Bruce Clay Blog : 5/14 : GoogleApril 2, 2012
There’s been much discussion recently about safe link building tactics in light of Google’s rising vocalization of over-optimization. This post will get you up to speed on the events unfolding and provide you with resources for link building tactics that are Google approved.
Google has made an effort in the past few months to be more communicative with webmasters. In January and February of 2012, more than 700,000 messages have been sent to webmasters via Google Webmaster Tools. This number surpasses the number of messages sent throughout all of 2010. Messages include both manual and automated communications, such as malware notifications and responses to reconsideration requests.
March 26, 2012
Those responsible for an online businesses content strategy should be aware of recent changes to Google’s ranking algorithm when assessing content needs of a website. The Google update referred to as Venice places an emphasis on location-based, or geo-targeted, content relevance. Queries that suggest location is an important factor now receive local-specific results where before they were only returned when local intent was explicit.
The critical role of content that meets search engines’ automated qualifications and leads human visitors to convert is a coveted intersection that sets apart successful businesses from the competition. It’s why at Bruce Clay, Inc. content, both on-site and off-site, is a priority within our holistic SEO strategy and is among the top services we offer, including those for local business SEO.
March 23, 2012
The first conference of the year for Search Engine Strategies was held in New York this week. From the ideas shared to the conversations had to the networking and more, we experienced another great event from SES. Up next for SES here in the United States is the San Francisco conference in August. Until then, here’s a recap of some of the takeaways we gathered from our liveblog coverage of the show.
Read more of Top Takeaways from Search Engine Strategies NYC.
March 21, 2012
Got me 1 hour left battery time. Let’s see if we make it. Lively group here at the end of the second day of the conference. The expo hall is now closed, so I think all the attendees are finding a session to entertain themselves. This one promises to deliver. Richard says he can’t recall how often SEO is declared dead. Now everyone talks about the rumor that Google is looking for sites actively SEO’d and whack them.
Read more of SEO is Dead. Long Live SEO! SESNY 2012
March 20, 2012
Andrew Beckman is at the podium as I walk in 5 minutes late! I wasn’t slacking – just getting an interview for SEM Synergy. Jumping in!
- PageRank of sub-domain of citation
- Content and keyword density on the page
- Backlinks to the page
- Frequency of crawl on the sub-URL where citation exists
Mythbust: The speed of the citation update doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to rank higher. There are services that make you pay a premium to get data online faster. But that doesn’t account for the time it’ll take for the bot to come. Don’t fall for this.
This morning at the keynote, Avinash unveiled this: Google Analytics Update Connects Social Marketing with the Bottom Line. How do marketers view social media? A MarketingSherpa social marketing report shows that social marketing is mostly considered a promising tactic, but ROI is not understood. “Since everyone is doing it we’ll look foolish if we don’t” is a common approach.
What about number of followers or number of shares? Isn’t that social media measurement? This isn’t really understanding the value of social.
Content consumption today has moved off the browser to applications. A marketer needs a 360 view of actions, which is hard to pull together. Number of tweets or followers is comforting because it gives a sense of measuring. But it doesn’t address economic value.
February 29, 2012
According to Google’s 2011 earnings report, 96% of the company’s revenue came from advertising. So the fact we’re about to hear from the head of Google Advertising is a big deal. Here’s a bit about Susan and this keynote from the SMX West agenda:
Susan is responsible for the design, innovation and engineering of all Google’s advertising and measurement platforms including AdWords, AdSense and Google Analytics. The San Jose Mercury News called her “the most important Googler you’ve never heard of,” and Forbes Magazine ranked her #16 on its list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011. During this keynote conversation, SMX West co-chairs Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman will join Susan to discuss the growth of search advertising, integrating search into your overall marketing strategy and a peek at upcoming Google product releases.
February 28, 2012
SMX West 2012: Getting Personal, Part 2: How Google & Bing Personalize With Search History & Geography
Give it up for the Trends In SEO track and SMX West. This session’s tags are #smx #12b, if you’re following along on Twitter.
Jack starts. Personalization is about delivering relevant results. Queries can be very ambiguous. In this session we’ll look at the contextual aspects of how Google can better understranding your query to get you the most relevant results. Transparency and control is important for Google to give to users – they take it very seriously.
Personalization helps fill in the gaps if a query is ambiguous. Some of what Google uses to fill in gaps aren’t exactly “personal” – geography, language, context from previous queries.
February 13, 2012
Bruce Clay Australia’s SEO Factors and Trends report is out, packed full of information on the key factors in 2011 that impacted search engine optimization, including tips on how to address them, plus a look into 2012 trends. The 25-page report is a handy reference guide for professionals and business owners who want a high-level overview of the issues in search marketing that websites need to address to help shape Web marketing strategy. The report is free and available for download here.
January 30, 2012
Privacy policies and terms of service aren’t exactly riveting literature, so if you haven’t rushed into cuddling up with the thing and getting to know it better, I don’t blame you. So, I thought I’d take a few minutes to give an overview of what it is and the important takeaways.
And as much as Google is trying to make this information public and available to its users, let’s be real, freak-outs will still ensue.