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Another week, another traffic record in the alternative search engine space. DuckDuckGo (DDG) tweeted this morning about its latest milestone: more than three million direct searches in a single day. As the company’s traffic page shows, it happened on Monday when DDG had 3,095,907 “direct searches.” Those are searches done by human visitors to duckduckgo.com. [...]
With the July 22nd mandatory migration to AdWords enhanced campaigns looming, we will be checking in with marketers over the next several weeks to get their perspective on the transition process, hear what they’ve learned so far and what advice they have to share. I recently spoke with iProspect’s Associate Director of Paid Search, Jeremy Hull, [...]
After reporting yesterday that the Google Knowledge Graph Carousel was showing up more frequently and for a wider variety of searches, a Google+ post today announced the official launch of Carousel for local search results. According to the announcement, when a user searches for “restaurants, bars or other local places” from their desktop, they will [...]
As we move closer to the 20th anniversary of the launch of public search engines, a key industry trend in search marketing is the long called-for move to placing transparent, objective & measurable KPIs at the heart of search marketing, social & content campaigns. What KPIs give you an objective measure of your agency?
Remember back in the day when search results were just ten blue text links on a page? Back then, the search results were so simple that reputation management was pretty straightforward. You could clearly see if those blue links connected to positive content — if so, your reputation was great. Unfortunately, things aren’t so easy [...]
”We’ve detected that some of the links pointing to your site are using techniques outside Google’s Webmaster Guidelines….” For enterprise SEOs, receipt of this notification is usually followed by a deep, sinking feeling in your chest. You check your keyword head-terms in the SERPs and realize that you can’t find your website anywhere. A lump [...]
As the summer weather haltingly makes its appearance in my neck of the woods, thoughts turn to on-base averages, fielding percentages and all of that Moneyball stuff. My theme for this column is the woeful underperformance of the team known as the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite a wave of off-season signings and by far the [...]
Since Google rolled out the Panda and Penguin algorithm updates, numerous sites have been impacted or penalized. Often, companies that incur penalties or experience a drop in rankings don’t have a clue as to what they’ve done wrong — especially small, local businesses. This leads me to a novel proposal: perhaps for local businesses, the best [...]
Up Close Coverage From SMX Advanced 2013 Recently, I attended the SMX Advanced session, “Authorship: The Deep Dive“, moderated by Elisabeth Osmeloski, and featuring speakers: John Carcutt, Advance Digital, Janet Driscoll Miller, Search Mojo, Mitul Gandhi, seoClarity, and Mark Traphagen, Virante, Inc. There were a number of interesting takeaways. Mitul Gandhi is up first. He [...]
Last week, I attended the SMX Advanced session, “From Microdata & Schema To Rich Snippets: Markup For The Advanced SEO,” moderated by Elisabeth Osmeloski with speakers Marcus Tober, founder of Searchmetrics Inc., Julia Gause, Director of SEM for Scripps Network and Stephan Spencer, CEO of Koshkonong LLC. Just prior to the session starting, Bruce Clay, [...]
In recent years, using cookie data in behavioral targeting strategies has been heralded as a game-changer by online marketers. A large part of this attention is focused on data management platforms (DMPs) that enable behavioral targeting through the use of cookie data to categorize a user’s website activity and optimize ad buying. Although this has [...]
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