Google’s Gary Illyes Discusses Mobile as a Ranking Factor

Mobile Friendly Sites Get a Rankings Boost

Google's Gary Illyes recently was gracious enough to answer questions about the new "Mobile Friendly" ranking factor, as well as other SEO related topics. Eric Enge, Question 1: This Search Engine Land article provides a lot of information on what it takes to earn "mobile friendly" status with Google. The article lists these 4 … [Read more...]

How Strong is HTTPS as a Ranking Factor?

Will HTTPS Tip the Scale in Your SEO Campaign?

On August 7th, 2014, Google announced that it was going to provide a rankings boost to sites setup with SSL over those that were not (HTTPS vs. HTTP). The above linked post makes it clear that "For now it's only a very lightweight signal", but how small? In today's post, I will share: Data from seoClarity that directly … [Read more...]

Why are Private Blog Networks & Microsites Dangerous? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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In this episode oh Here's Why, Eric and Mark discuss the do's, don'ts, and dangers of Private Blog Networks and Microsites. They walk through how private blog networks are created, for what reasons they get created, and how and why to avoid them. They also discuss micorsites, how they can be considered Private Blog Networks, and how … [Read more...]

Why is Google a Learning Machine? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

Here's why Google is a Learning Machine

In this episode of Here's Why, Mark and Eric discuss the Singularity, Google's ever-evolving Artificial Intelligence, the Knowledge Vault, making sure that we keep our robot overlords happy, and much more. For a deeper dive into the world of Google’s Knowledge vault, check out Eric’s article: Knowledge Graph Advances From … [Read more...]

What the Ello? – Here’s Why with Mark and Eric

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In this episode of Here's Why, Mark and Eric dive head first into the world of Ello. They discuss the reasons behind Ello's recent surge in popularity, who created it and why, and what the future holds for the burgeoning social network. If you haven't read it already, definitely check out Mark's incredibly in-depth guide: Ello: The … [Read more...]

Knowledge Graph Advances From Google

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Query Sequences and the Knowledge Graph Recently we showed that Google is ahead of the competition when it comes to showing answer boxes in search. Google is not one to rest on its laurels, and they continuously work on improving their Knowledge Graph capabilities. In today's post, I will explore a number of the more novel variants … [Read more...]

The Great Knowledge Box Showdown: Google Now vs. Siri vs. Cortana

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Google's Knowledge Graph has been the center of much attention lately. We have been hearing a lot about another concept called the Knowledge Vault as well. But just how extensive is Google's capability? And what about Siri and Bing/Cortana? How do they stack up? To find out, we loaded the Google App onto an iPhone (Google Now is part … [Read more...]