This post is part of the weekly series, Friday Finds, featuring news that you may find both valuable and interesting. Today, we’re going to revisit the importance of Google+ after the Penguin 2.0 update, get some common sense tips on using Twitter, view a video that builds a strong case for teaching coding in our schools and get a peek at how to view the recent algorithm changes with a healthy perspective.
Google Penguin 2.0 and Google+
On Wednesday, May 22nd, Matt Cutts announced that Google had completed the rollout of Penguin 2.0. Reportedly, “About 2.3% of English-US queries are affected to the degree that a regular user might notice.”
While the biggest expected impact of these new algorithm changes is on black hat spam, in his recent video “What should we expect in the next few months in terms of SEO for Google?”, Cutts also talked about Google doing a better job of tweaking their algorithms to detect when someone is an “authority” in a specific space. As I mentioned last week (in my #FridayFinds series), one of the questions that has been raised is the role that Google+ may play in helping sites rank higher in the SERPs.
The best post that I found this week that addresses the importance of participating on Google+ is: #GooglePlus, #SocialSearch And Why You’re SCREWED If You’re Not Taking It Seriously by Anise Smith. I highly recommend checking it out for yourself.
6 Types of Useful Tweets
Lots of people I know don’t “get” Twitter. Some people look at it as a waste of time. Others tout the benefits of tweeting and highly recommend it. I once worked with a client who told me “only Twits tweet”. That was followed by a confession that they really had no clue how to use Twitter to promote their business and that they refused to tweet about what they had for breakfast. The next time that I’m explaining why Twitter is important, I can also forward a link to “6 Types of Useful Tweets” where Michael Todd explains it quite well.
What Most Schools Don’t Teach
Do our schools teach our children how to code? Should they? In case you missed this video, it’s already been watched close to 10.5 million times and it was only posted three months ago. It should make you think.
OMG, My Traffic Is Down. Did I Got Hit By Penguin 2.0? Not Necessarily…
By now, you may feel like you’ve read all the blog posts that you want to about Penguin 2.0. Let’s face it. Google’s new algorithm changes will probably not affect most of us. If the traffic to our website suddenly drops in the next month, it will most likely be something that we did (or did not do) that affected it and not due to Penguin 2.0. For a bit of a reality check (and to read what a few other respected bloggers are saying), check out OMG, My Traffic Is Down. Did I Got Hit By Penguin 2.0? Not Necessarily… by DiTesco over on iBlogZone.com.
Over to You
What do you think? Do you agree that coding should be taught in our schools? If you do agree, what grade do you think it would be appropriate for? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences on this and the other topics that I’ve shared this week. If there’s a specific topic that you’re interested in learning more about, let us know that too. Maybe you’ll see it discussed next week on #FridayFinds.