Keboola Welcomes New Head of Advisory Board Paul Toldalagi

Paul Toldalagi


Keboola, the leading open-architecture data management platform, today announced the appointment of Paul Toldalagi as the Head of the Advisory Board.

Keboola offers an acceleration ramp for banks to incorporate advanced Data Science techniques in their client-facing business operations while increasing efficiency through selective automation.”

— Paul Toldalagi, newly appointed Head of the Advisory Board

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2019 / — Paul Toldalagi is a proven leader with a strong financial background and extensive professional experience working as Global CIO at Morgan Stanley, Senior Group Executive at Zurich Financial Services, and as Executive Chair and Managing Partner at companies that he co-founded – BTA Investment Advisors and BTA-Partners.

In his role, Paul will accelerate Keboola’s evolution as the platform of choice to drive digital transformations in the financial industry, whether to achieve greater operational efficiency/lower cost (through process automation), or to optimize proprietary and white-labeled client service offerings, using ever smarter analytics and insightful intelligence about client preferences and behaviors.

As Paul puts it: “Keboola was a logical choice of firm for me to advise, since it offers an acceleration ramp for banks to incorporate advanced Data Science techniques (e.g., Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, AI) in their client-facing business operations while increasing efficiency, particularly in mid- and back-office operations, through selective automation.”

About Paul
Paul finds the rapid digital transformation of many industries, especially the ultra-competitive capital markets and banking services, fascinating. Feeling passionate about the necessity to use technology wisely and ethically, he always has the best interest of customers and investors in mind, while enforcing an ever-growing set of regulatory compliance rules. The Keboola team met Paul when they started their collaboration with Microsoft. He particularly likes the fact that Keboola's platform is easily automated and cloud-centric, while non-disruptive to existing legacy IT systems and processes.

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Every day, Keboola connects data, systems, and people to do their best work. Keboola is an open-architecture data management platform that streamlines and automates your data processes and systems, creates a scalable data structure that works best for you, and aligns business and IT in a secure environment so they can do meaningful work together. Hundreds of innovative companies — such as DXC technology, ROTI, and Home Credit — use Keboola to unlock their data-driven power. The company has offices in Chicago, Vancouver, London, and Prague. For more information, connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or visit

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Canalys: Economic weakness slows worldwide infrastructure shipment growth to 5% in Q1 2019.

Worldwide infrastructure market growth rate by segment

Worldwide infrastructure market growth rate by segment

Worldwide infrastructure top vendors Q119

Latest research from Canalys shows that the worldwide growth rate for server, storage and networking infrastructure shipments slowed to 4.8% in Q1 2019.

The longer the US-China trade war goes on, the more of an impact it will have on economies and business investment. Confidence is starting to decline around the world”

— Matthew Ball, Principal Analyst

PORTLAND, SINGAPORE, SHANGHAI, READING (UK), June 24, 2019 / — The latest research from leading global analyst firm Canalys shows that the worldwide growth rate for server, storage and networking infrastructure shipments slowed to 4.8% in Q1 2019, as the total market value reached US$38.8 billion. This comes after a stellar 2018, when the growth rate for the full year reached 16.3%. A marked slowdown in capital expenditure by the hyperscale cloud builders, combined with ongoing weakness in service provider spending, the end of the mainframe refresh cycle, and smaller expansion in enterprise server and storage sales were the main factors. Nevertheless, the total shipment value was still US$1.8 billion higher compared with a year ago. But the outlook for the rest of the year is uncertain, as the fallout from escalating trade disputes starts to affect global trade and economic performance.

All three technology segments were positive in Q1, with servers slowing the most. Shipments grew 3.7% during the quarter against 39.2% in the same period a year ago. “Vendors have become accustomed to high double-digit percentage growth rates over the last 18 months, fueled by rising ASPs, due to server refresh, component price rises and demand for higher configurations to support more compute-intensive workloads. But this is cooling, with ASPs starting to stabilize and unit shipments falling,” said Canalys Principal Analyst Matthew Ball. “Server refresh is still ongoing in businesses, but greater emphasis is being placed on integrating multi-cloud services with existing on-premises resources as part of hybrid-IT strategies and simplifying operations.” The fall in server unit shipments has been stronger among hyperscale cloud builders, which have switched to consuming capacity after making big investments last year. This is expected to continue for at least the next quarter.

Storage shipment growth also slowed in Q1 2019, to 4.6%, compared with 19.8% in Q1 2018. All-flash arrays and hyperconverged infrastructure remain key investment areas for customers. Data management will be a critical part of hybrid-IT strategies, as businesses look to optimize multiple storage resources to store, process and analyze the increasing volume and variety of data being produced. Networking was the only infrastructure segment to register stronger growth than last year, albeit at a relatively low level, increasing 6.5%. Refresh of campus networks continued and the transition to Wi-Fi 6 gained traction, while data center switching was flat. SD WAN has emerged as a key growth opportunity, as businesses optimize and secure branch access to cloud-based services.

