All posts by barry@rustybrick.com (Barry Schwartz)

Google Penalizing HARO Links? Not Really.

Bill Hartzer wrote that Google has targeted HARO, Help A Reporter, links in the latest manual action of unnatural links. HARO links? Really? Would Google do that...

Google Analytics Administer Goals Interface Updated

Scott Hendison posted on Google+ that he noticed a new goals interface to add goals within Google Analytics. I personally do not see the new administrative interface for setting up goals...

The IRS Penalizes Bing?

Carl Malamud, a well respected technologist, author, and public domain advocate posted on Twitter that Bing's spider "got a timeout" by not playing nice with the IRS database. It seems that BingBot...

Daily Search Forum Recap: April 28, 2014

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web...

Scam Alert: FIFA & Gmail Promotion Awards

There is a new scam floating around the web, this one is being sent with the notification that FIFA and Gmail (Google) have a network promotion award and you have won $920...

Google AdWords Express Grants Expanded To 15 More Countries

Google announced on Google+ that they have expanded the Google AdWords Express Grants program to 15 new countries. Google said they are excited to allow "more nonprofits across the world can now take advantage of AdWords Express to quickly and easily manage their AdWords campaigns...

Google Index Status Count Drop After Update Line

Google's John Mueller posted an excellent example of a case of where a webmaster is nervous about a report in Google Webmaster Tools, when in reality, all is good. He posted this on Google+ and shared a screen shot by Jodi Bennett...

Google’s Matt Cutts: Anticipate The Query To Better Control Titles In Google

Google's Matt Cutts posted a video explaining why and when Google may use something other than your title tag for the search results title snippet. Matt Cutts suggested that it is best for your to try to anticipate what the user will search for when crafting your title tags...

Google: No Snippets For You…

A Google Webmaster Help thread has one webmaster upset Google is not picking up his markup and showing rich snippets for his site in Google's search results. Google's Zineb responded that Google doesn't show rich snippets for all sites, even if there are markup on the page...