Now that 2013 is almost over, we'd love to take a quick look back, and venture a glimpse into the future. Some of the important topics on our blog from 2013 were around mobile, internationalization, and search quality in general. Here are some of the most popular new posts from this year:
- Changes in rankings of smartphone search results
- Introducing "x-default hreflang" for international landing pages
- 5 common mistakes with rel=canonical
- A reminder about selling links that pass PageRank
- View manual webspam actions in Webmaster Tools
- The Webmaster Academy goes international
- We created a first steps cheat sheet for friends & family
- In-depth articles in search results
- Make the most of Search Queries in Webmaster Tools
- rel="author" frequently asked (advanced) questions
- Getting started with structured data
- Backlinks and reconsideration requests
- Making smartphone sites load fast
- Easier recovery for hacked sites
- So long, 2013, and thanks for all the fish
It's been a busy year here on the blog. We hope that our posts here have helped to make these - sometimes complex - topics a bit easier to understand. Is there anything you would have wanted more information about? Let us know in the comments!
Our Help Forum and office hours hangouts have also been a place for helpful, insightful, and sometimes controversial discussions. It's not always easy to find ways to improve websites, or to solve technical & usability issues that users post about, so we're extremely thankful to have such a fantastic group of Top Contributors that give advice and provide feedback there.
Where are we headed in 2014? Only time will tell, but I'm sure we'll see more information for the general webmaster, hard-core technical advice, ways to make mobile sites even better, rockin' Webmaster Tools updates, tips on securing your site & its connections, and more. Are you ready? Don't forget your towel & let's go!
On behalf of all the webmaster help forum guides, we wish you happy holidays & a great 2014.