Direct Measurement of Google Plus Impact on Search Rankings

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Many of you know that I have been working for a long time on a study to attempt to directly measure the impact of Google+ Shares on Google's search rankings. This study has attempted to measure "causation", not "correlation" - i.e. to see if we could prove some impact on rankings from Google+ shares. This article presents the results of that work. This edition of the study was launched at SMX Advanced where I presented results I had from an earlier study we had done that convinced me that links in ... Read More >

Link Building Is Not Illegal (or Inherently Bad) with Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts: Link Building Is NOT Illegal!

  An interview with Matt Cutts, Google Distinguished Engineer, and head of the Google Webspam Team. Jump below the image to begin! Eric Enge: There are people who think link building is illegal now. Is link building illegal? Matt Cutts: No, link building is not illegal. Eric Enge: Really? Matt Cutts: It’s funny because there are some types of link building that are illegal, but it’s very clear-cut: hacking blogs, that sort of thing is illegal. Eric Enge: Of course, people are ... Read More >

Mobile SEO with Google's Pierre Far

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Key Points buy glass online There is a nearly infinite range of device sizes and capabilities. This is adding a great deal to the complexity of publishing a site for the mobile web. Correct annotations communicate a relationship between a desktop page and its smartphone-optimized equivalent. Knowing this relationship allows Google’s algorithms to handle both URLs correctly. The HTTP Vary: User-agent header helps caches to not show a desktop user-agent a cached smartphone page, and vice ... Read More >

Going Viral not Required to Succeed – with YouTube's Lane Shackleton

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Key Points Virality is not the only measurement of success. Producing consistent videos that garner solid viewership is a big achievement in itself. Organic search is a very strong signal of intent. Viewers can find new, related videos, but this is not as strong of a signal as organic search. The concept behind YouTube's TrueView is giving users a choice but also maximizeing the value for advertisers. Giving users the ability to skip ads acts as an incentive for advertisers to make their ... Read More >

Toolbar PageRank Gone?

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UPDATE: I communicated with Matt Cutts about this post, and here is a portion of what he said in response: "PageRank option for IE toolbar is available under Toolbar Options (click on wrench icon on right) -> Privacy -> Enhanced features. You can Turn ON/OFF PageRank by checking/unchecking "Use PageRank to see Google's view of the importance of a page" option." So this means that the current page of instructions on how to enable PageRank in the toolbar is inaccurate. I have asked him when ... Read More >

A Mathematical Model for Assessing Page Quality

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Guest Post by Ashutosh Garg In this article, by page quality we refer to quality of a page with respect to a search query and a user who issued the query. Page quality is a broad concept and depending upon the actual context in which one plans to use quality score, the actual algorithm will vary. Instead of going into a specific algorithm, this article will present a framework in which to think about page quality and how one can morph it to fit one's unique situation. Some of the situations ... Read More >

Matt Cutts and Eric Talk About What Makes a Quality Site

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An interview with Google Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts, by Eric Enge of Stone Temple Consulting: Eric Enge: I would like to review an example scenario with you. I often use this in my presentations on SEO. The scenario is one where a user searches on "frogs". The first result looks promising, so they click on it, and they get something that looks like this: However, they don't see what they want, and they return to the search results and they click on the second result. Here is what they get: ... Read More >

Using Google Analytics to Increase AdWords ROI With Google’s Justin Cutroni

Are you using Google AdWords and Google Analytics to their full potential? In this interview, Google Analytics Advocate Justin Cutroni discusses how to make the most of Analytics and AdWords integration, from the most basic set up techniques to advanced reporting features that you may not have been aware of. Key Points Analytics and AdWords are made to be used together. While AdWords helps advertisers measure ads and their performance, Analytics helps you understand what happens to traffic when it ... Read More >

Personalization In Google Search Results With Bruce Clay

Today’s post is focused on a hot topic in search: Personalization. Personalization is Google’s attempt to personalize search results based on a variety of individual factors, including web history, social connections, and much more. In the following video, Eric interviews Bruce Clay of Bruce Clay, Inc. gives his thoughts on Google and personalization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pTNP5cOb2k Key Points Web history has existed for 5 years, and Google uses this information to tailor search results ... Read More >

Rel=Author Defined with Google's Sagar Kamdar

Key Points from Interview with Sagar Kamdar This interview transcript is from the March 13th, 2012 conversation I had with Sagar Kamdar, who heads up the authorship program at Google. This provided some simple, straightforward clarity on how it works, and some of the various scenarios for implementation. Here are some of the key points from the interview: Google sees the authorship program as a way to connect authors and readers who are a fan of their work. The original 3 link method is still ... Read More >