Bing Supports Today’s Boston Marathon By Spotlighting Runners On Its Homepage

Bing Boston Marathon home page 2014 Bing made an unconventional move today and changed its homepage image midday, switching from its initial image of Boston's Bunker Hill Bridge to a photo of Boston Marathon runners with fans cheering them on, and two BostonStrong flags waving in the foreground. To start the day, Bing tweeted the following picture of its homepage: Beyond this bridge is TD Garden, home of the @NHLBruins and the @Celtics. http://t.co/Tp49Png2n0 pic.twitter.com/sS4STPvJaU— Bing (@bing) April 21, 2014 Later in the day, Bing announced it had changed its homepage image with the following tweet: W [...]


SearchCap: Matt Cutts Tells How To Avoid Buying A Domain Name Previously Ruined By Spammers

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: Google’s Matt Cutts: How To Avoid Buying A Domain Name Previously Ruined By SpammersIn his latest video, Google head of web spam (and, today, Boston Marathon runner) Matt Cutts offers a few quick tips to avoid purchasing a domain name that may have been previously destroyed by a spammer. The video is in response to the following question from a site owner who purchased a bad domain: How […] The Big SMX Advanced Preview – A Virtual To [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts: How To Avoid Buying A Domain Name Previously Ruined By Spammers

Matt Cutts screen shot April 2014 In his latest video, Google head of web spam (and, today, Boston Marathon runner) Matt Cutts offers a few quick tips to avoid purchasing a domain name that may have been previously destroyed by a spammer. The video is in response to the following question from a site owner who purchased a bad domain: How can we check to see if a domain (bought from a registrar) was previously in trouble with Google? I recently bought, and unbeknownst to me the domain isn't being indexed and I've had to do a reconsideration request. How could I have prevented? Cutts first recommends doing a site-colon sear [...]


The Big SMX Advanced Preview – A Virtual Tour Of What To Expect

smxadvanced-featured Search Engine Land's SMX Advanced, the only search marketing conference designed exclusively for experienced internet marketers, is returning to Seattle June 11-12. Keep reading for an overview of what to expect – then make sure you register before the Early Bird rates expire next week! 2014: New Trends, New Opportunities - And New Challenges For Online Marketers Change is constant in search marketing. Opportunities emerge faster than they can be absorbed: new channels, Big Data, the explosion of mobile. Even veteran marketers are perpetually catching up with what is possible. Chan [...]


Bing Predicts Reality Show Winners Using New “Bing Predictions” Search Technology

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing announced today it is launching Bing Predictions, a new feature that uses search query data and social signals to predict outcomes and events. To kick-off its latest technology, Bing is applying its new search feature to predict the results of voting-based reality shows like The Voice, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. Users can perform searches on terms like "The Voice Predictions," or "The Voice," or even contestant names like, "Bria Kelly," and Bing will deliver a carousel of a show's contestants along with an estimation of who is winning, as well as which contestants are [...]


Got SEO Basics? 5 Tips To Boost Your Organic CTR

Building_Blocks There's no shortage of new digital marketing channels these days -- and while they are innovative, exciting, and fun to experiment with, they can also distract you from SEO basics that can deliver performance gains. Your organic click-through rate (CTR) is a great example. A simple page title tweak could take you from driving 2% of consumers to your landing page, to driving 20%! But today, your organic CTR can be affected by several different elements. Below we'll take a look at five factors in your control: 1.  Search Engine Results Page (SERP) Ranking Marketers everywhere are chasing [...]


Yahoo Testing A Google Knowledge Graph Lookalike In Search Results

yahoo-logo-600 One of Yahoo's latest search results tests should look awfully familiar. The website All Google Testing discovered a test that turns the right column of Yahoo's search results page into a dead ringer for Google's Knowledge Graph. The post even offers some instructions on how to enable the test in your own browser, but I wasn't able to get it working myself last night. Thankfully, this video shows the test in action. Each of the tech company examples included in the video has a section on Yahoo called "Top Products" -- that's different from Google when I look at the real Knowledge [...]


420 Dilemma? Marijuana Emerges In Local Search

Marijuana in Maps and Local Search Listings Today marks the first time that April 20th -- known amongst pot smokers as "420" and frequently celebrated with smoking parties -- is a legally observable event in the United States (in some places, at least, since the states of Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational use of the drug for adults). So, what does this mean for local businesses and marketers? In 2010, I conducted a limited audit to see if 420 party locations, as well as marijuana dispensaries, appeared in Google Maps. I found little more than a user-generated map back then -- but fast-forward to 2014, and we be [...]


SearchCap: New Google Penalty, Action Schema & Subscribe To Google Trends

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: Google Slaps Another Guest Blog Network: PostJointGoogle’s Matt Cutts somewhat confirmed on Twitter that Google has taken action on another guest blogging network. This network is named PostJoint and claims “there’s no footprints.” Someone tweeted to Matt that PostJoint was penalized. In fact, if you check out Google for a search on their name, their web site no longer ranks on […] Google Trends Now Lets Users Subscri [...]


Google Slaps Another Guest Blog Network: PostJoint

google-penalty-600 Google's Matt Cutts somewhat confirmed on Twitter that Google has taken action on another guest blogging network. This network is named PostJoint and claims "there's no footprints." Someone tweeted to Matt that PostJoint was penalized. In fact, if you check out Google for a search on their name, their web site no longer ranks on the first page. Matt Cutts this morning confirmed it on Twitter saying "any link or guest blog network that claims to have "zero footprints" is waving a giant red flag." @techtada any link or guest blog network that claims to have "zero footprints [...]


