SEO and SEM for Russian search engines

More Yandex SEO penalties coming for link sellers

yandex-searchEarlier this week in their corporate blog [in Russian] Yandex announced yet another penalty that is about to hit low quality sites created for the purpose of selling links. More precisely, they promised to change the way AGS penalty works.

AGS penalty was initially introduced back in 2009, and from the very beginning was aimed a low quality sites. Usually AGS penalty hits sites with thin content, created either for selling links through link brokers or placing contextual advertising.
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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Links stop working for Yandex SEO from today

Earlier today Yandex announced [in Russian] that links have been removed from their ranking algorithm for certain categories of queries.

The new search algorithm was first announced at IBC Russia by Alexander Sadovsky, Head of Search at Yandex, back in December. Some weeks ago Yandex confirmed than the new ranking formula would be released in February or March this year.
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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Update: Yandex tells when SEO links will be dead

yandex-searchTwo months ago at IBC Russia conference in Moscow Yandex made an announcement that turned SEO world upside down. The Head of Search of the biggest Russian search engine in presented the new search algorithm that does not include links as a ranking factor. The news provoked a lot of discussions and speculations in forums and communities, but Yandex kept silent up until now.

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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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New Yandex AGS-40 update hits networks and shameless link sellers

ags-40Yandex AGS penalty, ironically named after aRussian grenade launcher, was first introduced back in 2009. From the beginning, the penalty was aimed against low quality sites, and mainly affected those that were created for selling links through Russian link brokers and otherwise did not carry any value for the user.

AGS had two versions in its history: AGS-17 (September 2009) and AGS-30 (December 2009). This year, on the 1st of November, Russian SEO community noticed a lot of changes in Yandex search results, which initiated a lot of discussions in forums and blogs. Many suspected it, but today Yandex officially confirmed [in Russian] that they released the new version of AGS — AGS-40.

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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Tip of the day: How to save time when doing keyword research for Yandex

As I wrote on multiple occasions, Yandex keyword tool (aka Wordstat) is very good, but not exactly user-friendly. Even after the latest redesign working with Wordstat is quite cumbersome and time-consuming. There is no easy way to look up search volumes for keywords in exact match, no possibility to group keywords, and no export function, so the keyword research for Yandex turns into lots of Excel sorting, filtering, copying and deleting rows. I bet very few of us enjoy spending time like that!

There are however tools that can simplify working with Yandex.Wordstat. Below you will find 2 simple, but handy tips that will save you loads of time when working with Yandex keyword tool.

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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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