Google’s recent “over optimization” update aka The Penguin Update combined with Panda 3.5 has been interesting to watch unfold. My site’s organic traffic grew 20% over the past few days and while I’d like to think it’s because I am doing SEO right, the data suggests it’s more likely that other sites were doing it, if […]

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Gee thanks Overture Google. That Comparison Ad is very helpful and I didn’t need for my organic results to show up above the fold anyhow.

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As noted yesterday, Google Webmaster Tools has started reporting on URLs that get large changes in search engine traffic with the following item in the Messages section: I dubbed it the GWT Cheerleader because it seemed so darn peppy. The message tells you that the traffic to the URL has either increased or decreased significantly […]

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First time I have ever seen this message in Google Webmaster Tools. It reads: “Search results clicks for [URL] have increased significantly. Yay!” #yay

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And while I’m on the subject, Stever has a great post up on some tips for Encouraging Google +1 Votes for Local Business Websites. Key point for unsuspecting SMBs to take note of: “Forget the new schemes popping up to buy hundreds of plus 1 votes. Those will be meaningless to a local business as […]

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SearchEngineLand just published Google Plus Connections Are The New Link, some thoughts of mine on how local search co’s and SMBs may try to leverage Google Search Plus Your World to improve local SEO. After rereading it, it seems clear that as more and more organic results are deemed to have “local intent”, the only […]

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  I don’t recall seeing these little prompts in the search results before.

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  A few years ago on these august pages I did a post on Reputation Management Jujitsu as a way of obtaining links by saying nice things about companies with poor online reputations. The idea being that these companies are eager to link to blogs saying positive things about their brand. Now that Google Search […]

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I couldn’t resist. Update: As of 2/10/12 this video has been seen over 170,000 times.  Achtung Baby!

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It’s pretty clear that Google Search Plus Your World – Boy that sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel where some machine has taken over and is breeding humans for advertisers (never happen right?) – could radically alter the SERPs for queries that match up with content with strong social signals in your network […]

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So far I am not a fan. When I am looking for info on Bronycon, I don’t need to see the Bronycon info that I shared, or that my friends have shared, as the default result. Would be much better as an option to filter the results. And who came up with that mouthful of […]

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The NY Times reports on the epidemic of open businesses that are reported as “closed” in Google Places and name checks Linda Buquet and Mike Blumenthal, who successfully changed the Googleplex’s Place Page status to “closed” a few weeks ago (SEO Badass award goes to you Mike). Howard Lerman, CEO of Yext, sees an opportunity […]

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Pass the pigs feet please

With Google rolling out it’s “new and improved” expanded sitelinks for “brands”, the SEO game just got a bit trickier, particularly for local queries. Here’s what you get when searching for some pig feet + foie gras heaven at Au Pied De Cochon: Some observations: If you rely on queries for business names to generate […]

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Looks like Google is now allowing users to remove keywords from Google Instant previews.  Should help them improve relevance and provide yet more fuzziness about what the average searcher is seeing in the list.  Another fine SEO challenge. Anyone else seeing this?

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Frank Reed of Marketing Pilgrim put out a challenge to all SEOs to chime in a SEO problem ShopCity was having with Google.  A number of SEOs started picking apart ShopCity’s SEO program, or lack thereof, and ShopCity’s own Colin Pape joined in the fray.  Even a Googler, John Mueller, added his 2 cents. For […]

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Justin Sanger, CEO of JoinHere, an interesting new SMB “Social Engagement Platform”,  puts it thus: “A G+ and G Places integration will create the most powerful discovery, publishing, and social suite the marketplace has seen to date. The G maps algo will undergo more change as content contribution, followers, and +1s begin to affect discovery – […]

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Nyagoslav Zhekov has been adding some thoughtful comments to the blog as of late and I thought this post on his take on the Local Search Ranking Factors was worth a read.

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Had an interesting discussion last week with the CEO of a startup that was getting a lot of traffic from Google. His board had been encouraging him to invest in scaling up the business faster. His strategy had been to pursue slower growth so that he always had enough cash in the bank in case […]

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I popped my standard headshot in and here’s what I got: A couple of thoughts: 1. If you saw a pic of me when i was about 4 years old, you would see a lot of similarities between me and that kid second from the top right.  Something SixthSense-y going on.  Wonder if I will […]

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I just wanted to use “radii” in a headline… Mike Blumenthal tweeted yesterdat that he thought the radii of the Google map for various local queries had gotten smaller. To me it seemed like the radii hadn’t changed much but the map pins had gotten bigger so I decided to compare the map that displayed […]

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Google Offers has added a lot of detail about how the program works and tips for participating businesses. Mike B. has excerpted some of the more pertinent info so I thought I’d provide my spin on some of my favorites from the fact sheet: Publicity No photos, please! Er — actually, lots and lots of […]

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Anyone else seeing these?  Kind of useless but nice.

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Greg Linden uncovers a potential new Google Maps ranking signal: direction requests: …certain very large search engines have massive logs of people asking for directions from A to B, hundreds of millions of people and billions of A to B queries. And, it appears this data may be as or more useful than user reviews […]

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Contrary to popular belief, Pandas don’t just eat bamboo, they also eat local search sites.  My post on Yellow Pages SEO in the Post-Panda World is now live on SEL.

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Just saw the news over at Greg’s blog and couldn’t resist…

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Lior Ron announced today that Google is dumping the HotPot brand for its local reviews system and rolling it into Google Places. It’s a good move and I am guessing an indicator of more product coherence from GOOG as a result of Larry Page becoming CEO. I was always confused by the HotPot brand. Most, […]

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I logged into Gmail today and saw the following message: Ironically a second later I got the following email from a client: So you probably already know this, but thought I would share.  I am working on an email to past customers, and in the process of testing it, I send a copy to my […]

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Since my YP.com Post-Farmer Traffic post, site owners who lost traffic have started to send me similar charts for their sites. I think it would be kind of cool to post charts for sites that were affected so that SEOs can study the patterns and we can call some attention to those sites that need […]

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In response to my post on how some of top local sites did in the Farmer Update, Yellowpages.com’s John Cole forwarded me the following traffic charts showing how their traffic has grown since the update. Week Over Week Comparison 2/20-2/26 v. 2/13-2/19 Week Over Week Comparison 2/23 -3/1 v. 2/16-2/22 Thanks for sharing John.  If […]

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I thought it would be interesting to review the Quantcast data for the local-oriented sites in Quantcast’s Top 100 to see if anything has changed (of course take this data with a grain of salt) since the Google Farmer Update: Update: Some readers pointed out the non-Quantified sites I used were not showing the right […]

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