Google says it would like to communicate more information on penalties but has no plans to do it

Google says it would like to communicate more information on penalties but has no plans to do it

Google has always been shy to give out information to webmasters concerning the reasons behind penalties or changes in their website's search ranking. They often tread a thin line by trying not to give Blackhats information about how the algorithm works but also trying to give webmasters who play by their rules some information too. Unfortunately, I and many others often feel that Google falls short on communicating enough information for webmasters when they get into deep water with the [...]

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SEO & IM Crunch – Thursday 24th Sept 2015

SEO & IM Crunch – Thursday 24th Sept 2015

Google webmaster central office hours hangout John Mueller will be hosting this hangout. Be sure to get your questions in early. I intend to join the hangout and have posted a question already. I'll report back tomorrow on any interesting titbits from the hangout in tomorrow's SEO & IM Crunch post. http://i.imgur.com/n7AXg8m.png?1 Click here to go to John Mueller's Google Hangouts announcement post.   Reports of vast falls in AdSense earnings and delayed reports for September 2015 In a thread on Webmasterworld many webmasters claim to be [...]

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SEO & IM Crunch – Wednesday 23rd Sept 2015

SEO & IM Crunch – Wednesday 23rd Sept 2015

Latest SEO & IM News Google issues unusual warning to repeat offenders of their guidelines concerning manual actions Google has always tried not to communicate with webmasters who break their guidelines deliberately, but on the 18th of Sept they did just that. The post on The Official Google Webmaster Central Blog specifically talks about the scenario of a website receiving a manual action for a bad link, then once the webmaster has nofollowed the link and the penalty has been lifted they [...]

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What are some of the biggest SEO myths you still see being repeated in Matt Cutts videos?

What are some of the biggest SEO myths you still see being repeated in Matt Cutts videos?

As a prologue, this post is about a recent video Matt Cutt's posted on Youtube where he advises webmasters on some of the "SEO myths" out there. Well, rather than explain it, I thought I'd mirror it, enjoy. Watch his video below and then read the edited transcript for a more accurate account of his video. Today's question comes from Ryan in Michigan. Ryan asks, "What are some of the biggest SEO myths you still see being repeated in Matt Cutts videos?" That's [...]

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Is Rand Fishkin really this uninformed about SEO?

Is Rand Fishkin really this uninformed about SEO?

In a turn towards the bizarre Rand Fishkin has revealed that he is not the credible source of SEO information that people often view him as. One of his latest tweets raises the question, how much does Rand Fishkin really know about SEO? After spending some time looking through BHU Forum he tweeted:   Sometimes, I get an urge to scour the underbelly of the black hat world & buy stuff like http://t.co/TQve8Xe66R just to see what happens — Rand Fishkin (@randfish) February [...]

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It’s Time You Ditched Gmail, Chrome, WMT, GA

It’s Time You Ditched Gmail, Chrome, WMT, GA

Pushing my protection agenda and policy for Blackhatters I thought I'd urge you to make an effort to protect your self and your property from the attacker which is Google. Our best asset is being one step ahead of Google and not taking chances by believing they cant do that. We've done this many times before, we said they cant manually review the SERPS, we said they cant take down private blogs networks and we said they cant penalize websites for building [...]

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A Special New Year Message From Agent Blackhat

A Special New Year Message From Agent Blackhat

As we begin a new year, I feel it is worthwhile to look back and reflect on the choices we have made during the previous year. I don't have to explain to you that life is precious but I think it is hard to describe the true value of your own life and the time you invest. Please bear with me and my philosophical moment. When you begin to search for your goal in life, when you first think about what [...]

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This is what happens when you bait Matt Cutts into an attack

This is what happens when you bait Matt Cutts into an attack

As a prologue, this post is about discovering the true depths that Google will go to, about learning how their current capabilities and the reach Google spam team have currently. Having Matt Cutts target me directly, we got an insight into just how far the Google spam team will go once you're targeted. Later in the post I look at ways to protect our sites from an attack in the future and remain anonymous, these are things we will have [...]

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A Blackhatter’s Manifesto – By CCarter

A Blackhatter’s Manifesto – By CCarter

My existence pre-dates your comprehension of the digital world. I was in the murky darkness that was created before there was a Google, when Yahoo was still a young pup, and AOL WAS the internet. The younger generation refer to those of us that existed in the 'before times' as Ancients. We know the true ways of the internet, we know it's vastness, it's capabilities and it's potential. We've seen brands, web properties, and even search engines come and go. Every [...]

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So you saw a case study of a site which passed Penguin 2.1 using only spam?

So you saw a case study of a site which passed Penguin 2.1 using only spam?

There is a destructive trend across the Blackhat world right now which is going to cause a lot of problems for people. Mixed signals on the causes of penalized sites and case studies on sites using Blackhat techniques which seemingly didn't get hit are challenging what we've learned from Penguin 2.1 so far. Don't fall into the trap, most of the sites that used spam to rank and seemingly passed by Penguin 2.1 were very young sites. I have young sites [...]

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