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Introducing the Search Analytics API

With the great feedback from the Search Analytics feature in Google Search Console, we’ve decided to make this data accessible for developers via API. We hope that the Search Analytics API will help you to bake search performance data into your apps and tools. If you’ve used any of Google’s other APIs, or maybe one […]

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#NoHacked: Identifying and Diagnosing Injected Gibberish URL Hacking

Today in our #NoHacked campaign, we’ll be discussing how to identify and diagnose a trending hack. Even if your site is not infected with this specific type of hack, many of these steps can be helpful for other types of hacks. Next week, we’ll be following up with a post about fixing this hack. Follow […]

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#NoHacked: Fixing the Injected Gibberish URL Hack

Today in our #NoHacked campaign, we’ll be discussing how to fix the injected gibberish URL hack we wrote about last week. Even if your site is not infected with this specific type of hack, many of these steps can be helpful for fixing other types of hacks. Follow along with discussions on Twitter and Google+ […]

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An update on CSV download scripts

With the new Search Analytics API, it’s now time to gradually say goodbye to the old CSV download scripts for information on queries & rankings. We’ll be turning off access to these downloads on October 20, 2015. These download scripts have helped various sites & tools to get information on queries, impressions, clicks, and rankings […]

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Mobile-friendly web pages using app banners

When it comes to search on mobile devices, users should get the most relevant answers, no matter if the answer lives in an app or a web page. We’ve recently made it easier for users to find and discover apps and mobile-friendly web pages. However, sometimes a user may tap on a search result on a […]

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Helping hacked sites with reconsideration requests

Thus far in 2015 we have seen a 180% increase in the number of sites getting hacked and a 300% increase in hacked site reconsideration requests. While we are working hard to help webmasters prevent hacks in the first place through efforts such as blog posts and #NoHacked campaigns, we recognize that our reconsideration process […]

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An update on how we tackle hacked spam

Recently we have started rolling out a series of algorithmic changes that aim to tackle hacked spam in our search results. A huge amount of legitimate sites are hacked by spammers and used to engage in abusive behavior, such as malware download, promotion of traffic to low quality sites, porn, and marketing of counterfeit goods […]

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TC Summit 2015: Celebrating our Webmaster Top Contributors!

Two weeks ago, we were extremely lucky to host the 2015 edition of the Top Contributor Summit (#TCsummit), in San Francisco and on Google’s campus in Mountain View, California. Google Top Contributors are an exceptional group of passionate Google product enthusiasts who share their expertise across our international help forums to support millions of Google […]

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Google Fights Keyword Stuffed Business Names Using a Surprisingness Value

A Google patent granted this week targets map spammers, who submit information about businesses to Google Maps, in a manner referred to as keyword stuffing. The patent attempts to find words submitted by business owners as titles for businesses names that trigger a surprisingness value for combinations of words within a business title to determine […]

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Answer Boxes, Trigger Terms and Enriched Search Results

A few years ago, I wrote the following about post about Google’s OneBox Patent Application I was brought back to it, with a new Google patent that looks at answering questions within similar answer boxes, and showing rich content, like in the example below: This weather enriched result used the word ‘weather’ as a trigger […]

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The Evolution of Search

I just returned from a few days in Las Vegas and the Pubcon Conference. I had the chance to see some great presentations and talk to a number of interesting folks, and the company that I am the Director of Search Marketing at, Go Fish Digital won a US Search Award for Best Use of […]

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