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Blocking Googlebot Correctly and Fully: robots.txt, nofollow

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:26:37 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members assess the correct methods and syntax to block Googlebot from crawling, including robots.txt and nofollow.

Google Announces Quality Improvements to Search

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:13:48 -0000

Google has just announced it's making quality improvements to its search to tackle some of the issues and challenges its been facing.

U.S. Bricks and Mortar Stores Closing at Their Fastest Rate

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:12:46 -0000

Ecommerce on its own is not solely to blame.

How do you find links to boost Google rankings?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:58:16 -0000

Back in dinosaur days, you could submit your site to directories and get a bunch of links that actually boosted your Google rankings. Today directory links are so dead that even the DMOZ directory has closed shop. So how do you find and evaluate links to figure out which ones will boost your Google rankings?

10 Vulnerabilities Discovered in over 20 Linksys Smart WiFi Routers Potentially Allowing DoS Attack

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:25:53 -0000

Linksys have issued a security advisory with a temporary fix while it says it's working on a a firmware update on all affected devices.

Report: Google Plans Ad Blocking in Chrome

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:12:11 -0000

Google Chrome could soon have an ad blocker turned on by default.

Microsoft Authenticator Kills Off the Need For Account Passwords

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:42:01 -0000

Microsoft has killed off the need to remember passwords to access a Microsoft account with its new Authenticator phone logins.

The Ad Blocking Arms Race May Now Be Over

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:01:37 -0000

This one may be a game changer.

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:55:57 -0000

Google's Tensor processing AI chips save it from building dozens of new data centers.

Google Search Console: No Links to Your Site Reported, is a Bug

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:27:36 -0000

"Links to your site" section showing no links turns out to be a bug in the Google Search Console.

Google "Fact Check" Tag In News and Search Goes Global

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:57:08 -0000

Google is now extending the "Fact Check" label globally, and in all languages.

Windows 10 Creators Update SDK Released

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:51:21 -0000

Developers can now get the Windows 10 Creators Update SDK.

Mobile Optimized "Twitter Lite" Rolls Out

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:49:55 -0000

Twitter Lite, a mobile optimized version aimed at low bandwidth and slow connections.

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Data Collection and Privacy Controls

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:51:30 -0000

In a move to allay the fears of many that Windows 10 is harvesting user data behind the scenes, Microsoft has said there are important privacy enhancements in the Creators Update.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - April 2017

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:03:47 -0000

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

StatCounter: Android is The World's Most Popular OS

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:39:06 -0000

Android has surpassed Microsoft's Windows operating system to become the World's most popular.

Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others Spend $15 Miln to Combat Declining Trust in News Media

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:19:30 -0000

Combating declining trust in the news media is being tackled through the News Integrity Initiative, formed and funded by a group of businesses and individuals.

CDNs for Webmasters

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:01:54 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss CDNs, configurations, and how to get the best out of it.

Bing Ads Monthly Budgets to Migrate to Daily Budgets During April, 2017

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:40:32 -0000

Bing Ads suggest advertisers move their campaigns to daily budgets before a forced migration takes place.

Amazon Acquires Dubai-Based eCommerce Site, Souq

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:04:49 -0000

Amazon makes it s move into the Middle East with the acquisition of Dubai-based Souq with a deal estimated at $650 million.

Twitter to Start Selling Pre-Roll Video Ads in front of Periscope Videos

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:09:04 -0000

Twitter is to start selling pre-roll video ads ahead of Periscope videos in a move to make a little more money from its service.

Google To Deprecate and Remove Trust From 30,000 Symantec-issued Extended Validation Certificates

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:42 -0000

"Removal of recognition of the Extended Validation status of Symantec issued certificates, until such a time as the community can be assured in the policies and practices of Symantec, but no sooner than one year."

Twitter Considering Enhanced Version of TweetDeck for Professionals

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:55:01 -0000

Twitter is mulling over the idea of an enhanced version of TweetDeck for professionals, which may include a monthly subscription.

Hacked Sites up 36pct in the Last Year

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:17:58 -0000

Google reports it detected a 36% increase of hacked sites in 2016, compared to 2015.

