Aug 28 2011

Google Algorithm Testing – Search Giant Calls for Help Detecting Scrapers

Google announced that it is testing algorithmic changes for scraper sites – blog scrapers in particular. The company is calling on users to help them. “We are asking for examples, and may use data you submit to test and improve …

Aug 24 2011

Google: Not Having Robots.txt is “A Little Bit Risky”

Robots.txt as you may know, lets Googlebot know whether you want it to crawl your site or not. Google’s Matt Cutts spoke about a few options for these files in the latest Webmaster Help video, in response to a user-submitted …

Aug 23 2011

Google Gives an Update on How it Thinks About DMOZ

Google posted a new Webmaster Help video featuring Matt Cutts. This time around, he discusses the Open Directory Project, otherwise known as DMOZ. The video is Matt’s response to a user-submitted question, which said: “What role does being in DMOZ …

Aug 12 2011

Google Authorship Markup – An Easier Way

Google really wants people writing web content to start using authorship markup. Not only are they looking to use it as a ranking signal, but it also pushes the Google Profile, which is essentially the backbone of the Google+ user …

Aug 10 2011

The Next Google Ranking Signal: Your Google Profile?

Long story short: if you’re looking to help your search engine rankings, you might need a Google Profile (the backbone of Google+). As previously reported, Google has a new series of tutorial videos, and in a new one, Google’s Matt …

Aug 9 2011

Google Launches New Series of Matt Cutts Webmaster Tutorials

Google’s head of web spam, Matt Cutts, has been answering webmaster questions in short videos for quite some time now. The videos have often been quite informative, and have tackled numerous issues that common webmasters face on a day-to-day basis. …

Aug 4 2011

Google Refreshes Spam Reporting

Google’s head of web spam Matt Cutts tweeted that the company has refreshed its spam report form. He calls it the biggest refresh in 10 years. Side note: It’s worth pointing out that he used Twitter to announce this. I …