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  • Google's Keyword (Not Provided), One Year Later
    Last Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of one of the more controversial announcements in Google's sordid history with the SEO community. On October 18, 2011 Google rolled out secure sear ...
  • Digital Marketers, Embrace Your Inner Publisher
    Digital marketers have become full-bore content marketers. That statement shouldn't spur any debate; it's true. And the adage that "content is king" is proven time and again across top-performing digit ...
  • Three Reasons Why Responsive Web Design Is Responsible Web Design
    The acceleration of users accessing Web content from mobile devices rather than traditional desktop and laptop computers has posed a difficult challenge to webmasters: how should websites be presented ...
  • Why Agencies Are Better Equipped To Get Search + Social
    Fellow Search Insider Rob Garner recently summarized a few of the key findings from this year's SEMPO marketer survey, noting an interesting data point related to the intersection of sear ...
  • Three Things Facebook Needs To Nail With Search
    Mark Zuckerberg took the stage last week at Techcrunch Disrupt to discuss all things Facebook, including the inevitability of a true Facebook search engine. It was the piece of informati ...
  • Mapping Health Search To The Patient Journey
    Earlier this year I wrote a column, Paging Doctor Google, where I noted my recent career move into the healthcare marketing space. There are several adjectives I could use ...
  • Walking The (Thin) Line Between SEO And Web Spam
    Rank Modifying Spammers is an interesting exploration of Google's search algorithm and the possible direction the company may take in its fight against Web spam. The author's hypotheses stem fr ...
  • The Ultimate SEO KPI: Return On Rank
    I'm not introducing anything new or novel by saying that SEO "rank reports" are unimportant. That sentiment has existed for years among many SEOs, even before Bruce Clay's famous "Ranki ...
  • Accounting For Variables You Can't Account For
    Ryan learns a search lesson from a bad in-store experience. ...
  • The Gold, Silver, And Bronze Of Brand-Building Through Search
    True story. The first time I ever presented any of my thinking in a public venue was at Google's Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. It was a panel discussion ...
  • Search in A World Of Converged Media
    I spent a good amount of time over the weekend poring over Altimeter Group's recent report, "The Converged Media Imperative." The research is highly recommended reading if you haven't y ...
  • Turbo-Charging Thought Leadership Efforts With Google Authorship Markup
    I have a theory. I believe that any company, across any industry vertical, can take advantage of the early-mover opportunity that Google's Authorship markup protocol provides. This opportunity would all ...
  • Three Lessons Learned From Digg's Burial
    I don't know if "shocking" is the right word. Improbable. Unexpected. Sad. Indescribable. Last Thursday Digg announced it had been sold to Betaworks for a reported measly $500,000. The soci ...
  • Is Clickthrough Rate Still A Good Measure For Success?
    My good friend Jason Falls posted on LinkedIn last week, in response to recently released Facebook Ads engagement data: "More statistics emerging on Facebook advertising statistics. I still am baffl ...
  • Practical Ways To Go 'Killer' With Social Intelligence
    I've long regarded search query data as a clear manifestation of customer needs and wants. Search engine users go to great lengths to precisely articulate what they're in search o ...
  • Taking Time To Stretch
    A close friend and mentor of mine once told me his key to successful public speaking: "The trick isn't in finding a new topic; the trick is to find ...
  • Welcome Back, Summer Of Search
    It's hard for me to believe, but a year has passed since I wrote the column Welcome To The Summer Of Search. That piece was one of my all-time favorit ...
  • Staying Positive About Negative SEO
    Following Google's "Penguin" algorithm update in late April, many SEOs have been debating the possibility of a practice called "negative SEO," whereby one SEO could hurt another's websites by intentional ...
  • How Advanced SEMs Roll: Search Query Mining
    Big data is everywhere. It's become a fashionable topic du jour, and in an industry like search engine marketing, where data is everything, that trend holds especially true. One ...
  • Doesn't Google Owe SEOs Something?
    "It's one of the most important rules of search engine optimization. Don't depend solely on SEO. Especially don't depend solely on Google, the largest of the SEO sources. I'm alwa ...
  • Digging Deep With Google Analytics Custom Variables
    Out-of-the-box website analytics tools are rarely satisfying. Sites that track only standard visits, pageviews, and bounces are missing out on some of the richest Web marketing data available. Every digit ...
  • Paging Doctor Google
    Two weeks ago I wrote about semantic search, and how Google in particular has begun dissecting the intent behind symptom-related queries. "Google's symptom search is a clear indication of t ...
  • Why I've Resisted Pinterest
    By now you've likely heard of this social networking website called Pinterest. You may even be among the roughly 35 million active users of Pinterest. The newest social media darli ...
  • Structured Thinking About Semantic Search
    Following a March 15 Wall Street Journal article, "Google Gives Search a Refresh," the topic of semantic search has again become a hot-button issue for SEOs and webmasters. In th ...
  • Killing It With Conversion Rate Optimization
    We're all familiar with the adage "actions speak louder than words." It underscores the premise that, despite what people may tell you about themselves and their preferences, their actions wi ...
  • How Facebook Is Changing Everything: Timeline For Brands
    Whether brands are ready or not, Timeline is rolling out to all Pages in two weeks' time. The introduction of Timeline is the most significant new feature set Facebook h ...
  • How Facebook Is Changing Everything: Premium Advertising
    A few weeks have passed since Facebook announced that it would be expanding some of its core functionality for brand Page owners, and enhancing its advertising platform ahead of th ...
  • How Facebook Is Changing Everything: Open Graph Apps
    Facebook again made news this week with the announcements that its advertising platform will be further expanded, and that all brand pages will be converted to timeline format by t ...
  • Why Multiplicity In Analytics Matters
    Several conversations occurred this week on the range and types of analytics tools required to assess the impact of digital marketing programs, search included. One theme emerged that made ...
  • Navigating Common Search Marketing Rebuttals
    So let's assume that we've succeeded in convincing the appropriate decision-makers that search is awesome, that our consumers are actively seeking information related to our products and services, and th ...