Google Reacts to Advertisers Suspending ads on YouTube

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:27:42 -0000

Google says it's expanding "safeguards to advertisers" following advertisers suspending advertising on YouTube.

Approaching Google SEO as a Zero Sum Game

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:17:59 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how and why to approach Google SEO as a zero sum game, or why it is smarter to take a different view.

Google Fred Update Targets Ad Heavy, Low Value Content Sites

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:16:42 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the Google "Fred" update.

Updated Google Rater Guidelines: Fake News, Inaccurate Content and Hate Sites

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:37:14 -0000

Google has just published the latest Google Rater Guidelines, 14 March 2017.

Vimeo Opens Up 360 Video With Revenue Earning Opportunities for Creatives

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:20:27 -0000

Vimeo 360 is now open and will allow uploading of videos up to 8K.

Google's Gary Illyes Names Latest Algo Change: Fred Update

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:19:28 -0000

Perhaps it was a flippant remark, but when a significant update takes place and the SERPs shift, it's always good to give it a name for reference.

SEO Weather vs SEO Climate

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:26:41 -0000

Weather is a snapshot of what you see outside on any one single day.

Statcounter: Android Comes Close to Challenge Windows For Top OS World-Wide

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:05:23 -0000

Android has come very close to surpassing Windows as the world's most popular operating system across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile when combined.

Firefox 52 Released, With WebAssembly Support

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:07:56 -0000

Mozilla has released Firefox 52 with WebAssembly support for 3D video games, CAD, video and image editing, and scientific visualisation to perform much better.

Uniregistry Price Increases of 3000pct For Some New gTLDs

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:01:06 -0000

For instance, it would appear anyone with a .hosting domain who paid and would have renewed at $20, will now have to pay $300.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - March 2017

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 07:50:43 -0000

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

Google AdSense WordPress Plugin Deprecated

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:15:51 -0000

Google's official AdSense plugin for WordPress will be deprecated from May, 2017.

Snap Inc. Trading 41pct Up, Valuing the Company at $33.6 Billion

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:48:00 -0000

It seems investors were eager to invest in Snapchat.

RIP DMOZ: The Open Directory Project is closing

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:16:56 -0000

WebmasterWorld notes the passing of one of the most important directories on the web

Mobile Page Bounce Rates and New Benchmarks

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:27:12 -0000

New statistics show that load time can significantly affect bounce rates.

Google Exposes IE and Edge Vulnerability "type confusion flaw"

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:31:40 -0000

Google has disclosed an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Edge and IE and dubbed it "type confusion flaw."

Mozilla Acquires Read it Later Inc., Developers of Pocket

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:07:25 -0000

Mozilla has announced the acquisition of Read it later Inc., the developers of Pocket.

Facebook Tests Ads in Publisher Videos

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:11:18 -0000

Facebook is testing mid-roll ads in videos, splitting the revenues between publisher and Facebook.

CloudFlare Bug: Private Sessions and Personal Information Exposed - CloudBleed Bug

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:59:09 -0000

Compared to the Heartbleed bug of 2014, Google's researchers discovered that people's private sessions and personal information could be seen by strangers, or by thieves.

SHA-1 Defeated, Google Urges Movement to Cryptographic hashes such as SHA-256 and SHA-3

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:21:43 -0000

CWI Institute in Amsterdam and Google create a practical attack on SHA-1 and advocate that the protocol should no longer be considered secure.

Yahoo and Verizon Deal Cut by $350 Million to $4.48 billion

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:34:12 -0000

Yahoo and Verizon have agreed to cut the price by up to $350 million.

Feb 7, 2017 Google Algorithm Update - Studies Suggest it was Phantom

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:32:37 -0000

As discussed in our Feb Google Updates thread and also noted in both articles... the update was major, accompanied by wide ranking swings.

Bing and Google Agree to Demote Pirated Music and Movie Sites in UK

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:54:22 -0000

Bing and Google have agreed to demote pirate content sites in UK SERPs.

What Will Happen If I Don't Switch to HTTPS?

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the implications of not switching to HTTPS.

