Now Official: Google Adds Restaurant Menus To Search Results

bonefish-grill-menu That Google menus experiment we told you about a couple weeks ago? It's now official. But it's only available in the U.S. at the moment. Google announced that it's now showing restaurant menus as a OneBox-style answer at the top of its search results. It seems to be primarily triggered by searches that involve both the restaurant name and the word "menu," although Google's example involves a query that starts with "show me the menu for...." The menu OneBox shows multiple food options and is divided into different categories, depending on how the individual restaurants (or chains) [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 28, 2014

scap240px Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Tweet Showing How Google Itself Is A “Scraper Site” Goes Massively Viral Perhaps it’s SEOs’ “Oreo” moment, a tweet relating to search engine optimization that’s gained nearly as much attention as Oreo’s famous Super Bowl blackout tweet. But the subject was a perfect storm of goodness — a real-life example of Google doing the type of thing in search it seems to be telling others not to […] New Bing Ads Editor Version Now Available [...]


New Bing Ads Editor Version Now Available

bing-ads-new-240px Today Bing Ads announced the latest version of Bing Ads Editor is available and ready for download. We've covered some up the updates already, including the improved sync results window, Bing Ads Editor Update Gives The Lowly “Sync Update” Window Real Functionality (be sure to check out the "Nearly Hidden Gem" section in that article), and a new feature in the conflict report that allows you to take action from that window. Other new features include: 1. The ability to rename campaigns and ad groups in the Browser pane 2. Adjustable Edit pane to make the workspace bigger or sma [...]


Tweet Showing How Google Itself Is A “Scraper Site” Goes Massively Viral

gone-viral-600 Perhaps it's SEO's "Oreo moment," a tweet relating to search engine optimization that's gained nearly as much attention as Oreo's famous Super Bowl blackout tweet. But the subject was a perfect storm of goodness -- a real-life example of Google doing the type of thing in search it seems to be telling others not to do. Yesterday, the head of Google's web spam team Matt Cutts announced a new Google Scraper Report for publishers to use if they see a site that has copied or "scraped" its content and which outranks the publisher in Google searches. That quickly brought up a number of people j [...]


Study: Women Spotlighted In Only 17% Of Google Doodles Between 2010 & 2013

Zora Google Doodle In its expansive Google: Doodle Us study, female advocacy group SPARK revealed only 77 women were represented in the 445 Google Doodles featured on the site's various country-specific homepages between 2010 and 2013. Analyzing the individuals honored by Google logos appearing on the site's global and regional homepages, as well as homepages for individual countries, the study concentrated on actual people, excluding any Doodles highlighting fictional characters or individuals connected to a holiday or festival. According to SPARK: Out of the 445 total Doodles Google created to honor peo [...]


AdWords Mobile App Download Campaigns Get Deeper Reporting In Google Analytics

adwords mobile app download ad This week, Google added new reporting available for mobile app campaigns in Google Analytics. By linking AdWords and Google Analytics accounts and enabling auto-tagging, mobile app advertisers will be able to access more detailed performance reports about their campaigns in Google Analytics. New reports on mobile app campaign performance include day parts, destination URLs and keyword positions. They'll be found in Google Analytics under the Acquisition menu for Google Analytics App Views over the next few days. The reporting applies to both display and search campaigns. Advertisers wil [...]


When To Consider A Backlink Cleanup

backlink cleanup If you've been paying attention to the SEO world over the past year and a half, you know that link removal is all the rage. There are countless tutorials that detail how to go about identifying and getting rid of harmful backlinks. If you have the tools, time, patience and ability to follow step-by-step articles, backlink cleanup is arduous, but doable. What these guides fail to mention, however, is when it's best to cleanup your backlink profile. Is it best to wait until you've received an unnatural link warning from Google? Or should you proactively deal with the spammy, paid link filled ti [...]


How Fast Is SEO Really Changing? A Look Back At Search Ranking Factors

seo-600 Ready for a walk down memory lane? The Search Ranking Factors studies by well-known SEO Rand Fishkin started in 2005, and he and his group have been churning out perceptive insights every two years ever since. If you take a look at how the findings have changed throughout the eight years that the studies have published, some interesting trends emerge. And, if you’re struggling with justifying SEO investments with the C-suite or investors, a historical perspective might be just what you need. Quick Background Don’t get me wrong: just one year’s study is packed with mountains of info [...]


6 Essentials Of E-Commerce SEO You’re Probably Still Missing

Online Shopping Shopping cart SEO can range from the simple to seemingly impossible. In a competitive landscape, how do you separate your store from the competition? How do you balance SEO and usability? Here are six things I look at early in any shopping cart SEO project. 1. Maintain A Simple Site Structure Make it easy for customers to get right into the site and find products. For most online stores, I recommend three levels of primary menu navigation: The home page Department pages Product pages http://shopname.com/department/product/ http://shopname.com/shirts/polo-shirts/ Some shops ma [...]


Search In Pics: Yahoo’s 19th Birthday Cake, Google Jugglers & Canadian KitKat Android Statue

In this week's Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Yahoo Turns 19 Tomorrow - Their Birthday Cake: Source: Flickr Google Fire Pit: Source: Google+ Google Jugglers: Source: Google+ Google Ninth Avenue: Source: Google+ Canadian KitKat Android Statue: Source: Google+ [...]


