SES San Jose Foosball Smackdown Results!

Last week at SES San Jose we held an event we dubbed the Search Engine Foosball Smackdown. This was a heated event between foosers from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!. Each search engine sent some of its best foosers to see who would be the dominant search engine in the market (well the foosball market at least). It is easy to see why, as the winner got the chance to take home the coveted Stonetemple Cup. Here is John Biundo of STC holding that rare beauty: The elimination ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Google’s Maile Ohye

As is my normal policy, no interview was published last week, as many in the industry have way too much to deal with when there is a major search industry trade show taking place, such as SES San Jose. However, this week I have the pleasure of publishing my recent interview with Maile Ohye, a Senior Support Engineer at Google. Our conversation including quite a bit of semi-advanced stuff on Google Webmaster Tools, and also a discussion of the recent indexing improvements that Google has made with regard ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Google’s Carter Maslan

Recently I got to speak with Google's Carter Maslan about Local Search. The discussion should help people interesting in Local Search to more effectively put together their strategy. There is also a little bit of myth busting in this read, as not all of my questions were answered quite the way people might expect. Feel free to use the space below to comment on the interview. ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Google’s Sep Kamvar

Our interview of this week is with Google's Sep Kamvar. It provided a lot of insight into Google's views on personalization. Check it out by reading the article. If you want to comment on it, please go ahead and do so below. ... Read More >

3 Surprises in the Google PageRank Update

Now this is beginning to look like a complete update. Previously on Search Engine Watch I reported that many new pages that had been added shortly after the last update had not been updated. Now those pages are beginning to show PageRank. Clearly this is a general update. The big news remains the apparent punishment in PageRank terms of sites which are selling links. What surprises me about this is not that Google did this, but three other things: It surprises me that they missed so many sites that ... Read More >

Discussion with Matt Cutts

During my recent trip out to California I had the opportunity to site down and speak with Google's head of the Webspam team, Matt Cutts. It was enjoyable to chat with Matt, and you can see a transcript of the Matt Cutts interview here. The major topics we covered were: Google's tracking of Javascript encoded or redirected links NoFollow, NoIndex, and Robots.txt Hidden text Signals that Google can use to rate site quality, other than links Check out the interview, and if you would like to comment ... Read More >

Google Shared Stuff

Tony Ruscoe over at Google Blogoscoped has found out that Google has released a new social link sharing service called Google Shared Stuff. If you have a Google account, this service allows you to get started simply by dragging Google's Email / Share button onto the bookmark toolbar in your browser. Once there, all you need to do is click on the button to share any given web page that you have gone to. You can enter in a description and tags for each article. One intriguing thing that the service does ... Read More >

15 Things About How Google Handles Duplicate Content

Duplicate Content is one of the most perplexing problems in SEO. In this post I am going to outline 15 things about how Google handles duplicate content. This will include my leaning heavily on interviews with Vanessa Fox and Adam Lasnik. If I leave something out, just let me know, and I will add it to this post. Google's standard response is to filter out duplicate pages, and only show one page with a given set of content in its search results. I have seen in the SERPs evidence that large media ... Read More >

Google VP Search Quality, Udi Manber

Just last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Google's VP of Search Quality, Udi Manber. We focused our conversation on various aspects of search quality, Google's algorithms, and Google's development processes. Understandably, Udi was not going to provide a tremendous amount of detail about these things, because these are areas that Google considers a proprietary advantage. Nonetheless, the conversation proved to be very interesting. For example, it was suggested that Google is looking quite ... Read More >

Don’t Bet Against Building 43

Seth Godin recently wrote a post titled Building 43. The gist of this post was that it's a bad idea to best against the webspam team at Google. As reader's of this blog know, I couldn't agree more. For Google, the relevance of their search results is a core strategic asset. If Google's results are perceived to be more relevant by search engine users, they will continue to flock to Google the way they do now. And this equates directly to revenue and stock price. So Google will do everything they ... Read More >