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. Continue Reading >>
The Google Panda Dance is a new SEO term coined last week. It was created after Matt Cutts announced that the Panda algorithm will be updated every month, but that update will be rolled out slowly throughout the month. So now Google will run the update on a particular day and then it will push out that impact over 10 days or so throughout the month.
Spring cleaning continues: Yahoo has shut down of one of the web’s oldest search services. Good bye, AltaVista (a surge of nostalgia here). AltaVista launched way back in 1995 and will be shutting down on July 8th. You can see the full list of retired Yahoo projects here. Continue Reading >>
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’. Continue Reading >>
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.