Google Encrypting Keyword Searches, Ads Exempted

red question markYou must have noticed the increase in “Unknown search terms” in your stats. I’m seeing hundreds in mine and they are growing daily.

Web site owners want to know the keyword terms visitors type into Google search to locate their sites, but no more keyword data will be provided from Google.

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Google’s Matt Cutts on Stock Images

The question posed to Matt Cutts of Google’s anit-spam team was, “Does using stock photos on your pages have a negative effect on rankings?”

View the answer here via Google’s Matt Cutts: Stock Images Do Not Impact Search Engine Rankings.

Do you think using stock images is an indicator of the quality of the content on any site that’s not a photoblogging site? If so why and if not then why not?

Google’s Penguin Update Impacts

penguinThe latest release of Google’s Penguin Update, an updated algorithm is live. This new release of Penguin is estimated to impact roughly 2.3% of English queries conducted through Google’s search engine. This is the fourth update of the Penguin algorithm which targets black hat web spam and is far  more powerful than earlier Penguin updates.
Penguin 1 on April 24, 2012
Penguin 2 on May 24, 2012
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Keyword Metatags

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The keywords metatag was a critical element for early search engines but hasn’t been used in search engine ranking since 2002. There is no such thing as setting a meta keyword tag for a WordPress.com blog. However, from time to time new bloggers post to the WordPress.com support forums asking for instructions for setting a meta keyword tag for their blog.   Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

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I know it’s not Friday when I usually publish this weekly feature but I can do more reading so why wait? Happy reading!

Five Things You Should Not Do On Your Home Page – Most people immediately press X button on their browsers after seeing cluttered home pages. If you want to avoid it, here are few things that you should not to do on your home page. Continue reading

Quick Blog Post Tagging Tips

google magnifying glassYou probably know that targeted readers use search engines to do keyword searches to locate information of topical interest to them. But did you know that successful blogs draw between 30 – 60 % of their incoming targeted readers from search engine referrals?

Aha! Now that I have your attention allow me to quickly share some blog post tagging tips that will increase targeted traffic to your blog posts.

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Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

weekend readingI had a productive and satisfying week and hope you did too. I kept to my schedule. I completed my month end contracted work 2 days in advance of the deadline. I used that time to clean up my computer files on all 3 computers preparatory to the big computer switch over, which was scheduled and cancelled once again. Being on call for the 3 computer switch over is nerve wracking because it means they must be ready to be carted off at a moment’s notice. Continue reading