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Luke Chapman

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Just noticed something amusing. Searching on Google AU for "Endemol" (it's a TV production company) and the description looks fairly normal. If you search for "southern star" (they used to be Southern Star Endemol) you get the second screenshot... "What appears when you type in the content field on the homepage? Nothing!" which is actually the meta description on their site. 

I wonder if they know their web dev left this message in there... They probably haven't noticed because it doesn't show up when searching their actual brand name!
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Ha ha ha- love it. 
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Perry Bernard

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A quick little "did you know?"

If your content has been crawled and cached by Google, it may not yet be fully indexed. Your page links may well appear in Google search, but as time goes on, Google builds more extensive statistical profiles of your content. It keeps mapping content that it already knows is there, but hasn't had time to "think" about yet and figure out how each piece of your content fits in with the next bit. This is why you could have launched an awesome site that may one day rank #1, but doesn't get there for ages, months, probably more than 6, or even 12, depending on how much content you have.

I watch stats all day long. It seems to be the flip side of content writing for me. The pattern I see from Google Webmaster Tools is that the Content Keywords list grows over time, even when you're not adding content to the site, and even though the content has been cached, it doesn't mean the 'micro-segments' within your content have been fully indexed. Physically mapped? Yes. Semantically mapped? No. The physical mapping is the first step of many, many more steps, each of which examine the data for slightly different reasons.

This is why rank takes time to establish. It's a hard one to explain to your SEO client who is asking 1 week after starting and SEO project with you: "why hasn't my rank gone up?", but that's how it is.
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Myles Golden

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Has anyone noticed a spike in traffic from 4webmasters.org on April 20th? - We've noticed numerous sites that had this referral domain in the list. Seems to be a spambot?
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Chad Harris's profile photoMyles Golden's profile photoChris Simon's profile photo
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ya, seems to be another spam bot like semalt or something
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Perry Bernard

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Anybody else seen a massive change in Google SERPs yesterday afternoon - and still persisting today? This is the biggest rank shake-up I have seen for the last 2 years. I hope it's just a Google field-test!!

Dear Aussie counterparts, have you seen the same on your side of the ditch?
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I'm hearing ya re GWT. lol
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Myles Golden

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Has anyone noticed local search map packs on Desktops not showing as of late this afternoon? 

#SEO #localseo
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Nikhil Raj

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I have a larger version of an image hyperlinked from its smaller version which opens in a lightbox when clicked. The code looks like <a href="link to large image"><img src="link to smaller image"></a>

Google is behaving strangely and is showing the larger image in image search results instead of the smaller image. Normally Google shows what is inside the img tag, right? Or did I miss anything? Note: The smaller image has a size of 300x350.
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Riccardo “Merlinox” Mares's profile photoKen Rohrer's profile photoNikhil Raj's profile photo
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Google will show both versions but usually put the larger one with the higher resolution higher in the search results. If you go to Google images > Search Tools > Size > Medium, you may see the smaller image there.
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Riccardo “Merlinox” Mares

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Does (not provided) will come to GWT?

Usually I analyze sites with some history.
By now, I'm analyzing the grow of a new little site.

So today I check 30 Impressions and Displaying 3: oh my God what's happened?

Another check:
■ report query: 2 keywords (3 impressions of 30)
■ report landing page: all landing pages  (their impressions sum is 30!)

So: now I see only 10% of query (per impressions).
Question: does (not provided) will come to GWT too?

Thanks
#gwt   #query   #notprovided  
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Riccardo “Merlinox” Mares's profile photoMartino Mosna's profile photoKim Clinkunbroomer's profile photo
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I agree with +Krzysiek Deszcz​. I should also add that the new query report being developed (I don't remember the name, it's in closed alpha at the moment) seems to have a lot more precision and data integrity.
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Bill Bean

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What can we learn from the pharma SERPs? A lot, it seems.
Pharma SERPS (search engine result pages). PHARMA SEO CASE STUDY. Why study this serp? (Sure it might feel a bit slimy, but there is gold in these hills). ANSWER: Because some of the BEST SEO's, albeit blackhatters, work the Pharma serps. Why? $$$$$$$, that's why.
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Brilliant Logic I Love IT!
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Trey Collier

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GWT Crawl Error Reporting at its finest

Was gonna track down a possible errant link, then this happened.     Now what?
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Thank you +John Mueller for your clarification.      44 of 50 of the newly found 404 errors yesterday shown to me had no "Linked From" tab.

Before your input,    I just marked them "Fixed"     I didn't know if if this was a glitch error or what, but figured that if it was a "Real" issue, it would re-show itself with good information (with "Linked From" tab)   so I'd know better how to deal with it in the near future.

