You know the old saying about not criticizing someone until you walk in their shoes. But have you noticed how critical many SEOs and Webmasters are when it comes to the search engines, when they've never walked "in their shoes"? Spam is a perfect example. The search engines have publicly stated that over 90% of submissions made through free add URL pages are spam. A few years ago, a FAST search engine representative showed me some examples of spam - how they tracked spammers, the sheer amount of spam coming from just one spammer, and so forth. Can you imagine how much better their strategies are now for catching spammers? It's almost impossible for us on this side of the fence to fathom the spam problem from the search engines' side of the fence. Suffice it to say that spam is a major issue with the search engines in terms of time, resources, and ultimately money. New filters are added by the engines to combat spam, and the Web community finds new ways to cheat their way to the top. … [Read more...] about Walking in the Search Engine’s Shoes
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A Google representative has confirmed what has been the subject of much speculation over the weekend — a Penguin 3.0 update was rolled out on Friday. This marks the first update to the Penguin algorithm in over a year. On October 9th at Pubcon Las Vegas, Bruce Clay stated during one of his sessions on link building that sources led him to believe that a Penguin update would be coming within the next 10 days. Less than 10 days later a Penguin update was rolled out, so how’s that for a prediction! At this time, few details are available from Google other than the fact that an update was rolled out. What percentage of search results it’s expected to affect is still unclear at this time. However, that doesn’t mean SEOs can’t do their own digging and retrieve their own data. Here’s The Reaction So Far This afternoon on Twitter, Moz’s Cyrus Shepard published a collection of screenshots showing data from various SEO reporting tools: Strange data … [Read more...] about Google Confirms Penguin 3.0 Update, Here’s The Reaction So Far
There is little doubt that duplicate content on a site can be one of the biggest battles an SEO has to fight against. Too many content management systems are designed for and work great with content, but few SEO considerations are included in how that content is implemented throughout the website. There are two kinds of duplicate content, onsite and offsite. Onsite duplication is content that is duplicated on two or more pages of your own site. Offsite duplication is when the content of one site is displayed on other websites. Onsite duplication is an issue you have control over while offsite duplication may be beyond your control. Both are problematic. Why is Duplicate Content an Issue? The best way to explain why duplicate content is bad is to first point out why unique content is good. Unique content sets you apart. It makes you different. It helps you stand out. Why? Because that content is unique to you and you alone. When you use the same text to describe your products as the … [Read more...] about The Complete Guide to Mastering Duplicate Content Issues
On September 26, 2013, Google let slip that it had updated its overall search platform, which they referred to as “Hummingbird.” In this post, I am going to take a look back at the past year to see what impact Hummingbird may have had. One of my goals with this post is to help dispel the myth that Hummingbird is an algorithm, and to provide some clarity on the nature of the impact it may have. Hummingbird was revealed during Google’s 15th birthday party, but no mention of it was included in their own post about the event. However, Search Engine Land Founding Editor Danny Sullivan was in attendance, and this new platform was revealed to him and others who were there. Very little was understood about what Hummingbird was all about, as supposedly it had been live for a month or so at the time and had impacted 90 percent of queries; yet, very few people had any idea it had happened. How could that be? I wanted to know — so a few weeks later, on Halloween, Danny … [Read more...] about Assessing Hummingbird’s Impact On Search — 10 Months Later
If you were paying attention, you might recall that Google launched Remarketing Lists for Search Ads (RLSAs) at the end of June this year. Now that we’ve had a few months of experimenting with how to best make use of this feature, we’ve managed to come to some interesting preliminary conclusions. First, let’s revisit a couple of the basics: What Are RLSAs? RLSA campaigns use your remarketing lists to remarket to users on the Search Network. In layman’s terms, if someone has been to your website before, you can now use RLSA to set up a separate strategy for targeting them on Google.com and other sites in the company’s search network. Why Are They Important? RLSAs are potentially a game changer, and there is a reason that Google refers to it as “Remarketing 3.0” — it allows us to reap all the rewards we’ve had from regular remarketing on the extremely-focused and targeted search platform. How Do You Implement Them? Go into any Search … [Read more...] about How Should You Be Using RLSAs?