Here is another SEO Snippets video, this one on the basic topic of submitting more than 50,000 URLs via your sitemap file to Google. In short, John Mueller of Google said you can submit multiple sitemap files if you need to submit more URLs and even if you have fewer than 50,000 URLs, you can still split up your Sitemap files into multiple versions because it is useful for debugging and other reasons.Here is the video:Here is the transcript:Today's question is about sitemap files. Mike from India asks, how do we add a sitemap for more than 50,000 URLs?Sitemap files are a great way to make your content known to Google and to other search engines. However, they're limited to 50,000 URLs per file.What do you do if you have more URLs? You can generate more than one sitemap file per website. You can either submit these individually, for example, through a Search Console, or you can create a sitemap index file. A sitemap index file is like a sitemap file for sitemaps. You can list multiple … [Read more...] about Google SEO Snippets Video: Multiple Sitemap Files
Consolidating multiple quickbooks files or entities
Visitors to a website may want to perform certain actions related to Entities (specific places or people or things) that are displayed to them on the Web. For example, at a page for a restaurant (an entity), a person viewing the site may want to create a reservation or get driving directions to the restaurant from their current location. Doing those things may require a person to take a number of steps, such as selecting the name of the restaurant and copying it, pasting that information into a search box, and submitting it as a search query, selecting the site from search results, determining if making a reservation is possible on the site, and then providing information necessary to make a reservation; getting driving directions may also require multiple steps. Using a touch screen device may potentially be even more difficult because the site would possibly then be limited to touch input. A patent granted to Google this week describes a way to easily identify an entity such as a … [Read more...] about Selecting Entities on Sites and Performing Tasks On Them Through Google
Google’s recent purchase of Metaweb, who run the Freebase directory left many wondering at the motivations behind the acquisition. Did Google buy the company for its technology, for its Freebase directory, for the expertise of its employees? A Google patent application published today hints at one reason behind the deal, with a mention of Metaweb’s Freebase, and how it could be used by Google in a process that may expand the amount of information that the search giant shows us about specific people, places, and things (including ideas and concepts such as democracy) in search results. It might also result in search results that are mashups of different information relating to queries involving named entities, such as seen in the image below: Google’s new patent application identifies references to specific people or places or things, referred to in the document as “named entities,” when they appear in queries, expands the amount of information that it … [Read more...] about Google and Metaweb: Named Entities and Mashup Search Results?
Does Google favor big brands when showing search results? That question has been bandied about on the Web for a while, but the answer may be more complicated than just a matter of brands. The question arose this morning on Malcolm Coles’ blog, in his post Google treating brand names in search terms as site: searches? after Malcolm very astutely discovered certain sets of search results showing more that 2 results from the same domain. Rather than just looking for brands, it’s more likely that Google is trying to understand when a query includes an entity – a specific person, place, or thing, and if it can identify an entity, that identification can influence the search results that you see. I’ve written about the topic before, when Google was granted a patent named Query rewriting with entity detection back in May of 2009, which I covered in Boosting Brands, Businesses, and Other Entities: How a Search Engine Might Assume a Query Implies a Site Search. … [Read more...] about Not Brands but Entities: The Influence of Named Entities on Google and Yahoo Search Results
Search predictions come from: – The terms you’re typing. – What other people are searching for, including trending searches. Trending searches are popular stories in your area that change throughout the day. Trending searches aren’t related to your search history. – Relevant searches you’ve done in the past (if you’re signed in to your Google Account and have Web & App Activity turned on). Note: Search predictions aren’t the answer to your search, and they’re not statements by other people or Google about your search terms. ~ Search on Google using autocomplete A website by the name of SourceFed produced a video that claimed that Google was intentionally manipulating search results to make Hillary Clinton look good, because it wasn’t showing results tied to her name that SourceFed insisted Google should be showing. SEO Consultant Rhea Drysdale posted a response on Medium that shot holes in their argument. Rhea started … [Read more...] about How Google May Map a Query to an Entity for Suggestions