For full-year 2019, Canalys forecasts worldwide infrastructure shipments will grow 6.4%. “IT infrastructure growth was always going to be slower this year, as maintaining the high rates recorded in the in the last six quarters was not sustainable. The longer the US-China trade war goes on, the more of an impact it will have on economies and business investment. Confidence is starting to decline around the world, with central banks prepared to inject stimulus measures if the situation worsens,” added Ball. Vendors have already faced multiple challenges this year linked to the trade war, in terms of managing supply chains to reduce exposure to US tariffs and shifting manufacturing from China. The short-lived threat of tariffs on imports from Mexico would have made the situation even more challenging for vendors.

The top three infrastructure market leaders in Q1 2019 were Cisco, Dell EMC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), which collectively accounted for 52.1% of total shipments. This increased from 50.5% a year ago. Cisco continued to dominate each segment of the networking market, while Dell EMC made further gains in the channel in both servers and storage. HPE remained the leading challenger in all segments, with its Aruba wireless LAN business taking further share. Huawei was the fourth largest vendor, accounting for 7.3%. It is arguably facing the biggest supply chain challenges among any of the top four vendors, given the US Executive Order signed on 15 May.

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ProServeIT Corporation Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

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12th Annual MSP 501 Identifies Top Forward-Thinking Global MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services.

To be recognized for our work in helping our customers get the most out of their technology is a great feeling.”

— Eric Sugar, President, ProServeIT Corporation

MISSISSAUGA, ON, CANADA, June 24, 2019 / — ProServeIT Corporation has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12th-annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings.

Every year, MSPs worldwide complete an extensive survey and application to report their product offerings, growth rates, annual total and recurring revenues, pricing structures, revenue mix and more. MSPs were ranked according to a unique methodology that weights revenue figures according to how well the applicant's business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.

Channel Futures is pleased to name ProServeIT Corporation to the 2019 MSP 501.

"It’s an honour to be recognized as one of the top MSPs worldwide," said Eric Sugar, President, ProServeIT Corporation. "At ProServeIT, we place a huge emphasis on ensuring that our Managed Services customers know that we will go above and beyond to support their needs, and our Managed Services team has worked hard at our commitment to excellence on our customers’ behalf. To be recognized for our work in helping our customers get the most out of their technology is a great feeling.”

In the 12 years since its inception, the MSP 501 has evolved from a competitive ranking list into a vibrant group of service providers, vendors, distributors, consultants and industry analysts working together to define the growing managed service opportunity.

“The 2019 MSP 501 winners are the most elite, innovative and strategic IT service providers on the planet, and they stand as a model of excellence in the industry,” says Kris Blackmon, Content Director of Channel Partners and Channel Futures and lead of the MSP 501 program. “As the MSP 501 Community grows, leagues of managed service providers learn from the successes of these winning companies, gaining insight into the best practices, strategies and technologies that elevate an MSP to the level of the 501 winners. Our heartfelt congratulations to the 2019 winners and gratitude to the thousands of MSPs that have contributed to the continuing growth and success of both the 501 and the thriving managed services sector.”

Ten special award winners will be recognized at the MSP 501 Awards Gala at Channel Partners Evolution, held this year September 9-12 in Washington, D.C. Nominations for these special awards, including Digital Innovator of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Newcomer Award, were included in the MSP 501 application, and all candidates were encouraged to submit for them.

In addition to deciding the rankings, the survey drives the creation of an annual in-depth study of business and technology trends in the IT channel, released each year at the Channel Partners Evolution conference. The full MSP 501 Report leverages applicant responses, interviews with industry experts and historical data to give a well-rounded picture of the managed services opportunity.

The complete 2019 MSP 501 list is available at Channel Futures.


The 2019 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by Channel Futures and its sister site, Channel Partners. Data was collected online from March 1 through May 31, 2019. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About ProServeIT Corporation

ProServeIT Corporation (ProServeIT) is a multi-award winning Microsoft Gold Partner and Citrix Partner, specialized in a comprehensive focus on cloud transformation, managed services, software development, IT service desk and technology consulting services. We have worked with companies of all sizes in all industries to provide them with the customized IT solutions that can give them a competitive advantage.

Established in 2002, ProServeIT was one of the first Canadian Microsoft Partners to spearhead the adoption of Cloud computing. To provide consistent 24×7 customer service, ProServeIT is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with offices in Vancouver, British Columbia, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Paris, France, and Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam.

