Category Archives: searchengineland

Google To Penalize Sites Using Deceptive Mobile Traffic Networks


Last month, Google warned webmasters against using sneaky mobile redirects, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Google’s Search Quality Senior Strategist, Andrey Lipattsev, participated in a Google hangout last week where he mentioned that his team is specifically working on detecting and taking action on mobile affiliate traffic networks that bounce users from one site to the next, which harms the user experience for the mobile user.

This was said at the 25:16 mark into the video. Here is my best shot at transcribing snippets of what he said.

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Yandex To Notify Webmasters Over Violations Of Their Webmaster Guidelines


Yandex, the Russian search engine, has been busy, as Anna Oshkalo from the Russian Search Tips blog reports. Now, Yandex says they will warn webmasters and SEOs when they violate their webmaster guidelines — similar to Google’s manual actions notifications.

The warnings that Yandex will give webmasters include these penalty notifications:

  • Buying SEO links (aka Minusinsk penalty)
  • Selling SEO links (aka AGS penalty)
  • Artificially inflating behavioral factors
  • Thin affiliate pages
  • Keyword stuffing
  • Hidden text

Anna also provided screen shots of what the notification looks like. For example, here is a screen shot of a website without a penalty:


Here is a screen shot of a site with a link penalty:

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Search Market Share In October 2015 Looks A Lot Like It Did In October 2008

October desktop search data from comScore came out late Friday afternoon. Google appears to have “stabilized” at roughly 64 percent market share, while Bing and Yahoo are also mostly unchanged from September. Search market share was in nearly the same place in October 2008. Google…

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Search Market Share In October 2015 Looks A Lot Like It Did In October 2008