Is Link Building Dead?

SEOs have been Hunters for links

Are We Hunters or Are We Farmers? This past week had two major events of note. These included Google's banning of MyBlogGuest and assessing a manual penalty on Portent, Inc. The penalty on Portent now appears to be lifted. What are we to make of all this? Is Google seriously turning up the heat? This is something that I predicted … [Read more...]

Quo Vadis Author Rank? The Present and Future of Author Authority in Search

You keep saying AuthorRank but I do not think you know what it means

UPDATED 20 May 2014: See the "Matt Cutts: Author Rank Comes Into Play" section below for a new statement from a Google representative. *   *   *   *   * Danny Sullivan: You say you are not using anything like an AuthorRank now. Why not use "AuthorRank" in the future? Would it not add value? Amit Singhal: Possibly it could. … [Read more...]

How Major League Soccer Nails it In Social Media

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Major League Soccer (MLS) is active on many social media networks, including Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, and YouTube. That is a lot of territory to cover, but the engagement level in all these networks is high. To learn more about MLS' strategy, I caught up with Director of Social Media for MLS, Amanda … [Read more...]

Google’s Matt Cutts: Understanding Social Identity on the Web is Hard

We will use no ranking factor before its time

How far along is Google from using social media identities as ranking factors? Can Google use engagement and follower metrics from Twitter and Facebook to evaluate the authority of an individual? To me these were the "buried headlines" in a Google Webmaster Help video by Matt Cutts released today. Here's the video. Scroll below … [Read more...]

The Great Google Authorship Kidnapping: What Happened to Your Author Photo in Search?

Why Did Author Images Disappear from Google Search for Some Authors?

UPDATE 28 July 2014: As of about a month ago, Google has removed all author photos from non-personalized search. Qualified content can still get an author byline in the search results. For more on this see my Moz article. ***Original Post*** In the middle of December 2013, Google Authorship mysteriously disappeared for some authors … [Read more...]

My Top Posts for 2013

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2013 was a big year for the industry, as well as for Stone Temple Consulting, and me personally. So much happening so fast, and it looks like the pace will only accelerate going forward. With this post, I want to take a moment and review the top posts (based on total social media "events"), that I put out in 2013. Each of these posts … [Read more...]

Does Facebook Activity Impact SEO?

Does Facebook Affect Google SEO?

In today's post we are going to review the data we (Stone Temple) have assembled on the potential for Facebook actity to impact Google rankings. This is a follow up to the prior study we did to evaluate if Google uses Google+ Shares as a ranking factor. Let's dig in! Google Visibility into Facebook Likes When you Like a web page … [Read more...]