Your Mobile App Questions Answered With Google’s Mariya Moeva

Mobile and Mobile Apps: A Trend You Can't Ignore

Recently I had a chance to chat with Mariya Moeva, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, about the trends Google is seeing that impact the growing importance of mobile apps. (Find out more about Mariya at the end of the interview.) Also, Mariya has provided a handy form for you to ask her questions about mobile apps directly.Eric Enge … [Read more...]

Mobilegeddon: Nearly 50% of Non-Mobile Friendly URLs Dropped in Rank

Non-Mobile Friendly URLs Losses Were Deep

In this study, we look at the impact of the so called "Mobilegeddon" update. This update was viewed as being a potentially very large update. At SMX Munich, Google's Zineb Ait Bahajji was quoted as saying that its impact would be larger than Panda or Penguin. In addition, at SMX Advanced, yesterday, June 2nd, Google's Gary Illyes … [Read more...]

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...]