Crawling Vs. Indexing What does it mean when we say Google has “indexed” a site? For SEOs, we use that colloquially, to mean that we see the site in a [site:www.site.com] search on Google. This shows the pages in Google’s database that have been added to the database — but technically, they are not necessarily crawled, which is why you can see this from time to time: … [Read more...] about How Search Engines Work — Really!
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From AdWords updates to algorithm changes, the arrival of Expanded Text Ads to the sunsetting of PageRank score… there was a lot going on with the Big G this year. Let's take a look back at the issues and announcements that scored the most social engagement across the board. (Catch up with all of our Search Engine Land Year In Review stories, while you're at it!) … [Read more...] about Search Engine Land’s most engaging stories of 2016: A whole lotta Google
This is evident in the fact that many of the most popular columns in 2015 were focused on getting the fundamentals right. Where do I get started with local SEO? How can I build links in an ethical manner to avoid penalties? What’s the best way to manage my AdWords campaigns? How do I optimize video content on YouTube? These are all questions that were addressed by our top columns on Search Engine Land this year. … [Read more...] about Search Engine Land’s Top 10 Columns Of 2015
But the fact remains that links are the most important off-page signal for search engine rankings, and strategic link acquisition is therefore critical for effective search engine optimization. For SEO efforts to reach their full potential, businesses and online marketers simply cannot opt out of link building. … [Read more...] about Search Engine Land’s 10 Top Link Week Columns Of 2015
Google threw local search marketers for a loop earlier this year when it made some changes to how local results are displayed, getting rid of the 7-pack in favor of a more condensed, more mobile-friendly 3-pack. While this change may have created a better user experience for searchers, many local businesses were left with questions — and Jason Decker’s piece provided some much-needed insight into the implications of this new display format for searchers and businesses alike. … [Read more...] about Search Engine Land’s Top 10 Local Search Columns Of 2015