Google Archives : Page 2 of 16 : Bruce Clay BlogJanuary 17, 2014
Internet marketers gathered yesterday on Twitter to trade stories about their 2013 content performance and audience behavior during this week’s #SEOchat, hosted by Bruce Clay, Inc. On the agenda? Content and traffic behavior based on Google Analytics reports. As a group, we mined our data and determined what was working, when it was working and why it was working. Read on for a recap of the #SEOchat, plus discover takeaways based on participants’ answers. I
Google is serious about user experience on mobile devices. Until recently there haven’t been many tools to analyze a mobile user experience or mobile optimization efforts. Last August Google gave webmasters a tool to validate mobile optimization through its PageSpeed Insights tool. Much like GTMetrix and other page speed tools, Google’s tool reports specific items that may be a hindrance to optimal site performance for both desktop and mobile platforms.
SEOs familiar with the selection of page speed evaluation tools on the market will likely recognize a common limiting factor. Each page speed tool I’ve ever used only goes so far as tell you what the problem is, with very few telling you how to fix it. For example, a typical page speed tool may report that a site has a lot of thumbnail images and the page may benefit from using CSS sprites – something like that. But none of the tools will suggest why this observation is important, at least from a mobile perspective.
Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool defaults to the mobile tab (we can read between the lines however we want), but newly added to the tool is a User Experience section which is currently in beta. Click-through for the insights this tool provides and what that tells us about Google’s prioritization of mobile user experience.
January 14, 2014
Every Thursday, Internet marketers come together to compare notes in the #SEOChat Twitter chat (more about #SEOchat here). This Thursday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST Bruce Clay, Inc. is hosting #SEOChat with an experimental new format: a live review of Google Analytics. Join us as we log into Google Analytics (or your preferred analytics software) and as a group, we’ll mine our 2013 data and compare notes on content performance and audience behavior. We’ll ask questions such as:
- What was your top performing content area in 2013?
- Top performing piece of content or blog post?
- What was your top traffic referrer in 2013? Top social referrer?
- What season saw the most engagement?
By identifying patterns and determining what’s working best, when it’s working and why it’s working, we can shape our 2014 SEO and content marketing strategy accordingly.
December 31, 2013
It’s the eve of 2014 and a new year necessitates a new reading list. For Internet marketers, Dave Eggers’ The Circle is one book you won’t want to leave off that list. Dave Eggers’ The Circle provides an account of a young woman’s rise to the upper echelons of the Circle — a company of the future dominating both the search and social spheres. Though fiction, The Circle provides an eerily familiar account of “the most influential company in the world’s” ever-evolving technology and ever-increasing power sure to intrigue Internet marketers and community managers. When you’re ready for a break from how-to’s and manuals, I recommend The Circle, where you’ll dive into the long-term implications — if only fictitious — of a Google-esque empire’s rise. Read on to discover why this book should be your next choice when it comes to fiction.
December 20, 2013
At Bruce Clay, Inc. we got into the spirit of the season and optimized the lyrics of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
In “The Twelve Days of Google Gifts” we present a wish list of things Google would deliver in our SEO dreams. Can anyone out there relate?
Bonus: Santa Clay sighting ahead! Click through to view our SEO Christmas carol holiday music video!
October 24, 2013
I have found myself reading a lot of content in or through Google+ posts lately. And not because I am going to Google+ seeking content. I don’t go to the Google+ content – the Google+ content is coming to me via page one of my Google Search Plus Your World results.
Forget link building; I say we shift gears and start focusing on circle building!
October 23, 2013
Matt Cutts asks the Vegas crowd at 9 a.m. how we’re doing and there’s a rousing cheer. That shows the level of interest this webmaster audience has in hearing Matt, what’s going on with Google and what direction Google is moving in.
He’ll start with moves over the last year.
Matt Cutts keynote
Matt Cutts presents a keynote at PubCon Las Vegas 2013.
Larry Page says “think big.”
- Knowledge Graph: Things not strings. Knowing what’s really behind a query
- Voice search: Getting better and better
- Conversational search: think pronouns
- Google Now: looking steps ahead where people may not even be querying
- Deep learning: Thousands of computers being used to learn neural networks
You can voice search “Who is the prime minister of Turkey?” – and Google knows Turkey is a proper noun here because of Knowledge Graph. It will give you the answer. Then you can say “how old is he?” and it will give you the next answer. That’s Knowledge Graph, voice search and conversational search working together.
Read more of Matt Cutts Keynote at #Pubcon Las Vegas 2013.
October 17, 2013
No matter how hard we try, Google+ will not be denied. We’ve all seen it: the integration of Google+ into even the smallest facets of search results — from recently added hashtags in people’s posts to the addition of Google+ posts into the Knowledge Graph of the SERP.
And we all know the story about establishing authorship through your profiles and the trust signal an image provides to your result, but this blog post isn’t about that. Though, if you haven’t done so, I highly encourage you to exercise authorship on your site. This post is about Google+ becoming the news. What if I told you there was a way to show up in Google News just by posting on your Google+ profile something related to an article topic?
October 7, 2013
Matt Cutts took to Twitter on Friday to announce a minor update to Penguin, a component of the search ranking algorithm penalizing value from unnaturally acquired links. For our clients and readers wondering if they are part of the one percent being affected by Penguin 2.1, BCI recommends monitoring your organic traffic in Google Analytics over the next two weeks, looking for a dip. A dip in traffic occurring on this date may indicate that your site has been hit by this update. In some cases, you might see an increase in traffic, which would indicate an outranking competitor took a blow from Penguin 2.1.
Read more of Penguin 2.1: What’s New with Google’s Angry Bird.
October 2, 2013
Authorship is a structured markup that can give you a click-through boost and thus more traffic when an author photo shows up in a SERP, but which, in my own experience, can be finicky for implementing. One of the key players in developing the authorship markup at Google is on the panel. Other members of the panel will come from the publisher perspective and the agency side.
Elisabeth Osmeloski (@elisabethos, Director of Audience Development, Third Door Media, Inc.) is moderating and the four speakers are:
John Carcutt, Director of SEO and Social Media, Advance Digital (@johncarcutt)
Janet Driscoll Miller, President and CEO, Search Mojo (@janetdmiller)
Pierre Far, Webmaster Trends Analyst, Google (@pierrefar)
John Shehata, Executive Director of Search, Social Media, ABC News (@JShehata)
Read more of Google Authorship: Step-By-Step Setup & Troubleshooting.