Beijing, China’s internet regulator shut down and revoked licenses of some websites, accusing them of spreading online rumors after massive explosions at a warehouse in China’s Tianjin city left 112 people dead.
In a statement released on late Saturday, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) accused 50 websites of creating panic by publishing unverified information or letting users spread baseless rumors, reported Xin
hua news agency.
The information circulated on the websites included headlines such as: “the blasts killed at least 1,000 people”, “shopping malls in Tianjin looted” and “leadership change in Tianjin government”.
The CAC said such rumors caused negative influences. It shut down and revoked licenses of 18 websites, and suspended operation of another 32 websites.
The CAC said it would take a zero-tolerance attitude towards websites spreading rumors after major disasters.
Some 95 people, including 85 fire-fighters, went missing after Wednesday’s massive blasts
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Today, Search Engine Optimization is the most effective process of directing traffic to your site without paying for ads, and for small businesses, it can be a real opportunity, especially if they are in competition with stronger brands. 32% of users click on the first result in Google`s page, so being there is mandatory for every digital business.
Below, you can find three pieces of SEO advice that are crucial if you what to grow your business in Google:
Monitor all changes. Regardless of the SEO strategy you implement and the changes you decide to make first, the most important thing is to monitor them, in other words, to see what impact they have. Otherwise, you will never know if you took the right decision and if you should focus in the same direction or not.
On this line, you have to choose a metric in order to monitor traffic, whether it is the number of newsletter subscribers, products bought, Google rankings on certain keywords or the percentage of returning visitors. Another important tip is to implement changes one at a time so you can observe their individual impact on your site.
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These are just three Search Engine Optimization strategies you have to implement in order for your site to rapidly rank in SERP. Of course, there are other strategies as well, which involve creating quality content, favoring the mobile version over the desktop one, as well as eliminating all elements which make your site load slower (this is another key factor taken into consideration by Google).