But taking a step back, shouldn't GWT tools be giving us the best information on what needs to be fixed that may have issues with us ranking well?      Until now, I never thought of it being a tool that made us think of chasing our tails doing things that don't really matter in the long run.
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Matt Gardner

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Handy little tool... just what I was looking when trying to figure what plugins a particular site was using...
Did you ever wonder what WordPress theme or plugins is that awesome site using? WordPress Theme Detector is the perfect free online tool to find out.
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Nick Cavarretta's profile photoVictoria Spall's profile photoRobert O'Haver (InternetAdPro)'s profile photo
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Wish I had seen this earlier today when looking at theme options for a clients blog. Ha. Cheers for sharing dude :)
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Riccardo “Merlinox” Mares

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Google, where is Penguin?
Some months ago (august) I lost a client. No problem.

It found another SEO: no problem.
Image I posted is the growup of traffic SEO, by +SEMrush.

So... I did a little check of new backlink of last months, with +Ahrefs... near 100% of new domain was:
■ signature in open guestbook (off topic)
■ signature in open forum (off topic)
■ follow link in forum with "follow" link in post
■ singnature in social network off geo-target

So... I know that Google may penalize it, sooner or later, but is it acceptable?
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John Romaine's profile photoRiccardo “Merlinox” Mares's profile photoAlexander van Aken's profile photo
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It seems something coming in italian serp...
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Perry Bernard

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Has anyone here tried an experiment in which you systematically removed or disavowed all back-links to a website that is already ranked, just to see what happens? If so, when did you do this and what did you observe?
(you might know where I'm going with this)
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+Perry Bernard IMO, if the links that were removed were deemed to be shite by the Gorg Council they basically have zero impact until you reach the right threshold for shite links and Penguin runs, IMO those links become isolated on the linkgraph ie: the algorithms and/or G web spam team basically remove them from the ranking calculation, if you remove the link from them then it is one less bad one pointing at the site and with enough removed and disavowed you can remove the dampener caused by "algorithmic dampener" otherwise known as Penguin. IMO, the best way to beat all of these algorithmic dampeners is remove the problem... so I choose to 410 the Penguin affected page which effectively removes it from the linkgraph and any negative impact... at some point you see the site gain trust and begin to rank. IME, it's easier to try and rank for the target term  of the removed page with new filename and copy.
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Perry Bernard

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Google appear to have launched a new-look search impressions page in Google Webmaster Tools. Now labeled "Search Analytics" with some cool new filters and overlaid graphs. Looks good, Google! I look forward to having a good play.
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Dawn Anderson's profile photoDave Ashworth's profile photoPerry Bernard's profile photoVanessa Rider's profile photo
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looking at this at the moment - looks like the total click and impressions are higher than on the old report (therefore more accurate?)

and it looks like they've taken away the total number of search queries and limit this to 999

that was a useful metric (though seemingly not accurate) so the jury is still out for me...
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Perry Bernard

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What's wrong with this picture? .... I'll give you a clue, something has been removed, and the SERPs result reflects globalised results. Am I going mad?
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Sebastian “STaN” Heymann's profile photoPerry Bernard's profile photo
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Everything is back to the way it was now.
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Marta Gryszko

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[1 April ;) ] Wow, interesting information from
+John Mueller and +Barry Schwartz http://www.addictedtoseo.com/googles-to-count-offline-mentions-in-algorithm.html Google is about to count offline mentions in its algorithm.
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Of course it was a joke for 1 April, but some of the commenters on my blog must have believed that :)
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Razvan Girmacea

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"negative seo" search term increases by 43% in the past week in search (Google Trends: http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=negative%20seo

http://i.imgur.com/IU6o86W.png

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Exploraţi tendinţele de căutare Google cu ajutorul serviciului Google Trends.
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Andre Weyher

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Interesting new feature coming up in the SERPs... 

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/24/google-hangouts-for-places/
Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is..
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Jaaved Khatree's profile photoJohn Romaine's profile photoZakir Hussain's profile photo
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This continual push from Google to keep people on Google is getting way out of hand. Its too much.
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Cristian Sepulveda

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Hi guys,

You believe that Google algorithms applied equally across the world?

Have you seen SERPS that simply do not reflect the latest versions of Panda or other algorithms?
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I think +Rick Bucich  is also dead on about verticals. It is not just doing natural vs unnatural as a universal. It's also looking at natural/unnatural for X type of site where what's 'unnatural' is not necessarily the same across the board for all sites. 
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Vahe Arabian

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Hey guys I had a question. I've seen a few instances where we've implemented a meta robots tag (no index, no follow), however when you do a site command that page appears. any thoughts?
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If other pages have replaced it, why not 301 redirect?
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