What’s going on with Google’s Featured Answers?

News and updates from the web, SEO
Hey guys, We started a whole new month! Last month we had a couple of interesting things: We had Valentine’s Day We had Google replacing its solid green ad label to a green outlined one We found out that Google’s Featured Answers shouldn’t be featured in the first place What does that mean? Apparently, if you had searched “US Presidents that were in the KKK” you would receive presidents that had inconclusive evidence against that were in the KKK. These are just rumors with no factual basis, and still they were featured: Yes, naturally people shouldn’t believe everything they read, but that is exactly why fake news were so popular up until a couple of months back - because people do believe in what they read online. If only this…
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The return of the Emoji

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Hey guys, Back in 2015, Emojis had dropped out of fashion and kicked off Google search results in terms of desktop SEO. But Google has recently decided to put them back on. The reason? Some say it’s a bug. We wouldn’t be surprised, as last Wednesday we talked about Google releasing outdated warnings about Wordpress and Joomla sites, which made developers shake in their pants. Google did raise a couple of red flags there, with old Google Index caches surfacing all of a sudden, which sent hundreds of developers to check that their sites haven’t been affected with mass defacements. But, what if it’s not a bug? What if Google is trying something out? Could it be because of social media? Social media do possess more and more of a…
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Why is Google warning us only now?

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Hey guys, It’s a known fact that Google is a market leader, producing only the best innovations to hit the market, setting the tone for indexing, dominating the markets in terms of search and more. But what happens when even such a giant sends outdated warnings? This has happened a week ago, with Wordpress and Joomla users receiving warnings that their software is outdated, when new updates by Wordpress and Joomla had already hit the markets months before. The tags that were generated also seemed outdated, based on the Google Index’s old cache that the tags originated from, which raised a major concern around the Wordpress and Joomla communities. The first question that arose by the community was “why are we only knowing this now?” which sent hundreds of programmers…
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Google dukes it out with the Bushido code

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Hey guys, We are certain you all remember old Kurosawa movies from the 50s and 60s, where Samurais obeyed the bidding of their master, and committed seppuku (known to most Westerners as “hara-kiri”) if they failed their master which was a great dishonor, similar to Romans or Greek falling on their swords to avoid exile or execution, but not for the same reasons naturally. Although the Samurai period is over, with the last Samurais committing mass suicides after the Japanese Surrender in World War II, the honor code in Japanese society (Bushido) lives on and so is the committing of suicide when one has dishonored one’s family or clan; prevalent among students of all ages who fail to produce results expected by their parents. This raised huge concern among Google…
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I, Article

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Hey guys, Valentine’s Day is over, and we have to get out of the comfort of our beds back to reality. TGIF! We are sure you remember Sci-Fi movies from the 60s onwards, where everything is monitored and machines were made to look like humans (something we see returning in new shows like Westworld, based on the popular 70s movie with Yul Brynner), act like humans and for our immediate purposes: pass as humans. This is something that is happening in content as well. New services that produce instant content for websites have emerged like mushrooms, growing steadily, learning search engine algorithms, learning the nooks, the cracks and the crevices, to produce high quality, engaging content. Services such as Articoolo, that specialize in using machine learning to produce engaging content…
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Why did the chicken cross the road?

SEM & PPC, SEO, ZEFO's Posts
Hey guys, Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope your SEO endeavors were fruitful, and would love it if you can write in the comments below what you did this year that you didn’t do the previous year, and what your plans are for Q2 2017! With more and more competitors in the market, Google has become more and more dynamic; it has taken different methods from discovery platforms such as Taboola or Outbrain, search results offering similarities like Facebook or Twitter when you like or follow a page and more. A couple of months back, Google rolled out a “people also ask” features, like in this example: So as you can see, we asked why the chicken crossed the road and we received three results of similar questions or similar riddles.…
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Minority Report – Google’s version

News and updates from the web, SEO
Hey guys, A new week will soon start, Valentine's Day is this Tuesday and we do hope on it you will be cuddling with your significant other under the blanket, sipping some hot chocolate with baby marshmallows or taking the fancy road with chocolates, flowers and a Champagne dinner (don’t forget there are brands of Champagne not as expensive as Dom Pérignon). We hope your SEO efforts were fruitful in producing you exposure and traction; we also hope they were supportive of your campaigns for this wonderful day, all about love, sharing, giving and receiving. Let’s go to our main event, now shall we? Google is testing a new way to report offensive autocomplete on its search engine, and you can file a report here. We could all agree that…
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What’s behind Hootsuite’s acquisition of AdEspresso?

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Hey guys, It’s only a week till Valentine’s, so we hope you have all your creatives up and running to get your e-Commerce endeavors for 2017 up and running :-) We don’t know if you’ve heard, but Hootsuite, which offers a great way of automating your posting on social media as well as cross promotion, has acquired AdEspresso for an undisclosed amount of money. (Courtesy of TechCrunch) Why is this extraordinary? Since now Hootsuite has entered the self-serve game and would offer exclusive packages in terms of paid content. This is their way of combating both Adwords as well as Facebook Ads, in a market that is worth over $33 Billion. How would they achieve that? AdEspresso is a platform for advertising on both Facebook as well as Instagram, A-B…
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Life’s a rollercoaster (or is it a carousel?)

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Hey guys, As Valentine’s Day approaches us, we see more and more ways for Google (and other search engines) to lure us to use their engine over others. Bing has recently started offering dynamic ads to enhance the way we as marketers as well as our audience, perceive adverts online. It works wonderfully, but what about organic search? Google now offers a cool, carousel search to try and expand one’s search when searching a particular term to accommodate for related terms. For example, we wrote “baby clothes”. This carousel is a nice one, but not too smart yet, as you can see by the results: The only thing that was related (at least by looks alone) was the infant bodysuit. So the user interface isn’t amazing, but it’s a start.…
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What do users want?

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Hey guys, TGIF! So, this past week we have told you about the great meetup we had on Sunday, how the importing of Adwords campaigns to Bing could work if tweaked accordingly and naturally if we should or shouldn’t use scripts to find out if our website has been crawled entirely. What about our exposure, though? We now know that Google (as well as other search engines) reward us for having good content with being ranked higher. But what is behind good content? We could write the best damn content on the planet and hardly find one person to read it. What we should do, is create SEO personas - ask these important questions: Who is my client? Where does one live? What does that person desire? Once we have…
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