Hard Numbers for Public Posting Activity on Google Plus

Hard Numbers on Google Plus Public Posting

The debate on the activity level on Google+ has raged for years. How many users are really active on it? Is the place a ghost town? Why hasn't Google shut it down already? Well, I decided to put it to the test, so I did a hardcore analysis of 516,246 randomly selected Google+ profiles, and this post has the scoop for you. Sit down … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Where is Digital Marketing Headed in 2015? – Part 1- Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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In the first episode of this two part edition of Here's Why, Mark asks Eric for his industry predictions for the year 2015. Specifically, Eric reveals his thoughts on the changes that may come in terms of Google and social media. In light of the recent news that Twitter and Google are rebuilding their relationship, 2015 may prove to … [Read more...]

Why Does Twitter Need SEO? – Here’s Why with Mark & Eric

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In this episode of Here's Why, Mark & Eric discuss Twitter and Google’s rocky past. The two companies used to have a tight relationship, but that came apart as times went on. As big a network as Twitter is, it’s not seeing the growth on new users that it would like. One method that they’ve employed to boost their numbers has been … [Read more...]