Google Yanks Fake FBI Listing From Google Maps, Puts New Blocks In Place To Stop Further Abuse

google-maps-fake-fbi In response to a string of cases where fake business/organization listings have been added to Google Maps, Google says it has removed those listings and put in place new hurdles to make it more difficult for this kind of abuse to get through its system. This latest run of problems came to light about a week ago, when some users discovered they could use Google Map Maker to create fake businesses that would be verified via a phone call. In the beginning, many of the fake listings were harmless. More recently, the same user took advantage of Map Maker to create fake FBI and Secret Service [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 27, 2014

scap240px Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West Begins In 2 Weeks – Register Now! Join the most accomplished internet marketers in the world at SMX West, March 11-13 in San Jose, CA. Check out the agenda featuring three days of tactic-rich sessions, inspiring keynotes, invaluable networking opportunities, and more. All Access, Digital Marketing Summit, Workshop & free Expo+ passes available – Register now! Someone Outranking You With Your Own Content? Use Th [...]


Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West Begins In 2 Weeks – Register Now!

smx west14_spotlight Join the most accomplished internet marketers in the world at SMX West, March 11-13 in San Jose, CA. Check out the agenda featuring three days of tactic-rich sessions, inspiring keynotes, invaluable networking opportunities, and more. All Access, Digital Marketing Summit, Workshop & free Expo+ passes available - Register now! [...]


Someone Outranking You With Your Own Content? Use The New Google Scraper Report

google scraper One of the most frustrating experiences for any publisher is discovering that someone not only has copied your content but outranks you on Google for searches related to that content. Now, Google seems to have heard the complaints and has launched a tool to help. Called the Google Scraper Report, it was announced by the head of Google's web spam team Matt Cutts on Twitter: If you see a scraper URL outranking the original source of content in Google, please tell us about it: http://t.co/WohXQmI45X — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) February 27, 2014 The Google Scraper Report form doesn't pro [...]


Google AdWords Smart Annotations Test Continues To Roll Out

new-google-adwords-logo Google has been expanding testing for the new Smart Annotations over the past few weeks. Smart Annotations automatically pull information from an advertiser's landing page in an additional line of text in their ads. Google hasn't made an official announcement, but AdWords reps have been reaching out to notify their clients of the roll-out. Nilaye Tharkar, head of search at Performics Canada, received a heads up at the end of January about Smart Annotations testing. Here's an excerpt from that email: While this added line is not clickable, we saw an average CTR improvement of 9% in our pilo [...]


3 Simple Messaging Changes That Can Mean Big PPC Bucks

ppc-money-mouse-click-600 There are many ways in which PPC accounts can go astray. For example, wrong keywords, incorrect bidding, bad landing pages, etc... I think you get the picture. An often overlooked pitfall relates to basic marketing strategy/messaging. If basic marketing principles are overlooked, PPC goodness tends to fall off the rails. In this article, I’ll cover some of the marketing-related ways that companies can go astray. In our experience, we’ve found that 90% of our clients (large and small) benefit from such information. Boldly State Your Value Propositions And/Or Unique Selling Propositions [...]


The Real Reason AdWords Isn’t Working For Many Small Businesses

shutterstock_137150018-babycrying By now, you’ve probably read the New York Times piece that’s been making the rounds lately. If not, here's the upshot: it concludes that Google AdWords isn’t practical for small businesses. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time the Gray Lady has gone after AdWords, nor is it the first time that the paid search community has responded so vigorously in its defense. The real tragedy of the latest piece isn’t that AdWords has been singled out – it’s that the Times (and the business owners it interviewed) have once again missed the point. I Get It Before I go into how the ar [...]


John Steinbeck Google Logo Showcases Author’s Work On His 112th Birthday

Google logo Grapes of Wrath Google Logo Today's Google logo is a well deserved nod to American author John Steinbeck on what would have been the writer's 112th birthday. The logo celebrates five of Steinbeck's 27 novels: Grapes of Wrath, Canary Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl and Travels with Charlie. The Steinbeck logo includes blocks for five of the Google letters that transition into book titles, with a play button in place of the second "G" in Google: Clicking the play button starts a slideshow of the five books, showcasing the titles and then passages from each novel:   Each of the slides includes a search ico [...]


Marin & DoubleClick Search Partner With Boost Media To Scale Ad Optimization

boostlogo Today, ad optimization solution Boost Media (formerly BoostCTR) announced new integration partnerships with DoubleClick Search and Marin Software. Boost aims to help marketers scale the taxing process of creating, testing and reporting on search and social ad creative with a network of copywriters working in more than ten languages and algorithmically powers ad testing and optimization. Boost says clients see an average sales volume increase of 30 percent at a 5 percent lower CPA and save some 60 hours a month on ad creative development, testing and reporting. Marketers using DoubleClick S [...]


Live @ SMX West: Creating, Testing And Optimizing Paid Search Ads

smx west14_spotlight Think you know everything about Google AdWords or Bing Ads? Have all the best practices nailed, are a master of match types, and have encyclopedic knowledge about gaining the upper hand when sparring with the quirky idiosyncrasies of bidding, scheduling and conversion optimization? Think again. As kung fu masters remind us, “the wise always remain humble, grasshopper.” You'll get plenty of unique insight, shared experiences and practical hands-on tips during the Creating, Testing And Optimizing Paid Search Ads at SMX West. This session focuses on the process of designing, implementin [...]


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