SEO News of the Week: Bing Boards, AdWords and Bing Ads Enhancements

Bing tries new approaches to social and community search: Bing Boards. Bing Boards are collections of unique images, videos and links, created by people who are passionate about the topics they blog about. The new Boards will appear in the middle column of Bing and will help people to discover new, visually rich content. Currently, Bing Boards are created by a “small group of food and lifestyle bloggers, experts and social influencers.”

Google has recently explained how to use a reconsideration request. First of all, says the Google Webmaster Central Blog, submit your reconsideration requests only after you’ve fixed the issues with your site. Remember to add a detailed explanation of what you changed and why. Googlers review each reconsideration request manually.
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SEO News of the Week: PRISM, Google and Structured Data

You’ve probably heard something about PRISM – a secret U.S. government program to give the National Security Agency direct access to Google servers. Google’s CEO Larry Page denied speculations that Google joined this program. “First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers”, – he said in the Official Google Blog.

A new video by Matt Cutts tells how using rel=”author” structured data can help Google’s Web spam team improve search quality. He explains that moving from the anonymous Web to a Web with identity helps Google understand the authority of content writers and trust the person writing that content.
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SEO News: Local SEO, Google Penguin and a New AdWords Editor

The new and improved Google Places for Business dashboard is now available for new signups in the USA, UK and Ireland. If you are an existing Google Places for Business user, do not create new pages for listings that already exist, just continue using Google Places for Business or Google+ as you were.

Foursquare has added new search filters that allow Android and iOS users to make very specific searches, filtering by price, locations where users have or haven’t checked in before, locations ‘friends have checked in’, if a location is ‘open now’ and if a location is ‘offering specials’.
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SEO News of the Week: Search Engines Become More Social

Bing makes its social sidebar even more useful. Starting today, you will see comments on a relevant Facebook post within the search results sidebar, as well as the ability to add your own, all without having to leave Bing. You can also “Like” a post directly from Bing. Go to www.bing.com and in the top, right corner of the page, connect your Facebook account to Bing to experience these new features.

Google blends both Google+ activity (+1s and shares) and search authorship to determine the best related content to show to users as they browse mobile website content. Recommendations can appear regardless of whether your visitors are signed in to Google. But when they are, they’ll see content that was +1’d or shared by the people in their circles.
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SEO News of the Week: Mostly Bing News

BingAds announced that they are working on adding a Search Terms Report to enhance the user experience when managing search traffic. A Search Terms Report will help you add keywords and negative keywords directly through the Web UI’s Keywords tab. According to the announcement, there will also be filtering capabilities to find specific search queries and to filter out those queries that are already included as keywords in an ad group. For this, a specific launch date has not been released.
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