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According To Google, Barack Obama Is King Of The United States

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By Barry Schwartz

Ask Google who is the [King Of United States] and Google will inform you that it is Barack Obama, the current President of the United States.

The Google Answer is pulled from Breitbart, a story they posted five days ago named All Hail King Barack Obama, Emperor Of The United States Of America!

It appears that Google picked up that story and assigned it to their Google Answers database, potentially filled within their knowledge graph.

Why would Google show this answer when it is clearly wrong? Is it an Easter Egg? I strongly doubt it. But it does look to be a case where Google got it wrong when it comes to getting answers from third party sources.

This does remind me of the classic Google Bombs, where marketers were able to influence the search results to return specific articles based on specific queries. Google shut that down for the most part, but I guess this is an example of a Google Answers Bomb…

Via landt.co via Hacker News.

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Google Takes Action On More Link Networks In Poland

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By Barry Schwartz

Google’s Karolina Kruszyńska confirmed this morning that Google has taken action on another link network based in Poland. Karolina wrote on Twitter, “today Google took action on a large link network in Poland.”

This is one of many manual action penalties delivered by Google’s web spam team over the course of a year in Poland. Google took action on a Polish link network back in February and then again in July.

This time, Bartosz Goralewicz, a Polish SEO, believes the network that was hit this time was Prolink.pl. This network is known as a “static network” where links are places in mostly the headers, menu, left sidebar or in content as text anchors. He has posted a lot more detail and screen shots on his blog.

To see other Google penalties, see our Google Penalties category.

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What Are The Value of Images on Google? Insights on Image Search Behavior by @VogelLara

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By Lara Vogel

Did you know 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual? The brain also process visuals 60,000 times faster than text and studies have shown 40% of people respond better to images than plain text. It is clear that people respond to images. Lets look at an example. If I describe a “small, domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractable claws”, I would be describing a cat. If instead I simply show you an image of a cat, you would understand I was describing a cat immediately. This is why visual content is so important. Why are Images Essential to Your SEO […]

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Bing Rolls Out New “Fact Answers” Search Feature With Information On Local Addresses & Reviews

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By Amy Gesenhues

Bing has updated its search results to deliver what it calls “Fact Answers” for local reviews and addresses.

These new facts at the top of the search page aim to provide simple answers to searches for things like phone numbers for restaurants, the hours of your local mall, or directions to your friend’s house.

Listed at the top of a results page, Bing’s “Fact Answers” provide direct information to search queries for local information and addresses.

Bing said users will get quick answers, with searches like, “Distance to 1511 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101″ delivering route options, travel times, and “turn by turn” detailed directions.

Bing fact answers

According to Bing, the new directions feature is only available in the U.S., UK and France.

Also, the reviews and addresses are only available with desktop searches – which doesn’t sound too helpful if you’re already out, and only have your phone to search for a location. No dates were given on when the directions feature would roll out to mobile.

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DuckDuckGo Added To Firefox As Part Of Enhanced Privacy Options

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By Greg Sterling

Firefox is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A new version of the browser includes two new privacy features. The first is the availability of DuckDuckGo as a new pre-installed search engine choice. The second is a “forget” feature that allows users to delete recent history.

Forget enables users to easily erase the “last 5 minutes, or 2 hours, or 24 hours” of browsing history. This complements FireFox’s existing private window feature.

DuckDuckGo in Firefox

DuckDuckGo has been around since 2008 but has seen query growth and new popularity in the wake of the NSA scandal and related increase in privacy coverage. (Although see Danny Sullivan’s contrarian view.) Apple also recently added DuckDuckGo to Safari as a search option.

Earlier this year the search engine relaunched with a more polished look and new capabilities.

DuckDuckGo can also be added as a search option in Chrome although there are several steps to do so. Chrome is the top browser globally and in the US. Firefox, depending on whether mobile browsers are included, is number three or four.

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Realistically DuckDuckGo is not a threat to Google or Bing. However the site could continue to see steady growth over time and is an increasingly viable search option for those concerned about query related tracking, profiling and ad targeting.

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