Each month, I compile Search Month— a recap of all the stories that have happened relating to search, categorizedby topic. I thought it would be fun to take all the Search Months over the pastyear and produce this edition of Search Year 2007. It was far more work than Iimagined, but I hope you’ll find this at-a-glance guide to what happened insearch during 2007 to be helpful. At-a-glance might be a stretch. This is a massive post, and I’m sure somepeople might feel a bit of overload. So, here’s some guidance as to how thingsare organized. In many categories, I tried to pick the biggest news story for that topic.This isn’t always the case. With some categories such as SEO, there where manygood, compelling stories. In some of those cases, I went with a catchy headlineor a recent, broadly applicable article. I wish I’d had the time to more closelygo through and pick out the very best in each section, but it was too mucheffort. Below each main story are … [Read more...] about Search Year 2007: Search News, In Review
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Brent D. Payne is the SEO Director at Tribune Company, whose properties include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Baltimore Sun. In one form or another, Brent has been engaged in search engine marketing for over a decade. He’s also a well-known name in the SEO community, with many speaking appearances augmented by an extremely active Twitter account. As one might expect from a highly experienced and social SEO, Brent has much to say about in-house SEO, optimization of news content … and a whole lot more. I hope you enjoy his insights. Q: Describe the career path that brought you to the Tribune. Brent: Brent D. Payne was born on a rainy September day in … just kidding. My background is in technical sales and marketing. I applied for my first ‘real job’ at the age of 19 by responding to an advertisement in the local Ogden, UT newspaper. After some rather interesting antics to get the job (which included running into a wall, literally, for $100 … [Read more...] about Q & A With Brent D. Payne, In-House SEO Director, Tribune Company
Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. Foursquare’s Crowley Can Feel Foursquare Fatique, Has Plans To Fix It Feeling Foursquare fatigue and perhaps wondering what’s the point of checking in at times? Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley sometimes feels it too — but he’s got plans to keep you interested. More on that as well as turning Foursquare into a “product building machine,” from my interview with him last week. Why Check In? I’ve […] Watchdog Group Asks Congress To Examine Google’s WiFi Data Collection, Ties To Obama Administration In a six-page letter to House Oversight Committee leaders, a watchdog group has called on the government to do a “thorough investigation” of both Google’s WiFi data collection and the FTC’s recent decision to end its investigation without penalizing Google. In a blog post announcing the letter (PDF … [Read more...] about The Day In Search, November 10, 2010
Of the many different content management systems and web publishing platforms I’ve done SEO for, WordPress is the most popular. Blogs, company websites and web shops run on WordPress. Designers are fascinated by its versatility and the range of adaptations possible with it. Users love its simplicity and effectiveness. It’s a simple blogging system that needs little or no knowledge of coding, website design or other technical details. Nearly 25% of the world’s top 10 million websites — including TIME, Mashable, Marketing Land and Search Engine Land — are built on WordPress. But being easy to use, WordPress also makes it tempting to take on things you shouldn’t — or overlook/ignore important elements of SEO that can cause problems with business growth, success and profitability. This column isn’t a step-by-step guide to WordPress SEO, but will address some of the frequent questions I’m asked about SEO for WordPress websites. It will … [Read more...] about 10 WordPress SEO Questions That Took Me 10 Years To Answer!
If you know exactly what you’re doing, you can build a blog that gets over 100,000 visitors per month in less than year—from scratch. Chances are, however, you don’t know exactly what you need to do to achieve that, but that’s okay. The fact that you’re here and ready to learn means that one day, you will know what you need to do to create a fully sustainable business from your blog. Another factor is the time it takes. Some of you may be able to build a thriving blog in a year, while others may take two, three, or even five years. During this journey, your blog will progress through five distinct stages: Blog creation Initial growth: finding your 100 “true fans” Scaling up your traffic Reaping the rewards Maintaining your success In this article, I’ll outline the five stages of blog growth to help you understand where you’re today and how far you have left to go. Stage 1: Your Blog is Born Expected time to complete: Less than two … [Read more...] about The 5 Stages of Blog Growth