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 [...]


Why Yahoo’s Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From Google

yahoo-featured Apparently, 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, in her Marissa Mayer’s Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo Mobile Search story. Be sure to read that. Here, I'm going to share the incredibly tough list of obstacles that would have to be overcome to turn this from a fantasy into reality. Yahoo Has No Search Techn [...]


SearchCap: States Threaten Action If Google Doesn’t Delist “Illegal Sites”

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: States Threaten Action If Google Doesn’t Delist “Illegal Sites” According to the Washington Post, 24 state attorneys general are trying to pressure Google to discontinue ads and the indexing of sites they argue teach or enable criminal activity. In particular, they continue to pressure Google to eliminate advertising connected to the sale of illegal or fake prescription drugs. The attorneys generals’ complaints were initially […] Zuckerberg: [...]


States Threaten Action If Google Doesn’t Delist “Illegal Sites”

google-legal-cash-featured According to the Washington Post, 24 state attorneys general are trying to pressure Google to discontinue ads and the indexing of sites they argue teach or enable criminal activity. In particular, they continue to pressure Google to eliminate advertising connected to the sale of illegal or fake prescription drugs. The attorneys generals' complaints were initially aired in a December 2013 letter to Google General Counsel Kent Walker and then a follow-up letter sent in February 2014. The December letter lists the following complaints and concerns: These issues include: (1) Google's moneti [...]


Zuckerberg: Facebook Graph Search Is “A Five-Year Thing”

facebook-graph-search-600 It's been more than a year since Facebook introduced Graph Search to the world -- its first foray into developing a serious search product for Facebook users. If you think development of Graph Search has been moving at a snail's pace, you're probably not alone. The rollout to all U.S. Facebook users took about seven months. It was almost nine months from the launch until users could search their status updates. And more than a year later, Graph Search still isn't available on mobile. In a new interview with the New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that all of this i [...]


Matt Cutts Stars In Parody “Spam Around The World” Video

cutts-600 Matt Cutts has been the subject of a number of parody/comedy videos during his tenure as the chief of Google's webspam team, and the latest has him starring in a rap-style clip called "Spam Around The World." It's a collage of clips from past webmaster videos edited together into a short (1:43) video with a soundtrack reminiscent of Daft Punk (who had a song called "Around The World" a few years ago; heck, this might be the same song for all I know). Hats off to HighPosition.com for the video -- well done. And hats off to Matt C. for having a good sense of humor about all these video [...]


Study: Search Campaigns Earn Double Conversion & Revenue Rates When Integrated With Social

Marin Software logo According to a new study from Marin Software, advertisers that leveraged integrated search and social ad campaigns experienced twice as many conversions, and doubled their revenue per click rates. Using data from its Global Online Advertising Index, Marin evaluated the performance of paid search campaigns integrated along with social advertising campaigns. The study found users who clicked on both search and social ads had approximately two times greater conversion rate and spent twice as much than users who only clicked on a search ad. Those results more than quadrupled when compared to [...]


Microsoft’s Cortana Assistant Personalization Comes To Bing On The Web

One of the most interesting things about Microsoft's new Cortana search assistant has just gone live for those early adopters of it: integration with Bing's search results. Cortana Personalization Comes To Bing Those using Cortana will now find "personalized cards" that will appear at the bottom of the Bing home page: Personalized information cards will also be integrated into Bing's search results, when deemed relevant. For example, here's how it looks for someone who has flight information being tracked (which Cortana learns about by reading the email on your Windows Phone): Ad [...]


Are You Building Links Or Building A Business?

Build a Brand I think many of us can agree that the great thing about this industry is that it's constantly evolving and new elements are continuously being added. For example, I love the role social is playing in helping companies connect with customers and the effect it has on search (links, mentions, content generation, etc.). However, I think many of us would also agree that this evolution has its downside…and its name is Google. Now, I'm not a Google hater. I don't believe that they are out to get SEOs or ruin businesses. But I do think there is a problem happening around links at the moment th [...]


6 Steps To Boost The Profitability Of Your SEM Acquisition Program

cpaclvwee Imagine that your job is to stand outside a barber shop and bring in new customers. If a businessman with shaggy hair comes walking by, you give him a big wave and a hello. If a bald man walks by, not so much. This analogy is used by Google AdWords to describe its Enhanced cost-per-click (ECPC) feature. The feature is intended to identify auctions that are more likely to lead to conversions -- and to automatically raise bids to "work harder" for those sales. It's a powerful concept, and one that has understandably gained traction in the SEM community. But imagine if you could take [...]


Search Market Share: Yahoo Hits New Low About To Slip Into Single-Digits

us-map-bing-google-yahoo-featured On the heels of Yahoo's Q1 2014 earnings in which its search business showed signs of life, comScore released new monthly search market share figures for the US market. They show Yahoo with 10.1 percent of the market -- a new low for the company. It would appear that Yahoo is continuing its long, slow, market-share decline and about to slip into single-digits for the first time. In absolute numbers, however, Yahoo search query volumes were up. So were Yahoo's rivals. By comparison, Google was flat and Bing was up 0.2 points. It appears that Bing continued to siphon off Yahoo's usage. [...]