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Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa Tech, a market-leading B2B information provider with depth and specialization in the Information and Communications (ICT) Technology sector. We help drive the future by inspiring the Technology community to design, build and run a better digital world through our market-leading research, media, training and event brands. Every year, we welcome 7,400+ subscribers to our research, more than 3.8 million unique visitors a month to our digital communities, 18,200+ students to our training programs and 225,000 delegates to our events.

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Briq recruits Gaming and AI Expert to Revolutionize Prediction in Construction

EA Head of Intelligent Systems joins Briq

Briq adds John Kolen, Electronic Arts Head of Intelligent Systems as VP of Engineering

SANTA BARBARA, CA, USA, June 24, 2019 / — Briq has appointed Electronic Arts (EA) Head of Intelligent Systems and former Google AI expert Dr. John Kolen to spearhead its construction-focused data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence strategies.

At EA, Dr. Kolen was responsible for developing the billion-dollar gaming company’s AI and data-driven tactics around player retention and gaming improvements for hundreds of millions of gamers across titles like Madden NFL, FIFA Football and Fortnite. Prior to EA, Dr. Kolen worked on Google’s Web Search Infrastructure as part of the TeraGoogle team building a trillion-document index.

Bassem Hamdy, the CEO and CoFounder of Briq, believes this new hire signals a broader trend for construction data analytics.

“John’s addition to the team is not just a great win for Briq, but also for the construction industry at large. With this addition, we’ve brought in deep, mainstream tech expertise to solve some of construction’s most burning questions. Briq is building the most valuable construction data platform to provide unparalleled insights on the millions of data points in construction, and this hire clearly signifies an integral step towards that mission.”

Briq is seeing rapid adoption in the construction industry. The company is growing 300% quarterly and has demonstrated a clear acceptance of machine learning assistance on the difficult questions a construction professional faces each and every day.

The last several years have sparked renewed interested in construction technology, but only recently has it attracted talent from more mainstream companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Dr. Kolen’s arrival at Briq is a rare crossover from mainstream technology to construction technology but indicates that helping to solve the problem of low margins and high overhead costs is indeed possible with smarter data intelligence.

Dr. Kolen is an early innovator in the application of artificial intelligence, distributed systems, neural networks and cognitive science. His research topics include neural networks, cognitive science, and algorithms and he holds seven US patents, with more than twenty active applications. Dr. Kolen received his Masters and Ph.D. in computer science from The Ohio State University. His B.A. in computer science is from the University of California, San Diego.

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Techment Awarded “Best Innovative Business Model” by Entrepreneur Organization (EO)

Techment Technology a leading product development company was awarded “Best Innovative Business Model” in the Entrepreneur of the Year (EOTY)event.

Techment Technology a leading product development company was awarded “Best Innovative Business Model” in the Entrepreneur of the Year (EOTY event. The award was presented to Techment by honourable Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Shri. Bhupesh Baghel Ji.

Entrepreneur Organization (EO) is a global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts. EOTY is an initiative by EO Raipur Chapter to provide a platform for recognizing budding and leading entrepreneurs of the state.

CEO of Techment, Manish Agrawal said, “This is a very proud moment for the entire team at Techment. An award on Business Model by EO is a testament to our endeavour to remain innovative and work as an integral technology partner with our clients. We believe a company is only as strong as the team, the people, the individual talents who contribute to turning the mission into actions, and those actions into game-changing solutions. So to us, receiving the award for the best tech startup is about more than our technology. It’s about our culture and the spectacular individuals who are collaborating on this journey.”

The company has achieved significant growth in terms of size and revenue since inception. Headquartered in Bhilai, Techment essentially is a team of coding specialists, digital designers, app and web developers, brainstormers and tech aficionados. The diverse team is leading the way for IT companies across India as well as across the Globe to set up operations in Chhattisgarh.

About Techment Technology

Techment is a product development company that enables global organizations to solve business challenges with the help of technology. Our team consists of passionate techno-functional experts that bring an outside-in approach and work as an extension of client teams. This in combination with our high-velocity agile delivery model leads to operational efficiency gains that result in higher engagement ROI for our clients. We are industry agnostic and work with companies of all sizes including disruptive startups. Headquartered in Bhilai (India), Techment has offices in Bangalore and San Francisco.

Techment is driven strongly by the principle of Agility, Simplicity and Innovation.

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The Vitamin Shoppe® Deploys RetailNext Smart Store Analytics to Optimize In-Store Shopping Experiences

National retailer of nutritional supplements utilizes data-driven approaches to ensure best-in-class customer experiences

SAN JOSE, CA, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2019 / — Today, RetailNext Inc., the worldwide leader in retail IoT and smart store analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, announced the rollout of its retail analytics solutions across the full line of The Vitamin Shoppe® stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. RetailNext launched a 75-store pilot with The Vitamin Shoppe in December and after demonstrated success, completed deployment across the 770 store fleet in two months.

