Yandex Penalties, Potential Algorithm Risk – #ThisWeekInSEO

Category: #ThisWeekInSEO


This week, September 6 – September 12, 2015, was bad news for blackhat SEOs who were selling backlinks! Yandex, the largest Russian search engine, issued hundreds of penalties to sites who were found to be selling backlinks. To stay a step ahead, we’ll walk you through how to analyze your site for potential risk for an upcoming algorithm change.

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Shawn Netelixir

This week, August 30 – September 5, 2015, was a huge week in the world of Google. On September 1, Google unveiled a completely new logo and brand identity, which was one of the biggest changes they’ve made to their branding in the past 17 years. Google also declared war this week on giant app interstitials, and mobile sites using them will soon find their mobile rankings hurt if they don’t remove them.

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Harnessing ‘The Wisdom of Crowds’

Category: Marketing Dilemmas


“The mob rushes in where individuals fear to tread,”  wrote B. F. Skinner in his book Walden Two, which was written in 1948– way before social media made it easier for people and groups to get together in the virtual world and start thinking together as one.

Reiterating Skinner’s point on the intelligence of ‘crowd thinking’, The Wisdom of Crowds was written at a time when social media just started starting to show its presence, like a kid stealthily entering a classroom. Written by James Surowiecki, this intelligent book shows us through thought-provoking case studies and anecdotes how the ‘team’ or ‘group’ always outsmarts the ‘me’ or ‘I’. Mass opinions actually seem to outsmart the solitary expert (in most cases)!

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Tweets In SERP, Google Indexing – #ThisWeekInSEO

Category: #ThisWeekInSEO

Tweets In SERP

This week, August 23 – 29, 2015, came with the arrival of some familiar blue birds in the Google SERP. Find out what happened with Twitter and Google and everything else you need to know that happened #ThisWeekInSEO in our weekly video, led by our Global SEO Head, Shawn Swaim!

Watch this week’s video and find out:

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PLA Update: Winning Shopping Micro Moments

Category: Paid Search

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Did you know that last year 28% of in-store sales were influenced by mobile devices, used either before or during shopping trips? In an effort to help retailers reach their customers at their most crucial mobile shopping moments, Google has come up with a few new ways to help retailers win those I-want-to-know, I-want-to-go, and I-want-to-buy micro moments.

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This week, August 3 – 8 2015, was an exciting week in SEO, particularly for SEOs who have been dying to better understand the link between their organic rankings and their site traffic.

When Google announced the rebranding of Google Webmaster Tools to Google Search Console back in May, webmasters all over the world rejoiced with the arrival of the long-awaited “Search Analytics” tool.

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What to others might have seemed like an average Tuesday afternoon, to the NetElixir US office it was a day unlike any other. Bland sandwiches and lackluster salads were left elsewhere, as instead the aromas of seasoned beef, creamy cheese, and freshly-cut tomatoes wafted their way through the office hallways. After what seemed like centuries, the cheery voice of our Special Projects Coordinator, Kelly Rafalski, broke the silence as she announced to the masses that at long last, “Lunch is ready!”

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