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Weekly SEO recap: Google update galore

22 January 2016 by Joost de Valk - 9 Comments

This week we started with a Google update that rolled out over the weekend. Then there was “some” more news that came out of Google. Ranging from Google Penguin to a Search Console homepage redesign, we’ve got quite a bit to cover, so let’s dive right in! Major update over the weekend I won’t go into much …

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Another weekend, another Google update

19 January 2016 by Joost de Valk - 18 Comments

Hot on the heels of last week’s update, we had another Google update this weekend. Looking at the data there are some outliers, probably due to individual issues with sites, but most of all it seems like Google is changing the branding results all the time now. Google updates galore I wrote 3 posts last …

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Weekly SEO recap: it’s not Panda, not Penguin, it’s… Brands!

15 January 2016 by Joost de Valk - 8 Comments

This week we had quite a bit of news. But…. I’ve written about it all, already. So I’m gonna be a lazy guy and point you straight at the three posts I wrote this week on Google changes: The week started with us not knowing much yet, but it’s good to read this to get an idea …

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Google core algorithm update: brand terms

14 January 2016 by Joost de Valk - 23 Comments

Over the weekend we saw an incredibly big shuffle in Google search results. I wrote about it earlier this week, as we were researching what happened. I’ll be honest: we’re still researching. But let me update you on what we know and don’t know about this Google core algorithm update. What we know We know …

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Google updated its Google Webmaster Guidelines

Google Panda part of Google’s core algorithm

14 January 2016 by Joost de Valk - 7 Comments

Panda has become a part of Google’s core algorithm. This post discusses what that means for SEOs and webmasters. Amidst (or actually slightly before) all the kerfuffle about the changes to Google’s core algorithm this week, Jennifer Slegg posted a huge article about Google Panda, that’s really worth a look. It was vetted by people on Google’s webmaster team, and …

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Google Panda became a part of Google's Core algorithm

Google update: Real time Penguin? Or something else?

11 January 2016 by Joost de Valk - 28 Comments

We’re currently seeing one of the biggest and most dramatic changes in Google rankings we’ve seen in the last few years. At first we were guessing it’s the promised real time Google Penguin roll out, but all the reports seem to say that it’s multi-faceted and not really tied purely to links, so we’re not 100% sure. …

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Yoast Vlog: Google Hummingbird explained

6 January 2016 by Joost de Valk - 4 Comments

In August 2013 Google rolled out the Hummingbird update. Unlike most other updates this wasn’t just a change to the algorithm; it was more like a replacement óf the algorithm. Why this big change? It’s closely related to Google’s vision of the ‘perfect search engine’, that Larry Page once described as “understands exactly what you …

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Yoast Vlog: Mobilegeddon

15 December 2015 by Joost de Valk

On April 22, 2015 “Mobilegeddon” took place. This update to Google’s search algorithm would favor mobile-friendly sites over other sites. So, when searching from a mobile device, sites optimized for mobile would rank higher. Developers and SEOs named it Mobilegeddon, because they thought it would really disrupt the mobile SEO landscape. But did it? In this video I explain what …

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What happened to my rankings!?

9 December 2015 by Michiel Heijmans - 10 Comments

One of the most asked questions in our site reviews is “What happened to my rankings!?”. Although we have the possibility of using all kinds of great tools to analyze your website, this question remains one of the toughest ones to answer. Google isn’t always clear about why some sites rank better than others. In this article, …

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Weekly SEO recap: Googlebot: Apples to…

4 December 2015 by Joost de Valk - 1 Comment

A nice couple of small news bits this week, of course mostly about Google as usual, but also one about Apple’s spider! Let’s dive right in! A Google phantom update There was some discussion a few weeks back about whether an update had taken place. Our friends at SearchMetrics have shown that it was one without a doubt, …

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