The most anticipated day of the week is finally here! And with it, as usual, is our Friday Catch-UP. This week we’ve got news from Google, YouTube, and Pinterest among others. Let’s go over some of the most important events of the week in greater detail.
News and Events
Google Goes Secretive on Panda
Google is no longer going to roll out manual Panda refereshes and nor is it going to provide any news regarding Panda from now on. The changes made to Panda in the future would be through rolling updates, which are expected to be sent out gradually. This does mean that marketers and webmasters are in a kind of a blind spot with regards to what to expect from Google’s Panda in the days to come. Sadly, nothing can be done about it. Read more at Search Engine Roundtable.
Google Trends to Support YouTube Searches
Google recently made it known through Google+ that they have begun supporting YouTube search data on Google Trends. This means that if you are looking for the emerging trends online, you can also find out what people are searching for the most on YouTube. The great thing about this move from Google is that they have incorporated YouTube searches going back to 2008. Users can limit the scope of their searches on Google Trends to exclusively YouTube search using the left-hand panel. Read more at Search Engine Land.
Google Accidently Penalizes Digg.com
Google has been on a penalizing spree the past few weeks. Several websites found violating Google’s regulations for online marketing have been penalized and Google is going increasingly strict about it. However, this time around a comedy of errors resulted in Digg.com being completely delisted from the Google index. The team at Google was trying to counter a spammer but ended up penalizing Digg.com accidentally. Thankfully, it was a popular site like Digg and the matter was dealt with quickly. Read more at Search Engine Roundtable.
Article on BBC’s Website Penalized
Speaking of penalties, the BBC website was latest to be penalized by Google. According to the official statement, they found unnatural links present on the website in one article. Google took the required action by penalizing the said article. The rest of the website was not affected whatsoever by the penalty. This does mean that Google is going to take specific action even if only one page of a large website is found to be using artificial links or committing any other violations. Read more at Search Engine Land.
Twitter’s Ad System Becomes More Equitable
Twitter has made it possible for the small advertisers using the website for marketing to employ the same tools available to the larger advertisers. This makes the ad system on the social network more equitable. Previously, only the large advertisers had access to certain tools and resources which helped them target more ads. Now, the smaller advertisers on Twitter would be able to use them. Among the major features being opened up to them is the Advanced Dashboard. Read more at Marketing Land.
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Best Ways to Employ Automation in Marketing
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Increasing Your Email List Exponentially
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Using Content Marketing to Generate Links
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A Great Tip for Analytics
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Creating an Ideal Infographic
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Videos and Infographics of the Week
ShortCutts to Google SEO Videos
Webmasters and marketers are familiar with the videos posted by Google’s Matt Cutts from time to time. He provides advice and answers questions frequently asked by those using Google. Now, a catalogue has been set up to make it easy for users to access all of Cutts’ videos about Google SEO. You can simply check out TheShortCutts.com to find the 500+ videos created by Matt Cutts so far. View the video about ShortCutts at Search Engine Roundtable.
Importance of Tagging in Analytics
There are times when Google Analytics fails to detect the source of the traffic coming in to your website. Hence, it routinely categorizes it alongside the other direct visits your website has been attracting. There is a way in which you can get better accuracy on your referrals which is through tagging. You need to understand the value of Tagging in Google Analytics to make the most of it. View the video about the important of tagging in Analytics at SEOmoz.
404 Pages Which Will Impress You
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Making Clickable Calls-to-Action Effective
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What You Can Learn from Great Presenters
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