Dear Google: Please Fix the Grammar in Your Search Results

While I was looking at the search results for the title tag of a post that I recently posted today, I noticed that Google’s grammar is less than to be desired. You’d think with all those PhDs at Google the grammar would be better. Dear Google, please fix the bad grammar in your search results to you are not suggesting something that has bad grammar. Take a look at the following screen capture, where Google is suggesting something other than what I searched for:

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I searched for “What Happened When I Removed the Blogroll from My Site“, the last post where I wrote about what happened when I removed my blogroll. [Read more…]

Google Sends Warnings About Blocking CSS and JavaScript Files

Google has been very aggressive about sending out warnings in Google Search Console that says that your site is blocking CSS and JavaScript files on your site. Today I received a warning message from Google regarding my site’s blocking of CSS and JavaScript files. But when I first looked at the message, I thought that I wasn’t actually blocking any .CSS or .JS files on my site. Until I looked a little bit further.

Here’s the message I received, July 28, 2015 from Google. Apparently it was so important that Google sent it via the Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) but they also sent it via email: [Read more…]

Google Doesn’t Understand What None Means

I was searching and looking through the SERPs of some of the people I hung out with last week at SMX Advanced in Seattle. I noticed a rather odd thing showing up in the search results for David Iwanow, where the word “none” is showing up several times in the SERPs (search results pages). Take a look:

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This is the knowledge graph entry that shows up next to the search results. For David Iwanow’s entry, he has this showing up: [Read more…]

Will Bing Webmaster Tools Change Their Name?

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Of course this is just speculation on my part, but it does not look like Bing Webmaster Tools has any plans to change the name of their product anytime soon. I was having a conversation on Twitter today where a friend from Microsoft mentioned that a name change wasn’t on the radar.

But, of course we know how that goes. Plans can certainly change at any time.

As you might recall, Google recently changed the name of Google Webmaster Tools to the Google Search Console, a move that has surprised many veteran Google Webmaster Tools users, such as myself. [Read more…]

Interview With a Small Business Owner Crushed by Google


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May is small business month, so as a follow-up to a blog post I wrote recently, I tracked this small business owner, Ira Zoot from TicketStub.com, and interviewed him. Mr. Zoot originally claimed that he, as a small business owner, has been crushed by Google. He’s been only for over 10 years, and, in the past several years Google has taken steps through various algorithm changes and other policies, to crush his business online. [Read more…]

Microsoft’s Bing Does Not Support HTTPs SNI

In an interesting post on GitHub, the user tkrotoff has apparently contacted Bing Webmaster Support with questions about why Bing Webmaster Tools will not accept his website’s sitemap file. He is trying to tell Bing’s Webmaster Tools about his sitemap file and it give him an error when he submits the file. His website, https://osteo15.com/, uses HTTPs SNI (Server Name Indication). [Read more…]

Google Removing Domain Names From Search Results Increases Internet User Vulnerability

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Google announced that they are beginning to remove the domain name from the mobile search results. Rather than displaying a URL in the search results or a domain name, Google has begun to display a website name or a website name and a breadcrumb of the website’s page. Domain names generally have been removed from the mobile search results. This move by Google is wrong, and ultimately increases internet user vulnerability to potential fraud and deception. Furthermore, it undermines the whole entire Domain Name System as we know it. [Read more…]

ZDNet Buys Domain Name: Immediately Gets 2 Year Old Trusted Site Banned in Google

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ZDNet recently bought a new domain name from the domain name aftermarket (a domain name auction), and almost immediately got their trusted, authoritative, 2 year old website banned in Google. ZDNet wrote a scathing article on their site, blaming Google for the error, claiming that Google got it all wrong. But, that’s not the case. Google absolutely got it right, and was correct in banning the site in Google. Here’s how ZDNet bought a domain name, redirected their trusted, authoritative site to this new domain name, and then got their website banned in Google. [Read more…]