Winning at Local Search with Dave Rodecker

How to win in local search (Click to Learn!)

Local Search: What used to be fairly simple has become complicated. On a recent Digital Marketing Excellence Show, Eric Enge interviewed Dave Rodecker, owner of Local Splash. Local Splash is "a business information management and publishing service that provides PR like technology in syndicating rich, structured content to social networks, online local destinations and powering the building blocks for … [Read more...]

Duane Forrester’s 5 Keys to Improving Search Rankings

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Eric Enge: When a publisher comes to you and says, "What should I do to improve my SEO in rank well and Bing," how do you answer that question? Duane Forrester: There's a fairly substantial movement toward being extremely thoughtful about where you put time and money. It's easy to say that, and everyone likes to think that they're behaving that way. When people ask me where to invest their money I really … [Read more...]

Is Link Building Dead?

SEOs have been Hunters for links

Are We Hunters or Are We Farmers? This past week had two major events of note. These included Google's banning of MyBlogGuest and assessing a manual penalty on Portent, Inc. The penalty on Portent now appears to be lifted. What are we to make of all this? Is Google seriously turning up the heat? This is something that I predicted in my 6 SEO Predictions Post for 2014 post for Search Engine Watch. I … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Google’s Matt Cutts: Understanding Social Identity on the Web is Hard

We will use no ranking factor before its time

How far along is Google from using social media identities as ranking factors? Can Google use engagement and follower metrics from Twitter and Facebook to evaluate the authority of an individual? To me these were the "buried headlines" in a Google Webmaster Help video by Matt Cutts released today. Here's the video. Scroll below the video embed to get my commentary and thoughts. Are Facebook and … [Read more...]

The Great Google Authorship Kidnapping: What Happened to Your Author Photo in Search?

Why Did Author Images Disappear from Google Search for Some Authors?

UPDATE 28 July 2014: As of about a month ago, Google has removed all author photos from non-personalized search. Qualified content can still get an author byline in the search results. For more on this see my Moz article. ***Original Post*** In the middle of December 2013, Google Authorship mysteriously disappeared for some authors and their content. The following is our investigative report on those … [Read more...]

My Top Posts for 2013

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2013 was a big year for the industry, as well as for Stone Temple Consulting, and me personally. So much happening so fast, and it looks like the pace will only accelerate going forward. With this post, I want to take a moment and review the top posts (based on total social media "events"), that I put out in 2013. Each of these posts received at least 1,000: 1. Link Building is Not Illegal (or Inherently … [Read more...]