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Google Working On A Softer & Gentler Panda Algorithm To Help Small Businesses

panda-and-baby-blog-3-14-2014Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced at Search Marketing Expo that his search team is working the “next generation” Panda update that would appear to many as being softer.

Cutts explained that this new Panda update should have a direct impact on helping small businesses do better.

One Googler on his team is specifically working on ways to help small web sites and businesses do better in the Google search results. This next generation update to Panda is one specific algorithmic change that should have a positive impact on the smaller businesses.

Matt Cutts didn’t mention when the new update is coming out but rather they are currently working on this update. My feeling is that it is far off from being launched, like maybe in two to three months at best, but that is my gut.  Read More

 

5 Times Google Penalized Itself For Breaking Its Own SEO Rules

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5 Times Google Penalized Itself Danny Sullivan points out that there’s actually no better poster child for how complicated and confusing Google’s rules can be than the fact that Google has had to punish itself with penalties over and over again. * Subtle Smirk *

Make no mistake. Plenty of sites — big brands included — willingly do things in an attempt to rank better on Google that go past SEO tactics that Google itself considers acceptable. However, there’s also no better poster child for how complicated and confusing Google’s rules can be than the fact that Google has had to punish itself with penalties over and over again.

Below, a look back on times when Google took action against itself. FYI, this is a companion piece to our related story on Marketing Land today: 10 Big Brands That Were Penalized By Google. Be sure to also check that out…..Read more