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TopSeos Banned by Google

A lot has been said about both good and bad, it now appears that Google has hammered that last nail in the coffin and the site is now de-indexed :


Tip: Use the site: command to check if your site is indexed

This now compounds the site as they previously had a hit by Google in September as this chart shows and now with a zero score:


SearchMetrics last 6 months

SEMRush also shows how the site has deteriorated over time:

semrush last 6 months

semrush last 6 months

Not only have they been banned, the also appear to have left early from Pubcon:

There are many more posts available this is just a quick update from me.

Google+ logo

Google+ Vanity URL’s Coming Soon

Google+ logoUpdate

Vanity URL’s are now being rolled out, have a look at the headline strap on your profile if you can claim your URL.


A recent post by Saurabh Sharma at Google gave examples of vanity URL’s becoming available for Google+ for profiles and pages, she cited examples of brands and celebrities.

Until now the only way to get past the ugly URL was to use to create one, at present only the privileged have the new URL’s and Saurabh commented:

At first, we’re introducing custom URLs to a limited number of verified profiles and pages. But over time we plan to offer custom URLs to many more brands and individuals, so please stay tuned!

Here are a few so far:

So whats the big deal with vanity URL’s? they are easier to remember than the current, mine is currently no chance of remembering that.

As Google have said, stay tuned for updates, I will also be keeping an eye on vanity G+ URL’s and will update when I get mine!

Related Posts:

Another Box (Almost) Ticked: Vanity URLs in Google+


Unnatural Link Warnings – Ignore them if you want?!?

Ok did you just get the dreaded Google unnatural links warning message in Webmaster Tools?

Matt Cutts Drawing

Oh no is my site to be penalised? Usually this would be the way, but no, even more confusion and panic after the latest spam messages received as Google’s head of web spam Matt Cutts explained on G+:

If you received a message yesterday about unnatural links to your site, don’t panic. In the past, these messages were sent when we took action on a site as a whole. Yesterday, we took another step towards more transparency and began sending messages when we distrust some individual links to a site. While it’s possible for this to indicate potential spammy activity by the site, it can also have innocent reasons. For example, we may take this kind of targeted action to distrust hacked links pointing to an innocent site. The innocent site will get the message as we move towards more transparency, but it’s not necessarily something that you automatically need to worry about.

If we’ve taken more severe action on your site, you’ll likely notice a drop in search traffic, which you can see in the “Search queries” feature Webmaster Tools for example. As always, if you believe you have been affected by a manual spam action and your site no longer violates the Webmaster Guidelines, go ahead and file a reconsideration request. It’ll take some time for us to process the request, but you will receive a followup message confirming when we’ve processed it.

This to me speaks of a load of cobblers, so what do we do next? Ignore the message?

Trawl through the thousands of back links to your site to find the rogue link?

If you’ve had the message what have you done about it?

There has now been an update from Mr Cutts, presumably from all the feedback negative sentiment:

Update: Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on this change. An engineer worked over the weekend based on the suggestions here, and starting on Sunday we made two changes so you can tell the “individual links aren’t trusted” messages from the “our opinion of your entire site is affected” messages.

First off, we changed the messages themselves that we’ll send out to make it clear that for a specific incident “we are taking very targeted action on the unnatural links instead of your site as a whole.” So anyone that gets a message going forward can tell what type of action has occurred.

The second change is that these messages won’t show the yellow caution sign in our webmaster console at like our other webspam notifications. This reflects the fact that these actions are much more targeted and don’t always require action by the site owner.

Thanks again for the feedback, and we’ll continue to work on ways to provide more useful and actionable information for site owners.

Hat tip for the Matt Cutts graphic by

Google TV

Google TV Set for UK Launch with Sony Partnership

Google are finally launching Google TV in the UK, it’s been a long time coming and set-top boxes made by Sony will be available in UK stores from 16 July, prices starting at £200.

What is Google TV (If you don’t already know)?

Google TV allows you to surf the internet, play games and watch videos through your TV using Android software giving easy access to Chrome, Play and YouTube.

Set-top Boxes

There will be 2 boxes on offer, an internet player (£200) and a an integrated Blu-Ray player (£300), the latter will be available in October. Both feature an internet remote which doubles up with a QWERTY keyboard on the reverse.

Battle with Apple

So how is this different from Apple TV which is half the price? Google TV brings the full internet to your screen so you can email as well as surf the web, Google TV is based on their Android software which power millions of smart phones. The software will enable you to switch between online apps and live TV.

Will it be a hit?

There have been struggles in the US for Google after the launch in 2010, Logitech partnered with them and lost millions as customers returned the products in there droves. So will it be a hit in the UK?

