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DDoS Attack Brings Down Sites - Twitter, Github, Reddit

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:57:13 -0000

Widespread outage, many top sites hit with DDoS disrupting services

Linux "Dirty Cow" Exploit: Patch Your Systems Now

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:28:40 -0000

This bug has been around for nine years.

Going Font-Less

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:23:46 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss going font-less, and the pitfalls of doing so.

Google Mobile-Only Search Index Coming Within Months

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:46:52 -0000

Announced at Pubcon, Google's Gary Illyes said Google has plans to release a separate mobile search index.

WebmasterWorld's Brett Tabke Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:37:44 -0000

WebmasterWorld's Brett Tabke was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in Las Vegas on 12 October, 2016

New and Less Common Webmaster Technologies and Software

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:08:48 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss some of the newer or less common technologies and software.

Server Farms - Update

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:48:23 -0000

This is where we report data center IP ranges as they are discovered or change in the rapidly evolving assigned IP landscape.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - October 2016

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:44:54 -0000

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

Windows 7 Rebounds and Windows 10 Uptake Declines

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:19:10 -0000

Windows 7 has increased its market share now that the free Windows 10 uptake has reached its end.

Facebook Launches Marketplace: Buying and Selling in Local Communities

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:57:34 -0000

Buying and selling in local communities is the aim of Facebook's new Marketplace.

Blocking the IP of a Bot that is hogging resources

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:45:55 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how best to identify and block a bot wasting bandwidth and hogging resources.

ICANN Now The Ultimate Overseer of Domain Name System

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:40:50 -0000

Some ask if the U.S. Government has given away the Internet?

Apple to Start Selling App Store Search Ads October 5, 2016

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:19:49 -0000

Apple's App Store search ads are about to take off from October 5, 2016

Twitter Rolling Out "Moments" For Everyone

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:17:43 -0000

Look out for "Moments" appearing on your menu.

BlackBerry To Stop Making Phones

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:11:23 -0000

BlackBerry has said it is to give up making phones.

Link Building Mistakes of the Professionals and Newbies

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:36:47 -0000

WebmasterWorld discuss today's link building mistakes.

Google Penguin 4.0 Confirmation, is Now Part of Core Algorithm, and Realtime

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:03:33 -0000

Today, Google confirmed what many WebmasterWorld had known, that Penguin 4.0, confirmed today, is now part of Google's core algorithm, and it'll continue to run in real time.

Yahoo Confirms 500 Million Accounts Hacked

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:10:47 -0000

A recent investigation by Yahoo! Inc. has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company's network in late 2014

Massive Jumps in GSC Legacy Crawl Errors

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:38:24 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the massive jumps in legacy crawl errors in Search Console.

ICANN To Change Cryptographic Key Pairs For The First Time

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:39:41 -0000

The cryptographic key switch-over will take around two years to complete.

Bing Academic and Movie Search Intelligent Autocomplete

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:38:08 -0000

Bing has said its autocomplete for academic and movie search is enhanced to improve the search experience for users...

Does your HTTPS site need a unique IP address?

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

With Google's ever increasing push toward HTTPS, including the recent news about the Chrome browser displaying "unsecure" for non-HTTPS sites in January 2017, will you need a unique IP address when installing your cert?

Facebook and Google in Coalition for Better Ads, Formed To Improve Consumer Experience

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:05:44 -0000

Major advertisers and businesses involved in the Internet, including Facebook and Google, IAB and IAB Europe, have formed Coalition for Better Ads to "improve consumers' experience with online advertising."

Official recall of Samsung Note 7 phones

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:56:22 -0000

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is now stepping in on a formal recall

Facebook Messenger to Allow Messages with Payments

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:33:55 -0000

Facebook made some Messenger announcements for developers, including the capability to send payments via Messenger.

Ad Exchange Launched by Ad Block Company

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:58:09 -0000

Users with the Adblock Plus software installed will soon get ads, but, it's described as acceptable ads

Twitter Changes What Counts in 140 Characters, Making Longer Tweets Possible

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:15:11 -0000

In the coming months, Twitter has said it'll cut down on the content that counts towards your 140 character limit.

Google Chrome Will Mark HTTP Sites Transmitting Passwords or Credit Cards as Non Secure

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

From January 2017, Google Chrome is going to mark HTTP sites that communicate passwords and or credit card info as non-secure.

Google: Spammy Widget Links Violate its Webmaster Guidelines

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:47:17 -0000

As if you didn't know this already, Google has now made it abundantly clear...

