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What happened in search marketing in 2013? Relax! We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find our curated list of end-of-year stories and recaps, which will continue to be updated as more come in.

Search Engine Land’s Most-Shared Stories on Google+ for 2013: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, What’s Next, & What’s Dead

sel-2013-review-featured Happy New Year to you, search marketing friends! Surely you're eager to dive head-first into 2014, weighing predictions and forecasts of what's next in the worlds of SEO and SEM, but we've still got an installment or two in our Search Engine Land Year In Review series! So let's get to it. You've seen the roundups of top news, most popular columns and stories, as well as posts that stole the show in our Twitter and Facebook communities. Now, it's time to turn our sights to Google+. What kind of content did our readers share most on Google's own social network over the last 12 months? Hmm.. [...]


Top Search Marketing Columns of 2013

sel-2013-review-featured This past year saw many exciting changes in the world of search. From the birth of Enhanced Campaigns and Hummingbird to the death of the Keyword Tool and keyword referral data, search marketers of all stripes have had to make quite a few adjustments to their daily routines and long-term strategies. While the editorial staff here at Search Engine Land has provided breaking news coverage for these events and more, our hard-working team of over 100 guest columnists brought their expertise to the table as well, helping fellow marketers make sense of the ever-changing search landscape with [...]


Year Of The Hummingbird: Our Top SEO Columns Of 2013

sel-seo2013-featured Our All Things SEO column covers a wide range of topics within the realm of organic search, and this past year saw no dearth of material for our columnists. Perhaps one of the most widely discussed issues within the SEO community in 2013 was the loss of keyword referral data, as Google moved to encrypt all search activity this past September. SEOs relying on this keyword data were forced to change up their tactics and adjust their strategies to accommodate this development. Semantic search was another hot topic in 2013. Although the Schema.org initiative was launched in mid-2011, th [...]


Enhanced Campaigns & More: Our Top Paid Search Columns Of 2013

sel_sem Paid search has long been a staple of Internet marketing, yet the SEM landscape continues to evolve at what seems a lightning-fast pace year after year. This past year was no exception, as 2013 brought with it a host of changes for paid search marketers. The most notable of these changes was arguably Google's announcement and subsequent roll-out of Enhanced Campaigns. The marketing community's response to the news was divided -- but, love it or hate it, Enhanced Campaigns became the new norm as of July 2013. All of our knowledgeable paid search columnists helped keep marketers up-to [...]


Link Building 2013: Looking Back At This Year’s Top Link Week Columns

sel-2013-review-featured With each passing year, search engine algorithms grow increasingly sophisticated in their ability to identify (and penalize) spammy links. Among other things, this year marked the fourth and fifth releases of Google's spam-filtering Penguin update (Penguin 2.0 and 2.1, respectively). Additionally, many link building tactics that were once considered legitimate were unceremoniously moved to the "spam" column in 2013. Google updated its webmaster guidelines to provide additional guidance on what they now consider to be an unnatural link, and even Bing detailed several ways not to buil [...]


Checking In: Our Top Local Search Columns Of 2013

sel-2013-local-featured As more and more small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) venture into the digital marketing arena, they are quickly recognizing the importance of being visible within local search results. This past year saw the official launch of Google's Knowledge Graph Carousel for local search results, creating a more visually pleasing user experience for searchers. Additionally, Google continued the rocky process of updating its business listings management from Google Places to Google+ Local. Whether you're an SMB trying to navigate the world of local search on your own or a large brand with [...]


Search Engine Land’s Most-Shared Stories on Facebook for 2013: How To Survive Google, Plus A Joke Here & There

sel-2013-review-featured Search marketing friends -- welcome, welcome! It's time for another installment of our Search Engine Land Year In Review series. We've toured through the top news stories and those that were most tweeted -- now it's time to scope out the articles, tutorials, resources, and surveys that were most shared on the world's largest social network, Facebook. Much of our "most popular on FB" posts you've already seen on the top tweeted list, but the order in which these stories rank is something of note. And for sure a few more playful posts made it into this roundup (April Fools, Easter Eg [...]


5 “Foundations” Of SEO That Were Torched In 2013

grill-seo The basics of SEO haven’t changed much in the last 15 years. If you followed the mantra of creating good content and obtaining quality links, they still haven’t changed… or have they? Here are five SEO “foundations” that were absolutely torched in 2013. If you are still counting on any of these, stop now and get up to date on what SEO will mean in 2014. 1. Keywords Are The Key To Search Results Many lamented the finality of not provided when it was announced on September 23, 2013 that keywords would no longer be passed in the referral string from Google. But what many failed to [...]


Search Engine Land’s Most-Shared Stories on Twitter for 2013: Google, Google, & More Google

sel-2013-review-featured Welcome back, search marketing friends, to the second installment of our Search Engine Land Year In Review series. So far, you've seen the run-down of our top news stories to break in 2013 -- now, we're switching gears to the social side of things, kicking it off with Twitter. What was the hottest topic our readers tweeted about over the last 12 months? Google stole the show in a big way, from  various algorithm updates and overhauls (Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird...) to those ginormous banner ads that took many by surprise. (And, love him or hate him, insights and two cents from Google [...]


