How Strong is HTTPS as a Ranking Factor?

Will HTTPS Tip the Scale in Your SEO Campaign?

On August 7th, 2014, Google announced that it was going to provide a rankings boost to sites setup with SSL over those that were not (HTTPS vs. HTTP). The above linked post makes it clear that "For now it's only a very lightweight signal", but how small? In today's post, I will share: Data from seoClarity that directly … [Read more...]

Why is Google a Learning Machine? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

Here's why Google is a Learning Machine

In this episode of Here's Why, Mark and Eric discuss the Singularity, Google's ever-evolving Artificial Intelligence, the Knowledge Vault, making sure that we keep our robot overlords happy, and much more. For a deeper dive into the world of Google’s Knowledge vault, check out Eric’s article: Knowledge Graph Advances From … [Read more...]

Knowledge Graph Advances From Google

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Query Sequences and the Knowledge Graph Recently we showed that Google is ahead of the competition when it comes to showing answer boxes in search. Google is not one to rest on its laurels, and they continuously work on improving their Knowledge Graph capabilities. In today's post, I will explore a number of the more novel variants … [Read more...]

Voice App Answers Study: Google vs Siri vs Cortana (Infographic)

Voice Apps Question Answering Test Results

Which voice search app - Google, Siri, or Windows Cortana - is best at directly answering questions? We wanted to find out, so we prepared a set of over 3000 questions that could potentially generate a simple answer and asked them to all three apps. For complete test methodology and results, see our article The Great Knowledge Box … [Read more...]

Google Author Authority in Search Gets Personal

Google AuthorAuthority GetsMore Personal

With the recent announcement by Google that they were bringing their three-year Google Authorship program to an end, many have been proclaiming two assumptions on social media and in blogs and blog comments: that this means both the death of author authority in search for Google and is another coffin nail in the Google+ … [Read more...]

Google Plus Search Power: Personalized Punch for Your Target Market

The Google+Punch in Personalized Search

What if you could almost guarantee a first page search results to a highly targeted audience? With Google+, you can! I've collected hundreds of examples over the past two years of how Google+ content can show up in search, but the most powerful examples are always in personalized search. Since early 2012 Google has had as its … [Read more...]

Can Google Plus Posts Create Duplicate Content Problems?

Can Google Plus Posts Cause Duplicate Content Problems?

Few things human are more fascinating than identical twins. Think about how many creative works, from classical literature to pop culture, are about twins: The Prince & the Pauper, the myth of Castor & Pollux, the 1960s Patty Duke TV Show, The Parent Trap--the list goes on and on. When it comes to content on the web, … [Read more...]