In 2014, Google declared guest blogging for links dead and has penalized guest blog networks time after time since then. So when someone asked Google's John Mueller on Twitter if using a guest blogging platform was a good idea and safe, my jaw dropped.John said "I wouldn't guest-post for links." He said it is not safe. He added, instead of using guest blogging "use your own site to spread the word," he said. Here are the tweets:Clearly, Google isn't a fan of guest blogging for links - they have penalized many guest blog networks and have targeted similar link networks. So don't risk it. If you do a guest blog post, do it without the intent of a link and don't do it in masses.Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Google: Don’t Guest Blog For Links, Use Your Own Site
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Medium is a pretty popular online publishing platform where you can write and publish on the Medium domain and property. But when you publish there, you don't get the traffic to your own web site or get any direct benefit in terms of links and offsite signals to your site - Medium gets all of that. Of course, Medium has a large large network and you may be able to get more eyeballs on your story if you publish there over publishing on your small blog.Gary Illyes from Google said on Twitter in response to an article named Here’s Why You Should Be Posting on Medium "I still don't get why would you use medium instead of your own site for publishing -_-"He added why:Then this not only lead to a discussion around Medium but also around why do publishers implement AMP, the content for the most part is hosting on Google when you host on AMP. So Gary had to spend the rest of the Twitter chain defending AMP.Even John Mueller of Google got into the action:Do you publish on Medium? If so, … [Read more...] about Google Gary Illyes: Why Do You Publish On Medium Over Your Own Site?
Google has raised the bar on site load times consistently over the last decade, and the upcoming transition to mobile-first indexing, combined with its rising expectations of mobile site performance, should be a clear warning sign to site owners. Site owners generally, however, seem not to be listening. Unfortunately, based on our analysis of 10,000+ mobile web domains, we found that most mobile sites don’t meet this bar: The average load time for mobile sites is 19 seconds over 3G connections.DoubleClick research published in September 2016 At our company, we have been experimenting over the last year with static site generation. Our tests on our own site are aimed at allowing us to assess the challenges facing site owners, to understand the scope of opportunity and potential for performance improvement, and also to explore the practical limitations in content management — one of the key criticisms of static site generation. Our site, QueryClick.com, was a small, … [Read more...] about Load time, static site generators & SEO: How we lowered our own site’s load time by 74%
As Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum loses two primary races to rival Mitt Romney, perhaps he can console himself with, ironically, another loss. Spreading Santorum, the page defining “santorum” as a by-product of anal sex, has finally dropped from the top results on Google. The related anti-Santorum blog, however, remains. And a page from Urban Dictionary keeps the definition alive, more explicit than before. Santorum: The Definition Page The page at SpreadingSantorum.com, created by columnist Dan Savage as a protest against Santorum’s views about homosexuality, has maintained its position in the top results on Google for years. The page defines “santorum” as: The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex. To understand more of the history of the site, and how it ended up doing so well on Google (and Bing, Yahoo and Baidu), see my previous article, Should Rick Santorum’s “Google … [Read more...] about “Spreading Santorum” Drops At Google; New Site Keeps Anal Sex Definition At Number One
“What’s the use of PRWeb?,” tweeted Megan McCarthy of Reuters, trying to digest how that service ended up circulating a fake Google acquisition story. Come along, Megan and others, and I’ll explain one of the sorriest uses, getting crap into Google News and out into news sites. For those who somehow missed today’s big tech news, PRWeb ran a press release saying that WiFi provider ICOA was being acquired by Google for $400 million. Plenty of outlets carried the news, until denials from both parties started circulating. Instead, the release appears to have been written by someone trying to pump up ICOA’s stock. It’s a big embarrassment for PRWeb, which has now issued its own statement on the matter: PRWeb transmitted a press release for ICOA that we have since learned was fraudulent. The release was not issued or authorized by ICOA. Vocus reviews all press releases and follows an internal process designed to maintain the integrity of the releases … [Read more...] about How PRWeb Helps Distribute Crap Into Google & News Sites