Twitter A-Listers Are More Likely To Have Their Tweets Indexed In Google Search Results [Study]

twitter-indexation-by-followers If you are counting on Google indexing your tweets, you had better have Twitter influence -- we are talking serious influence. As in, if you have fewer than a million followers, your tweet isn't likely to surface on a Google search at all. That's one of the key findings of a study that Stone Temple Consulting released today. After analyzing the last 20 tweets for 963 Twitter accounts, it found that tweets by accounts with one million+ followers were indexed at least 30% of the time. There were 58 of those in the sample, including nine with 3 to 5 million followers and 26 with more than 5 mi [...]


Thanks To “Right To Be Forgotten,” Google Now Censors The Press In The EU

right-forgotten-erase-past-600 The EU's Right To Be Forgotten removals have been happening for about a week on Google, and now news publications are discovering the fallout. For some searches, you can't find their news stories relating to certain people. In particular, both the BBC and the Guardian have shared examples of content that's now been "forgotten" in Google. The stories remain on the sites of both publications. You just can't locate them for certain searches related to the names of individuals they are about. (Postscript 5:50pm ET: Add the Daily Mail to the list, which has posted about removal notices it [...]


The Future Of Paid Search (From A Data Perspective)

future-computer-woman-shutterstock Over the past five years, the media buying world has changed dramatically. The incredible advances in adTech (Advertising Technology) and consumer electronics have opened up the doors for never-before-seen targeting and measurement capabilities. Especially in the field of programmatic and audience-based buying, we have made progress at a rate that has even outpaced consumer behavior. As I've mentioned previously, we know more about our consumers today than we can leverage without creeping them out. So how has this inside knowledge changed marketers' online ad-buying behavior? Histor [...]


Google’s Right To Be Forgotten Form Gets 12,000 Submissions On First Day

right to be forgotten eu logo Google's new Right To Be Forgotten from has been up for just about a day now, and the company says that over 12,000 submissions have been received. Google confirmed the figures to Marketing Land, which had earlier been reported by Reuters. Google also said that at one point, it had been getting up to 20 requests per minute. Which countries generated the most requests? Google's not breaking that down, it said. But if the several thousand requests that Google already received before the form went up are any guide, Germany is likely the leader. Germans generated 40% of removal reques [...]


Does Facebook Have A Teenager Problem? Does Google Have A Mobile Problem?

google-facebook-logos Teenagers are leaving Facebook, apparently in droves. I found one study that suggested a stunning three million teens had left Facebook in just three years. In related news, the growth of Google desktop search is slowing and is being replaced by mobile activity. At least some of this mobile activity comes from mobile app usage, leading some to speculate that search volume might see serious declines as a result of app cannibalization. So is the sky falling for both Facebook and Google? Of course not. Both companies have well-developed strategies to overcome these "deficiencies" and, I wou [...]


Native Mobile Apps May Dominate Now, But The Mobile Web Will Endure

Time spent with apps If you’re lucky enough to be a huge brand marketer with unlimited budgets, what I’m about to say probably doesn’t apply to you. You have the good fortune to focus on providing not only a phenomenal mobile website experience, but a great experience in mobile apps, as well. Not or, but and, as it should be. So, you can feel free to use the contact info below to discuss how to take your campaigns to the next level and stop reading this column. For the other 99% of us, the recent announcement by app analytics provider Flurry that users are still spending more time in apps than the mob [...]


The Fatal Mistake Content Marketers Are Making With Nofollow

shutterstock_182841941-RIPContentMktg RIP, content marketing. Thanks to Google's algorithm updates and quality guidelines that require paid links to include a nofollow tag, there's simply no value any more in online promotions for brands and agencies. After all, if a sponsored link can no longer provide a direct PageRank boost, what's the point? Everyone knows the only reason to bother promoting a brand online is for the improved search engine rankings. Did you detect a hint of sarcasm there? I hope so, because when marketers focus too much of their attention on search engine optimization (SEO), they lose sight of the big pi [...]


Grow In-Store Visits From Smartphones For Better Traffic From Google Mobile

mobile-devices-featured We know 2013 was the year that Google finally started to improve the smartphone search experience, warning webmasters and marketers about things that make a site less usable for smartphone users -- like Flash, faulty redirects, slow loading pages and so on.   I know sites can be difficult for mobile searchers to use, regardless of whether they're dedicated mobile sites, dynamic serving, or responsive web design -- so let's focus instead on what we can do to improve the mobile searcher experience on our sites.  I'll be suggesting ways to improve the mobile searcher experience througho [...]


Super Bowl 2014 Commercials: How Did Advertisers Perform in Search Engines?

tv-video-featured It's year number six of tracking how Super Bowl ads compelled us to search and just how well advertisers take advantage of all that searching. How did advertisers fare this year? Better than in earlier years, mostly because they are learning to keep it simple. But they're not necessarily doing better in search on purpose. Last year, advertisers started paying attention to social media in a big way, which they extended this year. But it's clear advertisers don't realize we're multi-taskers. Not only can we watch the game and tweet at the same time, but we can search, too. And while I get [...]


Nielsen: All Top Brands Lost Web Users To Mobile In 2013

mobile-web-apps-featured According to data released last week by Nielsen, all the major web brands lost uniques on a year-over-year basis in 2013. The period measured was January through the end of October. The ranking of the top sites was more or less the same as we've seen in other data. However the relative loss of monthly uniques was not uniform. According to Nielsen, Ask lost the highest percentage of its monthly uniques. Next was Facebook and then YouTube. Nielsen broadly attributes the decline in "web" traffic to the rise of tablets and smartphones. However the company didn't provide a holistic vie [...]


