Hello my friends, and welcome to another smattering of SEO news! This week was overall slow, but we had some big news that also seemed to have a big impact. Let’s dive in and take a look!
- Guest Blog Network PostJoint Penalized By Google – Late last week, Matt Cutts confirmed via Twitter that guest blogging network PostJoint has been penalized, around a month after Google penalized another guest blogging network, My Blog Guest. In a blog post on their site, PostJoint claimed that, “We’ve never built a single link to our site” in response to their own Webmaster Tools link alert. A small number of their sites have also been hit with link alerts. This penalty is likely the main cause of many sites dropping in rankings and getting their own alert messages this past week.
- Google Trends Adds Email Alerts – Google Trends has added a nifty new feature that allows users to click a “Subscribe” button in Trends to get weekly email alerts of new searches relating to their chosen topics. Users can also select the “hotness” of the events followed for specific trends, so they can receive exclusively the hottest searches rather than all searches.
- Informal Poll: 75% Of SEO Professionals Want Yahoo To Return To Search – In an informal poll done by Search Engine Land, 75% of the over 200 respondents said they want Yahoo to get back into search. This isn’t really a surprise, considering that more competition is better for everyone.
- Online Sales Tax Caused Amazon Sales To Drop 10%, According To Researchers – Researchers from Ohio State University claim that, in states which have enacted online sales taxes, sales at Amazon.com have dropped 10% or more. According to the study, which tracked spending habits of over 245,000 households who spent over $100 during the first half of 2012, sales dropped around 10% in most states, but in families who spent $300 or more, sales dropped nearly 25%. Interestingly enough, the study found that sales at brick and mortar stores rose 2%, and sales at competing retailers rose almost 20%.
That’s it for SEO news this week! Thanks for stopping by!