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Author Rich Snippets to be Reduced by 15%

Are you aware of Google authorship? It is nothing but a way to link whatever content you create with Google+ profile. It allows your content to appear in Google search results with the headshot image (your photo) next to it.   When your article or blog content displays your photo besides it, it leads to an improved click through rate - which is ultimately helpful for your personal branding. In the form of author rich snippets, Google enables you to add extra information. The only requirement is your Google+ profile. As a part of search results, your snippet would display the number of people y...
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Targeting One More Link Network – Anglo Rank

It’s natural and common that people link between their sites. However, Google’s dial is way high for link networks; and thus, optimizing links between your sites anymore could make you appear to be a network.   Google has called out removal of another link network - which is popularly being known as Anglo Rank.   Matt Cutts - the head of search span of Google - announced Google's action against another link network via a couple of tweets. To put it simple - Google has taken action against “several thousand” link sellers that were part of a link network that bought and sold links that pass Page...
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Another Google Webmaster Penalty - Image Mismatch Manual Action!

Google has rolled out the old manual action viewer in Google Webmaster Tools. There are reports of the new manual action alert - 'image mismatch'!   This manual action is for those images on your site that appear differently - on your site and in Google search engine pages. When the images on your Website do not match what Google is displaying and indexing on the search result pages, the 'image mismatch' manual action comes into picture.   Manual actions are nothing but the penalties from a human reviewer at Google - who has determined certain Websites violating Google's guidelines and/or has ...
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The Google+ Integration Continues with the Launch of Hashtag Search!

Google+ had started supporting hashtags in the month of May; however the company recently announced that Google Search will now allow its users to search for Google+ posts by using these hashtags. Now when you can see a little bit of Google+ in every product of Google, no wonder the Google+ hashtags too are making their way into other Google products.     Hashtags are basically useful in Google+; they enable you to find and manage the posts that use them. So if you now enter your search query on Google for a hashtag, you may see the latest feature to the right side of the regular search result...
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Google Algorithmic Updates 2013

Google keeps changing its search algorithm every year and this change could be approximately 500-600 times. However, most of these changes are minor. Google also calls out the major update that seems to significantly affect the search engine results. One of these major updates is Google Penguin which was very first announced on April 24, 2012 (Penguin 1). All those Websites that seem to violate the rules and regulations of Google Webmaster have to face significant drops in their search engine rankings after this Penguin update.   Here is when the immediate next Penguin updates were released:  ...
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