Detecting Link Spam

If you have an interest in researching spam by other sites, and quantifying it, there are a few things you can do. One of these is to dump out a spreadsheet of all a site's backlinks using a tool like Linkscape or Link Diagnosis. Then you can analyze the links. This can be a painful process, but here are a couple of tips on how to … [Read more...]

Latest Interviews: Bill Tancer, Debra Mastaler, David Szetela

Want an inside look at how a competitive intelligence tool can help you improve your search and web site performance? This is exactly what we cover in my interview with Bill Tancer. We cover this and more in our discussion of his hit book Click. Check it out (the interview and the book). I also have two recent podcasts I have … [Read more...]

Highlighting the New Google Analytics Release

Google Analytics recently took a huge step forward in the release that they did on October 22nd. I reviewed this with Brett Crosby during an interview recently (that will be published in the near future, but not today). Two of the biggest shortcomings in Google Analytics were the lack of segmentation and the lack of custom … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [Read more...]