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Matt Cutts – What’s Coming in Terms of SEO for Google

The final video in this Matt Cutts mini series relates to a question all online marketers want answered – what does Google have up its sleeve in terms of SEO.

This video was shot in May 2013 so it initially talks about Penguin 2.0 which has already happened, but Matt then goes on to cover other areas, such as:

  • Tightening up on advertorials that violate Google’s guidelines
  • Link spammers
  • More sophisticated link analysis
  • Hack site detection
  • Identifying niche authorities

Of course, the world of SEO changes rapidly, but this short video gives a heads up to what you should be looking out for.

So, that’s the end of our mini series for now.

Thank you to Matt Cutts and his team for these great videos. They are a great help to businesses trying to get to grips with what’s happening in the fast moving world of search.

See you soon.

Sally Ormond

Copywriter @ Briar Copywriting Ltd

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How to Deal With an Unnatural Links Message

Following the aftermath of Penguin, have you received an unnatural link message from Google?

Do you know who to go about finding out which links are causing the problem?

To help you out, here’s a video from Matt Cutts explaining how you can make sure you remove the troublesome links.


Building Backlinks Naturally

What is your current link strategy?Penguin update

Do you look around for sites with high page rank to link to or from?

If so, you may already have fallen foul of the Penguin – Google’s latest algorithm change.

Wikipedia’s definition of the Penguin is:

“…a code name for a Google algorithm update that was first announced on April 24, 2012. The update is aimed at decreasing search engine rankings of websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines by using black-hat SEO techniques, such as keyword stuffing, cloaking, participating in link schemes, deliberate creation of duplicate content, and others.”

Essentially, Penguin is anti low quality links, over optimised anchor text and keyword stuffing.  

Linking naturally

Google and the other search engines use links to define the authority of a website. They are what hold the Internet together, helping us to seamlessly navigate from one site to the other.

That’s why it’s important to link for your reader.

Good copywriters have long understood that effective website copy should, first and foremost, be written for the reader and not the search engines; the same goes for your linking strategy.

Before you add a link, think about what you want to achieve.

The purpose of linking should be to improve reader experience, so it should be in a context that makes sense, using anchor text that also makes sense.

In a nutshell, the words you use for your link must explain the information the reader will be taken to when they click on it.

How to recover from the Penguin attack

Numerous website owners fell pray to the dreaded Penguin, seeing their rankings (and of course their traffic) fall through the floor almost over night.

Recovering from such a catastrophic event is no mean feat, so to help you understand what went wrong and how to right it, you might find this post on seomoz.org useful.

In it, Jimmy explains what happened to one of his sites and what he did to recover from it.

So, if you’ve been bitten by the changes, take a look at how Jimmy recovered from Google Penguin.