A Mathematical Model for Assessing Page Quality

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Guest Post by Ashutosh Garg In this article, by page quality we refer to quality of a page with respect to a search query and a user who issued the query. Page quality is a broad concept and depending upon the actual context in which one plans to use quality score, the actual algorithm will vary. Instead of going into a specific algorithm, this article will present a framework in which to think about page quality and how one can morph it to fit one's unique situation. Some of the situations ... Read More >

Stefan Weitz Discusses the True Value of Social Signals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqGvkEGk_oA Key Points From The Interview Bing's goal is to make social signals more valuable by presenting them in a way that actually augments the search experience. Previously, most social information was trapped in people's heads. Now, they are publicly expressing this information in a way that machines are able to read it and make use of it. Likes are a good signal, but they're not a granular signal of what particular thing you're actually expressing a ... Read More >

Mobile SEO, Which is Better: Same URL or Mobile Subdomain?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNOGRMGDIqs Full Transcript Eric Enge: My name's Eric Enge. I'm the CEO and Founder of Stone Temple Consulting. We're a general purpose internet marketing optimization firm that does pay-per-click, SEO, social media, and various other things to help people increase their sales and traffic from search. I'm here today with Cindy Krum. Cindy, can you give us a little background on yourself? Cindy Krum: I'm the CEO and Founder of MobileMoxie based in Denver, Colorado. ... Read More >

Majestic SEO – Open Site Explorer Shootout!

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There are a number of tools available in the market today that provide backlink data for websites. The two most well-known ones are Open Site Explorer (OSE) and Majestic SEO. But which is better? I decided to dig in and try to get an answer to that question. It then occurred to me that the best way to do that was to get Rand Fishkin (SEOMoz's CEO) and Dixon Jones (Majestic's Marketing Director) to help me out. Hey - great to offload some of the work, right? So with their help, we built out ... Read More >

Matt Cutts and Eric Talk About What Makes a Quality Site

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An interview with Google Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts, by Eric Enge of Stone Temple Consulting: Eric Enge: I would like to review an example scenario with you. I often use this in my presentations on SEO. The scenario is one where a user searches on "frogs". The first result looks promising, so they click on it, and they get something that looks like this: However, they don't see what they want, and they return to the search results and they click on the second result. Here is what they get: ... Read More >

Why is Search So Complex?

Building a search engine is a very complex task. I often find myself trying to justify to people why it is that search engines can't understand their site. They seem fixated on believing that a search engine should understand it if a human can understand it. The short answer is that with an infinite amount of time the search engine could, but the scale of the Internet makes it oh so VERY hard. The infographic below tries to give you some sense of the scale of the problem. Please note that a few ... Read More >

Personalization In Google Search Results With Bruce Clay

Today’s post is focused on a hot topic in search: Personalization. Personalization is Google’s attempt to personalize search results based on a variety of individual factors, including web history, social connections, and much more. In the following video, Eric interviews Bruce Clay of Bruce Clay, Inc. gives his thoughts on Google and personalization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pTNP5cOb2k Key Points Web history has existed for 5 years, and Google uses this information to tailor search results ... Read More >

Link Pruning is the Key to Addressing Penguin

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With today's post I am happy to announce the launch of the Stone Temple Consulting YouTube Channel. And, we are kicking that off with a video interview I did with Bruce Clay on a hot topic - link pruning. As you probably know, Google's recent Penguin update focused on lowering rankings for sites that use questionable link building practices. This is a hot topic! If you have been hit by Penguin, or are worried about future variations of the algorithm, this is a video you can't miss. In ... Read More >

Rel=Author Defined with Google's Sagar Kamdar

Key Points from Interview with Sagar Kamdar This interview transcript is from the March 13th, 2012 conversation I had with Sagar Kamdar, who heads up the authorship program at Google. This provided some simple, straightforward clarity on how it works, and some of the various scenarios for implementation. Here are some of the key points from the interview: Google sees the authorship program as a way to connect authors and readers who are a fan of their work. The original 3 link method is still ... Read More >

Mobile SEO Tips and Tricks with Cindy Krum

Cindy Krum December 5, 2011>Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames. Full Transcript ... Read More >