I’m interested in trying but at £200 seems a bit steep when you have internet features via PS3 or internet enabled devices such as the BDP-S185. Albeit more limited in their internet capability still makes me wonder is it worth it, perhaps for live tweeting whilst watching live events such as Eurovsion, tbh it make that pile of old donkey more interesting.



Google Search Quality Update – March 2012 50 Updates

Another month and another Google update from their Inside Search quality changes for March.

Google have announced 50 new search updates, I will look at a few specifics in detail:

As I eluded to in last months Google February 40 changes post, there was an interesting update was mentioned regarding link evaluation, now there is a little bit more detail and will be interesting to see what impact this has on anchor text in links:

Tweaks to handling of anchor text. [launch codename “PC”] This month we turned off a classifier related to anchor text (the visible text appearing in links). Our experimental data suggested that other methods of anchor processing had greater success, so turning off this component made our scoring cleaner and more robust.

Also an improvement on how anchor text is interpreted for a query to a website:

Better interpretation and use of anchor text. We’ve improved systems we use to interpret and use anchor text, and determine how relevant a given anchor might be for a given query and website.

Panda update again and seems now that Google will keep this a fresh database for updates to improve the content algorithm:

High-quality sites algorithm data update and freshness improvements. [launch codename “mm”, project codename “Panda”] Like many of the changes we make, aspects of our high-quality sites algorithm depend on processing that’s done offline and pushed on a periodic cycle. In the past month, we’ve pushed updated data for “Panda,” as we mentioned in a recent tweet. We’ve also made improvements to keep our database fresher overall.

The full list has a few others but these are my main points from an SEO point of view.

Google Search Quality Update – February 40 Updates

Google updated their Inside Search quality changes for February this week and announced 40 new updates, i will digest the list and feedback on specific SEO related changes.

Firstly, an interesting update was mentioned regrinding link evaluation, as ever Google are quite vague on the update as to not unlock Pandora’s box with secrets of the algorithm, but interesting none the less as to what has been ‘switched off’ in link signals:

Link evaluation. We often use characteristics of links to help us figure out the topic of a linked page. We have changed the way in which we evaluate links; in particular, we are turning off a method of link analysis that we used for several years. We often rearchitect or turn off parts of our scoring in order to keep our system maintainable, clean and understandable.

Another, the Panda update, this update is not a ranking signals change but more of a data refresh similar to previous Panda updates – see The Google Panda Update, One Year Later [infographic]:

Panda update. This launch refreshes data in the Panda system, making it more accurate and more sensitive to recent changes on the web.

An update to the site: search query, this could be interesting in seeing how Google ranks a sites pages:

“Site:” query update [launch codename “Semicolon”, project codename “Dice”] This change improves the ranking for queries using the “site:” operator by increasing the diversity of results.

Here are a few others from the Google update post:

Tweak to categorizer for expanded sitelinks. [launch codename “Snippy”, project codename “Megasitelinks”] This improvement adjusts a signal we use to try and identify duplicate snippets. We were applying a categorizer that wasn’t performing well for our expanded sitelinks, so we’ve stopped applying the categorizer in those cases. The result is more relevant sitelinks.

Less duplication in expanded sitelinks. [launch codename “thanksgiving”, project codename “Megasitelinks”] We’ve adjusted signals to reduce duplication in the snippets forexpanded sitelinks. Now we generate relevant snippets based more on the page content and less on the query.

Google to Encrypt Search Data – Killing off Organic Data

So it begins, Google to kill off organic data to webmasters for logged in users, I won’t re-hash and rant as there are plenty of useful posts out there.

I will provide a quick summary though, the data is still there but Google only offering aggregated data through Webmaster Tools but as mentioned by Barry Schwartz on Search Engine Roundtable, it’s not that accurate. So begs the question is the data now being sent to webmasters useful?

So for more information on this topic here are a few useful posts:



Google +1, Yes Another Post!

Ok i’ll get straight to the point of my +1 post, i won’t bore you with will it kill SEO or how cool is it?

I have been playing around with this new social tool and spotted a couple of observations when a site has been +1’d:

When using the preview option for a +1 site, you get a little snippet from the site, in this example a description and contact details, quite handy if you want to contact a site without trawling through to find the information:

And without being a +1 site:

Ciao for now

Google Recipe Search – SEO for Foodies?

Google Recipe Search

Not sure what to make for your tea (dinner if not a mancunian)?

Google Recipe will make your life easier 😉

Only on at present, also tells you calories where available.

You want a prawn curry (shrimp if you’re an American) not chicken I hear you ask? Simply select the recipe element you don’t want in your meal.

Google Red Thai Curry Recipe

Google Recipe Options