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Google now Recommends using 301 for Mobile Redirects!

Sep 10, 2014 | 1,217 views | by Ritu Sharma
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When Google updated its Site Move Help documentation in June, webmasters had doubts on why Google recommended 302 redirects in the "Moving from separate URLs to same URLs" scenario. Google guidelines said, “Redirect your separate smartphone URLs to your desktop URLs using server-side 302 HTTP redirects." Google has once again updated the guidelines, now saying "Redirect your separate smartphone URLs to your desktop URLs using server-side 301 HTTP redirects."

Day 5 of #GoogleRecon Week: Submit your Reconsideration Request Along with Helpful Documentation!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,174 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Marking an end to the #GoogleRecon week, here comes the last tip from Google on reconsideration requests. This one says,

Submit your reconsideration request along with helpful documentation.

Reconsideration request tip 5 Day 5 of #GoogleRecon Week: Submit your Reconsideration Request Along with Helpful Documentation!

  • For linking issues: include a list of links you have removed, disavowed or nofollowed (based on the issue)
  • For hacked issues: add examples of injected or cloaked URLs that are now clean or return 404

Google Confirms – Recovering from Penguin Penalty Requires the Algorithm to Run Again!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,308 views | by Ritu Sharma
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If your site is suffering from a Penguin penalty, Google says you can only recover when it runs the algorithm again. In response to a question posted in the Webmaster Central Help Forum asking “Can a site really recover without Google doing another Penguin update? Is there a definitive answer?” Google’s John Mueller replied, “Yes, assuming the issues are resolved in the meantime, with an update of our algorithm or its data, it will no longer be affecting your site.”

Google Webmaster Academy Goes Live in 22 Languages!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,320 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has a great news for webmasters. The Webmaster Academy which was introduced in March 2012, goes live in 22 different languages. This was announced on the official Webmaster Central Blog yesterday.

New or beginner webmasters who speak different languages can now easily learn the fundamentals on how to make a great site, how to rank really well in search results and also learn how to provide an enjoyable user experience. The best part is that the Webmasters can learn all this and more in their own language.

Google Introduces an Improved Sitelinks Search Box within the Search Results!

Sep 6, 2014 | 1,599 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has introduced a new and improved sitelinks search box within the search results, making it easier for users to reach content on your site directly through your site-search pages.

Sitelink search box Google Introduces an Improved Sitelinks Search Box within the Search Results!

When users are searching for a company, they might be looking for something specific on that website. Till now, Google would display a large set of sitelinks and a search box below that search result, allowing users to do site: searches in the site directly from the search results page. For eg: site: example.com hitchhiker guides.

#GoogleRecon Tip 4: Use Fetch as Google to Identify Hacked Content!

Sep 6, 2014 | 1,424 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Offering the fourth tip on reconsideration requests, as a part of the #GoogleRecon Week, Google recommends to use Fetch as Google to identify hacked content.

Use Fetch as Google #GoogleRecon Tip 4: Use Fetch as Google to Identify Hacked Content!

According to Google, “Sometimes a page may look clean to you but hackers often inject content that only search engines can easily see. 'Fetch as Googlebot' shows how your page looks to Googlebot (our website crawler) so use it to identify and clean up hacked content.”

#GoogleRecon Week Tip 3: Remove Inorganic Backlinks!

Sep 5, 2014 | 1,181 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Here comes the third tip on the third day of Google’s #GoogleRecon week. It is about removing inorganic backlinks.

Remove Inorganic Backlinks #GoogleRecon Week Tip 3: Remove Inorganic Backlinks!

Google says, “For a reconsideration request to be successful, a significant percentage of inorganic links should be removed from the website. If you can get a backlink removed, remove the link instead of adding it to the disavow file. Simply disavowing links will not be enough to make a reconsideration request successful.”

Optimize Sites for Bandwidth on Apache and Nginx with Google’s New Tool!

Sep 5, 2014 | 1,309 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google in the Webmaster Central blog revealed that webmasters can now optimize their sites for bandwidth on Apache and Nginx. The recently updated free module form Google, PageSpeed, can help webmasters who want to cut down bandwidth costs and speed up web pages delivery. PageSpeed works with both Apache and Nginx software and using its new feature “Optimizing For Bandwidth” can trim bandwidth by about 37%.

#GoogleRecon Day 2: Resources to Understand Manual Actions!

Sep 4, 2014 | 1,130 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Throughout this week the Google Webmasters team will be offering some great tips around reconsideration requests on their Google+ page. Google is calling it the week of #GoogleRecon. Here’s the second tip of the week:

Understand the Manual Action Taken #GoogleRecon Day 2: Resources to Understand Manual Actions!

If your site gets hit by a manual action, you should use the resources provided by Google to understand what are the issues faced by your site and what is it you can do to resolve them.

Google Announces #GoogleRecon, the Reconsideration Request Tips Week!

Sep 3, 2014 | 1,241 views | by Ritu Sharma
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#GoogleRecon week, a series focusing on the reconsideration request process has started on the Google+ Webmasters page. Tips around reconsideration requests will be offered by the webmasters team on the Google+ page throughout the week.

Here's the first tip shared:

GoogleRecon1 Google Announces #GoogleRecon, the Reconsideration Request Tips Week!

To find out if you have a manual action, login to your Google Webmaster Tools and click on the manual action viewer.