Google Disavow Link Tool

The buzz around the SEO world right now is about the launch of Google’s Disavow Links Tool. The tool allows site owners to take control of the links pointing towards their site.

As there are so many posts going about right now, rather than add to it, I’m just going to link to some of the ones that have caught my eye.

If you want to find out more about the Disavow Links Tool, check out...

Webmaster Central Blog (Google’s Official Blog) - Click here
Search Engine Land - Danny Sullivan’s post - Click here
Search Engine Watch - Danny Goodwin’s post - Click here
Search Engine Roundtable - Barry Schwartz’ post - Click here

If you have any interest in Digital Marketing or SEO then these posts are definitely a worthwhile read and will probably tell you all you need to know about the tool. Give the Matt Cutts video in these posts a little bit of your attention too.

Google release third update of their Penguin update

Late on Friday night, Matt Cutts, head of webspam at Google announced on his Twitter that there was to be a Penguin algorithm update.

The latest Penguin update, a data refresh and the first update of Penguin for over four months is likely to impact 0.3% of English search queries.

To see if your site has been affected, you will need to check your visitor numbers for over the weekend. Compare them against other weekends, if there is a dramatic drop in numbers from previous weekends, your site may have been affected by the Penguin update.

Equally, if your site has a decent increase in visitor numbers, you may have benefited from the update.

SEOmoz brings you... MozCast

SEOmoz have released MozCast, their very own Google weather report!

The weather report is used to chart changes in Google’s algorithm. A typical day will see the MozCast display a sun with clear skies. The more changes that have been made to the algorithm in 24 hours, the hotter and stormier the weather will be shown in MozCast.

 Here is the range of weather symbols shown in MozCast...

On the left, a bright sun indicates just a normal day, with minimal changes in Google search. The far right shows lightning storms, this means that changes are registering in Google search and indicates there has been an algorithm change. To check the weather report yourself, you can visit the Mozcast by clicking here.

Google's new calc

A neat little feature has been added to Google search recently.

Google search could be used to find answers for sums a bit like a calculator.

If you typed “2 + 2” into the search box and clicked search, Google would tell you the answer was 4. Brilliant!

Not only does Google still answer your sums for you, they also offer a fully interactive, 34 button scientific calculator to work out more calculations

Pretty cool!
Google have added a new feature in Google Webmaster Tools. From now on, webmasters will be able to see just when Google discovered links to their site when downloading link data from Webmaster Tools.

Google have added a “Download latest links” button in the “Links to Your Site” in Webmaster Tools.

When you use this feature, you will see there are a list of the links in the left hand column and the date of when Google discovered these links on the right column in the report.

I’m sure many Google will be commended for this extra data. It will help to see how long it actually takes Google to index certain links as well as several other advantages.
The Search Engine community has overseen a lot of change in the last year or so with Google introducing algorithm updates such as Panda and Penguin and penalties for over optimisation and bad link building techniques in dodgy neighbourhoods.

That’s why those clever folks at SEOmoz have overhauled their Beginner’s Guide to SEO. They have updated it to lead potential SEO-ers from bad habits that were effective pre Panda and Penguin. I read the original Beginner’s Guide to SEO when I first got into learning about search engine optimisation at Equator.

There was so much stuff in it, I had to go back and read it a couple of times to take it all in. If you are looking for a detailed guide to give to someone starting out in the industry or just wanting to test yourself to see if you really are on the right track, the SEOmoz guide is worth a read.

You can find the Beginner’s Guide to SEO here

Yahoo's troubles continue!

Yahoo’s troubles in the search engine business continue to run. Yahoo’s share of the U.S search engine market has continued to decrease in April.

This is a continuation of a now 8 month slide, starting in September 2011 for the company. Yahoo has also been blighted by CEO changes and employee redundancies of late as well as co-founder Jerry Yang’s departure.

Yahoo’s search share fell 0.2 percent in April to just 13.5 percent according to comScore. This is significant drop on Yahoo’s share in last April which stood at 15.9 percent.

Both of Yahoo’s main rivals, Google and Bing, seen slight gains in the market share with Google recording 66.5 percent of the share while Bing recorded a 15.4 percent of the share according to comScore.

So what is next in store for Yahoo?