Misuse of Big Data Can Cost You at the Cash Register

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The good folks at BloomReach shared some data with me recently. This data showed how "gift" oriented search queries differ from other types of queries. In the process of reviewing this I realized that it provides an excellent example of how drawing premature conclusions from data can cause you to make bad mistakes. As background to the source of the data, BloomReach provides a product called BloomSearch that is in use by a large number of e-commerce web sites. The product enables those sites to ... Read More >

Graph Search & Social Search With Bing's Stefan Weitz

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Key Points Initially when Bing launched social search, they wanted to carve out a distinct space for the social results. Later on it became clear that these worlds were blending together and it made less and less sense to keep them in a separate space. Bing is now indexing 30 times more data from Facebook than they had previously. On average, people will see about 5 times more results than before. While Bing is doing a much better job of harnessing user’s relevant friend information, they are ... Read More >

Mobile Integration with comScore's Diran Hafiz

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Key Points The adoption rate of mobile devices is off the charts. There are about 120 million smart phone devices in the United States and between 40 to 45 million tablets. The Television and Video Game industries are offering increasing amounts of supplemental content optimized for mobile devices broadly to encourage multi-screen engagement and specifically to encourage social interaction and the discovery of secret content or levels. As mobile technology works through its growing pains, many ... Read More >

Two Exercises for a Simple, Real-Life Mobile SEO Audit

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Mercedes made headlines recently with their revamped mobile site. The good news is that they were able to increase mobile traffic 85% year to date, and 170% over last year. The bad news is that when I looked at their revamped site it was evident that they didn’t account for SEO as part of the redesign, and could have driven mobile traffic up much more if they had.  Recently in Search Engine Land I explained that mobile SEO is not a myth. To further prove that it exists I’m going to go through a basic ... Read More >

Make Money By Being Boring on YouTube

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-ZiRgtpOyY Eric Enge: Hi. I'm Eric Enge, CEO and founder of Stone Temple Consulting. I'm here today with Greg Jarboe, co-founder and president of SEO-PR and author of the book, "YouTube and Video Marketing: An Hour a Day," and we're going to have some fun talking about some things that people don't really necessarily know about success in video marketing, and YouTube in particular. Greg Jarboe: You want me to give away the secret sauce? Eric Enge: I do. Greg ... Read More >

Toolbar PageRank Gone?

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UPDATE: I communicated with Matt Cutts about this post, and here is a portion of what he said in response: "PageRank option for IE toolbar is available under Toolbar Options (click on wrench icon on right) -> Privacy -> Enhanced features. You can Turn ON/OFF PageRank by checking/unchecking "Use PageRank to see Google's view of the importance of a page" option." So this means that the current page of instructions on how to enable PageRank in the toolbar is inaccurate. I have asked him when ... Read More >

Negative Political Videos and YouTube: Video with Greg Jarboe

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddlba8DB7t4 Eric Enge: Hi, I'm Eric Enge, CEO and founder of Stone Temple Consulting. I'm here today with Greg Jarboe, co-founder and president of SEO-PR, and also author of "YouTube and Video Marketing an Hour a Day." Greg Jarboe: Good to be here, Eric. Eric Enge: Glad to have you, as always. So we're going to get down and dirty now, right? Greg Jarboe: Oh, good. Eric Enge: We're really going to get into, well, into negative political ads. ... Read More >

Getting Started in Content Marketing with Brian Clark

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Key Points People are looking for information first, more than they're looking for traditional sales messages. The sales experience has to begin with information, which is content. Content is not a fad. It is a way to attract attention and build a loyal following that turns into actual revenue, profit, growth, and a customer base. To really make a difference with your content, you must focus on positioning. Come up with a content strategy that's related to what you sell and makes you into a ... Read More >

A Mathematical Model for Assessing Page Quality

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Guest Post by Ashutosh Garg In this article, by page quality we refer to quality of a page with respect to a search query and a user who issued the query. Page quality is a broad concept and depending upon the actual context in which one plans to use quality score, the actual algorithm will vary. Instead of going into a specific algorithm, this article will present a framework in which to think about page quality and how one can morph it to fit one's unique situation. Some of the situations ... Read More >

Stefan Weitz on Quora Integration and Social Data Sets

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhHLTmSHPW8 Key Points Quora is one of the latest networks that Bing has socially integrated into search. Quora helps to disambiguate and make sense of some of the different facets of certain search terms. The goal of using Quora (and other social integrations Bing is doing) is to replicate the very human characteristic of involving others in decision-making. Actions, opinions, and recommendations are happening all around us, it's not as if we need to say anymore ... Read More >