“The customer is at the heart of every decision we make at The Vitamin Shoppe, and we are delighted to be integrating RetailNext’s technology solutions to ensure our stores continually operate in the personalized manner our customers have come to expect,” said Sharon Leite, chief executive officer of The Vitamin Shoppe. “Real-time analytics will empower our teams to more effectively operate our stores and help us guide customers towards the right solutions for their individual goals, ensuring The Vitamin Shoppe experience matches our unparalleled quality of products and services.”

The Vitamin Shoppe measures success by providing a fulfilling customer experience to each and every visitor, in-store and online. The company aims to help its customers become their best selves, however they define it, and act as a trusted source for quality products, innovation and expertise. Its knowledgeable store associates are put through six months of rigorous product education so they can properly coach their customers and help demystify the experience of shopping for vitamins and supplements.

“RetailNext is honored to have been selected by The Vitamin Shoppe as its smart store solution provider as it optimizes the in-store shopping experience for its customers,” said Alexei Agratchev, co-founder and chief executive officer of RetailNext. “In the past several years, there has been a near exponential growth in the deployment of IoT-powered retail analytics platforms, with innovative and creative brands like The Vitamin Shoppe recognizing the value associated with deep insights into today’s shoppers and their shopping behaviors, preferences, and values, and in turn developing extraordinary shopping experiences, both online and offline.”

About RetailNext
The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing shopper experiences. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insights to improve the shopper experience real time.

More than 450 retailers in over 85 countries have adopted RetailNext's analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to foster long-term shopper loyalty, increase same-store sales and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at

Follow the #ConnectedJourney and #SmartStore conversations on Twitter @RetailNext.

About Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. (NYSE:VSI)
Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. is an omnichannel specialty retailer and wellness lifestyle company based in Secaucus, New Jersey. In its stores and on its website, the company carries a comprehensive assortment of nutritional solutions, including: vitamins, minerals, specialty supplements, herbs, sports nutrition, homeopathic remedies, green living products, and natural beauty aids. In addition to offering products from approximately 700 national brands, The Vitamin Shoppe® also carries products under The Vitamin Shoppe®, BodyTech®, True Athlete®, MyTrition®, plnt®, and ProBioCare® brands. The Vitamin Shoppe conducts business through more than 775 company-operated retail stores under The Vitamin Shoppe and Super Supplements retail banners, and through its website,


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HPAPI USA 2019 – Insights into Accident Plans, Technological Innovations and Training


SMi reports: Taro Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma and Sakari Consultants to present at HPAPI USA taking place on October 21st – 22nd in Boston

BOSTON, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2019 / — With a massive growth within the HPAPI market, manufacturers cannot afford to be complacent in terms of staff training, utilization of approved technology and blueprint accident plans. Straying away from the correct procedures can have a massive affect on your business and industry.

At the inaugural HPAPI USA conference, these issues will be discussed and give delegates the opportunity to hear from industry experts who will share their experiences and arm attendees with the safety strategies to implement into their organization.

Ayasha Ovals from Taro Pharmaceuticals will provide a keynote address on Day One of the conference, where she will give insights into emergency procedures for HPAPI disasters and how to manage an accident, including long term cost savings, managing risk, fail-safe procedure and forward planning.

Industrial hygiene and potent compound containment will be discussed by Joseph Grill, former Associate Director from Purdue Pharma, where he will share insights on common pitfalls in industrial hygiene, flexible containment and the potential of hastening R&D.

Sakari Consultants, President & Principle, Patricia Weideman will focus on training and managing workers with HPAPI exposure, along with the best available techniques for cleaning and waste management. She will also look at technological innovations for containment and transfer technologies, ensuring staff are sufficiently trained and ensure they understand the equipment they are utilising.

The programme with full speaker line-up is available to download at

Plus, two HPAPI USA Post Conference Workshops will take place in Boston on October 23rd:

Workshop A: The roadmap from assessing HPAPI hazards to containment implementation along with CDMO dynamics hosted by Dr Janet Gould, Principal Toxicologist, SafeBridge Consultants and Charlyn Reihamn, Principle Occupational Health Consultant, SafeBridge Consultants

Workshop B: How to sell your containment project to management: financial justification for containment solutions hosted by Dr David Eherts, Vice President Global EHS, Allergan Inc

For those interested, an early bird saving of $300 is available for conference tickets booked before Friday 28th June. Register online at

Sponsored by BSP Pharmaceuticals, LONZA, Minakem, SafeBridge Consultants

Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients USA
Conference: October 21st – 22nd
Workshops: October 23rd
Venue: Sheraton Boston Hotel, USA

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For sponsorship, exhibition and branding enquiries, please contact Alia Malick on +44 (0)20 7827 6168 or

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Lilo's End User Guide on how to Recover from a Google Penalty

Recover from Google penalty

Recover from Google penalty

algorithms vs penalties

algorithms vs penalties



In this guide, we’ll discuss some of the most effective ways to recover from a Google Penalty (and come back stronger than ever before).

