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Aggregated Review Snippets using Microdata Missing from Google Search Results December 7, 2016

Aggregated Review Snippets using Microdata Missing from Google Search Results December 7, 2016

I recently predicted Google would remove some review rich snippets in late 2016 or early 2017. Well, here we are. It is December 8th, 2016, and yesterday I noticed that lots of websites are missing their review snippets, aka the “little stars in search results”. It is

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Google Analytics Vote For Trump Spam- secret.google.com

Google Analytics Vote For Trump Spam- secret.google.com

Beginning about a week or so before the Presidential Election, something odd popped up in Google Analytics in the Audience Overview section. The default page lists languages, but standing out in November many users were greeted by this message below. Note the “G” in Google is not

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Google “In The News” Replaced with “Top Stories” on Desktop Search

Google "In The News" Replaced with "Top Stories" on Desktop Search

Today on November 23, 2016, Thanksgiving Eve, I noticed something brand new in Google search results. Google has rolled out a “Top Stories” section which is beginning to replace “In The News”. “Top Stories” was previously only seen on mobile search. The mobile top stories carousel required

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Google Reverses Algorithm Changes November 2016

Google Reverses Algorithm Changes November 2016

Late October and the month of November have been very active in Google search results. October 24 was a very active day, in particular. Results went a bit crazy. I wrote an article that maybe Penguin had failed and specifically stated that hopefully the algorithm changes would

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Los Angeles Search Results Moving Frequently

Los Angeles Search Results Moving Frequently

No, it is not your imagination, search results in LA change almost every day. I’ve monitored the niche in LA for many years. I have put multiple important keywords on to page 1 there. It isn’t easy. Now, as of October 2016, you can be on page

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SEO and Spy Tools Offered at Deep Discounts by SpyAccoounts

SEO and Spy Tools Offered at Deep Discounts by SpyAccoounts

A new email is making its way around the Internet. No, it is not a Nigerian prince who is leaving me billions of dollars. It is a company selling “SEO and Spy Tools”. The email is targeted at SEO providers. Majestic, MOZ, SemRush, ahrefs, Alexa, and Raven

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Google Begins Ranking Websites by Mobile Content – Mobile First Indexing

Google Begins Ranking Websites by Mobile Content - Mobile First Indexing

On November 4, 2016, Google announced they are experimenting with “mobile first indexing”. On November 1, 2016, Telapost announced Google is experimenting mobile first indexing. (Ref: Google Search Results Changing in Mobile Before Desktop). But, I was referring to search results changing on mobile before they changed

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Google Search Results Changing in Mobile Before Desktop

Google Search Results Changing in Mobile Before Desktop

In the second half of 2016 I have noticed that many search results change in mobile search about 24hrs before they change in desktop search. At any time, in competitive niches you can type in a search on a cell phone and get different results in mobile

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Big Shifts in Google Search October 23,24,25 2016 – Penguin Failure?

Big Shifts in Google Search October 23,24,25 2016 - Penguin Failure?

I monitor several search results in the UK, Australia, and especially the Western Coast of the USA, or more specifically, attorneys on the West Coast (California, Washington, etc). I am seeing huge fluctuations in Google search results on October 23, 24, and so far on the 25th.

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Problems with Rich Snippets Google Needs to Fix in 2016 – 2017

Problems with Rich Snippets Google Needs to Fix in 2016 - 2017

Getting rich snippets in Google search results has been a big pain for quite some time. In most cases “they aren’t allowed” if you decipher whatever it is Google’s engineers are attempting to communicate to webmasters. Then, in search results, are 5 bright, shiny yellow stars beside

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How To Get Review Stars Under Attorney Pages in Google Search

How To Get Review Stars Under Attorney Pages in Google Search

If you are an attorney there is no doubt that you have seen one of your competitors that had some review stars showing up in Google search results. Criminal defense, bankruptcy, and personal injury lawyers use the review stars to take up more space in Google search

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Google Search Console Hacked Site Manual Actions and SEO

Google Search Console Hacked Site Manual Actions and SEO

If your website is hacked you will likely either discover it in Google search, or if you have Google Search Console, you will get an email notification there. Or, maybe you will just bump into it in Search Console. In Google search console, webmasters are warned about

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Websites Ranking Poorly after Penguin 4.0

Websites Ranking Poorly after Penguin 4.0

If you have a website that has been ranking poorly for quite some time and you had hoped that it would bounce back to life post-Penguin 4.0 yet it still ranks poorly feel free to contact me. I would be happy to take a look at it,

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What is Google Penguin 4.0?

What is Google Penguin 4.0?

Google Penguin 4.0 is an update to Google’s algorithms. The Penguin updates are designed to decrease rankings of web pages in Google’s search results which ranked due to manipulative links. Penguin 4.0 announced On Friday, September 23, 2016, Google announced that Penguin 4.0 is now live. This

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Future Google Algorithm Names

Future Google Algorithm Names

The SEO world is a funny place. The truly infatuated people are either completely out of touch or 1 or 2 days ahead of the rest of us by monitoring search results like scientists who measure vibrations in the earth’s crust. Regardless, at some point there will

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Google Possum and Local Search Updates September 2016

Google Possum and Local Search Updates September 2016

In a previous life I owned an IT related business which had a brick and mortar location. Prior to selling this company I became well acquainted with local search when Google introduced it. These days I pay even more attention to it; thankfully, at this point in

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Did Google Devalue Links from News Websites in 2016?

Did Google Devalue Links from News Websites in 2016?

News websites get lots of love from Google. If they are a Google News site, their articles show up in search for 72hrs or so. If they are a major publisher, they get the benefit of AMP (accelerated mobile pages). Many news websites rank very highly in

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Does Google Act on Paid Link Spam Reports?

Does Google Act on Paid Link Spam Reports?

Depending on which niche you are in there is a good chance that one or more of your local competitors are buying links. In some competitive niches, everyone on the front page is guilty of obtaining links in one way or another that Google would frown upon.

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Google Begins Providing Answer Boxes for DUI Checkpoints via DUIBlock.com

Google Begins Providing Answer Boxes for DUI Checkpoints via DUIBlock.com

Well there it is. If you Google “DUI checkpoints + your city” and you may see DUI checkpoints & recent alerts. Much of the data is taken from DUIBlock.com. I tried the search on Raleigh, Los Angeles, Chicago and a few other big cities and it worked

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Did Your Previous SEO Company Screw Up Your Search Rankings?

Did Your Previous SEO Company Screw Up Your Search Rankings?

Almost all of my clients have a previous SEO company who they parted ways with for one reason or another. Sometimes they goofed up a website so bad it has to be restarted from scratch. In other cases, I have to scrap the entire domain, simply because

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