SearchCap: Q1 US Paid Search Up 17 Percent, Fueled By PLAs

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: RKG: Q1 US Paid Search Up 17 Percent, Fueled By PLAs; Smartphones Drove Just 7 Percent Of Spend RKG is out with its first quarter Digital Marketing Report today, showing US paid search spend increased 17 percent year-over-year. This echoes positive Q1 global growth trends reported by Covario (25 percent) and IgnitionOne (8 percent). Mobile devices and product listing ads (PLAs) both drove growth. Paid search spend growth slowed slightly after the holida [...]


RKG: Q1 US Paid Search Up 17 Percent, Fueled By PLAs; Smartphones Drove Just 7 Percent Of Spend

RKG Paid Search Spend US Q1 2014 RKG is out with its first quarter Digital Marketing Report today, showing US paid search spend increased 17 percent year-over-year. This echoes positive Q1 global growth trends reported by Covario (25 percent) and IgnitionOne (8 percent). Mobile devices and product listing ads (PLAs) both drove growth. Paid search spend growth slowed slightly after the holiday-fueled Q4, which saw 19 percent year-over-year growth. Clicks rose 11 percent, while CPCs were up 6 percent compared to the previous year. Google's growth trends reflect those of the overall market, with year-over-year growth slowi [...]


Google Teases April 22 AdWords News, More Than 10 Announcements Coming

google-adwords-numbers-featured On April 22, Jerry Dischler, VP of Product Management for AdWords, will unveil a slew of new features and tools that are coming out of beta during a livestream from an AdWords customer event. Google has given Search Engine Land an exclusive early look at a blog post going up later today (now live here) that gives a few more (albeit subtle) hints of what's in store. The latest tease is short on specifics other than to say Dischler will announce "10+ new AdWords products, features and research studies" developed over the past year. But, with a closer look, there are some hints of what migh [...]


SearchCap: SSL Ranking Boost, Cortana Compared & Google’s Lobbying Efforts

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 Explains How Google Search Handles 404 & 410 Status Codes Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, posted a video today explaining the difference in how Google handles 404 and 410 error status codes. Both 404 and 410s are errors for a web page or document not being available, however a 410 is defined as “gone” forever. So 410s are more of an explicit response […] Google’s Matt Cutts Lobbying To Reward Secure Sites [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts Explains How Google Search Handles 404 & 410 Status Codes

matt-cutts-google-404-410 Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts, posted a video today explaining the difference in how Google handles 404 and 410 error status codes. Both 404 and 410s are errors for a web page or document not being available, however a 410 is defined as "gone" forever. So 410s are more of an explicit response from the server telling you a page is really gone. Google handles them slightly differently. With a 404, and some of the other 4xx status codes, Google will "protect" the page and not mark it as removed for about 24 hours. With a 410 status code, Google will mark the page as gone as soon [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts Lobbying To Reward Secure Sites With Better Rankings

google-ssl-logo-1319029457 Rolfe Winkler on the Wall Street Journal blog reports on "private conversations" that Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts has within Google about rewarding sites with higher rankings in the search results that have better security. This is news that has come out of SMX West, as we covered just about a month ago with our story Ranking Benefit To Making Your Site SSL? Not Yet But Google’s Cutts Would Like To Make It Happen. But apparently, Cutts has been talking about this internally even more now, likely even more so since the OpenSSL exploit, Heartbleed. Heartbleed was a huge secu [...]


Videos: Comparing Cortana & Siri & Google Now

cortana-600px Today, Microsoft released the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 and with that, the ability to play with a preview of Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple Siri and Google Now. Both Gizmodo and CNet have released video demos comparing Cortana & Siri & Google Now. I like the Gizmodo comparison a little more, so we will post that first followed by the CNet review. Gizmodo has not made their video embeddable, so you need to view it on Gizmodo.com. Here is the CNet video: [...]


Report: Google Now Master Of Lobbying, Backroom Dealing

google-legal-law-featured An article in the Washington Post asserts that Google has now become a master lobbyist and behind-the-scenes manipulator in Washington. It details the company's increase in campaign contributions and outreach efforts to influence legislators. The message of the lengthy article is that Google is now buying influence and policy outcomes that favor the company. Source: Washington Post There are numerous concrete examples cited for the idea that Google has manipulated policy outcomes or bought influence through contributions to individuals, third party groups or academic institutions. [...]


Bing Ads To Give Agencies More Functionality To Manage Client Relationships

bing-ads-600 The way agencies manage their customer accounts using their agency login in Bing Ads is soon to undergo a revamp. Currently, client account lists are housed under the Agencies tab, but Microsoft acknowledges there have been limitations to the functionality offered. The update is meant to fix these shortcomings. [caption id="attachment_189011" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Current View of the Agencies Tab in Bing Ads[/caption] Instead of a separate Agencies tab, the new update will offer a rolled up Accounts list under a simplified Accounts & Billing menu. [caption id="attachmen [...]


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