Google penalties are bad news for your site – and your reputation. We will show you how to avoid Google penalties or fix them if you have any.”

— Elodie Berland

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, June 24, 2019 / — Google Penalties are designed to penalise or punish the owner of a website that uses unscrupulous SEO practices or attempts to manipulate search results. Some of these penalties are implemented manually, others are algorithmic. Whether it is intentional or completely accidental, a practice that doesn’t comply with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines will be penalised.

Penalties are bad news for your site – and your reputation. In this guide, we’ll discuss some of the most effective ways to recover from a Google Penalty (and come back stronger than ever before).
The Two Different Types of Google Penalties

Google can issue manual and algorithmic penalties to a site listed in its index.

Manual penalty: This type of penalty is applied by a human being on Google’s team. The action removes a website from search engine results pages (SERPs), as a punishment for unscrupulous practices.
Algorithmic penalty: This type of penalty is applied automatically by one of Google’s algorithms. The action reduces a website’s position in SERPs as a punishment for unscrupulous practices.

Manual penalties come in two forms.

Partial matches: Penalties affecting portions of your website, such as specific pages.
Site-wide matches: Penalties affecting your entire site.
Google Penalties: Myths vs Facts

Let’s debunk some of the common misconceptions about Google Penalties.

Myth: A penalty and an algorithm are essentially the same thing.

Fact: Don’t mistake an algorithm for a penalty. High-profile updates like (like Google Panda or Penguin) are algorithms, not penalties – although they can result in sites being devalued, which has a similar effect to a penalty (such as loss of organic traffic).

Myth: Google only penalises sites with “black hat” SEO.

Fact: Google initiates more than 400,000 manual actions every month! That’s in addition to the major algorithmic updates that have been released over the years, such as Penguin and Panda. This is a lot for SEOs to keep on top of – even those with the best of intentions for their website. While penalties are often intentionally given to sites using manipulative techniques, sometimes they may also be a by-product of an algorithm update. Any site can be affected by a Google Penalty, even if their SEO practices are well-intentioned.

Myth: If you’ve used some questionable tactics but haven’t been penalised yet, you won’t be.

Fact: Don’t assume you’ve dodged a bullet just because Google hasn’t picked up an issue with your site. Algorithms run every day and are constantly evolving as well, becoming more accurate and intelligent. You can be flagged for review at any time, so be sure to get your site in order before that happens. Start by removing any unnatural backlinks, and improving the quality of your onsite copy.

Myth: Recovering from a penalty means your site is safe from being penalised again.

Fact: Once you’ve removed any bad links and submitted a reconsideration request to Google, you can get a penalty revoked – but that’s not to say you should sit back and relax. If you’ve built bad links in the past, you’ll certainly still be on Google’s radar. Keep focusing on link risk management, to find and remove any bad backlinks to your site that might still be lurking out there.

Myth: You can recover from a Google Penalty by re-launching your site on a new domain.

Fact: This is a highly risky (not to mention dishonest) strategy. When the original Penguin penalty was released, some website owners migrated their content and code onto new domains, while others used a 301 direct for their site content, code and backlinks. At first, it looked as if their rankings were recovering, but Google caught up to them shortly afterwards, with heavy penalisation.

Myth: Your site will recover from a manual penalty and regain rankings as soon as you get it revoked.

Fact: Once a manual penalty action is revoked, it can take several weeks for the rankings to get back to normal, even after you receive a recovery message through Google Webmaster Tools.

Algorithms vs Penalties

Finding yourself on the wrong side of an algorithm update can certainly feel like you’ve been hit by a Google Penalty. So how can you tell if you’re being penalised, or merely feeling the effects of an update?

Here is the key difference: if your site is being penalised by Google, you’ll receive a manual action report via Google Search Console. Once you fix the problem, you’ll need to submit a reconsideration request to Google, explaining the origins of the problem and the solution you have implemented.

On the other hand, if you take a knock from an algorithmic update, you won’t be required (or given the ability to) submit a reconsideration request. Algorithmic penalties don’t include any manual processing by Google employees, so they cannot be lifted or revoked during a manual review by an employee.
Common Manual Penalties & How to Address Them

Here are the steps you can take to help a site recover from Google’s various types of manual penalty actions.

Hacked Website

The problem:
Hackers can infiltrate your content management system to add their own malicious content and links. They often “cloak” this content, making it difficult for you to find – but Google will spot it, and will add a notification to the hacked pages, which will lead to a drop in your organic search results.

