Lunchtime links: subs, Google News and the problem with Wikipedia Paid Members Public
It must be the silly season. LinkedIn is getting into subs? Plus some useful stuff on Google News and a critical look at the media/Wikipedia intersection
SEO Update #3: agency death, Yandex growth and MOAR carousels Paid Members Public
A quick pre-Christmas round-up of the latest search news.
New Google update aims to prioritise original reporting over rapid writethroughs Paid Members Public
Big news from Google: it's tweaked its algorithms to prioritise original reporting - and to display it for longer.
Google's Top Stories algorithm is failing to detect authoritative sources Paid Members Public
This is a pretty significant Google algorithm fail: > Also, apparently Google is putting 4chan threads in their top story unit now? So, the number one hit for his name is a /pol/ thread. pic.twitter.com/OYwW6pbWvy [https://t.co/OYwW6pbWvy] — Ryan Broderick (@broderick) October 2, 2017 [https://twitter.com/
Google tightening up First Click Free Paid Members Public
Google is making changes to its “first click free” system [http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/first-click-free-update.html] : > In 2009, we updated the FCF policy to allow a limit of five articles per day, in order to protect publishers who felt some users were abusing the spirit of this
Gamification the dumb…err…Google way Paid Members Public
Beautiful summary: > Google News US has launched collectable badges for reading news stories [http://googlenewsblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/shareable-google-news-badges-for-your.html] . This is stupid. Mary has provided plenty of more detailed reasons why it’s stupid [http://maryhamilton.co.uk/2011/08/google-news-doing-gamification-wrong/], too. Another example of Google jumping on
How Boris Johnson gets his news Paid Members Public
From his column in The Telegraph [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/borisjohnson/8116584/So-journalists-at-the-BBC-went-on-strike-Thats-news-to-me.html] **, in which he explains why he barely noticed the BBC journalists’ strike: > I consume vast quantities of news – but almost entirely without the assistance of the BBC. I get up early and read