Are Indexed Pages a Ranking Signal?

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Recently, Google Webmaster Tools has added a feature called Index Status. Index Status tells you how many of your website pages have been added to Google’s index. This got us thinking – could indexed pages be a ranking signal?

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Have Social Signals Replaced Links?

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You’ve probably heard that social signals are a known ranking signal, and it’s true. However, have social signals replaced inbound links? Watch this video from SMX West to find out more…

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The Highs and Lows of Anchor Text as a Ranking Signal

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The term “anchor text” refers to the words that are highlighted when one website links to another.  For example, if I’m writing a blog post about a great little Cuban café that I went to last night, the anchor text associated with the link here is “Cuban café”.

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June 25th Google Panda Update (who cares?)

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On June 25, 2012, at 2:10 PM, Google announced on Twitter that they had pushed out a new Panda data refresh. In the past, we’ve gotten excited about these “data refreshes” – almost hoping something would happen (as long as that “something” is a drop in our rankings – smile). As part of this most [...]

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Are SEOs Pulling a Lance Armstrong?

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Doping and sports go together like your crazy uncle and a bottle of whiskey – you know you can’t have one without the other, and it’s best to just not think about it and enjoy the show. The latest bust-in-progress is against all-American hero Lance Armstrong, who’s currently being investigated for doping for pretty much [...]

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May 2012 Google Search Updates

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If you’re an SEO or webmaster, you’d better not plan any fun Friday nights or trips this May because Google is at it again. It turns out that, when it comes to search algorithm updates, May is a HUGE month for Google.

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Danny Sullivan and Matt Cutts at SMX 2012

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Recently, Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan, interviewed Matt Cutts, Google’s head of webspam, at the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle. Here are some of the highlights:

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May 26, 2012: Google Penguin Update

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Just when you thought it things Google algorithm update land were starting to calm down, Matt Cutts Tweets, “Minor weather report: We pushed 1st Penguin algo data refresh an hour ago. Affects <0.1% of English searches.” For those of you living under a rock for the last three months, Google Penguin is an algorithm update [...]

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Paid Link Armageddon

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Another major brand has been caught in a paid link scandal. This time it’s Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation. Apparently, their SEO company was soliciting various webmasters for links back to their site using various keywords.

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An SEO Silver Bullet Post Penguin

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It’s easy to keep the dreaded Google Pandas and Penguins away from your website house – all you need is an SEO silver bullet. You need an SEO strategy that is immune to Google’s constant algorithmic tweaks. Google Penguin has come and gone, but

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