Stefan Weitz Discusses the True Value of Social Signals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqGvkEGk_oA Key Points From The Interview Bing's goal is to make social signals more valuable by presenting them in a way that actually augments the search experience. Previously, most social information was trapped in people's heads. Now, they are publicly expressing this information in a way that machines are able to read it and make use of it. Likes are a good signal, but they're not a granular signal of what particular thing you're actually expressing a ... Read More >

Mobile SEO, Which is Better: Same URL or Mobile Subdomain?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNOGRMGDIqs Full Transcript Eric Enge: My name's Eric Enge. I'm the CEO and Founder of Stone Temple Consulting. We're a general purpose internet marketing optimization firm that does pay-per-click, SEO, social media, and various other things to help people increase their sales and traffic from search. I'm here today with Cindy Krum. Cindy, can you give us a little background on yourself? Cindy Krum: I'm the CEO and Founder of MobileMoxie based in Denver, Colorado. ... Read More >

Majestic SEO – Open Site Explorer Shootout!

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There are a number of tools available in the market today that provide backlink data for websites. The two most well-known ones are Open Site Explorer (OSE) and Majestic SEO. But which is better? I decided to dig in and try to get an answer to that question. It then occurred to me that the best way to do that was to get Rand Fishkin (SEOMoz's CEO) and Dixon Jones (Majestic's Marketing Director) to help me out. Hey - great to offload some of the work, right? So with their help, we built out ... Read More >

Matt Cutts and Eric Talk About What Makes a Quality Site

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An interview with Google Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts, by Eric Enge of Stone Temple Consulting: Eric Enge: I would like to review an example scenario with you. I often use this in my presentations on SEO. The scenario is one where a user searches on "frogs". The first result looks promising, so they click on it, and they get something that looks like this: However, they don't see what they want, and they return to the search results and they click on the second result. Here is what they get: ... Read More >

Why is Search So Complex?

Building a search engine is a very complex task. I often find myself trying to justify to people why it is that search engines can't understand their site. They seem fixated on believing that a search engine should understand it if a human can understand it. The short answer is that with an infinite amount of time the search engine could, but the scale of the Internet makes it oh so VERY hard. The infographic below tries to give you some sense of the scale of the problem. Please note that a few ... Read More >

Bing’s Phoenix Update in Detail with Duane Forrester

Webmaster Tools has been a feature that hasn't seen too much evolution or growth in recent years, until now. In this interview, Bing's Duane Forrester talks about the new features and functionality of the Phoenix update to Bing Webmaster Tools. Key Points The Phoenix update is centered around two major themes. One is user experience and the other is enhanced tools and features. The platform was built by SEO's for SEO's and much of the functionality was born from the ... Read More >

Using Google Analytics to Increase AdWords ROI With Google’s Justin Cutroni

Are you using Google AdWords and Google Analytics to their full potential? In this interview, Google Analytics Advocate Justin Cutroni discusses how to make the most of Analytics and AdWords integration, from the most basic set up techniques to advanced reporting features that you may not have been aware of. Key Points Analytics and AdWords are made to be used together. While AdWords helps advertisers measure ads and their performance, Analytics helps you understand what happens to traffic when it ... Read More >

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 >