Vanessa Fox’s Last Google Interview?

Shortly before she left Google, I spoke to Vanessa Fox about what's going on with Google Webmaster Tools, and, we also spoke for a while about duplicate content problems. While I was working on polishing up the interview transcript Vanessa left Google. So I may have had the last real interview she did while at Google. After … [Read more...]

Dynamically Built Google Custom Search Engines

Google continues to roll out new features in its Custom Search Engines (CSEs). One of the most interesting ones is the implementation of "Linked CSEs". What this feature does is allows applications to be built that can dynamically build a CSE. To whet your appetite for this feature, let me provide you with an example of a dynamic … [Read more...]

Interview with Seth Godin

A little over a week ago, I caught up with Seth Godin to talk about the great success of Squidoo. As you might expect, the conversation included a lot of discussion about what makes the web great, and strategies and tactics for making something go viral. Much of Seth's focus with Squidoo was just that - to make it go viral. At the … [Read more...]

12 Ways Webmasters Create Duplicate Content

At the recent SMX Advanced Conference in Seattle one of the big sessions was on duplicate content. There is great blow by blow coverage in posts by Vanessa Fox and by Matt McGhee. You can also see an older post about dupe content here by Chris Boggs. At the start of this session, the search engines all talked about various types … [Read more...]

Matt Cutts and Tim Mayer – tidbits from SMX

While I was out at SMX Advanced, I sat through the penalty box summit. As always, Tim Mayer and Matt Cutts had a few interesting things to say. Tim Mayer started by noting that Yahoo! remains committed to search. Evidently, there was a rumor floating around in the industry that Yahoo! was going to reduce their investment in … [Read more...]

15 Methods for Paid Link Detection

Many major SEO firms make it a standard practice to recommend the purchasing of links to their clients. The search engines actively discourage this practice, and do their level best to detect those paid links. Here are 15 things they can use as signals that a link is possibly a paid link: Links Labelled as Advertisements: The … [Read more...]

Adam Lasnik Explains How NoFollow Works

As I wrote about recently, one of the things we need to realize about the web is that content lives forever. An example of this is an old thread at Jill Whalen's HighRankings Forum (a great forum by the way), which talks about the NoFollow attribute. Note that the posting is dated in January of 2007. In it, Matt Cutts is quoted as … [Read more...]