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...]

HTTPS Now a Google Ranking Factor: Some Questions Answered

Google Makes HTTPS a Ranking Factor: How to Make That Work for Your Site

It isn't often that Google tells us something that will directly affect site rankings. If they do, it's often because they want to modify our behavior in a certain direction. We saw this tactic  from Google when they first began talking about web performance a few years back, and later announced that site speed is in fact a ranking … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Website Traffic Drops

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Introducing Episode 1 of our new video series: Hardcore SEO! In this episode Stone Temple Consulting Senior Marketing Consultant Brian Weiss shares how to evaluate a sudden traffic loss on your website. The Hardcore SEO series will bring you insights like this from Stone Temple's team of seasoned SEO veterans. To make sure you never … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]