February 2013 Google Webmaster Report; Possible Update

That time of the month again for the Google Webmaste Report where we summarize any recent findings by savvy SEOs and webmasters via the ongoing WebmasterWorld thread and recap the top changes and updates in the past 30 days or so.First, it seems like there may be a small Google update happening. According to the WebmasterWorld thread, several webmasters over the past 24 hours have been seeing either traffic fluctuations that are positive and negative. Some say they have a lot more traffic from Google and some say a lot less. It is too early to tell right now, but I’ll keep an eye out.Also, there are complaints, as we reported, of links being dropped out via Webmaster Tools and a toolbar PageRank update. Here are the top webmaster related Google stories over the past 30 days:Confirmed Google Update:
Google Announces 24th Panda Refresh; Not Related To January 17th

Unconfirmed Google Updates:
Updated: Stronger Reports Of A Google Update
Google Shuffle Being Reports: A January 17th Reversal?
That Update Google Denied; Seems Like A Brand Signal Update
January 2013 Google Update Brewing?

Google PageRank Update:
Google’s First PageRank Update In 2013

Google Image Search Update:
Webmasters Notice Decline In Google Image Search Traffic After Design Update
Google Says New Image Search Interface Is Better For Webmasters

Google Webmaster Tools Bugs:
Fewer Links to Your Site In Google Webmaster Tools? You’re Not Alone.
Google Webmaster Tools Message Preferences Bug
You Can’t Add Or Edit Your URL Parameters In Google Webmaster Tools

Google Maps Updates:
Google Updates Maps Review Spam Algorithms
Google Places / Local Business Management Update
Google Maps Displaying “Relocated” For Businesses That Move
Phone Support Comes To Google Local For Business

Google User Interface Updates:
Google Tests Bigger URLs, Cache Link Drop Down & Product Quantities In Search Results
Goodbye Black Top Bar; Welcome Gray Top Bar
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.


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