Yet Another Google Update

2012 Updates

Have you ever wondered how SEO experts keep up with the changes to the Google search  algorithm? I found this helpful breakdown of Google updates at SEOMOZ. The changes listed below took place during approximately a two-month period. It makes me wonder if the Google has the worst or the best product in the world . . .

Search algorithm has taken search engine optimization (SEO) out of the hands of mere mortals.  I remember when page names and meta tags were the new thing.  Until someone comes out with Cliff's Notes to search engine marketing (SEM), I think I will have to pass.

March 50-Pack - April 3, 2012 Google posted another batch of update highlights, covering 50 changes in March.

Panda 3.4 - March 23, 2012 Google announced another Panda update.

Search Quality Video - March 12, 2012 Google published a rare peek into a search quality meeting.

Panda 3.3 - February 27, 2012 Google rolled out another Panda update.

February 40-Pack (2) - February 27, 2012 Google published a second set of search quality highlights at the end of the month, claiming more than 40 changes in February.

Confused, yet?

Venice - February 27, 2012 This local update appeared to more aggressively localize organic results and more tightly integrate local.

February 17-Pack - February 3, 2012 Google released 17 search quality highlights.

Ads Above The Fold - January 19, 2012 Google devalued sites with too much ad-space above the fold.

Panda 3.2 - January 18, 2012 Google confirmed a Panda data update.

Search + Your World - January 10, 2012 Google announced a radical shift in personalization - aggressively pushing Google+ social data and user profiles into SERPs.

January 30-Pack - January 5, 2012 Google announced 30 changes over the previous month.

Small Business News : New 1099-K

Must be my day for finding interesting infographics. Below is an infographic about the 1099-K, an new IRS form for reporting certain income, like sales on eBay, Etsy and Amazon of over $20,000.  IRS is hoping to collect taxes on rebates, class settlement payments, refunds and other sources of income that may be forgotten when tax time is here.

The IRS says the form will not be compared to returns, but hopes it will improve voluntary tax compliance.

I may fudge on deductions, but I claim every penny of income. I made up this rhyme to remember why: "inflate deductions, pay taxes and fine; under report income, serve federal time."

big news for small business owners 1099 K Infographic
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