The solution:

Contact your web host about the problem.
Quarantine your site.
Assess the damage and determine whether the issue is spam or malware.
Determine how the hacker gained access to your site.
Clean up the malicious content and install the necessary security features to protect any vulnerable areas and prevent future hacking.
Request a review, asking Google to consider removing the notification about your site being hacked.
Make sure you always have a clean, recent backup of your website available in case of hacking.

Thin Content

The issue:
Google may manually penalise sites with poor quality or shallow page content.

The solution:

Identify and remove any auto-generated content, doorway pages or low-quality affiliate pages.
Use duplicate content detection software to find any content that has been “scraped” or copied from somewhere else on the web. Remove and replace with unique content.
Improve upon copy with low word counts and make it more detailed and informative. Invest in the services of a professional content writer to help you create unique, high-quality onsite copy.
Submit your reconsideration request.

Unnatural Links

The issue:
Any purchased links, or links created in order to manipulate search rankings, are considered “artificial, deceptive, or manipulative outbound links” and will be penalised.

The solution:
Remove any unnatural links, or modify them by adding a rel=”nofollow” attribute. This attribute will ensure that the links no longer pass PageRank.
Disavow any bad links that you aren’t able to delete.
Be thorough and ensure all non-compliant links have been cleaned up before submitting a reconsideration request.

Did You Know? Neil Patel reports that more than 95% of Google Penalties are related to the backlink profile of a website. Avoid linking to sites of low quality, sites that are unrelated to your industry, sites with thin content and sites with large numbers of external backlinks.

User-Generated Spam

The issue:
User-generated spam is low-quality content from “black hat” SEOs, typically found in online forums and post comments.

The solution:

Identify any pages on your site where users are able to leave comments.
Check these pages for commenters with spammy usernames, comments with non-relevant links, automated comments, off-topic comments, and adverts masquerading as comments.
Remove all inappropriate comments.
Remove the ability for users to post unmoderated content to your website.
Prevent unmoderated content from appearing on your website.
Send your reconsideration request, and be sure to moderate all future user-generated content on your site.

Image Mismatch

The issue:
If an image on your website appears differently in a search on Google Images, you can be penalised by Google’s “Image Mismatch” manual action. This is to prevent websites from manipulating Google Images by forcing the search engine to index images that don’t match what visitors are seeing on the site.

The solution:
Update all your image alt attributes (alternate text) and image descriptions.
Make sure these descriptions actively reflect what is being shown in the image.
Once this has been done for all images on your site, you can submit your reconsideration request.

Keyword Stuffing

The issue:
You can be penalised for having too many keywords or phrases crammed into your onsite copy, especially if the phrases are repetitive and impact the readability of the copy. The same goes for hidden text, which is a dishonest SEO practice.

The solution:

For excessive keywords:

Remove or rewrite any repetitive or keyword-heavy paragraphs.
Fix any title tags and alt text that contain strings of repetitive words or phrases.
Consider investing in an SEO-compliant content writer to boost the quality of your onsite content.

For hidden text:

Go to Google Search Console > Crawl > Fetch as Google.
Fetch the pages from the affected parts of your site.
Look for any text that is the same colour as the web page body.
Look for hidden text using CSS styling or positioning.
Remove any hidden text, or make it visible, so that it’s obvious to human users as well as search engines.

Once you’ve addressed all keyword issues and removed all hidden content, you can send a reconsideration request to Google.

Bad Use of Structured Markup

The issue:
Structured content markup is a great way to get enhanced SERP results for your website. However, if you don’t follow the proper rich snippets guidelines from Google, you will be penalised.

The solution:
Remove or update any markup that is irrelevant, misleading or invisible to users.
Send your reconsideration request.
Algorithmic Penalties: Some Background on Panda & Penguin

Panda and Penguin are two of Google’s most significant algorithm updates, and each of them has had a far-reaching impact on the SEO world. Let’s go over the basics of Panda and Penguin, and the factors that caused them to devalue websites across the globe:

Google Panda

Release date: February 2011.

Purpose: To reward high-quality sites while reducing the prevalence of low-quality sites in Google’s top organic search engine results.

Panda aimed specifically to target content farms and devalue them, returning better-quality sites to the top (or near the top) of the search results. Over the years, Panda became a more holistic quality-seeking algorithm, and it was eventually incorporated into the main Google algorithm.

