Authorshipocalypse! The Great Google Authorship Purge Has Begun

Authorship in SERPs before and after comparison

December 2013: Authorship in Search Results Gets Restricted UPDATE 21 January 2013: I have now published results of my study detailing who lost Google Authorship and why. UPDATE: While composing this post, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Land reported that Google confirms that Authorship results in search are being intentionally reduced. It appears that the Matt […]

Google Penguin Hunting: An Interview with Russ Jones, CTO of Virante

Russ Jones interviewed on preventing Penguin penalties.

At Pubcon this October, John Rampton of Search Engine Journal interviewed Russ Jones, CTO of Virante, about how to Penguin-proof a website. The Google Penguin algorithm update, which has now had several updates and refreshings, primarily goes after sites that have suspicious-looking backlink profiles. The update looks for telltale patterns that may indicate a site […]

Negative SEO and Link Removals: Interview with Virante’s Jacob Bohall

Penguin penalty link removals

By Mark Traphagen At Pubcon in Las Vegas last month, Search Engine Journal conducted a video interview with Jacob Bohall, Vice President for Marketing for Virante Inc, on the topics of negative seo and link removals for Penguin penalty recovery. Here’s the video of that interview. Below the video is a summary of the key […]

Google Plus Update Event: 18 Major Upgrades to Google+

Google Plus Updates Event live tweets

My live tweets from today’s Google Plus Update live event. Google’s Vic Gundotra announced 18 major upgrades to Google+, centerend around Hangouts, photos, and videos. (Go to bottom of page for a Pinterest pinnable image of these tweets!) Hungry for more details on these updates? The Social Media Hat has a very thorough summary with […]

Matt Cutts at Pubcon 2013: Authorship, Authority and the Future of Search

Matt Cutts keynote at Pubcon 2013 Las Vegas

After reading several live blog notes (here and even better here) on the keynote address by Google’s Matt Cutts at Pubcon 2013 yesterday, I was seeing intriguing hints that he had spoken about some topics near and dear to me. But since these were live notes, some of the details were a bit fuzzy. I really […]

Google Plus Page Verification Is Now Harder to Get, But Still Possible

Google Plus Page verification mark

Recently I posted on Google+ that we had discovered that the Google Plus Page Verification application page is now closed. In other words, they are no longer allowing Google+ Pages to apply for verification. Here’s how the page where you used to apply for Page verification looks now: As you can see, they no longer […]

Penguin Penalty Checker: Introducing Penguin Analysis

Penguin Analysis

New Penguin Penalty Checker Site Assess Your Google Penalty Risk Penguin Analysis is a new site that can help you assess how at risk your site might be for a Google Penguin penalty. It’s the latest innovation from our awesome link removal experts at Remove’em (the leading tool to automate much of the process of […]

Google Authorship Not a Ranking Factor (Yet): John Mueller

Google Author Rank

UPDATE 7 October 2013: At SMX East last week, in the Google Authorship session, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Pierre Farr also confirmed that Google Authorship is not a factor in ranking search results at the present time. Original Post: “We don’t use Authorship for ranking,” said Google Webmaster Tools Analyst John Mueller in a Google […]

Google Answers Questions About Google Authorship

Google Authorship example search results

It’s been a long time since we’ve had any real information updates on Google Authorship and how it should be used from the horse’s mouth (that’s Google with the saddle on over there, by the way). That changed today with the posting of “rel=author Frequently Asked (Advanced) Questions” on the official Google Webmaster Central blog. […]

Google In-Depth Articles Search Results: Any Hope for Small Publishers?

Google In Depth Articles Search Results for Social Media

UPDATE: Some Hope for Small Publishers 11 August 2013 We have seen before where a new feature like this only works for big guys in the beginning but eventually rolls out for anyone. Authorship would be a case in point. I set it up when it first came out, but waited several frustrating months where only […]

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