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By Anthony Johnson, Mar 1 2016 08:48AM

Google Confirms Review Stars’ Mysterious Disappearance In Search Results Was A Bug

Earlier this week, we reported that the review stars began dropping out of the Google search results. Within 24 hours of that report, the review stars started showing up again in the Google search results.

This morning, in a Hangout, at the 56-minute mark, Google’s John Mueller confirmed they are coming back, and the reason they dropped out was a bug. Google said they fixed the bug, and the reviews should all come back soon.

Here is the Mozcast feature report tool showing us they are now back to normal in the search results:


The reviews initially dropped out on February 16, then starting coming back a few days ago, after we reported the issue to Google.

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By Anthony Johnson, Aug 28 2015 09:46AM

We all know by now that a quick and easy way to get listed on Google and other search engines for your business is paid search marketing on Google AdWords (other search engines are available!).

However, paying to be listed is also very expensive, especially if you have no experience. Search engine optimisation on the other hand, can help you to save money while getting more targeted visitors at the same time.

What is the difference between SEO and paid search marketing?

SEO concentrates on the normal "organic" results on Google and many other search engines. If your website is ranked in the "organic results, you don't have to pay every time someone clicks through to your website.

If you use paid search marketing to advertise your website on search engines, you pay for every click. Your website will appear in the "sponsored results" section of the search results page.

In the long term, SEO is better because it delivers lasting results

Paid search marketing is great because it provides quick results. You will get the first visitors minutes after the launch of your paid search campaign. Unfortunately, you won't get any more visitors as soon as you stop paying.

To achieve high rankings in the organic search results, you have to develop good web pages and good links that point to your site. It takes much longer to get high rankings with SEO. Fortunately, most websites keep their rankings for a long time.

In the long run, SEO is a much better value than paid search marketing. If you have a business that is meant to stay, SEO is the way to go.

In the short term, SEO is better because you are forced to improve your website

If you use paid search marketing, your website will get visitors because you pay for them. With SEO, you get website visitors because your website is good.

If you use SEO to promote your website, you are forced to optimise your web pages: the content, the usability, etc. Although this requires more work, your website and your revenue will benefit greatly from these changes.

Google AdWords is better if you need immediate results

Paid search marketing on Google AdWords and other sites is great if you have the money and if you need website visitors now.

If you want to get high rankings that last without paying for every single click, use SEO to promote your site. In the long run, SEO has a much better return-on-investment.


By Anthony Johnson, Aug 26 2015 08:40AM

Search Engine Optimisation, just not as we know it.

I have been reading that the art of SEO is dead, I can assure you we are far from it, SEO it's a key critical component for any business that wants to rank its content and gain visibility online.

Good SEO may not be the same as it once was - it's simply a case of adapting the process of making your web site more accessible to search engines, generating more traffic and revenue.

Search Engine Ranking (being found by Google and others) is a combination of: creating and sharing superior content, building a web site that loads fast (three seconds) to suit the new mobile algorithm, perfect on and off page SEO best practices and engage by sharing content on social media platforms.

In today's Social media frenzy, smartphones and tablets it's about visual, informative, topical, well written, engaging content your customers want to read containing calls to action that are relative to the searches needs.

"Social media marketing does not replace a good SEO strategy and content marketing strategy ever.".

We all live in a world of content, even news paper readers realize the value of a good piece and standing out with a blend of content marketing and experienced SEO campaigns.

SEO will always be an integral part of a marketing campaign, so don't believe the hype!

Anthony Johnson


By guest, Aug 18 2015 11:24AM

Well hello there! for those of you who have been following my social media randomness, you will know that my popularity (I wont use fame lol) is because of you and your support.

For many years now I have been trying to give as much free advice as I can because I believe you deserve the truth behind the so called mysteries of ranking and being found online.

There are so many spins on sales to make you believe you need something you don't, that I have made it a mission to explain break down and help in any way I can.

My Moto is Ask me, Its free!

And I will always reply and help in anyway I can.

Anthony Johnson

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