In this issue:
- Google Panda 4.1 released
- Google Penalty Checker Tool
- Yahoo Directory Closes
- Want reasonably priced “Dedicated WordPress Hosting”?
I have become increasingly aware that I’ve neglected my SEO newsletter, and those newsletters I have sent over the last year or so have been slim on real SEO news. Therefore, I hope to change all that. My intention (although “best laid plans” and all that), is to publish more SEO industry type news and tutorials as and when I have a spare moment. I won’t stop writing about Kindle publishing and other online opportunities that I feel merit inclusion, but I will try to reintroduce more SEO stuff again. Ok, with that said, let me tell you what this newsletter is all about.
1. Google Panda 4.1 released
At the end of September 2014, Google started releasing Panda 4.1. In this short article, I’ll go over what we know about the update. Read Panda 4.1 -Google’s 27th Panda Update is with us.
2. Google Penalty Checker Tool
I am often asked how we can tell which Google algorithm update caused a site a problem. Was is Panda or Penguin, and if so which one? Was it Hummingbird or another update? Knowing which algorithm update hit a site is crucial in understanding why the site was hit, and consequently how to fix the site.
In this post, I recorded a video showing you how to use a free tool to fully understand the impact of every major Google update on your site traffic. Read / watch Google Penalty Checker Tool.
3. Yahoo Directory Closes
I know some webmasters will be sad and even shocked at this news, but for me, it was about time Yahoo killed off this beast. As a search tool it became just about useless several years ago, and as a way to boost search engine rankings, it lost a lot of its power over the recent years of Google updates.
How Yahoo announced the closure was surprising. Read more on Yahoo Directory Closing.
4. Want reasonably priced “Dedicated WordPress Hosting”?
I’ve always wondered about dedicated WordPress hosting but never tried it with any of my sites, mainly because of cost. However, I just found out that my old friend Adrian Ling (programmer extraordinaire and genuinely nice chap) runs his own web hosting company, and they only host WordPress sites. Their servers are configured and optimized for WordPress, and the tests I ran show how fast WordPress can run.
Best of all, this hosting comes at a fraction of the price of more established dedicated WordPress hosts. For anyone that doesn’t know Adrian, he has been online for as long as I remember, and is just about the nicest guy I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. Check out my mini-review of his Dedicated WordPress Hosting.