So the latest news from Google – well, from Matt Cutts who’s the head of the Google Spam Team, is that there is a brand new Google form for anyone to use to report a scraper site ranking higher than the author site.
Huh? Well, here’s what he meant – at least as I see it.
If you write your own content, say a great blog piece on how to attract brand new truck driver candidates for your trucking firm, and then post it on your blog that’s a good thing. You’re sharing your expertise with the folks who might find that kind of an article of interest, and yes, you use Social Media via your own company pages to publicize that fresh content. Let a day or two go by and you then check that post and it’s position in the Google rankings…and hey great, you’re at #7 on the page….
About 20 months ago or so, I received launch notices about a great new program sponsored by Google, the Royal Bank, Yola and our own CIRA that would enable SMB owners to get a brand new free website for their online businesses. This I thought would be a good thing as I know that simply put you need an online website to allow you to both brand and manage your business in this millenium.
So I wrote about it a few times back in early 2011 with the launch blog post here and followups here and here with stats too…I was proud to have helped get this Program up and running and even got a mention about it too here (but that is a dead link now eh!)
Okay as our regular readers know, we love what we do! We truly like to get into the office and online every single day and as early as possible, to help our client roster succeed at getting new traffic sent to their sites and we do it over and over again – but always remembering that the search engine target is a moving one….one you need to keep your eye on all the dang time!
That said, we also of course “bump” into all types and kinds of other viewpoints and whenever such opinions (backed up by tested empirical evidence that is) help us learn more, we know that this is also very important counsel and we try to incorporate same into our own online marketing practice on a daily basis.
Big grin here as recent data shows Google is placing increasing weight on Google+ in the search results, at least as it pertains to personal brand searches as is reported in a study done by Conductor.com!
Further analysis of that study shows a majority of the world’s top tech writers have Google + accounts and have, by now, taken a step further by establishing authorship in the SERPs.
First, what’s an EMD?
This acronym stands for an ‘exact match domain’ as in when you buy your domain name you think ‘keywords’ ahead of brand and you buy something that is a usual search engine keyword phrase. Like you’re going to go into the cheesecake retail store channel in your hometown, so you buy “hamiltoncheesecakes.com” for an example.
Okay I too have noted that as of late, most of our SEO reporting has been on new Google changes – and today’s post is in that same vein and if I had to mention why that is, it’s because Google is changing. That’s not news for us Canadian SEO types, but many SMBs we consult to think it odd that no sooner is one tactic hypothesized, tested, proved and then installed – than things change. Welcome to the world of search is all I can say….
But back to today’s post on the actual page layout algo that Google currently is using and it’s recent update and what that means for us SEO practitioners and all you SMB owners out there. But first, my post is based on a recent post by the fine folks over at tutorspree.com – but I’ve no idea as to which of their staff wrote this post here…. Great piece. Got me a measuring too and while my own numbers varied slightly from there’s….it’s no doubt that organic search is now a small piece of the overall web results real estate.
As you probably know, I’m a strong believer in Google+ as a social network as well as the hypothesis that by using same you will increase your own/client’s online reputation, authority, trust…and yes serp rankings eventually too.
That’s not a unique thought, as there must be thousands of us SEO practitioners thinking along those lines around the globe and in the past couple of days, Google has added some new tools to help further that thesis.
Official announcements abound…but what I think might be more important is to think about the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ ideas first…but here’s some background and stats to begin.
Okay, you’re website is up and running; your online marketing campaign is bringing in traffic with both SEO and Social Media tactics; you are seeing new leads or revenues coming in, but you want to know more about the rationale behind those visitors to increase your ROI on the current spend – but you don’t know how. If that’s a fair description of where you are right now, then today’s blog post is definitely for you.
Google Analytics is the answer…..got it? But, you’ll immediately say…how do I use same to really find out where my site visitors are coming from, what they’re looking at on my site, how long they stay (i.e. the site stickyness), what call-to-action worked to get me those leads….etc. etc.
We’ve been watching south of the border in google.com land their rollout of just a couple of days ago of the new Google local carousel display for web search results. But like always I figured, as google.ca up here in the Canadian SEO world is usually behind the curve, it would bear watching without seeing same here.
I was wrong – as today (the first day of summer!) when you search for “some” local-only web keywords/phrases, yes…google.ca will display same…but only for certain “local” searches!
Huh? Google? Well, yes….a large part – well in fact just about every hour or so, I am running web searches for clients, on clients, on client products, on channel partners, on just about every single thing that you can imagine. And when you do that, when you run search after search, using everything from the Google tool bar to google.ca to tools that wring those results from the Google index….you find out quickly that yup, Google fights back.
Okay, you may not have heard of the Zagat review system for restaurants in the US (learn more here) and the fact that this firm was bought by Google back in the fall of 2011 to be used it was stated “to aid it’s local search rankings” and that seemed to hold some promise for the veracity of same.
What I thought back then (blog link here) was that as Zagat had some real authority in the restaurant review world, that when Google bought same, it could only work well for those rankings and at the same time spin away from Yelp et al and the plethora of phony reviews.
At least that’s how it looked to me…at the time – but as I’ve learned….things change muchly in the Canadian SEO world, eh!
Yes, I know…with the huge size of Google at approximately 1 Billion searches a day….and more than 7+ Billion page views a day…it’s sort of hard to even think about those “other” search engines…yet I thought it again time to look at BING & Yahoo….but not for searches but for their inclusion of photos within their web search results.
First, you should already know that as Google has rolled out their AuthorShip program, whereby content can be attibuted to any Author that goes through their validation process, that Google now shows that Author’s photo along with the link to that URL where such content can be read.