Quo Vadis Author Rank? The Present and Future of Author Authority in Search

You keep saying AuthorRank but I do not think you know what it means

UPDATED 20 May 2014: See the "Matt Cutts: Author Rank Comes Into Play" section below for a new statement from a Google representative. *   *   *   *   * Danny Sullivan: You say you are not using anything like an AuthorRank now. Why not use "AuthorRank" in the future? Would it not add value? Amit Singhal: Possibly it could. (Laughter, but Amit says no more about it). That exchange between Danny Sullivan (Founding Editor of Search Engine Land) and Amit Singhal (head of Google's search ranking team) ... Read More >

Google Local Business Center Adds Detailed Statistics

GLBC Report Link

Sometime last week Google introduced a fascinating new feature into one of the Local Business Center accounts I manage for a client.  I haven't seen anything written about this among the Local blogger community, or on the Google blogs, so this appears to be a bit of a stealth feature that Google is testing quietly. The following links showed up in this GLBC account (and notably not in any others I use) around the middle of last week: Clicking on one of the "View Report" links leads to a detailed set ... Read More >

Next Up: SMX East

Next up on the search engine trade show circuit is SMX East. It will be in New York City, and will run from October 6th to October 8th. The agenda looks strong, and the attendance and networking opportunities should be great. Two keynotes will be given. One is by Bill Tancer, who many of us know as the General Manager, Global Research for Hitwise. More recently, Bill has released a book called "Click" which has been featured on ABCNews.com. Bill has always been an excellent source of insight into ... Read More >

5 Reasons to Not Use Black Hat Tactics

Lisa Barone wrote an awesome post titled: SMX Advanced Goes to the Dark Side. With 60 comments (and counting), including several by Danny Sullivan, the discussion thread is fascinating as well. At the end of it all, it looks like the consensus is that the event was a bit more black hat than many people, including Danny, wanted. One thing that I came to understand during the show is what people want when they sit in the audience of a show like this. While they have been sent to the show to learn things ... Read More >

Danny Sullivan Interview

Danny Sullivan and I recently spoke about a variety of search industry related topics. We started by talking about Search Engine Land, Search Marketing Expo (SMX), Search Marketing Now, and Sphinn. Then we spent time covering the state of the search marketing industry and whether or not any player out there can hope to challenge Google's dominance in the near future. This included a discussion of the types of things that Yahoo! and Microsoft should consider doing to improve their positions in the ... Read More >

12 Ways Webmasters Create Duplicate Content

At the recent SMX Advanced Conference in Seattle one of the big sessions was on duplicate content. There is great blow by blow coverage in posts by Vanessa Fox and by Matt McGhee. You can also see an older post about dupe content here by Chris Boggs. At the start of this session, the search engines all talked about various types of duplicate content. But let's take a deeper look at the way that duplicate content happens. Here are 12 ways people unintentionally create dupe content: Build a site for ... Read More >

Matt Cutts and Tim Mayer – tidbits from SMX

While I was out at SMX Advanced, I sat through the penalty box summit. As always, Tim Mayer and Matt Cutts had a few interesting things to say. Tim Mayer started by noting that Yahoo! remains committed to search. Evidently, there was a rumor floating around in the industry that Yahoo! was going to reduce their investment in search. I had not hear the rumor myself, but it's not true. Also of interest was that Yahoo! has now added to Site Explorer a way to disclaim and inbound link. I think this is ... Read More >