speed. Google Analytics is by no means a comprehensive analytics tool.

Why Sites Fall In Search Rankings

Small Business Mavericks

In fact, when new sites are discovered by the search engines and receive their initial rankings it is quite common to see them rise high into the search engine rankings. Google particularly is good at this. After a while, you’ll see your site bounce back to its natural place in the search rankings again. You’ll see your sites likely settle in at their natural search positions. It is natural for websites to rise and fall in the search engine rankings.

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Breaking Up Google

Geoff Livingston

It may be time to break Google up. At a minimum, the Justice Department should consider taking up antitrust action against Google again. Google takes these actions to drive revenue for its advertising products. In doing so, Google pushes the boundaries of fair data use.