Latest Interview: Yahoo’s Dennis Mortensen

This week's interview is with Yahoo's Dennis Mortensen. This is the first time I have a chance to really sit down with him since IndexTools was acquired by Yahoo, of for that matter, since his election to the board of directors of the WAA. ... Read More >

What Are You Going To Do Today?

One thing to keep in mind when digging into your analytics data is whether or not your research has the possibility of causing you to do something. Many pundits like to refer to this as making it actionable. I think this is a pretty good way of expressing it. I happen to prefer a slight different phraseology. Will it change what you are doing today? If you found out that your bounce rate was up by 10%, would you act on that? If your return on ad spend (ROAS) in your PPC campaign drops by 25% will you ... Read More >

Brief Chat with Guy Kawasaki

After a long hiatus from publishing interviews, I am back at it. We have a nice stream of interviews upcoming, so stay tuned. Not too long ago I had a chance to get Guy Kawasaki to answer a few quick questions. Check it out, and next week we will give you an update on Yahoo Web Analytics in our discussion with Dennis Mortensen. ... Read More >

Link Algorithm Changes

Long ago and far away, I wrote a post about the Problems with Anchor Text as a Ranking Signal (well OK, it was about a year ago). In that post I wrote: The weighting of anchor text is one of the biggest factors that drives the paid links business. When you pay somebody for a link, you naturally expect that you will be able to control the anchor text. So here the search engines truly hurt their own cause. Want to put a dent in the paid links industry? Reduce the importance of anchor text. In recent ... Read More >