New JavaScript Code Could Make Drive-By Exploits Much Worse

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:47:18 -0000

A simple JavaScript code could make drive-by exploits far worse.

Microsoft Delays Patch Tuesday for a Month

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:43:52 -0000

February's patch Tuesday update from Microsoft has been delayed until March.

Report: Verizon Wants $250 Million Off the Yahoo Deal

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:42:39 -0000

The amount and the liability are the only issues at stake here, i'm sure.

Understanding the Google Image Search Traffic Drops

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:43:26 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the recent changes to Google image search which resulted in traffic declines.

Bot Building Now Easier With New Bing Intelligence Services

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:08:48 -0000

Bing explains more about its new intelligence services for use with the Microsoft Bot Framework.

Google AdSense General Category Blocking: New Categories

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:41:01 -0000

Those of you using Google's General Category Blocking for AdSense will be pleased to know that it now gets quite a few additional categories.

Important Wordpress Update to 4.7.1

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:15:03 -0000

Estimates suggest more than 1.5 million sites defaced thanks to not updating their Wordpress installation.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15031 Gets Picture in Picture

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:29:24 -0000

Microsoft has a new Insider preview build 15031 which offers picture in picture capability.

Google GSC and Google Data Studio Connector Improved

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:28:34 -0000

Google has improved its Search Console to Data Studio connectivity making it easier to pull data into Data Studio.

Twitter Takes Further Steps to Help Stop Abuse and Improve Safety

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:28:43 -0000

Twitter is to allow users to hide abusive tweets in conversations, is developing safe search, and has new tools to help stop banned users from opening new accounts.

Anonymous Takes Down 10,613 Dark Web Portals

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:06:10 -0000

Sites defaced, and a complete list published online.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - February 2017

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:03:11 -0000

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes.

FCC Halts Investigation of Zero-Rating - Net Neutrality Gone

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:23:08 -0000

FCC's new chairman ends the agency's investigations into companies for giving away free stuff.

Pinterest to Roll Out PPC Search Ads

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:58:43 -0000

Pinterest says it has around 2 billion searches per month and it wants to take advantage of that by offering PPC search ads.

Facebook Q4 Revenue $8.81 Bln, Monthly Active Users Reach 1.86 Bln

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:58:06 -0000

Facebook beat expectations in its Q4 revenues reaching $8.809 billion, against $5.841 billion a year ago.

Over 50pct of Web Pages Loaded by Firefox are Using HTTPS

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:02:45 -0000

Yes, that's correct, the stats show it.

Domain Name Leasing

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:16:11 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss leased or lease-purchased a domains.

Server Farms - January 2017

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 03:43:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld's collation of data center IP ranges as they are discovered or change in the rapidly evolving assigned IP landscape.

Chrome 56, HTML5, "Not Secure" and 28pct Faster Reload Capability

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:07:07 -0000

Google Chrome 56 comes with the full HTML5 implementation, and the long expected site "not secure" notifications.

Facebook adds support for hardware security keys

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:41:44 -0000

Starting today, you can register a physical security key to your account

Google Reports on AdWords Bad Advertising Practices 2016

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:34:24 -0000

Google's annual report of bad ads, bad practices, and bad actors, has, once again, highlighted that fact that this is an ongoing problem.

Bing Ads Automated Import Tool Lets You Sync With Google AdWords

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:03:39 -0000

Bing will now let you synchronise your Google AdWords to Bing Ads.

Up to 350,000 Fake Twitter Accounts Discovered in one Network

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:36:56 -0000

Researchers say they uncovered a number of large fake account networks, with one having up to 350,000 accounts linked.

Yahoo Q4 Revenue $1.469 Billion, With Annual Revenue $5.169 Billion

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:34:30 -0000

Shares were up on the better than expected results.

Report: Yahoo Faces Investigation By U.S. S.E.C. Over Data Breaches

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:44:16 -0000

Yahoo could be facing investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to declare the data breach sooner.

LinkedIn Launches New Desktop Design

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:52:18 -0000

LinkedIn has launched a new design which fronts a "complete overhaul" of its technology and architecture.