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The world of search – August 2014

Even though Matt Cutts is still away Google have been busy! Here’s our quick summary of the most important items of search news this month.

Google updates Panda plus 890 other changes

The 8th of August saw an unconfirmed Panda refresh; while these refreshes are supposed to be on an ongoing monthly cycle this one seemed larger than most and so worth noting.

Google also announced that they have made more than 890 updates to their algorithm and other search tools this year! This shows the dangers of just focusing on one or two updates and ignoring the rest and we in the SEO world need to keep all the updates in mind when making changes to sites and link profiles.

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Are http:// and https:// sites treated differently?

What is http and https?

Are http:// and https:// sites treated differently? Before we answer this it might be best to define the differences between a http:// and https:// site.

Simply put https:// is a secure version of http://. The everyday user will not see any difference; the difference is all “under the hood”. To give a more technical explanation http stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and is the system for transmitting and receiving data across the internet. It acts as a question and answer system that is standard across all servers. This means that all servers can then easily, quickly

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The world of search – July 2014

July has been a very quiet month for some search engines but Google have been busy enough to give us some interesting stories this month.

Pigeon update

The first, and possibly most important to us SEO folks, is that Google have released an new algorithm for local search results. It the moment it is limited to US English search results and has no name. However the SEO community have nicknamed it Pigeon for the time being.

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Is Linking to Other Websites good or bad for SEO?

Working in SEO we often find ourselves the ones attempting to gain links from other websites in order to increase our sites authority. We try to understand why someone would want to link to us and how to increase the chances of success in that area. The best way to do that is to imagine the shoe is on the other foot and someone is contacting us attempting to gain a link to their website.

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The world of search – June 2014

This month has been a relatively quiet month in the world of search. However there have been some very interesting and important items of news that are worth noting.

Press Releases

After Panda 4.0 one of the biggest press release sites, PR Newswire lost a lot of rankings, traffic and visibility is down over 63%. In order to combat this they are putting in place a host of new policies and will be removing any old posts that do not need these new policies. We will be watching their progress with interest but it is yet another example of how Google deals with duplicate content.

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The world of search – May 2014

The world of search went through a bit of change this month with a couple of major Google updates, some high profile penalties and other updates from across the web.

Google updates

Google Payday Loan 2.0

On the 20th of May 2014 Google confirmed that they had released their latest version of Google Payday Loan over the weekend and numbered it 2.0. The original update was released back on the 11th of June 2013 and targeted “very spammy queries”, typically these are links with highly optimised anchor text and links that had been paid for.

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How we do off-page marketing

"the fall takes no time and forever"Just as every company is unique so is the best method to obtain links, mentions and citations for each of our clients. Below is I have laid out how we do off-page marketing for our clients websites.

Suppliers & partners

When we start the back-link campaign we look to collect the “low hanging fruit”. We ask our client for a list of their suppliers and partners, and then approach those companies for a link to the relevant client.

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Google’s Panda 4.0 update

Google rolled out their latest version of Panda that has been named version 4.0 on 20th May 2014. As this update has had a number increase (from 3.xx to 4.0) which means it’s likely there have been some major changes. It is also likely that there has been a data refresh. If your website was affected by previous versions of panda but you have “cleaned up” any previous issues you should see your sites rankings return to “normal” after a data refresh.

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How we do on-page optimisation

On-page is everything to do with your website from the visual elements such as the words, the images and the menu structure to the bits that are ‘under the hood’ such as the coding. This post is all about how we do on-page optimisation.

At Marketing UK we will work with you to ensure every element of your website is working to not only work well in search engines but to also meet and exceed the needs of your visitor, after all it’s people who use your services not search engines!

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