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 Author Rank: On? Not Yet? Why I Don’t Care

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Google Author Rank: The Sasquatch of SEO When it comes to the topic of Google Author Rank and whether it is a reality today, the True Believers are only slightly less fanatical than people convinced that the following are real: Sasquatch (Big Foot) UFO abductions The Kardashians OK, one of those may actually be real, […]

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

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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 […]

Powerful Personal Branding via Content, Social Networking, & SEO

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Personal Brand Authority Is Key to Customer Connection Recently I was asked to give a workshop for entrepreneurs and startup business people at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City. Since the Foundation was taking the trouble of flying me all the way out to the “Paris of the Plains,” I thought long and […]

Schema.org Markup and Rich Snippets for the Little Guy

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Just when you thought you were ahead of the game by implementing Authorship and/or Publishership, Google shook things up…again. In-Depth Articles are now a regular part of the search results for broad keywords and their visibility is so prominent, it’s quite an enviable position to have. The vast majority of these articles appear to be […]

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