Dutch Data Protection Authority Says Google’s Privacy Policy Breaks Privacy Laws

google-europe-featured A statement released yesterday by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) claims Google's privacy policy is in breach of the Dutch data protection act. According to the statement: Google combines the personal data from Internet users that are collected by all kinds of different Google services, without adequately informing the users in advance and without asking for their consent...On top of that, Google does not offer users any (prior) options to consent to or reject the examined data processing activities. "Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent. And that [...]


Google Search “Reunion” Video Goes Viral With More Than 4 Million Views In 5 Days

Video click Google is doing its best to make everyone cry (in a good way) with its latest heartwarming "Reunion" ad for Google Search. The video has gone viral in the last five days with more than four million views on YouTube. It is ranked No. 4 on Unruly Media's Top 20 Viral Video Chart, and has received more than 665,000 Facebook shares and 11,400 Twitter shares. The ad highlights the power of Google Search on desktop and mobile, showing how a granddaughter is able to reunite her grandfather with his long-lost best friend, using only a few details from a story he tells about being a young boy in Lah [...]


Google’s Broken Promises & Who’s Running The Search Engine?

google-promises-featured For two years in a row now, Google has gone back on major promises it made about search. The about-faces are easy fodder for anyone who wants to poke fun at Google for not keeping to its word. However, the bigger picture is that as Google has entered its fifteenth year, it faces new challenges on how to deliver search products that are radically different from when it started. In the past, Google might have explained such shifts in an attempt to maintain user trust. Now, Google either assumes it has so much user trust that explanations aren't necessary. Or, the lack of accountability might [...]


Is Not Provided A Good Thing?

content-marketing-featured It’s been a few weeks since Google rocked our worlds and stripped keyword-level data from the referrer, so it’s time to examine the fallout and see what’s changed in the world of search marketing. Surprisingly, not much. Keywords were beacons of insight – fantastic beacons – but keywords were a double-edged sword leading us to create content that unnecessarily repeated specific terms for an ideal keyword density. Writing for a bot rather than for the user is not optimizing for user experience, so Google did something about it. Google head spam-fighter Matt Cutts said it himself: [...]


The Questions Google Refuses To Answer About Search Privacy

google-logo-glow-featured Last month, Google made one of the biggest changes in search privacy ever, by routing all searches through its Google Secure Search service. Why did it make the change? Why didn't it close some loopholes that leave some search data vulnerable? Google -- which is demanding more transparency from the US government over privacy issues -- is preferring not to be transparent about its own moves. What's The TL;DR? The too long; didn't read is that more people should read stuff that they deem too long. The world would be a better place. But OK: Google claims it has improved search privacy but [...]


Google Unveils New “Hummingbird” Search Algorithm For “Precise & Fast” Results

hummingbird Big news in the search world yesterday. Google announced that it is using a new search algorithm called "Hummingbird" to sort through its millions of facts and billions of web pages. The system takes its name from the more "precise and fast" results that it is intended to deliver. Panicked about a sudden loss of traffic that Hummingbird might cause to your site? Or excited you might get a new gain if Hummingbird reshuffles the SEO traffic in your favor? Well, relax. Hummingbird actually went into effect about a month ago. Any changes should already have long happened. To learn more ab [...]


Is Adaptive Web Design Or RESS Better Than Responsive Design For SEO?

adaptive web design seo Kudos to all of you smart marketers for keeping me on my toes. At SES San Francisco last week, I was asked three good questions that I hadn't heard before and wasn't really prepared to answer. The title of this post is one of them: When it comes to SEO, is adaptive Web design or RESS (Responsive Web Design + Server Side Components) better than responsive Web design? If the person who asked the question had phrased it as, "Is dynamic serving better than responsive Web design for SEO?" it would have been an easy question to answer. Unfortunately, with so many new terms being used to describe [...]


Privacy Groups Ask Court To Reject Google Settlement, Claim It Won’t Fix Privacy Issues

computer-internet-legal-law-featured Last month, Google agreed to pay $8.5 million to a settlement fund over a lawsuit claiming the site had given private information included in user search queries to third parties without gaining consent from users or notifying them that the information was being shared. The court approval for the settlement was scheduled for today, but five US privacy groups have requested that the settlement not be accepted. PCWorld reports that the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, Patient Privacy and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse wrote a joint letter a [...]


Questions On Google Authorship? Google Shares Some Answers

google-g-logo-2012 Trying to figure out how Google Authorship works? Google has a new post out today answering a few tricky questions such as how to deal with mascots (sorry, they don't get authorship) and what types of pages can have authorship appear in Google's search listings. Read more in Google's post and also see our longer recap on Search Engine Land: Google Provides FAQ About Authorship, From Blocking To No Mascots. Also, to learn more about authorship, check out our The Definitive Guide To Google Authorship Markup article and some of these related stories, as well: Author Rank, Authors [...]


4 Ways To Prepare For The Search, Social & Mobile Tipping Point

HiRes [caption id="attachment_167680" align="alignright" width="180"] This is a derivative work from an image used by permission from  istockphoto[/caption] According to the 2013 Internet Trends report released in May of 2013, mobile now accounts for 15% of all global Internet traffic and, with nearly 1.5 billion global smartphone subscribers and over 5 billion mobile phone users, learning about the way that people search, consume and share media across mobile devices is at the forefront of the search marketer's agenda. Mobile, Search & Local Hit The Marketer's Radar Mobile phones hav [...]


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