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. (Laughter, but Amit says no more about it). That exchange between Danny … [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 Vandervort. According to Ms. Vandervort, the key goal of these efforts is to … [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 the video embed to get my commentary and thoughts. Are Facebook and … [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 and their content. The following is our investigative report on those … [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 received at least 1,000: 1. Link Building is Not Illegal (or Inherently … [Read more...]

Heading Tags, Keywords & Enticing Content

Should you write for readers or for search engines? Find out at http://stonet.co/ReadersOrSEO

I received a request on Twitter (I am @stonetemple) from @nsandlin for an article on how to balance on page content between enticing content for users and keyword rich content for search engines. It's a great question, and I am going to run with that, but expand it a bit to include my philosophy on how search engines evaluate on-page tags. My short answer on how to set this balance is to default to users … [Read more...]