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Return On News: Getty Images To Offer Free Image Use

Today I came across some huge news for bloggers and internet marketers alike – Getty Images is making close to 40 million of their stock art images available for free use, with only attribution to Getty as the source required. This is a big deal. A huge deal actually. Until now, the only ways to…

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Quick Tour of Detailed Search Queries in Google Webmaster Tools

Google recently announced that they are sharing more detailed data about search queries in Google Webmaster Tools. It seems that most of the SEO and Internet Marketing world completely overlooked the announcement, so let’s take a quick moment today to look at what this means and why we should all care. Why Detailed Search Queries…

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Is Blog Comment Link Building Bad For SEO?

If you are like most webmasters and SEOs today, you are very careful about link building, and especially blog commenting. And with good reason. Google has gone on record speaking out against link schemes as a whole. The passage below from Google’s Link Schemes Page summarizes their overall stance on the matter: Any links intended…

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Google Hummingbird Announced

Today is the 15th anniversary of the day Google was founded. To those of us in the industry, this is a pretty major milestone. In typical Google fashion, they threw a shindig at the house where the company first started in the Bay area. Many media and industry pundits were in attendance, and it sounds…

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Google Secure Search: Reacting to Keyword Not Provided

There has been quite the uproar the past few days, after Google announced that they are moving 100% of search queries from unencrypted to Secure Search. When this news broke on September 23, the SEO world had a collective panic attack. But is this really the end of SEO as we know it? Google Secure…

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Advanced rel=”author” Tips From Google

By now you have surely read one of the hundreds of blog posts advising you to add authorship markup to your website (i.e. rel=”author”). Very soon, doing it will evolve from a competitive advantage in the SERPs to a standard course of business. Since websites can be deployed on a variety of platforms (custom code,…

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Finally! Manual Penalties Available in Google Webmaster Tools

Several months ago, Google promised us that they would start providing additional information for websites that were hit by manual penalties for webspam. There are many types of manual penalties that they employ, nearly all related to quality issues a’la Panda and Penguin. Webmasters, SEOs, and Web Marketers alike have been waiting patiently (and some…

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