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Matt Cutts officially leaves Google, stays with US Digital Service

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:02:04 -0000

It's official... Matt Cutts has left Google.

Google+ Adds Events and "Turns Down" On The Web January 24

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:47:48 -0000

Google continues to revamp Google+ and it's adding events, and, using its own words, "its time to say goodbye to classic Google+ on the web, which we'll be turning down on January 24."

RIP Google link: operator

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:43:05 -0000

It's long been known that the link operator in Google was ineffective, so it'll come as no surprise that it's no longer live in a Google search.

Google Mobile Interstitial Ad Penalty: Monitoring the Impact

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:41:05 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members are monitoring and discussing the impact of the Google mobile interstitial ad penalty as it rolls out.

Opera Shows off Experimental Browser, "Neon"

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:42:58 -0000

Opera has shown off an experimental browser called Neon.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - January 2017

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:27:38 -0000

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

EU Wakes Up To Annoyance of "Cookie Law"

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:26:55 -0000

That annoying EU directive over cookies is being reconsidered, at last, and cookie provision streamlining is proposed.

Facebook Reaches Out to Journalists with its Journalism Project

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:14:02 -0000

Facebook is reaching out to journalists with its Journalism Project to enhance ties between it and the news industry, and to combat fake news.

Microsoft Adds Privacy Dashboard

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:44:27 -0000

Microsoft has introduced a web-based privacy dashboard to help combat criticism over Windows 10 privacy policies.

Part of Yahoo to Rename to Altaba Inc., Marissa Mayer To Resign From Yahoo's Board

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:56:50 -0000

According to an SEC filing, the remaining part of Yahoo is to rename to Altaba Inc. upon closing of the sale, and the board to be reduced by five, including the departure of Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO.

Google AdSense Ad Balance Slider Review

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:26:05 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members review and discuss the Google AdSense ad balance slider which was devised to focus on a publisher's best performing ads.

Vine Becomes Vine Camera on January 17

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:41:49 -0000

Vine Camera will allow looping videos to be posted to twitter.

Is Sitecore Worth the Cost? A Perspective

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:37:25 -0000

Working with Sitecore, from a user perspective.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:38:43 -0000

Greetings to all for a terrific 2017.

Keywords - Outdated or Still Critical?

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:16:08 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss keywords: Are they still critical to your SEO success or are they deprecated?

Vivaldi Browser Adds a Series of Tab-Related Improvements

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:02:00 -0000

Vivaldi 1.6 for Mac, Windows and Linux add tab-related management and notification features.

Firefox Support Windows XP and Vista Ends September 2017

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:25:54 -0000

Mozilla has drawn a line in the sand for the end of Firefox support on Windows XP and Vista.

Are Search Results Being Throttled?

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:22:15 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss the possibility of search results being throttled for traffic.

Methbot: Video-Watching Botnet Steals Millions of Dollars a Day

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:14:43 -0000

Ad watching bot shows signs of "engagement" fooling advertisers it's legitimate users on sites.

Good Old Fashion Checklist SEO for 2017

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:03:36 -0000

Here is a new SEO checklist to help you rank in 2017.

Bing Webmaster Tools Design Update

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:54:04 -0000

Bing has tweaked its Webmaster Tools UI with some improvements.

Yahoo New Hack: 1 Billion Accounts Including Names, Emails, Telephone and Birth Dates

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:12:28 -0000

Yahoo was hit with another hack in August 2013 of over 1 billion accounts.

Microsoft Announces Cortana Skills Kit and Cortana Devices SDK

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:16:49 -0000

Microsoft announced the Cortana Skills Kit and Cortana Devices SDK for Developers and OEMs.

The Next Phase of Mobile Dominance is Just Starting

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:38:42 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss where next, and how to capitalise on the power of a smartphone.

Google AdSense: Publisher Experiments to Reduce Accidental Clicks

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 02:37:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld members experiment with ad margins to help reduce accidental clicks.

Microsoft Outlines its Immediate Plans for LinkedIn Now Acquisition Gets Regulatory Clearance

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:06:28 -0000

Microsoft's CEO, Sataya Nadella, outlines some of the immediate plans for LinkedIn.

Google Removes "In The News" From Desktop Search over "Fake News" Criticism Renames it "Top Stories"

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:58:57 -0000

Google renames "In the News" to "Top Stories"

US Congress passes legislation over ticket-grabbing bots

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:30:46 -0000

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation to "crack down" on those using bots to snatch tickets.

Google AdSense: Is it Doing Enough to Stop Spam Ads

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:58:00 -0000

WebmasterWorld members discuss the challenge of dealing with spammy ads in the review center.

