Latest Interview: Google’s Cedric Dupont – Comment Here

This week's interview is with Google's Cedric Dupont, the product manager for Search Wiki. The discussion focused on SearchWiki, and in it he indicated that there is no intention to offer an opt out, and that it could well be used for more general ranking purposes. We did, of course, discuss much more than that!. ... Read More >

Latest Interview: Google’s Brett Crosby

The Google Analytics team recently announced a whole series of updates that focused on new enterprise class features. This included some great stuff, such as segmentation, custom reporting, integrated AdSense reporting, motion charts, and a new API that provides access to almost anything inside GA. I decided to dig a little deeper, and interview Brett Crosby to learn more about it. Check it out and add your comments to the discussion below. ... Read More >

Highlighting the New Google Analytics Release

Google Analytics recently took a huge step forward in the release that they did on October 22nd. I reviewed this with Brett Crosby during an interview recently (that will be published in the near future, but not today). Two of the biggest shortcomings in Google Analytics were the lack of segmentation and the lack of custom reporting. Both of these are now built into the main interface: I know the image is a little hard to see in detail, but notice the segmentation selector ... Read More >

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 >