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Google Develops Algorithm That Rewards Factual Accuracy Over Links

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Everybody knows that the internet is full of factually inaccurate, questionable, deceitful or even blatantly untrue information. Some of the biggest portals for content discovery may now be feeling a responsibility to help people weed out inaccurate content.

For example, Facebook recently began displaying a "satire" tag on articles from publications such as The Onion in an effort to prevent people from thinking they're factually accurate. A new research paper from Google reveals that they might be moving in a similar and completely groundbreaking direction.

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Google Throws Down the Gauntlet on Mobile Usability

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Back in December, we reported that Google was adding a mobile usability feature to Webmaster Tools. The feature is designed to help webmasters determine which pages on their site are not mobile-friendly, and it provides suggestions for fixing usability issues.

At the time, it was questionable whether or not Google considered mobile usability to be a ranking factor. Now, however, the search giant has sent emails to webmasters directly indicating that pages not considered mobile-friendly will be "displayed and ranked appropriately." This makes it clear that mobile usability will affect rank.

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6 Tips For Avoiding Filler and Fluffy Writing in Your Content

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Everybody knows that getting visitors to your website is tough. Unfortunately, keeping visitors on your site is just as difficult. Your content needs to be engaging and concise if it's going to stand any chance of keeping a reader's attention. Realistically, most visitors don't finish written content and many don't even scroll down at all, so it's essential to make sure your writing accomplishes goals quickly.

One of the biggest attention-killers is fluffy writing. Content that's too wordy or full of meaningless filler will no doubt push fickle readers away. Here's what to avoid:

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New Year, New Chance to Update Your Old Site Content

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Many webmasters spend time updating their blog, news section or product pages throughout the year. They often spend a lot of time focusing on building new pages as well. But when was the last time you did a detailed review of your Contact Us page? It doesn't take long for pages like this to become outdated or irrelevant. You might find you even have some downright incorrect information.

With a new year at hand, it's the perfect time to go through your important but neglected business pages with a fine-tooth comb. Keep these things in mind when giving your site content the once over.

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Misleading Headlines Can Influence Readers More Than Actual Content

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You've probably run into it dozens of times: you click on an interesting article headline only to be taken to content that doesn't exactly fulfill the headline's promise. Sites that have been labeled as click-bait farms, such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy, are often accused of this. However, even long-standing and reputable publishers have started using misleading headlines to get traffic.

Now, a new study shows that these headlines can have more of an effect on a reader's interpretation of an article than the text in the article itself - even if the whole article is read.

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