SearchCap: The Day In Search, January 20, 2014

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From Search Engine Land:

  • Matt Cutts: “Stick A Fork In It, Guest Blogging Is Done”

    Google and Matt Cutts, in particular, has made a number of statements about guest blogging over the past year as the tactic has grown as a link building tactic. None of those statements are as clear as the one Cutts wrote today on his personal blog. Cutts, the head of Google’s webspam team, says that […]

  • Expedia Lost 25% Of Their Search Visibility In Google Possibly Over Unnatural Links

    The major travel website, Expedia, seems to have lost 25% of their search visibility in Google according to Search Metrics. It appears that drop was due to an unnatural link penalty, where Nenad called out Expedia over a month ago for possible paid links on article sites.’s Google Traffic Decline: Patrick Altoft noticed a […]

  • Google Remarketing Ads Found To Violate Canadian Privacy Law; To Revamp Ad Review System By June

    Google has agreed to several concessions after an investigation by Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner found Google in violation of Canada’s privacy rights for the use of sensitive health history in remarketing campaigns. The investigation began last January, when a man complained that his personal health history was being used for ad targeting purposes. […]

  • Local SEO Scam Of The Month: Craigslist SEO

    Most SEO consultants I have met are pretty decent, hard-working folks. But there are plenty of SEO con artists out there, and it kills me every time I see a small business (or a big business) get taken. Recently, I had the privilege to witness a true Picasso of SEO con artists. I am sharing […]

  • 5 Not-So-Common Reconsideration Request Errors

    I’ve been struggling with a particularly difficult link cleanup project lately. On the occasion of my 100th reconsideration request (4th for this particular client), I thought it might be helpful to share five not-so-common problems that you might run into during your own link cleanup project. 1. Don’t Block Your Pages With Robots.txt One good […]

  • Searching For Gmail In Google Links You To Compose A Message To A Google Apps User

    If you search for [gmail] in Google and if you click on the sitelink that reads “Google mail” — Google may push you to a page that composes an email to a Google Apps user. Here is the search result you may see when you search for [gmail]: Clicking on that sitelink below the main […]

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Google Logo Marks Holiday Honoring Civil Rights Hero

    Today’s Google logo marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday recognizing the civil rights leader. The illustrated logo includes a profile of Martin Luther King, Jr., images of doves to represent King’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and the Lincoln Memorial where King made his iconic “I Have a Dream” civil rights speech. Michigan […]

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