Category: All Things Google

10 Google Updates That Will Make or Break Your SEO in 2017

SEO in 2017 will be a game changer. Google’s algorithm is now changing in real time and will push back on what worked in 2016.

Here’s what’s happening for 2017:

1. RankBrain: The Machines are Taking Over

Google Machine Learning RankBrain AI

“Machine learning is a core transformative way by which we are rethinking everything we are doing,” said Google’s Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai on the company’s earnings call.

RankBrain was used initially to answer about 15% of the searches where the website pages didn’t have the exact phrase or words searched for.

Since RankBrain was added to the algorithm in 2016 it is now used in every search, not just the unique 15%.
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What is a Google Manual Action Penalty

Google Manual Action Penalty WhistleA Google Manual Action Penalty happens when Google reviews your website (either with real people or via their algorithms)  and determines that you are violating Google Webmaster Guidelines.

A Google Manual Action Penalty will result in a serious and sudden drop in traffic and keyword rankings. Continue reading

6 Simple Ways to Avoid the Google Penalty Cliff in 2016

Google Penalty Penguin Panda
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You Have a Google Penalty. What Do You Do Now?

Google Link Penalty

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