Google is known for encouraging fun activities on April 1 all these years. Their teams across the world have come up with so many hoaxes this year that it is just not possible to list all of them here.
Here is a look on some of the antics.
Although Google tries its best to construe the location and language of users and return them the best version of a website based on that information, linking pages together helps Google do its job more effectively. In the recent Webmaster Help Video, Google's Head of Search Spam, Matt Cutts, answers a question about linking domains together.
A user writes in to ask:
Don’t delete your old disavow file if you upload a new one because it “confuses folks”. Google's Head of Search Spam, Matt Cutts announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning that you do not need to remove your old disavow links file before uploading a new one. This means that the next time you are going to upload a new disavow file, remember not to click on the Delete option and just upload the new file.
As India is gearing up for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with around 800 million people entitled to vote in the coming April, Google India has brought some significant overhauls to the Google Elections Hub. The search engine announced in a blog post that the Elections Hub “Politics and Elections” has been supplemented with several new features to keep the voters in pace with the recent updates in the election news.
Google has improved the Rich Snippets- Organizations page to update webmasters that it now supports all the sub types of organizational schema. By adding a line to the Rich Snippets- Organizational Help document, the search engine announced that now it backs up any of the schema.org subtypes markup such as the schema.org/Attorney.
The new line added to the document reads:
If you are curious why your website's page ranking has tumbled down, first check your Webmaster Tools for a penalty notification or crawl errors. In the recent Webmaster Help video, Google's head of Search Spam, Matt Cutts elucidates how you can determine whether your site ranking is a result of an algorithm penalty or poor content.
Early in this year, Matt Cutts, Google's Head of Search Spam warned webmasters in his personal blog that if you are using guest blogging to gain links in 2014, then you should stop because over the time it is becoming more and more of a spammy practice. As a follow-up to the warning bell, Cutts, announced Wednesday morning on twitter that Google has taken action on a “large guest blog network” to remind people about the risks of guest blogging.
In the recent Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts, Google's head of Search Spam, explains how Google sees and understands multiple breadcrumb trails on an e-commence page. Matt says that even if you have multiple breadcrumbs, Google only picks up the first one on the page.
Whether you are a novice or an expert webmaster, you always have something new to learn from Google's resources. With an aim to guide beginners in the basics of creating a website, Google launched the Webmasters Academy two years back and has now expanded it to introduce a series of new and targeted content. The search engine giant announced in a blog post that it has updated the educational resource program to expand and improve information on some important modules.
Now if someone threatens you with adding your site to their disavow list you don't have to worry about your site getting tagged as "spammy". Google has confirmed that having URLS from your website submitted in the disavow file of any backlinks removal company will not have any adverse affect on the page rank of your website.