Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” No Longer Prefaces Code of Conduct by @martinibuster

“Don’t be evil” has been a part of Google’s Code of Conduct since 2000. However, that phrase, “Don’t be evil” has been removed from the top of Google’s Code of Conduct. The encouragement to not be evil is not gone. It’s simply not the major focus of Google’s Code of Conduct anymore. The phrase “Don’t […]

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Google’s Hilltop Algorithm – A Foundation for Modern SEO by @martinibuster

The Hilltop Algorithm is an important search engine algorithm that was adopted by Google in 2003. The Hilltop Algorithm influenced how SEO was practiced in 2004 and the influence continues today. As a web professional, it’s important to understand how the Hilltop Algorithm influenced SEO in order to build a strong foundation for understanding SEO […]

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Google’s Object Recognition Tool, Google Lens, Now Available on iOS by @MattGSouthern

Google Lens, a tool that utilizes smartphone cameras to recognize objects, is now available to iOS users. The rollout began this week and will continue over the next several weeks. Lens is not a standalone app— rather, it’s a tool built into Google Photos which allows users to take photos of an object to learn […]

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Google’s Fetch & Render Partial Status: The Most Common Causes by @jennyhalasz

Editor’s note: “Ask an SEO” is a weekly column by technical SEO expert Jenny Halasz. Come up with your hardest SEO question and fill out our form. You might see your answer in the next #AskanSEO post! Here’s today’s Ask an SEO question: Why does the Fetch and Render tool from Google Search Console show a green […]

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Mobilegeddon: A Complete Guide to Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update by @askreinhart

Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing series looking back at the history of Google algorithm updates. Enjoy! On April 21, 2015, Google rolled out their mobile-friendly update, which quickly earned several monikers – mobilepocalyse, mopocalypse, mobocalypse, etc. Ultimately the name that stuck was “Mobilegeddon” (as far as I can tell, credit for this […]

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Google’s Search Crawlers to Natively Render JavaScript-based Pages by @MattGSouthern

Starting in Q2 2018, Google’s search engine crawlers will begin to render JavaScript-based webpages without the assistance of the AJAX crawling scheme. For site owners, that means it will no longer be necessary to provide rendered versions of these pages to Googlebot. Googlebot currently relies on the AJAX crawling scheme to render JavaScript-based webpages when […]

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Google’s Search Snippets are Longer, But Don’t Go Changing Anything by @MattGSouthern

Google’s search result snippets are now longer than what once was the maximum length of 160 characters. This change has been officially confirmed by Google, and is also supported by evidence from tracking tools like RankRanger. According to data collected by RankRanger, search snippets can now be anywhere from 160 characters to 230 characters. However, […]