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Top SEO News: Week of Feb 9-13

Top SEO News: Week of Feb 9-13

By: Matt Tuens

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Expedia Buys Orbitz for $1.6 Billion

The acquisition comes on the heels of Expedia’s $280 million purchase of Travelocity last month. Expedia now hold approximately 75% of the US online market against lone rival Priceline.

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Google’s Launches Alpha Release of New Search Impact Report to Select Users
After opening the floor up for suggestions and feedback from webmasters and SEOs last month Google’s Webmaster Tools team has released an alpha version of the Search Impact report to select WMT users this week. This new feature for Google Webmaster Tools could replace the Search Queries report in the future.

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Pinterest Cracks Down on Direct Affiliate Marketing on Its Platform.
Social media site Pinterest has announced that it will be removing all affiliate and tracker links from its site. The changes affect both existing and new links on the site, meaning affiliate marketers using the platform will have to find other approaches to drive traffic through Pinterest.

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Pinterest May Add a Buy Button to Pins in the Near Future
Also in Pinterest news, recent report from tech website Recode states the new feature could be rolling out to Pinterest users within a few months.

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Google Webmaster Tools Data Stalled Since February 7
Webmasters checking in on site using Google Webmaster Tools this week may have a bit of a shock as it appears no new data has come in since Feb. 7. Normal WMT Data is delayed for around 2 days for users, the stall in service started roughly and the same time that Google Webmaster Tools team started a limited alpha release of its new Search Impact Tool.

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