Google Updates and SERP Changes - December 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:51:28 -0000

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

Should We Still be Concerned About "Bad" Links?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:23:10 -0000

WebmasterWorld members discuss whether "bad" links should be a concern, and how to better develop linking strategies.

Phishing Botnet Taken Down and 800,000 Domains Seized

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:35:27 -0000

"largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures..."

Firefox Zero-Day Exploit Reveals Tor Users' Identity

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:45:00 -0000

The vulnerability is being used to reveal the identity of Tor users'.

The Stress-Less Way to Move to HTTPS

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

WebmasterWorld Members discuss whether the stress involved in moving to HTTPS is worth it, and talk about the tips and tricks to make it all easier.

Amazon Deletes 500,000 "Incentivized" Reviews

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:11:00 -0000

In a little over a month the company has made good and is doing more than prohibiting, it's deleting "incentivized" reviews.

E.U. Proposals For Ecommerce Payments Will Require Extra Security Checks

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:19:00 -0000

The European Union's "Payment Services Directive 2" proposal includes making consumers go through additional security measures.

Google Extends Rich Cards to Include Local Restaurants and Online Courses

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:52:03 -0000

Google adds two new verticals to the Rich Cards.

Facebook Winds Down Ad Serving on Atlas

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:33:59 -0000

Facebook's Atlas ad serving is to be wound down over the coming months.

Australian AdSense Login Problem

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:43:55 -0000

AdSense log in problem for Australian publishers.

Facebook to Fix Metrics Bugs in Insights

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:58:00 -0000

Facebook has said the Page Insights metrics had a bug in the system since May 2016.

Microsoft Takes Platinum Membership at The Linux Foundation

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:31:18 -0000

Microsoft is joining The Linux Foundation with Platinum membership.

Google Cloud Joins .NET Foundation

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:26:53 -0000

Google is joining the Technical Steering Group of the .NET Foundation.

Google to Ban AdSense Publishers With Fake News Sites

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:01:00 -0000

The new policy will go into effect "imminently."

Twitter Now Lets You "Mute" Keywords and Phrases

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:48:00 -0000

Twitter is rolling out a new addition which means you can now mute keywords and phrases, or conversations.

WhatsApp Adds Video Calling

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:33:14 -0000

WhatsApp adds video calling and is rolling it out world-wide.

New Form of AdSense Abuse and Spam Attack

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:13:22 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members discuss a new observation of sites appearing to use AdSense code resulting in skewing page view statistics.

Best Practices for Indexable Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:03:26 -0000

Comprehensive guide detailing both best practice and a series of do's and don'ts.

Facebook Messenger 1.3 Now Allows Sponsored Messages

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:59:59 -0000

Sponsored messages coming to Facebook Messenger.

Google Safe Browsing "Repeat Offenders" Locked Out For 30-Days

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:58:04 -0000

Repeat offenders of Google's safe browsing will be locked out from review for 30-days.

Browser Plug-In Found Selling User Browsing Histories

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:10:18 -0000

The plug in has now been removed from the browsers.

Google Announces Mobile-First Indexing Experiments

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:46:52 -0000

"To make our results more useful, we've begun experiments to make our index mobile-first."

Google Updates and SERP Changes - November 2016

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:09:31 -0000

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

MySQL Exploit Gives Root Access to Server: Update Your Systems

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:28:19 -0000

Site administrators should apply patches immediately.

Facebook Q3, 2016 Reports Revenue $7.01 Billion

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:29:34 -0000

Facebook says its monthly active users reaches 1.79 billion, which is a 16pct increase, year on year.

Reviews of The Latest Google AdSense User Interface

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:19:44 -0000

WebmasterWorld Members review and discuss the most recent update to the Google AdSense user interface.

Microsoft Flow - Create automated workflows between your favorite apps

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:32:59 -0000

Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service that makes it simple to automate common tasks and business processes across your applications and services

Do You Still Believe in 200 Rank Factors, and Santa Claus

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:44:20 -0000

Do you still believe there are 200 ranking factors?

Publishers Give Google AMP Mixed Reviews

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:24:06 -0000

Some publishers are unhappy with the performance of their ad revenues with Google AMP.

Twitter Q3 Beats Expectations: Revenue $616 million, Cuts Jobs by 9pct

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:12:45 -0000

It seems twitter's Q3 performance was better than expected, at $616 million in revenue...

WiGig Super-Fast Wireless Certified By WiFi Alliance

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:27:07 -0000

Super-fast wireless technology based upon the 802.11ad standard, dubbed WiGig, has been certified by the WiFi Alliance.

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.