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

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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...]

Is Facebook Usage Declining?

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In December of 2013, we conducted a survey of 325 users to learn about the ways they were using Facebook. We wanted to see if we would get the same results, so we repeated the survey to see what kind of changes in awareness of various aspects world's largest social network have occurred. We conducted the same survey (with three new … [Read more...]

Authorship Adoption Fail – Detailed Stats

One reason why Google Authorship failed: lack of adoption

  On August 28, 2014, Google's John Mueller announced the end of the Authorship markup program (also known as rel=author markup). In today's post I will: Show you data on how authorship data was used (or not) by 150 top media sites Outline why we think this contributed to Google's reasons for canceling the rel=author … [Read more...]

How Does Google Determine Content Quality? How Would You? – Episode 8

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Google has always told us they want us to be creating "high quality pages" that give searchers exactly what they were looking for, but what do they mean by "quality"? Today's episode brings you a lively and sometimes intense dialogue among some of the most seasoned veterans in SEO. Eric Enge and guest co-host Mark Traphagen invited … [Read more...]