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How to know if Google has Penalized my website?

It is quite difficult to know if your website has been penalised by Google unless your observe a huge dip in the traffic and your website either disappears from the search results or gets sandboxed. Today I will share a more comprehensive method to find out if your site has been penalised.

Check out the below screenshots of a popular SEO tool that shows each and every small and big Google algorithm updates and the probability of impact of the same  (both positive and negative) on your website. It is a very interesting fact that many of the data pointers you get from this tool really turned out to be good. Will keep you guys posted with more of my findings on the same soon. Read more

When is the Next Google PR Update 2014?

OrangeCopperâ„¢ Webmaster community has been predicting the next google page rank update for the past several years and we “try” to draw a pattern based on the previous updates and releases from Google. As a webmaster, you might also aware that Google Page Rank is an internal metric and cant be authorititavely confirmed by anyone but Google.

Just like any other webmaster, we also closely follow the updates from Google on a regular basis and will continue to update this page with the latest news and updates on the Google PR for the benefit of our readers.Till the last update, our predictions have closely matched with the result and are being hugely supported by webmasters around the world with observations from their side. Unlike other years, last year the Google Internal PR system was broken and as per experts from Google, they did not have much plan to update it for the PR tool as it is quite understandably their internal metric. Read more

How to ensure Google Authorship is Working for your website?

Google Authorship has become a mandate requirement for any content creator nowadays. It not only helps you to claim the content you create but also helps you to build traffic and followers from Google+ / Google search. In some cases, even though you have made all the necessary required changes to enable Google Authorship on your blog, it still does not work. Your first move is to test your blog / article URL for Google authorship using Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool.

This tool helps you preview how a particular URL would appear in Google search as shown below. In addition, it checks if Google Authorship is working fine on your blog or website. For Google Authorship to work, your content page should have link to your Google+ profile and you need to verify your email address for authorship. When both the above conditions are satisfied, Google authorship widgets start appearing in search results. Read more

Google Rumored to have paid AdBlockPlus to get Ads Whitelisted

Adblock Plus has been growing in popularity over the year in blocking advertisements being displayed on browsers. Google Adwords being the most popular advertisement network on the Internet rightfully has reasons to worry about this growing trends of blocking ads.

It is similar to blocking advertisement slots between television shows and asking advertisers to invest on your show. Certainly applications like Adblock Plus might give a cleaner browsing experience but it really screws up the entire business model. On the flip side, they can certainly go ahead blocking advertisements based on niche or interest but not ad networks as a whole. Money from advertisement networks is in one way fuel to the publishers working hard to compile great information for readers (especially in blog networks). Read more

The best WordPress Plugins for your Recipe website

With Google Launching an Official Google Recipe Search feature on Google search, we know that recipe business is getting into a real serious league. If you own a recipe blog or website, there are loads of new search based technology development in this niche that you might want to be aware of.

Google has introduced a “Recipe” search feature / page to the official Google search portal thereby making it easier for people to search for recipes based on certain well defined search criteria. The same applies to web designers and webmasters while posting recipes (to ensure your listing gets listed in the recipe search in the right format). Read more

How to Change your YouTube Channel Name in 2013

You might not have expected your YouTube Video channel to become a success when you started it but down the lane you might consider to re-brand your YouTube channel name. But Sadly, YouTube will not allow you to change the “channel URL” more than once after setup. Also there are situations that your YouTube brand name / URL is already taken by the time you register your channel.

In order to brand your YouTube channel and have the “desired username” Google has officially introduced a new method in the year 2013. This method helps you to take a username of your choice to promote branding of YouTube channels. Read more

Connect your YouTube Channel with a Google Plus

Branding a YouTube Channel has become easier with the new capability of connecting your YouTube channel with a Google+ Fan page / Brand page. This allows you to not only completely brand your YouTube channel, but also to change your YouTube “Channel Name” to what you want to. Below are the steps to connect / link your YouTube channel with a Google Plus page.

Step 1: Login to your YouTube Account (Channel account) Read more

Tough to differenciate between Sponsored and Organic Search results on Google

Have you ever experienced bending your head to either sides while searching for something on Google to differenciate between paid / sponsored search results and organic (natural) search results? Well, I do that almost every day! It has seemingly become difficult to differenciate between the both, especially on an LED scree (seeing form the same level).

Below is a screenshot from a Google search, I am really not able to make out the color difference that used to be more prominant earlier (from what I believe) based on my experience searching all these years loyally on Google. I recollect reading an article where FTC (Federal Trade Commission) instructs leading internet companies to ensure online ads are clearly distinguished from regular Web-search results to avoid misleading customers. Maybe such a change or update is still in progress. Read more

How to become a Google Certified Professional?

Google Certified Professional or GCP is a professional certification offered by Google targeting professionals and companies in the PPC (pay per click) advertisement and Internet business industry. It is an individual qualification certification to demonstrate the proficiency in Google Adwords / Google Analytics, attained by studying and passing the GCP exams.

To become a qualified Individual for the GCP program, you’ll need to meet the following requirements: Read more

10 Reasons Why Google Plus is better than Facebook

Recently I published an article on Why webmasters should start considering Google Plus seriously and this is a continuation to it comparing the two Social Networking Giants – Google+ and Facebook. There are several striking similarities between both the platforms, mainly because of the purpose of the websites – social networking. Today, I will break it down to the real reasons why Google+ might even mark the end of Facebook in the coming years.

1. The Potential of Google+ is still very much untapped Read more