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 …Read: "Yoast Vlog: Google Hummingbird explained"
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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 …Read: "Yoast Vlog: Mobilegeddon"
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, …Read: "What happened to my rankings!?"
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, …Read: "Weekly SEO recap: Googlebot: Apples to…"
This week in search we saw the following important events: Google (finally) got a brain; we’re getting search for the web’s history; Google said Penguin will come before the end of the year. RankBrain In a piece on Bloomberg Google talked about using AI for their search results, something that we’ve been speculating as coming …Read: "Weekly SEO Recap: RankBrain and Archive Search"
After this week’s launch of our first Basic SEO training, it’s now time to sit back and relax. For about two minutes. The next milestone is our upcoming Yoast SEO release which we’ve determined, because of the sheer amount of new features in it, will be called Yoast SEO 3.0. Luckily, the search engines took it …Read: "Weekly SEO Recap: AJAX crawling and Panda"
We quite often find sites that have become a victim of Google Panda’s algorithm, or run the risk of getting “Pandalized”. A site runs the risk of being hit by Panda when it has a lot of low quality pages. In this post I want to give you some quick insights into what Google Panda is and …Read: "Google Panda & low quality pages"
I write this knowing that next week I’ll be in Munich with many friends of the SEO industry for SEOktoberfest, a conference unlike any other. We’ll talk shop with some of the best and brightest minds in our industry and to say I’m excited is an extreme understatement. Google loses antitrust case in Russia These headlines …Read: "Weekly SEO Recap: antitrust ranking factors"
New iPhones! Search news? Oh right… So… About that search news. Panda’s making U-turns, Yandex penalizing sites for selling links, Bing offering new keyword tools and more! What happened to Panda? Google announced a Panda 4.2 update that’d “very slowly” roll out a while back, we covered that. It seems as though, according to this post by …Read: "Weekly SEO Recap: Panda U-Turns and new Bing tools"
At Yoast, we’re all really busy in the preparation for YoastCon next Wednesday, as you will understand. When us SEO people are really busy focussing on other stuff, Google tends to ‘surprise’ the online community with breaking news, algorithm updates or other developments that really need our attention as well. How is that, you might …Read: "Phantom Quality Panda and Google Search Console"