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Annoyed at all the spam referrals in Google Analytics telling you to buy followers or download website buttons?  Google Analytics is working on a solution to the problem. At Mozcon today, Adam Singer from Google Analytics confirmed that they realize the spam referral issue in Google Analytics is an issue and they are working on …
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+AJ Kohn is right, even if he isn't exactly right.

See his TL;DR.

And then...
 "The reason click-through rate matters is that you can influence it with changes to your title tag and meta description. Maybe it’s not enough to tip the scales but trying is better than not isn’t it?"
 
Is Click Through Rate A Ranking Signal?

The evidence suggests that Google does use click-through rate as a ranking signal. Or, more specifically, Google uses click data as an implicit form of feedback to re-rank and improve search results.

My latest post where I explore whether CTR is a ranking signal. Hopefully the answer seems clear once you get through the post.

Thanks to +Danny Sullivan for continuing to ask the question, to +Rand Fishkin for continuing to test and to folks like +Ann Smarty, +Dan Shure, +Bill Slawski and +Cyrus Shepard (and many others I'm missing) for sharing this late yesterday with their followers. 

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Do You Even Algorithm, Google?

It’s been nearly nine months since the last Panda update. If Panda improves search quality then the prolonged delay means search quality is declining.

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Did your search engine rankings recently go down? Might be related to Google's "quality update" from earlier this month.

Google described this update as "changes to its core ranking algorithm in terms of how it processes quality signals."

Their ranking algo is updated many times a year. It might be accurate to say it's in a near constant state of flux. This can be frustrating.

Our advice is to avoid playing near the edges of quality. For most businesses and brands it isn't worth the risk to cut corners or take shortcuts. 

Google's guidelines are here (you might have to look at the cached version of the page): https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35769?hl=en

ht/ +Bill Slawski 
Earlier this month, many webmasters noticed significant Google ranking changes. Google has finally confirmed those ranking changes with us.
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Getting calls from people claiming to work with Google? They just want to help with your business listing and to make sure it isn't deleted or that it ranks well in search, right?

Many of our clients and others we talk to get these types of calls on a regular basis. They're confusing, sometimes frightening, and a scam. Here's what Google says:

"Watch out for parties calling and selling services claiming to have a special relationship with or claiming to be Google."  source: https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/2952493?hl=en#telemarketing

h/t +Mike Blumenthal 
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Do searchers go beyond page 1 of Google?

Are purchasing decisions affected by online reviews?

When do negative reviews cost your business customers?

What sites do people visit before buying a product or service?

h/t +Dan Hinckley 
Ignore online reviews at your own peril, as they greatly influence prospects who are looking to do business with your brand.
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Announcing @screamingfrog SEO Spider 4.0 - http://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider-4-0/ . Google Analytics integration, custom extraction & more!
Version 4.0 of the Screaming Frog SEO Spider crawler now includes Google Analytics integration, custom extraction (scraping) and much more!
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Perhaps Getty's SEO person will address this. Does seem almost silly.
 
I thought it was odd Getty would join this investigation. And when I read their claims I realized they don't understand how Google works and how it affects them... they are blaming Google for what comes down to the fact they need better SEO to rank better.
Getty Images has joined EU’s antitrust investigation against Google as an “interested third person” this month.  They are taking Google to task for what they feel are issues caused by Google, specifically with image search, that hurts both their sales and Google traffic. But when you look at it a little close, what is interesting …
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Disclosure is the default. Better safe than sorry.
The U.S. agency updates its FAQ page for endorsement requirements for the first time since 2010. The new guidance could precede a crackdown.
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10 facts to help keep things in perspective. h/t +Bob Hoffman 

1. E-commerce in 2014 accounted for 6.5 percent of total retail sales. 

2. 96% of video viewing is currently done on a television. 4% is done on a web device.
  
3. In Europe and the US, people would not care if 92% of brands disappeared.

4. The rate of engagement among a brand's fans with a Facebook post is 7 in 10,000. For Twitter it is 3 in 10,000. 

5. Fewer than one person in a thousand clicks on a standard banner ad.

6. Over half the display ads paid for by marketers are unviewable.

7. Less than 1% of retail buying is done on a mobile device. 

8. Only 44% of traffic on the web is human.

9. One bot-net can generate 1 billion fraudulent digital ad impressions a day.

10. Half of all U.S online advertising - $10 billion a year - may be lost to fraud.

source: http://adcontrarian.blogspot.com/2015/04/10-facts-from-real-world.html
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Good luck, everyone!
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Key Reasons Why You Don't Have a Mobile-Friendly Tag
We took 25,000 URLs and ran them through our mobile-friendly tester, then went through all the results to figure out what makes you fail and what doesn't.
We bulk tested 25,000 different URLs on Google's mobile-friendly test, and identified all the things that can go wrong when it comes to mobile-friendliness.
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