SEO Practitioner Given 3+ Years For Extortion

William Stanley sought to extort GE in Texas by threatening to post "fraudulent comments and creating negative reviews online," if he was not paid.

Bing and Duck Duck Go gaining market share in desktop search

2016 might be the year Bing actually takes command of desktop search. Bing itself is responsible for around 20% of organic search.

Is Adsense a Dead Horse?

The death of adsense is a common lamentation on many SEO and web marketing forums.

Buying Links and Boosting SERPs

A user on WebmasterWorld points out that lots of folks are buying homepage links, and believes Google is still crediting them.

What You Need to Know About HTTPS

Now that Google is indexing HTTPS pages by default there are sure to be plenty of converts.

Bait and Switch Hacking is Back in Vogue - Watch Your Back

SEL reports that although bait and switch hacking is years old and was supposedly squashed, it seems to be working again for certain terms.

More App Love From Google - This Time to Search Console

You can now track app install button data in Search Console, if that's your thing.

Google Has Begun Indexing HTTPS Pages by Default

Their language is "...we'll start crawling HTTPS equivalents of HTTP pages, even when the former are not linked to from any page." They go on to say that, "when two URLs from the same domain appear

Google Drops "Web" and changes to "All" in SERPs - Significant Change

Google has dropped "Web" option from SERPs and now shows the word, "All."

There could be some real signifance to this change in dropping the word Web.

Washing Our Hands of Link Building

Links have been used as a ranking metric since the dawn of the search engine, but are we in the middle of a period of transition? Users on SEO Chat think (or at least hope) so.

Will 2016 Be the Year of the App?

Users on WebmasterWorld are talking about predictions and emerging trends in SEO for 2016 - it's a great topic so far.

Mobile Page Speed May Provide a Ranking Boost

Mobile usability is Google's meat and potatoes project these days - by that I mean it's taking up a big section on their plate.

Yahoo Backs Out of Alibaba Sale

Yahoo has been determined to complete a tax-free spinoff of its stake in Alibaba, even after the IRS said it might not fly.

Penguin Is Google's New Year's Resolution

Although a Penguin update was supposed to be on its way this month, Google's now saying that it probably won't happen until early 2016.

Accidental Disavow File Update and Reports of Traffic Boosted Significantly

How much of this is the result of an error overwring a disavow file, or as the result of other factors, is yet to be discovered, but either way, it's an interesting topic.

The Phantom Strikes Again?

Although Google hasn't confirmed it, some Webmasters believe that a third Phantom Update occurred on November 19, 2015.

Social Logins: The Solution to Cart Abandonment?

Only 66% of users on complex payment systems will complete a transaction - making cart abandonment a major issue for ecommerce sites.

New Google Search Quality HUMAN Rating Guidelines with Mobile Factors Released Nov 2015

Google wrote: "we recently completed a major revision of our rater guidelines to adapt to this mobile world, recognizing that people use search differently when they carry internet-connected device

Ryanair To Sue Google Over Misleading Adverts

Ryanair sent Google's Eric Schmidt its complaint, but it never got an answer, so it has decided to take Google to court over what it describes as misleading adverts.

Manual Actions on a Subdomain May Not Impact the Rest of the Site

John Mueller replied to a webmaster with an interesting issue recently. They kept a dev site as a subdomain of their main site.