How the Google Hummingbird Update Changes Your SEO Strategy

Since Google announced the Hummingbird update last week, we’ve had to answer to callers every day that SEO has not been killed; it’s just been changed a little. It’s high time to publish a guide explaining how you should change your SEO strategy to adapt to the new Google algorithm.

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1. Optimize for long tail keywords.

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SEO News: Hummingbird Algorithm and Encrypted Search

There are two big news items now being discussed in the SEO community: a new Google search algorithm called “Hummingbird” and the encryption of all search data that Google recently announced.

The Hummingbird algorithm will better focus on the meaning behind the words. However, it still uses PageRank along with other factors like whether Google believes a page is of good quality, the words used on it, etc. Penguin and Panda also stay intact. Hummingbird is a brand new search algorithm, though it continues to use some of the same parts of the old, like Penguin and Panda. This means that the SEO guidance remains the same: build quality websites with unique informative content and receive natural backlinks.
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SEO News from Matt Cutts, AdWords and Twitter

Twitter now shows protected tweets in its search results. But don’t worry, not all users will see them. These tweets will be shown only to the user who has the protected account, and to that user’s followers, according to a recent tweet from Twitter.

“If there’s a small website that you think should be doing better in Google, tell us more,” – asked Matt Cutts recently on Twitter. Google notices this survey will not affect rankings, they just want to know about small qualitative websites.
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SEO News of the Week: Google AdWords Editor Improved, Google Map app updated

Google.com went down on Friday afternoon around 3:50pm PT for about five minutes. Google says you can follow their dashboard for more information about Google services: http://www.google.com/appsstatus. What’s interesting is that, for the 5 minutes that Google servers went down, web traffic fell 40%.

You can now download the latest version of AdWords Editor. The new version supports upgraded sitelinks for enhanced campaigns. With the enhanced campaigns you can include additional details for each sitelink.
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New Google Keyword Planner To Replace the AdWords Keyword Tool Soon

You should have noticed an announcement on the Google AdWords Keyword Tool interface. It says that, in the coming month, the External Tool will no longer be available and you should use the new Keyword Planner instead.

The new Keyword Planner tool gives data much like the External Keyword tool did but there is one big improvement – it includes searches done within specific geographic areas. If you are into local search, you will appreciate the new tool and we hope some new features will be added before the old External Keyword tool is retired.

The Keyword Planner interface will take some time to get used to, for those familiar with the External Keyword Tool.

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