Google Archives - Bruce Clay BlogAugust 29, 2014
Before you start packing up and traveling with family, remember that August 31, this Sunday, is the last day to upgrade your Product Listing Ad (PLA) campaigns.
In efforts to make this weekend much more enjoyable for you, here are some tips on upgrading to Shopping Campaigns I think will shine light on the “phases” that take effect in September if you do not upgrade your PLA campaigns.
Read all our tips and resources for AdWords Shopping Campaign conversion and find out what happens if you don’t manually transition your PLA campaigns in our Complete PPC PLA Shopping Campaign Crash Course.
August 18, 2014
A major facet of SEO is convincing search engines that your website is reputable and provides real value to searchers. And for search engines to determine the value and relevance of your content, they have to put themselves in the shoes of a user.
Now, the software that looks at your site has certain limitations which SEOs have traditionally exploited to keep certain resources hidden from the search engines. The bots continue to develop, however, and are continuously getting more sophisticated in their efforts to see your web page like a human user would on a browser. It’s time to re-examine the content on your site that’s unavailable to search engine bots, as well as the reasons why it’s unavailable. There are still limitations in the bots and webmasters have legitimate reasons for blocking or externalizing certain pieces of content. Since the search engines are looking for sites that give quality content to users, let the user experience guide your projects and the rest will fall into place.
Read why you might want to block content from search engine bots and the SEO recommended way to do so in Nowhere Left to Hide: Blocking Content from Search Engine Spiders.
August 12, 2014
And so we wait. . .
In the past 2 years we’ve had an increase in clients that come to our firm because they have been affected by an algorithmic or manual penalty. We offer many of these clients what we call Penalty Assessments, which are a series of deep-dive engineering documents that identify the type of penalty that the site is suffering from, offer a road map for recovery from the penalty as well as actionable recommendations for mitigating future risk. We work with penalized sites of all sizes, some attached to large corporations, others belonging to small to mid-sized businesses.
We’ve become really good at tasks like penalty identification and backlink profile clean up. We’ve gotten a number of clients out from under the revenue depressing weight of algorithmic and manual penalties alike. But lately, a number of our penalized clients are becoming impatient. It’s not anything we’ve done, and it’s not due to anything we can do. We, along with the rest of the SEO industry, have been waiting for 10 months for Google to refresh its Penguin algorithm.
Typically Penguin refreshes have stuck to a general May/October refresh schedule. However, the last refresh occurred more than 10 months ago. Reactions from vocal contingents in the SEO industry have run the gamut, with many expressing frustration on behalf of their penalized clients, while others defend Google’s right as a private company to tweak their product as they see fit.
July 16, 2014
When John Mueller announced Google was “simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count,” he asserted that this change was simply an effort to de-clutter the SERP. Prominent Internet marketers, however, had their own theories on Google’s latest bold move.
Here we evaluate some of the theories posed by industry thought leaders about why Google has cut author photos from SERPs. We also explore how the removal of author photos in SERPs may actually signal Google’s interest in adding author reputation as an algorithmic ranking factor.
July 11, 2014
Yesterday morning the Google Shopping Team, including Partner Education Manager, Nicole Premo, and Product Specialist, Chris Azalde, held their second Google+ Hangout where they discussed best practices for Shopping campaigns and AdWords Editor support.
During the informational session, the Shopping Team reviewed a few items to keep in mind when managing the new replacement of PLAs and Shopping Campaign benefits. Whether you’re new to Product Listing Ads or a PLA master, the following takeaways and recommendations will help you with the Shopping campaign transition taking full effect in late August.
Here you’ll find takeaways from the Google+ Hangout including:
- Best practices for implementing a Google Shopping campaign feed
- A heads-up on updated data feed attributes
- Shiny new features coming to the AdWords Editor (version 10.5!)
May 21, 2014
Coming to you straight from the trenches of Bruce Clay, Inc., it’s the survival guide edition of the SEO Newsletter. Our feature article exposes which ranking factors change most frequently so you can stay alert. Then get expert survival tips from our SEO manager on how to stay ahead of the game no matter what SEO bombs Google may throw your way.
With Google’s search algorithms changing on a daily basis, content strategist Kristi Kellogg advises Internet marketers to adopt a proactive rather than reactive approach to SEO while SEO Manager Mindy Weinstein shares three key search marketing survival tips.
Read more of SEO Newsletter: The Survival Guide to SEO Edition.
May 6, 2014
The effect that an unnatural link penalty can have on a website can be crippling. Make no mistake, there is a punitive aspect to these actions. Google is looking to teach webmasters a lesson, one that insures that they will not think about violating the search giant’s quality guidelines in the future. To drive their point home, Google makes the process of recovering from these penalties very difficult.
Link penalty recovery takes time, effort, and a substantial commitment of resources. Depending on your specific situation, you could end up reviewing and/or removing hundreds of thousands (millions?) of links. And generally speaking, there is no shortcut to forgiveness.
A good number of clients that approached our firm over the past year came to us suffering from some form of manual or algorithmic penalty. The good news is that we have seen a high degree of success in getting penalties overturned. What follows is a list of tips for getting a specific type of penalty removed: a manual link penalty.
Read more of 9 Tips for Getting Your Manual Link Penalty Overturned.
April 25, 2014
This week’s AdWords Performance Forum featured a lot of great new and upcoming features. It wasn’t much of a surprise to many advertisers that Google is continuing to focus on mobile and bid automation as two key areas of improvement, and updates here are likely to be very positive. One of the most exciting announcements, however, was the unveiling of “Drafts and Experiments.” As the name implies, there are two main product improvements here. 3Q Digital’s Senior SEM Manager Eric Smith takes a guest spot on the blog today to explain the new draft and experiment functionality.
April 18, 2014
Internet marketing is evolving — are you? This month’s SEO Newsletter focuses on amplifying your business’s online reach with articles explaining how to use an underutilized and under-publicized paid, local search marketing platform, AdWords Express, and a guide intended to help a business choose which social networks are a good fit for their audience and investment. The strongest SEO campaigns work hand-in-hand with paid campaigns and social media marketing, both of which amplify a brand’s reach among new audiences.
Read more of SEO Newsletter: AdWords + Social Media = Amplified Reach.
March 19, 2014
The filter bubble is the knowledge “bubble” Google’s personalized search results have the potential to create. The filter bubble effect creates search results filled only with web pages, authors, and viewpoints that a searcher has previously “liked” or otherwise engaged with in the past. In this Pubcon session two speakers discuss how the personalized search “filter bubble” can affect branded, non-branded and local searches, and ways marketers can improve SERP exposure by circumventing Google’s personalization layer.
Read more of #Pubcon Liveblog: SEO Beyond the Filter Bubble.