Does Google Sniff Your Gmail to Discover URLs?

Does Google Scan Your Gmail for URLs?

So here is the question: Does Google scan Gmails to see URLs shared within them, and then does it use these to discover new content? There are many who adamantly maintain that they do. So the IMEC Labs Test Group decided to put that to the test. In this post, we will report our results on whether or not Google is reading your gmails … [Read more...]

Hardcore SEO – Customizing Content Pitches

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In this episode of Hardcore SEO, Stone Temple Consulting's Senior Marketing Consultant Doug Haslam outlines the best tactics and approaches for sending custom content pitches. In a few words: Be brief, be brilliant, and be gone! He is joined by our fearless CEO, Eric Enge. Full Transcript: Doug: I'm Doug Haslam, senior … [Read more...]

Can a Google Answer Box Drive Significant Site Traffic?

Can Google Answer Boxes Drive Site Traffic?

Webmasters seem very torn about the ever-increasing encroachment of Google Answer Boxes into the search results pages. An Answer Box (AKA "Direct Answer" or "Rich Answer") is a feature of Google search which displays a direct answer to a query for information in a box at the top of the results, without necessarily requiring a click … [Read more...]

Initial Query Processing by a Search Engine with Bing’s Andy McGovern

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  One fascinating area of search is the process by which search engines break down the content of a search query and figure out how to process it. In my search to learn about this I was given the opportunity to chat with Bing's Andy McGovern about how they looked at this challenge. The following Q&A captures the bulk of … [Read more...]

Why Are Social Engagement Metrics Useful? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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Some marketing insiders say that social media engagement is not a reliable or useful metric. Some point to a lack of evidence that social media engagement correlates to direct sales. In this episode of Here's Why with Mark & Eric, Mark Traphagen will show you why engagement metrics should not only not be ignored, but measured and … [Read more...]

Where is Digital Marketing Headed in 2015? – Part 2- Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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In the final installment of this 2-part edition of Here's Why, Eric gives Mark more predictions about where he thinks Google is headed in 2015. Specifically, they talk about Google's Knowledge Graph as it currently stands and the advances they believe will be made to it in the coming year. Eric also explains the methodology and brief … [Read more...]

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...]