November 2013

On September 26, 2013, Google Hummingbird was released into the wild. Google's Amit Singhal, SVP of Search, called it the largest change in Google's algorithm since 2001 and the update is said to have affected 90% of searches worldwide. These two statements have sent SEOs into collective tizzies. Interestingly, the update had been in effect for a month before it was announced and was hardly noticed by the SEO community in that time.

Recently, I finished a WordPress installation and customization for a Vancouver Web design client. Though he needed Web design, he was also very suspicious of website designers and SEO types. He said the words "Web designers" with a hint of disdain, like Seinfeld saying "Newman". His opinion of Vancouver website designers was honestly formed by his experiences with several. Yes, several...not one.