Backlinks and Reconsideration Requests, Instagram Videos, WordPress 3.5.2, Speedlink 25:2013

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great and productive week. It seems that the latest Google Penguin update really made many webmasters “angry” or “worried” about the effect it had caused, specially for those that feel they did not deserve being “accidentally” hit by the update. Quite frankly, I sincerely believe that there are legit sites that have been “affected” due to the algorithmic change and not because they were actually engaged in shady link building activities.

In any event, this latest update did upset many webmasters, and to that extent, Google released a “complete guide to what you should be doing to recover rankings“. Essentially, the first thing you need to do is to determine whether your site has been subject to a manual action or not. While that is easier said than done, this article from SEJ really provides some good insights on “How to Remove Unnatural Links to Your Site“. In addition, make use of Google’s WT to determine if you have bad links or not. This may be a bit overwhelming, but it is a good start. Also, see what Kim Castleberry has been using and doing to get rid of these accidents.

Instagram VideosOn a different front, Instagram has officially added support for recording short videos that can go up to 15 seconds. This move “appears” to be their response to Twitter’s 6 second Vine. Anyway, Danny Sullivan shows up close on how this new feature actually works.

Have you used this new feature yet? Seems like it is a hit..

Finally, WordPress 3.5.2 has just been released. If you are a WordPress user, you have most likely seen the available update on your dashboard. The new release addresses security fixes and over 12 bugs according to their official announcement. Just a friendly reminder to go and update your version ASAP.

BTW, if you have a Yahoo ID and has been inactive for 12 months, you should know that you are very close to giving it away to other users. Not good IMO, but all you need to do is login your account before July 15 to avoid this from happening. See official announcement here.

As usual, in no particular order:

Inbound Marketing (SEO & related)

Social/Blogging/Small Business Bites

That’s it! Enjoy and have a great weekend!


DiTesco is a Business and Inbound Marketing Consultant, and founder of iBlogzone's main objective is to help startups and small business owners achieve success in their online ventures. | More About Me and my Digital Marketing Services in SP Brazil.

9 thoughts on “Backlinks and Reconsideration Requests, Instagram Videos, WordPress 3.5.2, Speedlink 25:2013

  • Since Google unleashed their big updates last year I have been receiving a lot of emails asking me to remove links, 98% of the time the links I am being asked to remove are the result of a link building campaign that they have either done themselves or have paid someone else to do, I charge them to remove these spammy links.

    • That’s hilarious, charging them for their foolishness. There is justice in the world!

        • So this actually brought up some thoughts on the subject – let me know what you think.

          If they are sending us “remove link” requests, does it mean that they consider our sites as “bad link neighborhoods”? Otherwise, why remove the links, right?

          On the other hand, if they got links from us (most likely as commentators) and all they were doing was a link building campaign, then should we remove their links for our own sake, since Google can definitely penalize us for linking out to low-quality (which there are good chances that they are) sites.


  • I have not even checked my Yahoo ID for the past 10 months. Thanks for the information. I shall now request for a password recovery as I have completely forgotten it for my Yahoo account.

  • We were hacked at the end of January. They spammed everyone in the “contact” folder and deleted all the contacts. We just had another yahoo account hacked yesterday. Not only did it spam the entire “contact” folder, but we are unable to send out e-mails or access our “secret question” to change the password.

  • No way. it completely lose the initial sense… I don’t want to use instagram when it will have a video option((((

  • Hii DiTesco,
    Agree with your all points, My site is also hit by latest update and traffic drop more Then 50 % . I’m worry and trying to find out the reasons behind the sudden drop.

  • Following approved SEO techniques by search engine will protect the website from being penalized.

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