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SEO & Google’s Mobile Search Update

SEO & Google’s Mobile Search Update

Is your website mobile friendly?  If not, now’s the time to give it some serious thought.  Up until recently, having a mobile-friendly website was simply an advantage over your competition.  However, this changed last week when Google announced that it’s going to start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor:

“Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”

This announcement is a game changer for most webmasters and business owners.  It’s very unlike Google to provide such specifics about an update that it plans to release.  With this being the case, we anticipate this update having a huge impact on mobile search results.  Mobile friendly websites will surely be rewarded with better rankings while non-mobile sites will experience a decline in rankings. Exactly how much of an increase or decrease we don’t yet know, but if your website gets a lot of traffic from organic rankings, I don’t think you’re going to want to wait around to find out.  After all, 1/4 of all searches are now being done from mobile devices. With several billion searches being completed each day, this adds up to a whole lot of searches that you are not going to want to miss out on!

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Google Penguin 3.0 and How to Recover

Google Penguin 3.0 and How to Recover

In years past, it was very simple to rank a web site high atop Google's search results without devoting the time to creating relevant, high-quality content.

Google domination could be achieved with sneaky, underhanded tactics known as "black hat" search engine optimization.

Black hat SEO methods included stuffing keywords into the text of a web site as densely as possible, paying for hundreds (or thousands) of low-quality back links to your site from link farms, subscribing to blog networks to procure more back links, and primarily using keywords as anchor text for links.

For years, these techniques, all relatively easy to execute, paid off in a big way for marketers, as they were able to rank web sites which took little time to build and provided little informative content very highly in search results, even for highly competitive and heavily searched keywords.

High rankings for hot keywords, of course, translated to loads of visitors and heaps of profits for webmasters employing black hat SEO tactics. Like everything else in the world of technology, word spread quickly about the profitability of such methods, which encouraged even more marketers to jump on the bandwagon and start using them to boost their own sites' rankings.  

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Recovering from Google Penguin with Link Removal Service

Recovering from Google Penguin with Link Removal Service

Google, in an effort to improve search engine results, constantly evaluates websites and their ranking algorithm to ensure the results users are receiving are of the highest quality. On April 24, 2012, the search engine giant released an algorithm update known as the “Penguin” update. This update was designed to target websites violating the webmaster guidelines established by the company. More specifically, it targeted websites with over-optimized backlink profiles.  Google estimates approximately three percent of search engine queries done in English were affected by the update. Another update, referred to as Penguin 1.1, followed the original on May 25, 2012 and another on October 5, 2012. Although fewer sites were affected with the subsequent updates, any site that was impacted by one of these changes may find they need help recovering from these penalties imposed by Google.

Many businesses now find they are in need of a penguin recovery service thanks to unnatural links or over optimization. If you have received this dreaded news, you may believe you have no choice but to start a brand new website. Others are under the impression that they must rush out and find a massive amount of high quality links in a short period of time to offset the negative ones therefore spending a massive amount of money to accomplish the feat. However, this doesn't have to be the case as a genuine link removal service can be of great help.

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