We've got a special request of our Search Engine Roundtable readers. Please take our 2-minute audience survey! We know your time is valuable, so as an incentive we'll include a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.You can find the survey here: http://www.etouches.com/esurvey/ser2015We need your survey results so we know who you are. Not personally who you are, but in general. What job do you have? What products and services do you buy? This information helps us tell potential advertisers about the Search Engine Roundtable audience.Completing this survey takes about two minutes. We only ask for your email address so that we can notify the winner of the Amazon Gift Card. That's all - promise. We won’t sell your email or send you more stuff because you took the survey.Everyone who fills out the survey by Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015 will be automatically entered in the drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card. We’ll announce the winner on Oct. 8th.Thanks for taking time out for our … [Read more...] about Search Engine Roundtable’s Audience Survey – 2 Minutes And You Could Win A $50 Amazon Gift Card
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I am really excited to announce the Search Engine Roundtable iOS and Android app is now available for download for free in iTunes and Google Play. It is a really easy, quick and fun way to read the content here (although posting to disqus comments don't work in the app for some reason).The main reason I built the app was to test Google App Indexing and Apple Universal Search, to see if it drives traffic, downloads and conversions. I will be sharing my data with all of you, so that you can make an informed decision if you want to build an app, and/or deploy Google App Indexing and Apple Deep Linking.The app is meant for reading daily, not for digging through the archives. With the exception of being able to search old stories, you cannot easily browse old stories. You can continue to scroll and scroll. Here are the core features in iOS, they differ slightly with Android, which I will get to later:Search news from the Search Engine Roundtable Browse stories by features, news, … [Read more...] about Download The Search Engine Roundtable iOS & Android App With App Indexing
Yesterday, Search Engine Roundtable and InfoDocket both pointed out that Google’s U.S. government specialty search tools, Google-Uncle Sam and USGov.Google.com had been offline for several days. Additionally, Google’s long time specialty search tools Linux Search, Microsoft Search, Apple Search, and BSD Search were also unavailable. Google has now confirmed both to us via email and on a Google Web Search Help Forum thread that all of these specialty search tools are no longer available. Uncle Sam and the computer specialty search search sites had been available for a at least a decade. The other specialty search site, USGov.Google.com would have celebrated its fifth birthday next week. When it launched Google said that the specialty search tool and site would not only offer a single search box allowing users to search federal, state, and local government info but it would also provide government news from a variety of sources. Finally, USGov.Google.com also allowed users to … [Read more...] about Google’s Oldest Vertical Search Engine, Uncle Sam & Others Gone
If you’ve ever opened your website analytics account and found a significant and surprising drop in search engine referral traffic, you know just how devastating a search engine penalty can be. But don’t panic! Not all search engine penalties are permanent, and with a little detective work and remedial action, you should be able to restore your previous rankings and rebuild the flow of organic traffic to your site. Here’s how to do it… Step #1 – Check Google Webmaster Tools Immediately after noticing a potential search engine penalty, the first thing you should do is check your Google Webmaster Tools account (assuming you have this service set up for your website). In many cases, when an automatic or manual penalty is issued to your website, it will be accompanied by a corresponding note posted in your Webmaster Tools account, detailing the specific rationale behind the penalty. Interestingly enough, according to Barry Schwartz, writing for Search Engine … [Read more...] about How to Identify Search Engine Penalties
The bounce rate debate continues… Bounce rates and how they affect a website’s ranking on Google has been discussed, dissected, and dismembered over and over again. As fully transcribed on this site, a conversation between Rand Fishkin, CEO of Moz, and Andrey Lipattsev, Google’s search quality senior strategist, led to a surprising discussion on click and bounce rates affecting search rankings. Rand stated that he has recently been running a few experimental tests with various crowds of 500 to a couple thousand people. Everyone participating was prompted to take out their cellphones, laptops, and digital what-have-yous and perform a specific search. Once the search listing appeared, he had everyone in the crowd click one of the listings at the bottom of the results page and then click away from that site. He then monitored the results over the next few days. Rand found a whole bunch of inconsistencies. In a little more than half of the experiments, the ranking did … [Read more...] about Do bounce rates affect a site’s search engine ranking?