Gboard App for IOS

I just downloaded GBoard, the new Google iOS app that replaces the standard iOS keyboard with a keyboard that allows you to search Google from the board itself – and the results show up as cards at the bottom of the browser. Check it out: Gboard appears when you start to search in an iOS […]

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madison_wi_apartments_-_Google_Search

Check out the “342 matches” snippet attached to the MadisonApartmentLiving.com result for “madison wi apartments“: That “342 matches” is only visible on the MadisonApartmentLiving home page when javascript is turned on: So not only is Google seeing content in JS, it considers a number + “matches” relevant enough to put it in the SERP snippet. […]

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Who is speaker of the house

So Paul Ryan has said he has no interest in running for President regardless of what happens in Cleveland, but Google’s Knowledge Graph seems to have other ideas: To be fair Boehner is still considered “a” Speaker of the House but who is speaker of the house right now? Like I said, don’t trust Google […]

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Google Search Console

Hey it’s a free tool (thanks guys!) and certainly better than nothing, but #IHaveADream… THE NAME The name, while arguably more descriptive, cannot escape its history as “Google Webmaster Tools”. Maybe in a few years we will all stop trying to say “Google Search Console” while actually saying “Webmaster Tools”. Maybe. HTML IMPROVEMENTS How about […]

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Replace Furnace SERP

Per my previous post, Are You Doing Local Answers SEO?, we have noticed these types of results are becoming more common for queries that have local intent: Click to enlarge these sorry screenshots This is in line with the increasing presence of Knowledge Graph results over the past year. We believe that Google is starting […]

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Examiner DMOZ

@localseoguide I have absolutely no clue — Gary Illyes (@methode) March 11, 2016 Check out the description snippet in this query for Examiner.com, which is a fairly large news site that has been around for years: Perhaps at some point, maybe a decade ago, Examiner.com was owned by The Journal Newspapers. It’s not now. Check […]

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Google Set My Location

Google’s “Set My Location” option in the Search Tools section appears to have pulled a Google Plus Local… First spotted by the ever-diligent @LennyPham. From @DarrenShaw: “Fortunately, &near=city_name is still working for getting localized results outside of your city.”

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Google Search Console is full of untrustworthy data

When Google rebranded Webmaster Tools as Google Search Console  SEOs were going wild over the new Search Analytics report. However, as the resident skeptic I’m not so quick to worship at the feet of Google’s data.   Rankings Up, Impressions Down It seems pretty intuitive to say as your rankings increase, so too should your […]

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Crawl Stats SEO

From the #Duh! department: In case you are still arguing with your developers about how much time they should be spending fixing site performance issues, I thought I’d pass on the following screenshots: Click to enlarge

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Thumbtack meme

It’s kind of big news in the Local SEO biz that Thumbtack.com* has received a manual action penalty from Google for unnatural linkbuilding. If you study Thumbtack’s backlink profile or read some of the articles on the subject, you can see that perhaps parts of their backlink strategy may have gotten them into trouble, which […]

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