Google Provides Rich Answer Results to 19% of Queries Used in Our Test

Google Rich Answers in Search

In a test of over 850,000 search queries, we found that Google offered some form of rich answer (AKA a knowledge box) 19+% of the time. If you are not familiar with what a "rich answer" is, the following is an example: In short, Google provides a direct answer to your question, rather than requiring you to click through to another … [Read more...]

How Does Google Index Tweets Today? How the New Twitter Deal Will Impact SEO

How Does Google Index Tweets

Late on Wednesday evening (February 4th, 2015), Bloomberg broke the news of a new deal between Google and Twitter. The following day Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan put together an FAQ on what the deal is about. These articles are definitely worth a read. In this post we will show you which tweets Google places the most value … [Read more...]

Tweeting a Link to a Page Might Get it Indexed

Study shows tweeting a link can get a page indexed by Google

As a part of the IMEC Labs Test Group, we have been running some tests to see whether or not tweeting a link to a page that is otherwise invisible to Google can cause it to be crawled and indexed. The short story is this is: Yes, it might. [Tweet This!] In our two test samples, one of the pages did get crawled and indexed, and the … [Read more...]

Why are People Afraid to Link Build? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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In this episode of Here's Why, Eric and Mark discuss the history of Link Building. A lot of people are afraid to do link building anymore, especially after Matt Cutts and Co. came down on it pretty hard as a marketing strategy. However, link building is more about brand building these days. When done correctly it is still a viable … [Read more...]

Google’s Gary Illyes Discusses Mobile as a Ranking Factor

Mobile Friendly Sites Get a Rankings Boost

Google's Gary Illyes recently was gracious enough to answer questions about the new "Mobile Friendly" ranking factor, as well as other SEO related topics. Eric Enge, Question 1: This Search Engine Land article provides a lot of information on what it takes to earn "mobile friendly" status with Google. The article lists these 4 … [Read more...]

How Strong is HTTPS as a Ranking Factor?

Will HTTPS Tip the Scale in Your SEO Campaign?

On August 7th, 2014, Google announced that it was going to provide a rankings boost to sites setup with SSL over those that were not (HTTPS vs. HTTP). The above linked post makes it clear that "For now it's only a very lightweight signal", but how small? In today's post, I will share: Data from seoClarity that directly … [Read more...]

Knowledge Graph Advances From Google

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Query Sequences and the Knowledge Graph Recently we showed that Google is ahead of the competition when it comes to showing answer boxes in search. Google is not one to rest on its laurels, and they continuously work on improving their Knowledge Graph capabilities. In today's post, I will explore a number of the more novel variants … [Read more...]