January 2013 Google Webmaster Report

As it is our tradition, here is our monthly recap of all Google Webmaster related topics we’ve covered in the past month and summarizing anything new in the ongoing WebmasterWorld thread.The thread has one theme currently. Not to give up. 2012 was a very hard year for many webmasters between the new Penguin update and the constant Panda updates. Let’s not forget the EMD, Page Layout and DMCA updates. So the theme of the thread now is to get it together, do your best and make 2013 an awesome year.Recently in the last month, we had a Panda refresh and several updates which Google did not confirm. We also were informed by Matt Cutts that links within press releases don’t help with rankings. Google changes how people search for pornography. Google also came out with a schema mark up tool. And we posted that those hit by Penguin, 94% did not fully recover from it.Here is the break down:Confirmed: A Panda Refresh, Version #23
Google Says There Was No Update, We’re Dreaming
Strong Signs Of A Google Update Yesterday: 12/13/12
Google Cutts: Links From Press Releases Won’t Help
Google Changes How You Search For Porn
Google’s Data Highlighter: What If It Conflicts With HTML Markup?
94% Of Google Penguin Victims Did Not Fully Recover
It Works! The Google Disavow Tool Removed A Penalty
Google: A Searcher Sees A Dozen Or More Google Tests Per Day
Overdoing It With Google Webmaster Tools Verification
Google: Duplicate URLs In Sitemaps Files Is Normal
Removing Information From Google’s Knowledge Graph
Google Survey On Improving Search Results
Google Now Shows Your Reservations, Orders & Tickets In Search Results
Google Algorithm Interview With Dr. Pete & Yours TrulyForum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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