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 >

Latest Interview: AdGooroo’s Rich Stokes

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Rich Stokes about best practices for PPC campaign setup and management. The interview resulted after I had a chance to read his excellent book: Mastering Search Advertising - How the Top 3% of Search Advertisers Dominate Google AdWords. This is not a focus on the basics of PPC, but rather the tricks and techniques that differentiate the most successful advertisers from the rest of the pack. Let us all know what you think about it below. ... Read More >

Watch for Copyright violations

Protecting your brand on the web involves a lot of different things. One aspect of this is recognizing when others have stolen your content and are republishing in on their site as their own. When they steal your content and reuse it, you have the risk of having duplicate content problems. Tools such as Copyscape are great for helping you detect these types of problems. You feed the tool with a URL and it determines is that page has been scraped and republished elsewhere. But there is another aspect ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Bruce Clay

The interview for this week is with Bruce Clay, one of the industry's longest standing veterans. One of the topics we focus on right at the start is Black Hat vs. White Hat SEO, and how these are defined, and what path people should take. It is clearly a topic that Bruce is passionate about, as am I! So it was a really fun interview to do. Check it out, and then provide your feedback below! ... Read More >

Link Juice is a Finite Resource

Link Juice, which I shall use to refer to the combined weighting of link relevance, importance, and anchor text is a finite resource. A given web site has a finite amount of this asset, and then must decide how to allocate it. To refine this statement a little bit, you can think of a site as having internal link juice (from its own pages) and external link juice (from editorial links from other web sites). With your internal link juice, you tell the search engines which pages on the site are the most ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Microsoft’s Nathan Buggia

Our interview this week is with Microsoft's Nathan Buggia, the Lead Product Manager of the Live Search Webmaster Center. We go into the Live Search Webmaster Tools in depth. It's a great product, and provides a lot of useful diagnostics. As Nate points out early on, these diagnostics should be helpful in understanding how all search engines view your site, not just Live Search. Check it out! ... Read More >

Bid Management Has a Long Way to Go

I have written about Bid Management many times, and am a big fan of what it can do to help scale a PPC campaign. However, a bad bid management system can trap or limit your campaign. Portfolio based bid management is a must. Basically, what this is, is a method for dealing with individual keywords that do not present enough data to determine their ROI on an individual basis. The classic cases are long tail keywords, such as one that has a single click, but it resulted in a conversion, or another ... Read More >