Google Tests "Shop the Look" For Mobile

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:40:56 -0000

Clearly, Pinterest's success has caught Google's eye with this test of "Shop the Look."

Google Updates and SERP Changes - September 2016

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:34:13 -0000

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

Apple to Remove Abandoned Apps, and New App Names Limited to 50 Characters

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:44:08 -0000

Apple's new policy to clear up the App Store.

Facebook Wants Advertisers to Improve Their Sites for Mobile Users

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:52:34 -0000

Facebook is keen for advertisers to improve their sites for a better mobile experience.

Apple Ordered by EU to Repay $14.5 Billion in Irish Tax Breaks

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:40:47 -0000

EU says tax deal with Ireland allowed Apple to pay almost zero tax on European profits between 2003 and 2014

Opera says its service for syncing web browser data was hacked

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:34:01 -0000

Opera sync servers hacked, usernames and passwords at risk

The End Of Google Fiber?

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:34:02 -0000

According to a new report Google Fiber was told to slash staff numbers in half and drastically reduce installation costs

How do you calculate ROI based on true lead value or quality?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0000

WmW members discuss how to figure out which campaigns bring in the highest real revenue and lead quality

Adsense 3 ads limit lifted?

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:37 -0000

Is Google AdSense removing the limit of 3-ads-per-page?

Google wants to put an end to pop-over ads

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:09:40 -0000

Google to downrank pages with intrusive interstitials

Pinterest Adds Video Advertising

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:09:53 -0000

Adding to its buyable Pins capability, Pinterest is now moving in to video advertising on the main Pinterest feed.

Link Maintenance Matters

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:44:51 -0000

"Even if you don't care about Google rankings, you should care about growing referral traffic to your website so your business isn't 100pct reliant on Google sending organic traffic."

Chrome 53 Browser Will Block Background Flash Content

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:44:55 -0000

Chrome is helping kill off Flash in coming updates.

Facebook Finds a Way Round the Ad Blockers

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:04:44 -0000

Facebook seems to have found a way around the ad blockers on its desktop site and will turn on the system Tuesday.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - August 2016

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:23:25 -0000

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

World Wide Web is 25 Years Old

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:01:45 -0000

It was 25-years ago that Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the World's first Web Page at CERN.

Facebook Changes Newsfeed over Clickbait Headlines

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 06:21:33 -0000

You know the type of headlines... " won't believe what happens next..."

Firefox Wants to Get Rid of Your Custom 404 Error Pages

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 03:49:34 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the latest Mozilla Test Pilot add-on, and it's causing some angst. When Mozilla's Firefox Test Pilot add-on receives a 404 error it displays, "This page appears to be missing. View a saved version courtesy of the Wayback Machine".

Google Previews Expanded AMP Support in Entire SERPs

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 10:48:06 -0000

Google is showing a preview of its expanded AMP results with the idea that webmasters can see how having AMP pages will help their sites.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Rolls Out Today

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:45:02 -0000

Over 350 million devices will start receiving the Windows 10 Anniversary update from today.

Google, Alphabet Q2, 2016, Profit up 24pct to $4.88 billion

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:57:46 -0000

Google's, or I should say, Alphabet's, latest result for its Q2, 2016 show that its Year on year profits growth of 24% to $4.88 billion was ahead of analysts expectations.

What is "Good Quality Traffic" for an AdSense Publisher?

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:16:11 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how to define good quality traffic for Google AdSense Publishers.

Making Links Usable Again

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:53:11 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss whether are we seeing a rollback where for a long time a graphic designer ruled the design with no input from a usability expert or UX/UI designer to where people are calling "Enough!" on non-functional design?

Google Rolls Out New AdWords Developments For Mobile

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:23:58 -0000

Google is rolling out expanded text ads, responsive ads for display, and device bid adjustments to enable more precise control of device bids.

Windows 10 upgrades will cost $119 after July 29

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:12:23 -0000

If you've been dragging your heels on upgrading to Windows 10, now is the time to take action.

Verizon to Acquire Yahoo for $4.83 Billion

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:10:49 -0000

One of the most talked about and expected takeover's has been confirmed: Verizon to acquire Yahoo's operating business.

EFF Sues US Government over Copyright Law

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:46:05 -0000

The EFF is suing the US Government over onerous copyright provisions of copyright law that violate the First Amendment.

Report: Verizon Closing in on Yahoo Deal

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:45:03 -0000

"Verizon is discussing a price close to $5 billion for Yahoo's core internet business..."

