Google’s annual “Year in Review” post has revealed that they have noticed a sharp increase in the volume of hacked sites by around 32% last year compared to their findings back in 2015. The worst part about it is that Google believes that the number can only go up and not down. The reason for this is because hackers with malicious intent are always improving while a lot of websites stagnate which will result to hackers continuing to infect more and more websites as the time passes.
Google’s in-house start-up Area 120 Incubator, recently came up with Uptime. It is an app that was basically made to allow two or more users comment and watch YouTube content online.
2016 was definitely a year of change. Link building has always played an integral part of Google’s algorithms. Some noticed that its value has declined while others argue that its importance has continually risen over the years. Reasons for the doubt were caused by:
- Link spam getting devalued, making efforts for link building campaigns more difficult
- The ambiguous Google Penguin updates, which made people rethink their strategies and avoiding link schemes altogether.
But no matter what stories you may hear – link building still plays an important role in ranking your websites. Any website cannot rank properly without links and there are now two undisputed factors that can improve your rankings – It’s content and the links that point to your site.
I’ve been browsing Reddit a lot these days and a couple of hours ago, I stumbled upon what seems to be an update for the Google App – and several people have confirmed that this update is available for both the Android and iOS version of the Google App. Basically speaking, Google App now displays “Trending News” alongside the ever-present “Related Stories” carousel.