Triggers: Panda knocked down sites in SERPs that displayed the following problems:

“Thin content” – pages with very little text (i.e. just a few words or sentences) and no relevant or substantial information.
Low-quality content – pages with little or no valuable information for human readers (i.e. content focused largely or exclusively on search phrases, written with only search engines in mind).
Duplicate content – content copied from another place on the Internet, or multiple pages across the same website with identical or very similar content.
Untrustworthy content – content from sources that are not authoritative or verified.
Content farms – sites containing large numbers of low-quality pages with no real value to human users; typically short articles that cover a wide variety of search phrases, for the purpose of gaining search engine rankings.
Low-quality user-generated content – UGC can be a great organic marketing tool if it’s implemented in the right way. But Panda looks out for low-quality implementations, like badly written guest blogs that are full of errors and contain no authoritative information.
High ad-to-content ratio – web pages that are made up mostly of paid advertising, with very little original content.
Blocked websites – Sites that human users have chosen to block (either directly in the search engine results or via a Chrome browser extension), which indicates that the site is spammy or bad quality.

Google Penguin

Release date: April 2012.

Purpose: Like Panda, Penguin aimed to reward good quality sites while diminishing the presence of low-quality sites in Google’s organic search results. Penguin became a part of the core algorithm in 2017.

Triggers: There were two specific triggers for Penguin:

Keyword stuffing – pages populated with large numbers of keywords and phrases; a manipulative attempt to rank for those phrases. Keyword stuffing leads to a lot of unnatural sounding repetition, sacrificing the readability of the content.

Link schemes – acquiring or buying backlinks from low-quality or unrelated websites, to generate an artificial image of popularity and relevance.

The ultimate goal here was to reward sites that meet the quality standards outlined by Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. While Penguin and Panda did cause significant drops in traffic for websites using the above practices, they are are not the same as “penalties” themselves; they are what’s known as “algorithmic filters”.

As mentioned previously, if your site is being affected by an algorithmic filter like Panda, Penguin or any other member of Google’s menagerie, you won’t receive any notification from Google. You’ll need to use your site’s analytics tools to try and determine whether you’ve been on the receiving end of an algorithm smackdown.

First, check your Google Search Console > Search Traffic > Manual Actions to rule out a manual penalty (no notification = no manual action).
Make sure your Google Analytics tracking code is working correctly.
Take a look at organic Google traffic (not all traffic) to your site, and see if you can spot a dip in this traffic that coincides with a confirmed or suspected algo update.
Check your rankings manually on an incognito browser to determine if there really is a drop.

Note that this is a good rule of thumb, although it doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to spot the culprit. It could also be that your competitors are outperforming you, hence the drop in rankings. This is a sign that you need to refocus your efforts on improving the overall quality of your site.

If you think you have been affected by an algorithmic filter or update, first do your research into that update and its triggers, before taking action. Then clean up your site and make sure it’s free of issues that could get you targeted by a filter like Panda or Penguin.

Make sure you stay up to date with Google’s latest search algorithm changes. Follow the senior webmasters and trend analysts on Twitter and YouTube, for news and advice. Check out other trusted sources in the SEO community too, for their take on unconfirmed updates.

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Telehealth Pioneer Craig Linden Awarded "Top 100 Healthcare Leaders Award"

Physically Augmented Telemedicine Visits

RemoteRx Dispenser Home, work and kiosk dispenser coming soon

Advanced functions and features of the planned RemoteRx home, work, kiosk and wearable devices

Real Time Touch and RemoteRx founder recognized for contribution to "Advancement in Physically Augmented Telehealth".

Physically augmenting video healthcare visits is the missing link for telehealth and clinical trials, globally.”

— Craig Linden, founder Real Time Touch

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2019 / — Craig Linden, founder of Real Time Touch, was awarded the prestigious "Top 100 Healthcare Leaders Award" by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare(IFAH). The award was "In Recognition Of His Contribution to Healthcare" and for "Advancement in Physically Augmented Telehealth". Linden gave a presentation to the inaugural event for InterCon held at Caesars Palace. The Internet Conference ("InterCon"), is a gathering of some of the leading minds in the tech space to help drive the new global economy by sharing ideas, innovation and things that shape the future of technology.

Linden is recognized as a pioneer and advocate of advanced telehealth technologies that will help move the clinic into the home, workplace, vehicle, kiosk or the outback. An inventor with granted and pending patents, Linden founded Real Time Touch (TM) and the RemoteRX (TM) Telemedicine and Telehealth platform.

RemoteRx is Real Time Touch’s medication adherence dispenser envisioned with advanced IoMT hardware, monitoring, biometric ID, cloud and physically augmented capabilities backed by Linden's patents. View more RemoteRx information: A limited example of future Real Time Touch's based and/or wearable products are remote-controlled devices for pain-relief, laser, electronic, light, and magnetic treatments/therapies, imaging, sonograms, sample collections, adjusting implants and drug delivery.

Important healthcare sectors could benefit from Real Time Touch technology:

* Clinical Trials: According to Linden, a RemoteRx “reboot” for clinical trials could "multiply the capacity of the limited number of clinicians, it’s integrated AR and AI would drive broad efficiency improvements with associated returns incentivizing more and more effective trials, it could speed the release of new critical drugs."