French Data Protection Commission Serves Notice on Microsoft over Windows 10 Data Privacy

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:12:24 -0000

France's data protection commission, CNIL, has served formal notice on Microsoft over Windows 10 privacy and data collection.

Mozilla will block Flash in Firefox starting next month

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:44:37 -0000

This marks is the beginning of the end of Flash in Firefox

Google AdSense: How Best to Tackle Content Thieves

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:00:43 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss how to tackle the ongoing problem of content theft from a Google AdSense site.

Twitter Account Verification Submission Now Open to All

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:03:41 -0000

If an account meets certain criterion, as detailed in the submission process, users can now apply to have a twitter account verified.

Opera $1.2 Billion Buyout Drops to $600 Million in New Deal

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:56:19 -0000

Opera Software has struck a new deal for $600 million for parts of its business.

Windows 10 Subscriptions Coming For Enterprise Users

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:39:46 -0000

How long before consumers get hit with subscription?

New EU Antitrust Investigations Against Google over AdWords and AdSense

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:38:07 -0000

The EU has filed new antitrust investigations alleging Google's comparison shopping, and AdWords and AdSense breach EU rules.

What Now for Directories in 2016

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:29:36 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss directories in today's Internet, the future for directories beyond.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - July 2016

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 03:47:00 -0000

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

Facebook Messenger Starts Testing End-to-End Encryption

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:17:46 -0000

Facebook is testing out a new feature called secret conversations in their Messenger app that offers users end-to-end encryption

Facebook Audience Network - Help, optimization, implementation

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 03:10:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss implementing the Facebook Audience Network, and how best to optimize for it.

Google Extends "Now on Tap" to include Translate, QR and Barcodes

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:33:58 -0000

Now on Tap now has Translate, QR and Barcodes capability, along with a new "Discover" which allows similar topic discovery.

Wave of AdSense Account Closures July 2016

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 04:47:15 -0000

Many Google AdSense Publishers received messages of account closures. Find out how to recover your account.

New Bing Search APIs For Developers

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:49:26 -0000

Microsoft has said there's a new range of Bing APIs for developers.

Why AdSense is Alive and Well

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 03:07:07 -0000

Feel the change.

Facebook Changes its Algorithm to Put Friends Posts Above Publishers

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:52:15 -0000

Here's the news that Facebook has tweaked its algorithm to put friends posts above publishers in its "News Feed Values" update.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Rolls Out August 2

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:44:44 -0000

Microsoft has said its Windows 10 Anniversary update will roll out on August 2.

Facebook For Developers Adds New Ways to Share, Save and Engage

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:43:41 -0000

Facebook gives developers new ways to build an audience, ways to share, to save with Chrome extensions.

Pinterest Ecommerce and Rolls Out Buyable Pins to the Web

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:41:19 -0000

Pinterest grows its ecommerce capability.

Google RankBrain "involved in every query"

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:54:07 -0000

Consider how machine learning may be significantly affecting the SERPs and your search traffic.

I'm Tired of The "Is SEO Dead?" Question

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:36:31 -0000

"So, I'm building websites from scratch again like it's 10 years ago and I'm having a lot of fun doing it. There are unbelievable tools that let you build projects in a day..."

DuckDuckGo Strengthens Partnership with Yahoo

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:36:01 -0000

DuckDuckGo has "renewed and strengthened" its partnership with Yahoo and will offer additional features.

Twitter To Allow Longer Video, and Investigates Monetization in Vine

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:42:14 -0000

Twitter extends video length, and explores monetization opportunities for creators.

Microsoft Claims Edge Browser Gives Better Battery Life

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:10:13 -0000

According to Microsoft, its Edge browser performs better than Chrome, Firefox and Opera competing browsers to help extend battery life of portable applications by anything from 36 to 53pct.

Google AdSense: 6 Tips to Earn More From Mobile

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:05:11 -0000

Best practices to help Google AdSense Publishers earn more from mobile.

Apple Safari 10 Will Focus on HTML5, Legacy Plugins will be Disabled

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:01:18 -0000

Safari 10, due later this year, is to have plugins such as Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime disabled, while Apple shifts the focus of the browser to HTML5 content.

U.S. Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:40:47 -0000

U.S. Court turns down the appeal by carriers: Google, Netflix and others Win, ATandT, Verizon and other carriers lose.

Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn For $26.2 billion

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:06:39 -0000

Microsoft is announcing today that it plans to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

Is the Advertising Bubble ready to Burst?

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:00:38 -0000

Are we living in the last days of an internet bubble? What's next on the horizon?