Google Trends Now Lets Users Subscribe To Receive Email Notifications

google-trends-featured Google Trends announced today it has added a "Subscribe" feature, allowing users to receive email notifications on search topics, Hot Searches for any country, or any US monthly top chart. From the announcement by Googler Gavri Smith on the Google Search blog: I'm a Liverpool F.C. fan, so I set up a subscription to get notifications about searches for the team. I don't always have as much time as I'd like to keep on the daily scores, trades and gossip, so Trends email notifications have been a great way to make sure I catch big news. Here's a snapshot of what Smith's Google Trends email [...]


5 Steps To Leverage Those AdWords Bid Simulations For Maximum Return

Coverage Though the basic concepts have remained the same, a lot has changed since Hal Varian released his bidding tutorial back in 2009 (video autoplay), especially with enhanced campaigns and those new mobile and location bid modifiers. One such change is that keyword-level simulations are now available for download in AdWords. For any search marketer interested in marginal cost and revenue numbers -- essentially how diminishing returns affect your paid search program -- those simulations can be a great source of knowledge. Below are some thoughts on how to leverage them. 1. Pull Those AdWords [...]


Prepare Your PPC Plans For The Search Engines’ Inevitable Pivots

shutterstock_101441059-emergency-preparedness Last week, Google announced some panic-inducing security enhancements, essentially removing search queries in referring URLs for PPC clicks. Plenty has already been written about this topic and, without getting into it too much, I think it's a bit of a storm in a teacup. Larry Kim summed it up well last Thursday: It's pretty much a non-issue for most of the people who actually do paid search work. But you wouldn't know it based on the all the hysteria. However, before we knew the scope of Google's planned changes, the team at Hanapin sat down to prepare an action plan for adapting to (not pr [...]


Search In Pics: Google Branded Delorean, Android Cleaning Bot & Passover Doodle

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. Google Spam Fighter Riding Into The Sunset On Horse Carousel: Source: Google+ Google Passover Matzah Doodle (I Made It): Source: Google+ Cloud Platform Android Figurine: Source: Google+ Google Branded Delorean: Source: Google+ Google Android Cleaning Robots: Source: Google+ [...]


Schema For User Actions Now Available

seo-code-schema-featured Schema.org announced a new form of Schema they have introduced with support from Google, Microsoft Bing, Yahoo and Yandex named Actions. Schema Actions are a way to communicate via markup on your web page the actions they enable and how these actions can be invoked. Technically, Schema.org describes it as: An action performed by a direct agent and indirect participants upon a direct object. Optionally happens at a location with the help of an inanimate instrument. The execution of the action may produce a result. Specific action sub-type documentation specifies the exact expectation of e [...]


SearchCap: Google SEO Myths & Yahoo Default Search On iPhone

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: Why Yahoo’s Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From GoogleApparently, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to be the default search for Apple’s Safari browser on iPhone and iPad and has been preparing to make a solid pitch. Well, we all want things we can’t have, and I’d be incredibly surprised if Yahoo got its wish here. Kara Swisher over at Re/code has the scoop, […] Losing Organic Traffic After A Redesi [...]


Introducing MarTech: The Marketing Tech Conference. Registration Now Open!

Search Engine Land parent company, Third Door Media, Inc. introduces MarTech, a conference for people pioneering the field of technology-powered marketing, will be held in Boston August 19-20, 2014. Secure your spot & save with our lowest alpha rates - Register now! [...]


Losing Organic Traffic After A Redesign? Four Things to Check

301-redirect While web designers and developers are often strong at designing and programming websites, not all are as well prepared to handle SEO issues, especially when relaunching websites. Just this week, I've worked with three separate web design firms who contacted me after a recent site relaunch caused a substantial loss of organic website traffic. So, if you just relaunched your website and you're losing organic traffic, how can you know where to start? Here's my basic list of the most common issues I see that are often overlooked in a relaunch. While there can be many reasons for traffic lo [...]


Google Tests Showing Product Ads In Knowledge Graph Carousel Area

test-experiment-trail-600 About a year ago, Google launched the carousel interface to better distribute content from their Knowledge Graph. Well, now, Google is apparently testing showing ads from the paid Google Shopping results in that user interface. Pete Meyers posted on the Moz Google+ page an image of him seeing Google Shopping listings in the carousel for a search on [laptops]. Here is a picture from Pete Meyers of Moz: Pete said that you should notice that "almost everything above the fold is a paid result." Indeed. Google has experimented with showing product listing ads in the knowledge graph [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts On SEO Myths: Ads Correlate To Organic Results & More…

matt-cutts-google-myths-600 In a recent video from Google Head of Search Spam Matt Cutts, Matt talks about the biggest SEO myths he sees today. By far, the biggest myth, according to Cutts, is how people think Google makes changes to their search results with the only intent of making more money. Matt said buying or not buying ads has no positive or negative impact on your rankings. In addition, Google does not make changes to their organic algorithms based on encouraging people to buy ads. All of this, according to Matt Cutts, is a big SEO myth. The other large myth is more of an SEO pattern he sees often in the S [...]


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