It doesn’t feel like a year since Hannah wrote a review of search in 2013 but here we are again. A lot has happened in our industry but we’re all still here and it’s as interesting as ever. Let’s take a look back at 2014 and see what the biggest stories were.
January: A nail in the coffin of guest blogging, more link networks and AI
The webspam team started 2014 with some strong signals to the shadier side of the SEO community. We’d long suspected that scalable guest blogging was on their radar and Matt Cutts confirmed this in a blog post on his personal site. This followed several public outings from Matt regarding link networks which had claimed to be undetectable (honestly, why poke the bear and claim that publicly?!) and the subsequent shutdown of those networks.