How Does Google Index Tweets?

How Many Tweets Does Google Have Indexed?

In this study we explored the way that Google indexes tweets. The reason we embarked on this was to determine the likelihood that Google might use signals from Twitter for ranking purposes, but we found lots of other interesting information in the process. Spoiler alert: Google does not index a particularly significant percentage of tweets at all [Tweet This!] The tweets it indexes are highly biased to people who have 1 million followers or more. [Tweet This!] Even for those high authority ... Read More >

Will Google Plus +Post ads be Effective for Average Brands?

Google Plus +Post ads Tested & Evaluated

Testing Google+ +Post ads in the Wild Two weeks ago Google+ finally moved its +Post ads product out of beta and made it available to any Google+ brand page with at least 1000 followers. Stone Temple Consulting immediately launched a series of test ads to see how +Post ads would perform for us. This article will present our initial findings. What are +Post ads? Google+ +Post ads are a new type of advertising via Google's AdWords advertising platform. Inside of AdWords, these ads are called "Engagement ... Read More >

Winning at Local Search with Dave Rodecker

How to win in local search (Click to Learn!)

Local Search: What used to be fairly simple has become complicated. On a recent Digital Marketing Excellence Show, Eric Enge interviewed Dave Rodecker, owner of Local Splash. Local Splash is "a business information management and publishing service that provides PR like technology in syndicating rich, structured content to social networks, online local destinations and powering the building blocks for local search engines." Jump below the image to get our summary of Dave's tips for winning the local ... Read More >

Google+ Hangouts for Business by David Amerland: A Review

We are hardwired to connect with those we trust - David Amerland

Google+ Hangouts is a disruptive technology. As David Amerland says in his new book, Google+ Hangouts for Business: How to use Google+ Hangouts to Improve Brand Impact, Build Business and Communicate in Real-Time, only Google could have done it. We are hardwired to connect with those we trust, and and this hardwiring has led to a constant push for greater interaction and connection on the web (p. 10) Amerland's latest book is really two books in one. It's both a how-to manual on setting up and ... Read More >

New Google Plus Views Count: Important Metric or Vanity of Vanities?

Google Plus View Counts: Useful Metric or Vanity of Vanities?

On March 31, 2014 Google+ added a new visible metric to profiles and pages: view counts. View counts now appear on the cover images of pages and profiles, next to the follower count (if the person or page has made that count visible). In this post you'll learn: What view counts are and what generates them Why Google+ implemented them How to evaluate them Why they've replaced the Page +1 count (yes, they have!) How important they are (or aren't!) Understanding Google Plus View Counts What ... 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. (Laughter, but Amit says no more about it). That exchange between Danny Sullivan (Founding Editor of Search Engine Land) and Amit Singhal (head of Google's search ranking team) ... 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 Twitter Signals Part of the Google Ranking Algorithms? That's the question that Matt Cutts chose to ... 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?

In the middle of December 2013, Google Authorship mysteriously disappeared for some authors and their content. The following is our investigative report on those disappearances. Find out who made off with (some) Authorship results and why (and maybe how to stage a happy reunion). For several years now Google Distinguished Engineer and anti-spam czar Matt Cutts has delivered the keynote at Pubcon in Las Vegas. It's become a highly-anticipated speech, as Matt seems to save up a lot of juicy revelations ... Read More >

C’Mon Google, Women are Entities Whose Names Might Change!

Womens Profile Other Names Field

Back on November 23rd I put up a post asking people for their best holistic SEO tips, and this led to a very interesting side discussion about the online fate of women who change their names when they get married. My basic reaction to all this is C'mon Google, this is something you've gotta fix! Note that this change happens to men too! It started with a question from Lisa Heffernan who asked the following question: Any tips for women on changing their names and then disappearing from SEO? I have two ... Read More >

Danny Sullivan Shares What He Has Learned About Hummingbird

Hummingbird is a search engine rewrite

Some of the discussions in this Hangout on Air event were just priceless. It took place at 4 PM ET yesterday, and Danny shares some fantastic stuff on Hummingbird, social signals in search, and more. The following link will take you to my post on Google Plus about the event, and this contains the full video. One part that I want to highlight in this post is the discussion on Hummingbird. Here is a short 4 minute and 10 second video extraction from the full ... Read More >