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DuckDuckGo Adds Tracker Blocking Features

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:14:35 -0000

"DuckDuckGo is serving up a privacy rating for each website visited. This grade is based on how many hidden trackers a site is deploying; whether it's encrypting your connection; and also considering the site's own privacy policy (for the latter activity DDG is partnering with terms of service rating initiative".

Google to use Page Speed as Metric in Mobile Search Ranking

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:36:45 -0000

"Today we're announcing that starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches."

Google's YouTube Changes Monetization Rules For Creators

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:48:52 -0000

These are significant changes for creators.

Page Speed Insights Use Data From Chrome User Experience Report

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:52:57 -0000

Google confirms the source of PageSpeed Insights data.

Facebook Changes Algo Feed to Show Less From Publishers and Brands

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:03:28 -0000

In a significant move, Facebook has said it'll be changing the news feed to show less from publishers and advertisers.

Google AdSense Publishers Report Increase in Empty Ad Spots

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:32:18 -0000

Discussion about publishers reporting an apparent increase in empty ad slots.

Google Rolling Out 16-Months Performance Data in New Search Console

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 04:40:18 -0000

Google is rolling out a new search console with extended data including 16-months of data...

Google Consolidates Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:15:30 -0000

Android Pay and Google Wallet are now Google Pay.

Serious CPU Vulnerabilities Named Meltdown and Spectre

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:47:11 -0000

Meltdown and Spectre are affecting PCs, mobile devices, and in the cloud.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - January 2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:41:56 -0000

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

Browser Login Managers Exploited for Web Tracking

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:58:49 -0000

Password manager tools in browsers are being exploited for web tracking.

Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor flaw forces OS Updates

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:57:59 -0000

Updates to OS could slow the system by as much as 30pct.

Predictions for 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 02:56:47 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members mull over 2018 predictions.

WebmasterWorld Server Moved

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:48:35 -0000

We are back. Major thanks to The Ninjas for all the help!

Google Will Eventually Stop Following Links on Noindex Pages

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 03:53:18 -0000

Google will eventually stop following links from a page that has noindex on it.

Eric Schmidt is Stepping Down From Alphabet

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 03:52:41 -0000

Eric Schmidt is stepping down in January from his role as executive chairman of Alphabet.

Tool To Check How Your Site Performs from China

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:50:29 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss a tool to check how a site looks from China.

Google Chrome Starts Blocking Ads Not Complying With Coalition for Better Ads, Feb 15, 2018

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:38:52 -0000

Google Chrome will start removing "failing" status ads that don't comply with the Coalition for Better Ads Guidelines.

Are You Ready For Google's Mobile First Indexing

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 09:17:59 -0000

Mobile First indexing is a real thing, now: Make sure your site is ready by following these tips.

Facebook Clamps Down on "Engagement Bait"

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:50:50 -0000

Posts and pages that use tag baiting and comment baiting will now be demoted by Facebook.

U.S. F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:45:14 -0000

Well, that's it, it's a done deal.

Bing Adds Intelligent Search, Powered by AI

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:42:44 -0000

Bing has announced new AI-powered features making it more interactive.

ROBOT Website Exploit is Back, After 19 Years

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:35:02 -0000

Websites are vulnerable to a crypto exploit, called ROBOT, which was originally discovered way back in 1998.

Twitter Adds "Threads" Feature for Tweetstorms

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:06:44 -0000

It's a far more elegant way of making multi-threaded messages.

Social Media is "ripping apart the social fabric of how society works"

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:08:47 -0000

"I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,"

Apple Acquires Music Recognition Service, Shazam

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:37:20 -0000

Shazam was estimated to be worth $1 Billion in January of 2015.

Blog Bribes and Search Engine Penalties

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:23:18 -0000

The topic of paying for content has arisen again, with some strong accusations and denials.

Google Add Expanded Features Snippets, Knowledge Panel Updates and Suggested Content

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:24:50 -0000

Google has made a number of updates to Featured Snippets, and has updated the Knowledge Panel, along with suggested content on search topics.

Oath and Mozilla Sue and Countersue Over Yahoo Search Deal

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:15:24 -0000

Mozilla removed Yahoo as default search provider, resulting in a lawsuit by Oath.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - December 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:20:28 -0000

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

Google Warns About Event Markup Abuse May Result in Manual Action

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:57:19 -0000

Google has warned marketers over misuse of Event markup, and may risk manual action.

Apple MacOS High Sierra Bug Allows Logins Without Passwords

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:04:53 -0000

It seems you can log in to the latest software with the password, root.

Imgur Hack 1.7 Million emails and Passwords Stolen

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:45:40 -0000

Imgur has said 1.7 million passwords and e-mails were stolen back in 2014, and it went unnoticed until Thursday last week.

Intel Critical Vulnerability in Desktop and Server Chipsets

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:35:47 -0000

Intel has said its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS) and Triusted Execution Engine (TXE) are all vulnerable to security flaws.

U.S. Net Neutrality Under Threat

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:34:53 -0000

Net Neutrality in the U.S is under threat.

E.U. Ends "Geoblocking" of Ecommerce Across Member States

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:11:34 -0000

The E.U. has reached agreement whereby consumers can buy products and services from any online business in any E.U. country.

Google Adds Trust Project Labelling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:36:05 -0000

Google is adding Trust Project labelling for newrooms to add to their content.

Google Says AMP Pages Must Have Close Content Parity or Receive Manual Action Message

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:44:52 -0000

Google has said from February 1, 2018, AMP pages must have close content parity to comparable to the original canonical page content.

EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and Analytics cookies

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:21:00 -0000

The new General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is meant to protect the privacy, but it looks like it could be a nightmare for webmasters whose sites have dealings with citizens of the EU.

The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Exact Match Domains (EMDs)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:10:46 -0000

"It ain't over 'til it's over and the value of EMDs doesn't reside only in the ephemera of weighting of "words in domains" in search engine ranking signals."

Twitter Working on New Authentication and Verification Program

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:56:59 -0000

It's reviewing the current system and also verifications, so even if you are verified today, that status may be removed.

Firefox 57 Quantum Released

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:19:36 -0000

Mozilla claim it's twice as fast as its browser of six month ago.

Twitter Rolls Out Tweet Capability to 280 Characters

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:16:54 -0000

Twitter's test of 280 characters shows it wasn't over-used, and it's now rolling it out to all.

Pubcon Acquires WebmasterWorld

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:39:14 -0000

Brett Tabke has re-acquired WebmasterWorld.

Google AdWords: Wasted Spend -- Still Hurts the Most

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:38:08 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss Google AdWords and one of the most annoying aspects, wasted spend, and what to do about it.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - November 2017

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:03:42 -0000

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

Beyond Backup: Preserving Your Web Data

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:43:24 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the options for backing up and archiving web sites and data.

Google Drops Access to Travel API - Affects Major Travel Players

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:10:43 -0000

Google has said no new registrations are being allowed, and it's shutting off access of its QPX Express API service as of April 10, 2018.

New China Domain Law Now Much Tougher

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:17 -0000

Getting a .cn domain is now much tougher with this new law.

Google Now Serves Country-Specific Domain SERPs Based on Location

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:09:48 -0000

Choice of country service is no longer indicated by domain. Now, by default, users will be served the country service that corresponds to the users' location.

Voyaging Outside the Google Box

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:55:04 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members look beyond Google, and discuss technologies that will give sites the competitive advantage.

Google Mobile First index rolling out slowly/ being tested for some sites

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 07:10:46 -0000

Google says the mobile first index is rolling out slowly and is going well. Webmasterworld Members make observations and discuss the effects.

Facebook and WhatsApp to Face EU Investigation Over Data Sharing

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:28:42 -0000

The regulator says it is in "non-compliance" with E.U. Laws.

Facebook Tests Moving Non-Promoted Posts Out of News Feed

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:54:52 -0000

Facebook is testing a news feed change that could significantly alter how non-promoted posts from page publishers disappears from the newsfeed.

HTTPS Security Headers

Wed, 31 Dec 1969 18:00:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss server response headers that strengthen security after you've made the switch to HTTPS.

Mozilla Helps Unify Microsoft, Google, W3C, Samsung to Create Cross-Browser Documentation on MDN

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:40:49 -0000

Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, W3C, and Samsung have agreed to collaborate to create cross browser compatibility on MDN.

Google Updates and Who or What They Target

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:10:06 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss Google updates and who or what they are targeting.

High Severity WPA2 WiFi Vulnerabilities, Dubbed KRACK, Key Reinstalltion Attacks

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:41:13 -0000

Researchers indicated that a KRACK attack exploits a four-way handshake that is used to establish WPA2 key reinstallation.

Being a Webmaster: Increasingly Difficult

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:34:26 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the apparent increasing challenges and difficulty of being a webmaster.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, Windows Store Now Microsoft Store

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:20:03 -0000

Microsoft developers conference announced a new SDK and a change to the Windows Store branding to become Microsoft Store.

Windows 10 Mobile is No Longer a Priority: Microsoft's Joe Belfiore

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:53:46 -0000

Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a priority for the company.

Disqus Hackers Got 17.5 Million Emails in 2012

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:51:30 -0000

Disqus says it has forced reset of all passwords of affected users.

Danny Sullivan joins Google as a "sort of public liaison for search"

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 04:59:38 -0000

Danny Sullivan joins Google in a public liason role.

How "Direct Traffic" May Be Undermining Your Marketing

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:58:00 -0000

Are you wasting your marketing efforts?

Yahoo Data Breach Revealed as 3 Billion Accounts

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:12:07 -0000

Original disclosure was 1 billion accounts.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - October 2017

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:59:00 -0000

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

Share Your Theories on Google SERP Shake Up

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 06:59:53 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members share their theories on the latest Google SERPs changes.

Google Ends First Click Free Policy for Publishers

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 02:37:23 -0000

It'll replace it with what it calls "flexible sampling."

ICANN Postpones KSK Cryptographic Key Rollover

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:17:44 -0000

A significant number of resolvers used by ISPs and network operators are not fully ready for the change which was due on 11 October 2017.

What's Changed From Being a Newbie Web Dev Today as Opposed to a Decade Ago

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:56:22 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members look at the techniques and tricks that worked for newbie web developers a decade ago, and what works now.

Microsoft Becomes a Premium Sponsor of Open Source Initiative

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 02:32:00 -0000

How the industry has changed, eh!

Google Opens Shopping Ads to Comparisons Services Within Europe

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:32:06 -0000

It is now confirmed by Google that it's to open its Shopping ads in Europe to Comparison Services businesses.

Twitter Tests Tweets With 280 Characters

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:28:29 -0000

Twitter is testing longer tweets, 280 character limits, with selected users.

Firefox Quantum 57 in Beta - New Design and Much Faster

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:27:49 -0000

Firefox Quantum 57 is now in beta and available to download for desktop, android and iOS.

Apple Switches Default Search From Bing to Google for Siri Web Search

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:44:51 -0000

News just in that Apple is switching from Bing to Google for Siri web searches...