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Google & WordPress Are Offering Early Access to Newspack

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Google and Automattic/WordPress are giving news organizations the opportunity to apply for early access to Newspack. Applications must be submitted by February 1st, so if you’re interested do not hesitate to get that application in. Newspack is a news publishing platform being developed by Google and WordPress.com. You can learn more about it here. Small and medium-sized digital news...

Google is Partnering With WordPress to Develop a News Publishing Platform

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Google is partnering with Automattic/WordPress to develop a low-cost system specifically designed for publishing local news. In an announcement, Google says it has invested 1.2 million into creating the Newspack platform. Development on Newspack begins in the coming weeks and will be available to publishers worldwide later this year. Newspack is being developed in an effort to help journalists do...

Google May Filter Emojis Out of Meta Titles & Descriptions in Search Results

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Although Google supports emojis in search results, it may choose to filter them out in certain circumstances. The topic of emojis in search results came up during a recent Google Webmaster Central hangout with John Mueller. A site owner was concerned about emojis not showing up in search after being added to his site’s meta descriptions. Googlebot seems to have picked up on the new meta...

How (and Where) to Add Social Media Buttons to Your Site for More Engagement

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With social shares on content down 50 percent since 2015, it’s feeling like a lost cause to even consider social media in your content plan. And we’ve all heard the age-old “social sharing buttons are dead” statements. Just like we’ve heard for SEO, content marketing, PPC, and just about every other marketing tactic that still works. The biggest gripes that tag along with social sharing buttons...

Why Your Website Must Be Compliant

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In the U.S., apart from federal, state, and local government websites which must meet Section 508 regulations, there are no enforceable ADA legal standards to follow for website accessibility. However, just because there is no straightforward set of legal requirements for website accessibility does not mean that your business will not be presented with a lawsuit. This has understandably raised...

The Ultimate Blog SEO Checklist

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Building any website or blog takes research, hard work, and dedication. It can be daunting to assess everything you will need at the outset and everything you should track in order to ensure that your people are doing a good job. Creating an “ultimate” blog SEO checklist doesn’t necessarily mean implementing all ranking factors at once. It does mean implementing all of the factors meant to help...

Free SEO Site Audit Tools

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There are many free tools available for site auditing tests. These free SEO Site Auditing tools provide data that is complementary to paid site auditing tools. These SEO tools are well worth bookmarking regardless of whether you pay for a site auditing tools or not.Download here: Xenu Link Sleuth Free SEO Website Crawler Xenu Link Sleuth is the top choice for a free site crawler.  It’s billed as...

Google’s John Mueller Offers Guidance on Building AMP-Only Sites

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Google’s John Mueller recently provided some advice on what to look out for when creating an AMP-only site. A site owner started a thread on Reddit asking whether it was a good idea to have an AMP-only site, or if it would be more beneficial to add some regular pages as well. Mueller replied saying there’s no problem with having an AMP-only site. In fact, he appreciates seeing more of them lately...

Google’s Mueller spent New Year’s helping SEOs tackle hacked content, slow website issues

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John Mueller, a Google webmaster trends analyst, spent a portion of his New Years break responding to concerns and questions around Google search related issues. Here’s what kept him occupied. Slow server leads to crawling and indexing issues. In one help thread, John Mueller helped a webmaster who received Google Search Console errors. John was able to direct the webmaster to focus on the site’s...