Google Penalties: A Guide for Manual Action Removal and Recovery – 2017 Edition

Google Penalties: A Guide for Manual Action Removal and Recovery – 2017 Edition Receiving a Google Penalty can be a devastating blow for any website. Whether it’s a site-wide or partial match, manual actions applied to a domain by Google can see organic search traffic appear to fling itself off a cliff. Original source While the previous example is a reported penalty, recovering from an algorithmic penalty can sometimes be hard to diagnose. It can also be harder to recover from, as when a manual action is applied to a site you have a direct connection with Google to let it be known you fixed issues that they identified....Read More...

You Trust a Google Partner, Don’t You?

You Trust a Google Partner, Don’t You? The internet marketing industry has a pretty big problem. People are vulnerable, and their frustration and greed at wanting to rank better makes them fish in a barrel to predatory salespeople. These folks can tell them what they want to hear, and deliver a product that seems fine to the client, without them knowing there may be harm headed their way down the road. 8 Out of 10 Clients Don’t Trust You A couple of weeks ago, David Mihm, Mike Blumenthal and Mary Bowling had their 10 minute video hangout  and the first part talked about SEO...Read More...

Google Personalized Menus

Google Personalized Menus For years I’ve been puzzled by the inconvenience of all the Google menus and login areas, because from one Google menu to another, they’ve been woefully inadequate and missing key items. Even their “settings”, “more info”, and “account” sections from service to service are incomplete, like this dashboard, where you cant get to X and this supposed “products page” that’s missing Y and Z. This was exactly what I wanted! Thank you for finally fixing this, Google! Personalized Menus...Read More...

Penguins & Pandas Recap

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 – This month’s event focused on Google’s two biggest algorithm changes in the past two years: Panda and Penguin. SEO expert Michael Cottam began by dissecting the Panda update, including the human quality raters, machine learning and Panda 1.0 algorithm tweak.  He then took us through some of the factors that define quality.  For example, pages need to include lots of content, original copy, and plenty of images, maps and videos.  Dwell time on site, low bounce rate and trust and authority signals are also key...Read More...

Google is Killing Us by Missing Notifications

Google is Killing Us by Missing Notifications Google Webmaster Tools fails to consistently notify people after flagging a site with malware, and this is costing people visitors, sales, and time, along with some inconvenience and embarrassment thrown in for good measure. They flag sites for malware in the search results, they flag sites at clickthrough before users get there, and they flag sites deeper into WMT after clicking the domain, but they do not consistently notify the WMT account holder on the main messages screen, and that’s a big problem. I have Webmaster Tools set to...Read More...

Webmaster Tools Speed Chart Missing?

Webmaster Tools Speed Chart Missing? At my Pubcon hosting session last November, I predicted that Google would make page load time a ranking factor in 2010. The very next day in his PubCon session, Matt Cutts made the announcement that speed as a ranking factor would be coming soon, and Google did make that happen in April of this year. No, I’m not some sort of a search heretic 😉  – It just made sense to me that since they were putting such emphasis on speed for Ad Words Quality Scores for so long, that making a factor for organic ranking must be coming soon. Ever...Read More...