England’s Lulworth Cove Tops Bing’s List Of Most Popular 2013 Homepage Images

Bing homepage LulworthCove Bing has released its ten most popular homepage images of the year, with England's Lulworth Cove off of the Jurassic Coast topping the list. According to the site, homepage popularity was based on user interactions. While the list includes a collection of pictures from across the globe, a majority of the images are of US locations. Bing's Top Ten Most Popular Homepages of 2013: 1. Lulworth Cove, England (© SIME/eStock Photo) 2. Fly Geyser, Nevada (© Ropelato Photography/Getty Images) 3. Ocean Drive, Newport, Rhode Island (© Massimo Borchi/4Corners) 4. North Avenue [...]


Search Engine Land’s Top News Stories Of 2013: Hummingbirds, Penguins, Pandas & More

sel-2013-review-featured As we get ready to close the books on 2013, the editorial team that brings you daily news and features on Search Engine Land and Marketing Land is going to look back at the most popular content we published during these past 12 months. Over the next week couple weeks, we'll reveal our most popular columns (overall, and broken down by topic) and our most shared stories on the main social networks. But we'll begin today with a look back at the most popular news items of 2013. Search Engine Land's Most Popular News Stories Of 2013 This list includes news stories published throug [...]


A Look Back On One Crazy Year Of Link Building

link-building-student-chalkboard-featured If 2012 was the year of Google Algorithm updates -- Moz counted 37 big ones compared to the 15 in 2013 and 21 in 2011 -- 2013 was the year that link building suffered from a serious identity crisis. It was sidelined, stretched, swindled and spit back out again more times than your average SEO pitches a guest blog post; but somehow it survived, and it will slide into 2014 broken, beaten and a little bloody. Let's look back on everything that went down in link building in 2013. Link Building Died Some say it died; some cry blasphemy at that statement -- but whatever side of the fence you'r [...]


Nelson Mandela Ranks #1 On Google’s Top Trending Searches For 2013

google-trends-featured Google has published its top ten global trending searches of  2013, with the recently deceased South African leader Nelson Mandela ranking No. 1 for this year's top global searches: It's perhaps unsurprising that the #1 trending search of 2013 was an international symbol of strength and peace: Nelson Mandela. Global search interest in the former President of South Africa was already high this year, and after his passing, people from around the world turned to Google to learn more about Madiba and his legacy. Unlike Yahoo's celebrity-focused list of top searches or Bing's collection of top s [...]


The 2013 Bing Infographic In Text Format: Bing Indexes A Lot Of Social Content

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing posted their 2013 highlights on the Bing Search Blog, summarizing some key statistics they wanted to share with everyone. They did it as an infographic, I wonder what Google would think about that? Here is the infographic stats in bullet format followed by the infographic. Bing.com home page views equals the number of people holding hands around the circumference of the earth Bing had double the search activity on Bing Video compared to 2012 If you were to line up 5% of the pixels that make up Bing Maps, you could make four round trips to Venus with trillions of pixels to spare [...]


See The Top 10 Most Searched Ad Campaigns On Bing For 2013

old-spice-baby Following up on the release of the Bing's 2013 search trends, which culled the top search queries across a range of categories, the Bing Ads team has pulled together the list of the most searched ad campaigns from 2013 as well as the most popular brand searches on Bing this year. Humor drove search volume, with nearly all of the ad campaigns in the top ten scoring somewhere on the comedy spectrum. Old Spice took top billing with its "Baby" ad starring actor Terry Crews and retro-silly "Watermelon" ad seen here: [youtube]http://youtu.be/hfiiWGWhB9g[/youtube] Exceptions to the comedy ru [...]


Yahoo’s Year In Review Includes Top Searches For 2013 & First Ever Posting Of Top Tumblr Trends

yahoo-featured Yahoo has assembled an impressive list of search trends for 2013, covering 38 different "Top Searched" lists on everything from top searches overall to top searched cookies (yes, the ones you eat). For the first time ever, Yahoo included top trends on Tumblr in its year in review, highlighting the most viral blogs on Tumblr, along with new and notable blogs, and the top ten Tumblr fashion trends. Last year, Yahoo says the election season greatly impacted its top searches, but the most popular searches for 2013 revolved around celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton and S [...]


Bing Posts Its Most Popular Searches For 2013, Naming Beyonce The Most Searched Person Of The Year

bing-2013-featured Bing has released its most popular searches for 2013, including more than 20 "Most Searched" lists, from most searched persons, sports stars and teams, to most searched TV shows and movies, social sites, entertainment electronics and apps. Beyonce topped two lists, winning the No. 1 spot for most searched person of 2013 and most searched musician. Bing notes the Top 10 Most searched persons included eight women, with the top five all female: Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Madonna. Bing posted its top ten list of most searched persons in 2013 alongside a list of the mo [...]


Ask.com Posts Most Popular Questions Of 2013 Without Waiting To See What Gets Asked In Dec.

ask.com It's not even Thanksgiving week, but Ask.com has posted its Most Popular Questions and Search Terms for the year, listing 2013's top ten trending terms for news, celebrity and entertainment, and political searches. According to the site, the Royal Baby ranked No. 1 for the top searched news term of the year, with the corresponding question: "What is the royal baby's name?" Other popular news searches included the Boston Marathon ("Where was the Boston Marathon bomber found?") and Syrian ("Will the US invade Syria?"). The most popular celebrity-related question on Ask.com in 2013 was, [...]


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