SEO News of the Week: New AdWords Integration, Better Organized Google Webmaster Tools and Bing’s New Image Search Filter

Bing announced that a new “Search by License” feature is available now in Bing image search. This  feature has six different filters: 1. All, 2. Public domain, 3. Free to share and use, 4. Free to share and use commercially, 5. Free to modify, share and use, 6. Free to modify, share and use commercially. Now you can easily find an image that that will best serve your needs without manual sorting.

Google Analytics started to roll out a new AdWords integration infrastructure for advertisers. The new integration is laying a foundation for adding new AdWords dimensions quickly – such as Ads – and paving the path for a rich set of reports such as enhanced campaign bid adjustments and Google Display Network targeting settings.
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Responsive Web Design for Mobile Websites

Recently, Helen Vozna wrote an article entitled Mobile Website Optimization: Where to Start. She wrote about optimizing the way search engines crawl your website by providing and submitting a mobile sitemap. However, there is a modern technology that allows you to optimize your website for mobile users, while retaining the original user experience that you have invested so much time in. This technology is called responsive web design.

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How to Win With the New Google Shopping

Google Shopping has replaced the free Product Search in October’12 in the US. In Europe, the migration from free to paid will be complete by June 11th, 2013.  What you want to know is how you can make (more) money by advertising your products on Google Shopping. Here it is:

1. How other people make money with Google Shopping

Product Listing Ads (PLAs) are those picture-ads that you see on Google’s Search Engine Result Page (SERP):

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Save Your Rankings from Aggressive Penguin Updates

Matt Cutts confirmed that Penguin 2.0 is on the way, and that it will be a big one. He specifically said it would be “significant” and one of the most talked about Google algorithm updates this year. Follow these steps to secure your rankings.

The new Penguin update is expected to be even more aggressive in dealing with spammy links. Even if your backlink profile seems good for Google now, it’s better to perform a thorough audit to save your rankings.

Analyze and clean your backlink profile.

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How to Use Sitemaps Wisely

Sitemaps have no standardized name or file location, so search engines do not read them by default. Instead you should notify the search engines about your sitemap. You can place a link to your Sitemap file in your robots.txt file, submit your Sitemap via the Webmaster Tools of Google and Bing or just submit your Sitemap with the Web CEO Sitemap Generator.

You may give your Sitemap file any name you choose and store it anywhere on your site (although the site root is a reasonable place to put it). The Sitemap file must be a UTF-8 encoded text file, that means that URLs with some special characters must use entity escaping for search engines to parse them correctly.

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