If your website is penalized by Google, then it is difficult to identify the problem. Google does not notify website owners of penalties. With the new Google core algorithm updates going into effect each month, it is difficult to understand which of the new updates have had an effect your website.
The best way to clearly identify a Google penalty is by watching rank in search and traffic per page. You can also recognize a penalty if you search for the core keywords of your website's niche and your website does not show up in search results.
There Are No Magical Solutions to Prevent these 48 Google Penalties
Many SEO companies use black hat, gray hat, and even old white hat techniques to artificially manipulate website rank on search engines. Over 90% of these systems fail because they are based on finding loopholes within the core Google algorithm and then exploiting them for quick, albeit short-term, results. As soon as your page rank suffers, these SEO companies...
Are you aware of how the recently released Google Pigeon algorithm update can lead to some major changes in your online traffic volume?
Local businesses, especially online marketing and advertising companies might be able to notice a considerable impact with the Pigeon update giving a bit of reshuffle to local listings. This was mainly done with the aim of prioritizing local reviews from well-known sites such as Yelp, Trip Advisor, Yellow Pages and Relator.com
Google is trying to move local map listings lower on the search engine results page or eliminating them completely by replacing them with the above-mentioned directory specific sites. It is trying to ensure that the results are prominently displayed to the users to give them exactly, what they are looking for in the search results.
Growing preference for local reviews
Today, users prefer using Google to meet most of their search related needs rather than depending on physical directories with yellow...
Do you want to boost your website traffic and get quality engagement from your target audience?
Like most successful marketers, it’s very important for you to have an SEO optimized page that can attract search engines such as Google. By creating an optimized content targeted at both the end users and the search engines, you can increase the chances of having increased traffic for your website.
Why optimizing content is necessary?
Over the years, search engine algorithms have come a long way, where including popular keywords many times in your content could boost your website rankings. However, today the scenario is completely different and Google prefers those websites that have content which is highly informative, useful and engaging to the visitors. Most search engines love content that is free-flowing, interesting and purposeful and offer the best value to the readers as far as possible.
Today the there are penalties by Google for websites that has...
When Matt Cutts announced the unveiling of the latest Penguin update, you probably thought as many other webmasters thought-- it’ll finally clean up the leftover garbage that slipped through the loopholes of the previous Panda and Penguin updates. As Google guru Matt Cutts stated in a Webcast shortly after the release of Penguin 2.0, the latest update is going to “have a pretty big impact on web spam. It’s a brand new generation of algorithms. The previous generation of Penguin would essentially only look at the home page of a site. The newer generation of Penguin goes much deeper and has a really big impact in certain small areas.”
It’s pretty clear the update had a big impact on web spam-- it ranked higher while quality sites plummeted. Not to mention, users are reporting their search experience has dramatically declined since the update. Wait a minute… aren’t the updates meant to promote the search experience? As SEOWizz puts it, ...
If you’re running advertorials, paid content, or native advertising on your site make sure the ads and content associated with your sponsors are properly disclosed, or else you might find your entire website excluded from search results.
That’s basically the gist of Matt Cutt’s latest GoogleWebmasterHelp video (see below).
In the video, Cutts reminded users of Google’s long-time policy regarding paid links and content. The policy states that paid links should not pass page rank, and should therefore be labeled as nofollow. In addition, webmasters must see to it that all advertorials, paid content, and native ads on their site are clearly and conspicuously labeled accordingly (i.e. use words like “sponsored” or “advertisement”).
However, according to Cutts, Google’s webspam team has been seeing problems regarding advertorials, native advertising content, or paid content that aren’t being disclosed...
You've heard of AuthorRank, and you want to capitalize on it, but how? SEO changes so fast. It used to be that you could stuff your meta-keywords tag and rocket yourself to the top of the SERPs. A wellspring of anonymous authors got a lot of traffic, and a lot of spam sites presumably made a lot of money. Now, apparently, Google wants more quality and less anonymity. Meta-keywords have been out for a long time, but authorship hasn't been a big deal - until now.
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
Google is encouraging you to stop being anonymous. It's going to start following you all over the web. That's probably a good thing for a couple of reasons. First, the web is becoming more social with Facebook and Google+. It's not that the web wasn't social before though, it's just that people are wandering away from blogs and going to social networking sites. Yeah, they end up back on blogs in the comments section too, but bloggers and businesses...
There's an old joke that goes something like "99% of lawyers give the other 1% a bad name." You chuckle, but you know it's true. And that's not all - it's become something of a running gag in the SEO industry too. For years, SEOs have been beating the backlinks drum and small business owners have been marched off an optimized cliff. After Panda, a lot of the old backlink strategies just up and died. Article directories withered away into obscurity, and link networks were (and continue to be) crushed by Google.
Anchor Text Isn't That Important
SEO firms (and their clients) got a major wake-up call when Google dropped this bombshell on its Inside Search Blog in 2011:
Better page titles in search results by de-duplicating boilerplate anchors: We look at a number of signals when generating a page’s title. One signal is the anchor text in links pointing to the page. We found that boilerplate links with duplicated anchor text are not as...
Optimistic SEOs all believe that Google's message is consistent: meritorious links win the day. Content is king. Play by the rules, and you will be rewarded. Blackhat SEOs believe the opposite - that Google is pragmatic in allowing some paid links to influence search results while punishing other companies who use them. Officially, Google tells us that paid links are a one-way road to nowheresville in the search engine. However, there is evidence that Google allows spam to make it through - despite its much-touted Panda and Penguin solutions.
Proof That Google Allows SERP Manipulation
Our site specializes in sending traffic to other sites - a service that, arguably, a lot of webmasters need. Last month, we noticed a significant drop in traffic:
While this could happen for any number of reasons, we decided to look into the problem a bit further. What we discovered shocked us. Another site had taken our spot in the SERPs for one of our keywords using less...
The fact that SEO experts were caught off guard by radical changes to Google's search engine suggests that the experts aren't that good at predicting Google's moves. Yet, predicting algorithm changes is implicitly why clients hire SEO firms - to make sure that rankings don't tank, traffic keeps flowing in, and visibility is consistent. To be fair, no SEO firm owns Google. No one really could predict the devastation of the Panda and Penguin tweaks, so how much blame can website owners really place on SEO firms? A little, but not a lot.
Why a little? Consider Google's constant updates to Panda. It was just last month that 'G' updated its algorithm for the 23rd time. Did any SEO expert call it in advance with preparations for clients? It's unlikely, and here's where SEOs can take the blame. They know that predicting algorithm changes is shaky, at best. In fact, the better firms disclose this and focus heavily on providing quality.