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Facebook Updates 20% Image Ad Text Policy

We wanted to share an update with you regarding Facebook’s 20% text policy. As of this week, Facebook will allow ads that exceed 20% text overlay to run on the platform. What It Is: Ads that were previously not approved for promotion due to exceeding the 20% text policy will now run on the platform, […]

Changes to the App Rating on App Cards for Twitter

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The Twitter team just let us know that starting this month, App Cards will only display the app’s average rating if the app has a star rating of 3.5 or above. This change is in effect for Android and is slated to roll out on iOS towards the end of the month. If the average […]

After More than a Month, the Impact of Panda 4.2 Remains a Mystery

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Back in July, Google began to roll out Panda 4.2: the first update to the Panda algorithm in almost 10 months, since version 4.1 was released last September. Panda 4.2 is more of a refresh of the existing algorithm than a complete update, and will take several months to roll out completely. Google says that […]

CPCs for Branded Keywords Experience a Rise in Google AdWords

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Over the last month or two, search marketers across the web have noticed a confusing trend in the rise of the cost per click (CPC) for branded search terms. Some marketing agencies are reporting a rise in branded CPCs for clients of as much as 141% from Q2 to Q3, according to AdAge. While many […]

European Commission Prepares Formal Antitrust Charges Against Google

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The European Commission appears to be preparing to file formal antitrust charges against Google, according to the Wall Street Journal. As the European Union’s top antitrust authority, the Commission wields tremendous power in implementing and enforcing legislation that restricts companies from forming monopolies or depriving competitors of a fair share of the market. While Google […]

Mobile Search to Become a Ranking Factor in Google’s Algorithm

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Google just announced two major updates to the search algorithm that will mean better rankings for mobile-friendly sites. Beginning on April 21, 2015, Google will start to include mobile-friendly factors in its rankings, allowing sites that are optimized for mobile search to rank higher for searches done on a mobile device. In addition, starting immediately, […]

Twitter Confirms Deal to Share “Fire Hose” of Tweets with Google

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Twitter is set to begin sharing its full stream of tweets with Google, CEO Dick Costolo announced during an earnings call on February 5. The stream, referred to as the “fire hose”, will provide the search engine with access to data from over 284 million users, according to a Bloomberg Business report. Google currently crawls […]

Knowledge is Power: Preparing for the Growing Importance of Google Knowledge Graph

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Author and tech journalist, Steven Levy, has released an in-depth study on the evolution of Google over the years, and the continued advancements that have allowed the search engine to compete in the changing landscape of search–in particular, the advent of mobile search’s growing influence over desktop search. A key finding of this report involves […]

Looking Ahead: Pigeon and Local SEO in 2015

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Perhaps the single most critical update for local search in 2014 was Google’s announcement of the Pigeon algorithm, which had major implications for small businesses and local SEOs. Pigeon significantly changed the way local businesses are ranked by integrating basic web search ranking signals into localized queries. The result: a far more dynamic ranking of […]

Looking Ahead: 10 SEO Trends to Look Out for in 2015

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Believe it or not, 2014 is almost over. This year we’ve seen the release of the first Penguin update in in over a year, the launch of an entirely new local search algorithm dubbed Pigeon, and the announcement of site encryption as a ranking signal. People have hotly debated the importance of the keyword, while […]