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...]

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...]

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

Andy McGovern Photo

  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...]

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...]

How Does Google Index Tweets Today? How the New Twitter Deal Will Impact SEO

How Does Google Index Tweets

Late on Wednesday evening (February 4th, 2015), Bloomberg broke the news of a new deal between Google and Twitter. The following day Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan put together an FAQ on what the deal is about. These articles are definitely worth a read.In this post we will show you which tweets Google places the most value on, … [Read more...]

Tweeting a Link to a Page Might Get it Indexed

Study shows tweeting a link can get a page indexed by Google

As a part of the IMEC Labs Test Group, we have been running some tests to see whether or not tweeting a link to a page that is otherwise invisible to Google can cause it to be crawled and indexed. The short story is this is: Yes, it might. [Tweet This!] In our two test samples, one of the pages did get crawled and indexed, and the … [Read more...]