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The New Bing Interface With Stefan Weitz

The new Bing interface is aimed at bringing you clean and decisive search results while helping you interact with your friends and network for a holistic search experience. In this interview, Stefan Weitz from Bing talks about the functionality of the new Bing, how it came about, and plans for its future. Key Points The web has gone through a kind of seismic shift. Whereas before, it was all based primarily on text and links, there is now the ability to remodel the world in digital. In ... Read More >

Personalization In Google Search Results With Bruce Clay

Today’s post is focused on a hot topic in search: Personalization. Personalization is Google’s attempt to personalize search results based on a variety of individual factors, including web history, social connections, and much more. In the following video, Eric interviews Bruce Clay of Bruce Clay, Inc. gives his thoughts on Google and personalization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pTNP5cOb2k Key Points Web history has existed for 5 years, and Google uses this information to tailor search results ... Read More >

AdWords Spam Fighting Methods with Google's David Baker

Key Points In 2011 Google had billions of ads that were submitted. Of these, roughly 130 million ads and 800,000 advertiser accounts were disapproved/suspended for violations of policy. Some of the spam problem is handled algorithmically while some is assisted with manual review. The system is constantly under work and revision. One of the biggest areas of bad ads is counterfeit. In 2011, of the 800,000 advertisers, 150,000 were for counterfeit violations. Of the counterfeit removals, 95% were ... Read More >

Link Pruning is the Key to Addressing Penguin

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With today's post I am happy to announce the launch of the Stone Temple Consulting YouTube Channel. And, we are kicking that off with a video interview I did with Bruce Clay on a hot topic - link pruning. As you probably know, Google's recent Penguin update focused on lowering rankings for sites that use questionable link building practices. This is a hot topic! If you have been hit by Penguin, or are worried about future variations of the algorithm, this is a video you can't miss. In ... Read More >

AdWords Expanding Phrase and Exact Matching Technology

AdWords has started releasing a feature that will expand the matching technology for Phrase and Exact Match Types.  Essentially, Phrase and Exact Match Types will begin matching closely related search terms, when Google's technology is able to establish that the search intent is the same.  The opt-out functionality is live today; All Advertisers are auto-opted into this feature as a new Advanced Campaign Setting.  The matching technology will not actually change until mid-May.  Advertisers can begin ... Read More >

Rel=Author Defined with Google's Sagar Kamdar

Key Points from Interview with Sagar Kamdar This interview transcript is from the March 13th, 2012 conversation I had with Sagar Kamdar, who heads up the authorship program at Google. This provided some simple, straightforward clarity on how it works, and some of the various scenarios for implementation. Here are some of the key points from the interview: Google sees the authorship program as a way to connect authors and readers who are a fan of their work. The original 3 link method is still ... Read More >

The Future of Search and Social Integration, Interview With Andrew Shuman

Key Points from Interview with Andrew Shuman I had a fascinating chat with Andrew Shuman about the adCenter UI and the integration of search and social media. He provided a lot of great insights on what some of the opportunities are, and some of the challenges as well. Here are some of the other key points from the interview: re: search and social integration: "There is also a very interesting scale problem there. As with traditional search, we have to query a massive numbers of servers, but then we ... Read More >

adCenter's Mantra: ROI on Time Spent, Interview With Rathna Sharad

Key Points from Interview with Rathna Sharad The first person I met with during my week at Microsoft in January was Rathna Sharad. This was a great start because she set the tone for all of the interviews I did. In the discussion below you will see key insights into the thinking behind the overall adCenter strategy. Here are some of the other key points from the interview: "The Web UI is good for a couple thousand keywords, maybe even up to ten thousand keywords in an account." "If you have tens of ... Read More >

Author Authority and Social Media with Bing's Paul Yiu

best mac antivirus softwareKey Points from Interview with Paul Yiu Tons of discussion in here about how social media can impact search results. While the author authority discussion is near the end I am going to highlight it first here (Twitter was the specific social network discussed), because there is a LOT of confirmation of how author authority works: Bing does look at the number of followers you have. They also look at the number of people you follow. If you follow 200 people and 8,000 follow ... Read More >

Power Adwords Tools with Google's Frederick Vallaeys

online essay serviceKey Points from Interview with Frederick Vallaeys ValueTrack is the AdWords feature that allows advertisers to tag their URLs with parameters. The resulting URL can then be used within the advertiser's own tracking systems. Too many advertisers settle for global level reporting and do not look further. Even if your top level metrics are OK, you can still get great gains in overall campaign performance by digging into more detailed reports. Segmentation is the biggest power ... Read More >