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Google Expands Campaign Targeting Misleading Content to Improve User Experiences

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Google recently announced an expansion of ongoing campaigns to craft a safer, more reliable and, ultimately, more satisfying online user experience. The latest iteration of this campaign focuses on protecting users’ abilities to interact with content without encountering misleading or malicious content.

These misleading activities, termed “abusive experiences” by Google, range from phishing campaigns to automatic site redirection and much more. Site owners only have a 30-day window, through December 2018, to take corrective action or face an automatic block of all site content from the latest Chrome update.

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Google Turns to Mobile-First Indexing. Are You Ready?

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Smartphones have officially taken control of the internet. People use them to search more often than they use desktop or laptop computers. Statistically speaking, it is more likely that a person browsing your site will use a phone to do it than any other device.

In response, Google has turned to mobile-first indexing. This puts a priority on sites that have been optimized for a mobile experience. Are you ready for the change? The way you respond can dramatically impact your page rank and your site's exposure moving forward. The change is here to stay, and odds are that the mobile numbers will only continue to increase.

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Swift, Apple's Programming Language, is Now Open Source

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Apple's Swift programming language, debuted last year, has seen fairly wide use since its inception, counting LinkedIn, Yahoo Weather and Clear as apps that currently make use of it. Described as "Objective-C without the baggage of C" by one Apple software engineer, the new programming language has made app creation for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers significantly easier.

The tech giant has now opened up the programming language, allowing developers and programmers outside of Apple to dig into Swift, try it on different platforms, and contribute to its ongoing development.

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HTTPS May Be Essential in the Near Future

HTTPS

Just as Google has made it essential for your site to be mobile-friendly, another big industry change that promises to benefit all internet users could be on the way. Luckily, just like having a responsive design, it's probably something you've been considering - if not already doing - for quite some time.

Basically, if your site isn't secure, you could be seeing a drop in search engine rank and a depreciated value in browsers. This means making use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to switch to HTTPS as soon as possible.

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Initial "Mobilegeddon" Reports Start To Come In

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A week ago, Google announced that its mobile-friendly algorithm began rolling out globally. This means that mobile-friendliness is now officially a ranking factor in searches performed on mobile devices. Whether or not this is the "mobilegeddon" some bloggers have deemed it to be, chances are good that your site traffic from Google will be affected in some way.

Indeed, initial reports seem to indicate that a large number of non-mobile-friendly sites have been negatively affected, while some sites that do pass Google's mobile-friendly test are getting a boost.

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