There has been some recent speculation on Twitter as to whether Google has any patents or research that outline what a ‘natural link profile’ actually looks like.
Google has come out with an update to the algorithm that governs how featured snippets (rank 0 SERP placement) are displayed. The update is designed to make each snippet more useful to users by understanding and checking for which information needs to be refreshed.
Instagram has cracked down and deleted several ‘meme’ accounts that had amassed large followings and were earning significant amounts of revenue via brand partnerships and advertising. The accounts deleted had a combined follower count of more than 30 million users.
In case you didn’t already know, ‘memes’ are those viral pictures and videos with humorous captions. They’re definitely hit and miss, however the virality of them has been noticed by brands who want to reach a younger generation that habitually engages with this kind of content.
Google Maps has been updated on IOS to allow businesses to edit the information in their listings without needing to leave the app. This is helpful if you are looking at your own listing in Google Maps and notice an inaccuracy that could be damaging to your business.
Should you change your website’s URL? Will it damage your SEO to switch out the unique address of your website? Google has tacitly confirmed that keeping the same URL for as long as possible is the best way to protect your SEO growth.
Since the introduction of Google Feed in 2017, expansion into the idea of having a scrollable smart feed of interesting content has expanded. The original concept was to have a list that changes with you. Previously known and introduced as Google Feed, the service has been revamped and re-branded as Google Discover with the addition of important features.
According to Pandu Nayak, a Google engineer, changes to the Google algorithm are made in real time in response to big world events to reduce to spread of fake news. When a big event is happening, Google increases the weighting of authority signals in its algorithm to display search results with accurate information. Misinformation is common and can quickly spread during tragic events where getting live facts can be difficult.
Since Google first overhauled their mobile news app, it was inevitable that changes to desktop news search were coming. In a recent tweet from Google News Initiative, plans have been announced to to redesign desktop news search to match mobile platforms.
In a new post on their official Webmaster’s Blog, Google announced that it would be officially retiring unsupported lines of code in the robots.txt file that websites use to instruct how the search algorithm should crawl and index their site. It comes after a previous blog post announcing that their production robots.txt parse is going to switch to open source.
In the world of SEO, determining the difference between causation and correlation is a source of confusion for many. It’s entirely possible to enjoy a boost in Google’s rankings without having a clear picture of which specific tactics influenced the algorithm – instead, all of the work you have done has correlated with other factors to produce the positive result.
One area that this confusion often manifests itself in is in discussion around the algorithmic value of your website’s domain age. Let’s clear up this confusion by looking at what Google actually has to say about it: