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Google defuses ‘miserable failure’ Google bomb In 2007, Google finally defused a “Google Bomb” that had returned U.S. President George W. Bush as its top organic result since December 2003 when searching for [miserable failure]. Originally, Google was of the belief that “We just reflect the opinion on the Web, for better or worse.” Eventually,
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Expedia buys Travelocity In 2015, Expedia bought rival Travelocity for $280 million amid sluggish travel industry growth and pressure from insurgent travel providers. Expedia had actually been powering Travelocity.com since 2013. So the acquisition seemed quite logical from both perspectives. At the time, Expedia also owned several online travel brands: Hotels.com, Hotwire, eLong and Trivago.
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Google deduplicates featured snippets In 2020, Google rolled out a global change to featured snippets that resulted in any URL only appearing once on the first page of search results, instead of twice. Google said there would be no change to its overall set of web search results. There would still be 10 unique listings,
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Google explains the “core” algorithm In 2016, Google’s Andrey Lipattsev explained the “core” algorithm. This happened following the news about Panda becoming part of Google’s core algorithm. SEOs wanted to better understand what being part of Google’s core algorithm meant. Put simply, it meant that an algorithm is consistent enough that Google doesn’t have to
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Matt Cutts sticks a fork in guest blogging In 2014, Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s webspam team, took to his personal blog with a clear message: “Stick a fork in it: guest blogging is done; it’s just gotten too spammy.” This wasn’t the first time Google or Cutts had discussed the risks of guest
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Google Search Console updated the performance report on January 6, 2023, going forward, to report on more product results, even without structured data. That means you may see an increase in impressions and clicks when you filter the performance report by “product results” in the search appearance type. What Google said. Google posted here saying,
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Google blackens its logo, configures Googlebot to crawl at a much lower rate In 2012, when you visited Google, you saw this: That’s how Google voiced its opposition to two bills being discussed in Congress – the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). At the time, many feared the proposed
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Google Speed Update: New ranking algorithm designed for mobile search In 2018, Google announced the “Speed Update” – a new ranking algorithm designed for mobile search – would go live later in the year. The “Speed Update,” as we’re calling it, will only affect pages that deliver the slowest experience to users and will only affect
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Top Story In 2017, Google’s Gary Illyes explained what crawl budget is, how crawl rate limits work, what crawl demand is and what factors impact a site’s crawl budget. As Illyes explained, most sites don’t need to worry about crawl budget. “Prioritizing what to crawl, when, and how much resource the server hosting the site
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Facebook Graph Search arrives In 2013, Facebook announced a new experience that it called Graph Search. Facebook Graph Search relied heavily on Likes and other connections to determine what to show as the most relevant search results for each user. At launch, Facebook Graph Search only included people, photos, places and interests. Facebook Graph Search wasn’t a
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R.I.P. AMP In 2022, we revealed what happened when Search Engine Land shut off AMP. TL;DR: “We have seen very little disruption to our traffic and have reaped the benefit of having a clearer picture of our audience analytics.” We didn’t see any year-over-year declines in traffic that we could tie to AMP aside from
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There are three essential skills you need to develop to progress your SEM career. These critical skills apply to almost any industry, but we will make a specific case for roles within SEM:  Clear communication Effective collaboration Focused productivity Clear communication  Do not underestimate clear, concise communication. Communication is at the core of any role
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Google Panda becomes a core ranking signal In 2016, Google Panda became baked into Google’s core ranking algorithm. Google Panda was one of Google’s most significant spam-fighting algorithmsl First launched in February 2011, the final confirmed refresh was Panda 4.2, which started rolling out July 18, 2015. A Google Panda algorithm guide, published on The SEM
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The mobile intrusive interstitials penalty In 2017, Google started rolling out the mobile intrusive interstitials penalty. In August 2016, Google announced plans to lower the rankings of pages “where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results” – and that crackdown would begin on Jan. 10, 2017.
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Google’s results got more personal with Search Plus Your World In 2012, Google’s search results were radically transformed as a new “Search Plus Your World” format began rolling out. Google started mixing together content from the web with content that had been shared with you privately into a single set of listings. Search Plus Your
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