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Google needs external links to improve the quality of search results

Recently Google’s representative Gary Illyes confirmed that search engines need external links to ensure high-quality results.
The former head of department of Google against the web spam, Matt Cutts, said in 2014 that the failure of the accounting reference quality of the search results is getting worse. A year later, Gary Ilsh confirmed his words.
Internet Marketing consultant, Don Anderson decided to clarify what links he meant: internal or external. Illyes replied:
"I referred to external links. To some extent they touch the popularity of a resource, and approval from others. "

Google updates marking articles documentation

Google updated the documentation to create advanced snippets for articles pages. Now it clearly describes the difference between the markup for ordinary pages and AMP.
Earlier the documentation indicated the conditions necessary for the article appearance in the AMP-carousel. Now it specifies that the page can be displayed differently depending on its type: «AMP structured data" or «non-AMP structured data".
The updated guidelines clearly state that in order to get into the AMP-carousel the accelerated page should have the appropriate markup. Otherwise, it will be displayed in Google search results.
With regard to the layout specification, Google also shared recommendations for AMP and non-AMP pages. For instance, if AMP features such as headline and image are required then the HTML-pages are highly recommended.
Google also added a new properties category called «Ignored». It means that the property cannot be included in the markup.

Twitter considers options to Vine sales

Twitter has decided not to stop the Vine service since it has received a lot of applications on its purchase. The Company expects to conclude an appropriate transaction in the near future. This information was reported by TechCrunch citing its sources.
At the moment, Twitter has reduced the number of potential buyers to only five. The interested companies are still not revealed, except the Japanese company named Line.
One source also stated that several entities consider buying the service for less than $10 billion.
It is assumed that Twitter will be able to benefit from the Vine service, even with the new owner by means of synchronization between applications. Earlier it was reported that Twitter plans to close Vine mobile application in the upcoming months.

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In that same study, tests for Bing show the following: 9.7% of organic clicks go to #1, 5.5% of organic clicks go to #2, and 2.7% of organic clicks go to #3.

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For 2016, the number of smartphone users in the United States is estimated to reach 207.2 million, up from 190.5 million in 2015.  (Source: Statista)

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38.  In the same study by Moz and BuzzSumo in a randomly selected sample of 100,000 posts over 50% had 2 or less Facebook interactions (shares, likes or comments) and over 75% had zero external links. This suggests there is a lot of very poor content out there and also that people are very poor at amplifying their content. (Source: Moz)