* Helping Seniors: Millions of seniors can benefit fromo remote assistance. Senior caregivers could remotely release their scheduled medications, monitor their vitals and access their general status during the virtual visits.

* Reducing Readmissions: Unnecessary readmissions cost hospitals billions of dollars. Remote release of critical medications during virtual nurse-to-patient interactions could help home-based patients stay home while they recover. Caregivers can monitor vital signs remotely and verify the correct medication is taken at at the prescribed time.

* Reducing Opioid Dependence: It's a US Federal Government priority to reduce opioid abuse. The advanced RemoteRx design is envisioned to include multi-level user/caregiver alerts, AI coaching, voice activation, gesture recognition, biomarkers, highest-grade HIPAA-compliant security, AR and Augmented Virtual Reality (AVR).

* Emergency Telemedicine: Millions of people live or work in remote areas and could greatly benefit from remote healthcare interactions.

A growing number of companies have announced recent telehealth initiatives, funding and/or deals including Apple, Google, Amazon, Philips, Cisco Systems, Mercy, Kaiser Permanente, American Well, AMD Global Telemedicine, TeleDoc and IBM. FCC recently announced $100M in new funding to help rural providers offering remote healthcare to low-income patients, and the FCC will be attending the South Central Telehealth Forum, August 19 & 20 in Nashville. The FDA and it's international government-base equivalent organizations are seeking innovative solutions to decentralize clinical trials to help reduce development costs of new drugs.

Real Time Touch is actively seeking partners to assist development and obtain FDA approvals of the initial four use cases set forth in the above 4 short videos.

Contact: Craig Linden, Founder at RTT.CRAIG@YHOO.COM, 1-619-301-3555.

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The International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare(IFAH) brings together 1000+ healthcare professionals from across the world to discuss advanced healthcare technologies. The event was held at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. The theme of the conference this year was "Minds Advancing Healthcare". The IFAH holds a similar conference in Abu Dhabi.

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5 Saturdays – Opening a door to a future in technology and business

I did not want to participate originally because I thought this program would be like school. But it wasn't! It was fun AND I learned A LOT.”

— 5 Saturdays Student

COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2019 / — Students from Early College High School recently started the 5 Saturdays STEAM summer workshop, which introduced them to Agile practices, lean business startup, and technology, including skills to develop WordPress websites. This is the fourth year that students from Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Early College High School (ECHS) participated in the program. As part of the summer workshop, students learned about innovation, as well as job readiness, resume writing, and effective communication / interviewing skills. Twenty ECHS students registered and are actively participating in the workshops with 20 industry professionals serving as Learning Facilitators and mentors. Six ECHS students will now serve as Learning Facilitators to gain valuable leadership skills.

Dr. David Martinez, principal at Early College High School, said the innovative 5 Saturdays program is invaluable for students. “We at Early College High School are very much excited to once again be hosting the 5 Saturdays Summer Program. The 5 Saturdays Summer Program is unique with providing students to learn STEAM-based skills that are not only vital in the IT and business industries but can be extended to virtually any 21st century career our young people wish to pursue. It is our job as a high school to have our student’s college- and career-ready upon graduation. The wealth of knowledge shared by the professionals who serve as the program learning facilitators is invaluable by allowing our students to see first-hand a variety of career-building skills they need to be impactful contributors in a global society. The activities, exercises and projects that are completed in the program enrich the Four Essential Cs we are striving our students to develop towards becoming college- and career ready: Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Communication.”

“We are delighted to launch our fourth summer workshop with students from Early College High School. Dr. Dave Martinez is a wonderful partner, and we appreciate working collaboratively with him and the students to achieve the best possible results,” said Dr. Dave Cornelius, founder of 5 Saturdays.

We are committed to sharing Agile and Scrum life practices, as well as technology and business skills with students. The 5 Saturdays leadership wants students to build personal confidence and succeed, so we focus on having students discover and use their individual power and leadership skills. It is exciting to see students take ownership of lifelong learning.

This is the third year that scholarships were offered to students attending the 5 Saturdays STEAM program workshops. Students must attend one year as a student and one year as a Learning Facilitator to be eligible for the scholarship drawing. Two students from ECHS were the 2019 recipients.

About 5 Saturdays
Started in 2013, Costa Mesa- and Tucson-based 5 Saturdays focus on opening the door for underserved students to a career in information technology and business. Students learn in a collaborative and project-based environment and are exposed to concepts such as Kanban and user stories that they can use right away to tackle homework or community service activities, and in the future as they move on to college and a career. Knowledge sharing is done by industry professionals, coaches, and trainers, who donate their time and serve as learning facilitators and mentors. For more information, visit

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