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Will Googles Agent Rank Ever Become a Ranking Factor?Will Google's Agent Rank Ever...
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Will Google's Agent Rank Ever Become a...
I've seen some interesting discussions recently on the question of whether authority (Agent Rank) will ever become a ranking factor, such as this one on Google+. Let me preface this with a reminder that although authorship and authority can interrelate, they are two entirely different things. Authorship is merely a mechanism to link an entity and a work together - authority is a rank placed upon an entity for its value within a certain topic area or field of interest.Authorship,...Read More >>
 
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In the fallout of the last publicly announced (sorta) Panda update and as the internet prepares for Penguin: The Next Generation I find myself talking about algorithm updates and penalties a lot. Unfortunately it seems like even folks in the industry can’t differentiate the difference and I am having conversations I wish I didn’t have to have.  Which is why I thought I would take the opportunity to help break down the difference between the two in hopes of educating...Read More >>

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Are you ready for the next Penguin  assault?Are you ready for the next Penguin assault?According to comments being reported from SES, Matt Cutt's has said the next incarnation is the "the father of all Penguins" - "jarring and jolting" and that SEO's won't “want the next Penguin update." Strange, considering many of them I know didn't want the first one. Anyway.... Accordingly many search types are scurrying around talking about it on various communities and social sites. Even my Skype...Read More >>
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Did Googles Local Updates Catch You Flat Footed? Did Google's Local Updates Catch You Flat Footed?So… flashback to February 2012 and the forty algo changes Google highlighted in the Inside Search blog. A lot of buzz popped up, much as it always does. A slew of articles have come out about the "new heavy focus on local" with the Venice update and other local changes.If you've missed the hullabaloo, here are the updates in question:More locally relevant predictions in...Read More >>
Information Retrieval, Or: How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The DataInformation Retrieval, Or: How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To...Lately people have become more and more aware of just how much information is collected about them. Leading the pack is Google. Ad re-targeting, personalized web search, instant pairing translations, and universal search are all ways that Information Retrieval is being used and studied to improve Google's products. But Google certainly isn't the first, simply the most honest about doing it. IR is used all around us every day to analyze, interpret and...Read More >>
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An SEOs Guide to a Painless Website MigrationAn SEO's Guide to a Painless Website MigrationIt can be a daunting and scary experience to migrate a website to a new server or web host, especially when sites are extremely large and require some significant amounts of additional time planning the migration. Even with the best intentions and exhaustive planning, some things can still go wrong. A website migration is one of those things that can be very costly as a result of a few mis-steps in the planning process. Luckily, there are ways...Read More >>
SEO &  Named Entities; what can we learn?SEO & Named Entities; what can we learn?In the world of search entities and their associations have become more and more important over the years and it's an area of study I advise all SEOs to get into. Today, more than ever. Last week we looked at some of the what, where and how of named entities and their applications to the modern world of search. As promised we're now going to dig in a little further and see what...Read More >>
Named Entities; associations for SEONamed Entities; associations for SEOIf there's one area of search that has had my interest over the last while it's entities. And interestingly, the SEO world has also been interested, but they tend to think of in in simpler terms; as brands. Year after year we hear about Google being biased towards brands. But that's not really the case from where I sit. It really doesn't make sense to create algorithms that favour brands. That's...Read More >>
GOOGLE search patents 2011GOOGLE search patents 2011Hello and welcome to this year's edition of patents of interest from the fine folks at Google. This isn't actually ALL of them, believe it or not, but the ones I found interesting enough to share in my SEO Geeks Newsletter.Another element to consider are the dates. Some patents may have been filed in 2010 or 2011 while others as far back as 2004. This means looking in aggregate may not tell the...Read More >>
Microsoft search patents 2011Microsoft search patents 2011Hello and welcome to part II in the annual search patent round-up here on SNC. While some might discount what goes on over at MS/Bing, that's not the point of the exercise. First off, Bing is still a viable engine with a large user base. Second, some markets actually get better conversions from Bing than from Google. And lastly, a search engineer is a search engineer. We're looking at how challenges in search are...Read More >>
Yahoo Search Patents 2011Yahoo Search Patents 2011Hello my fellow geeks and welcome to the last in our series on the year that was in patents in the world of search. In case you missed the previous rambling, we're not reverse engineering. We're merely looking to learn how search engineers think.And yes, I hear you saying, “Yahoo?? They're no longer relevant”. There's the misstep. We're not using patents (and papers) to unlock the holy grail, we're looking...Read More >>
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Aspects and tools for technical SEOAspects and tools for technical SEOTechnical SEO, out of all the optimization “subsets”, is often overlooked in informative articles. Witness the fact that link building alone brings back over 1 million results (hacked query). For technical SEO, you get about 2,730. If you modify the results based on the past year, it drops down to a measly 198 (about 10 of those are reprints from OutSpoken Media). Sad, sad.Does this lack of coverage mean...Read More >>
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