Eric Schmidt, The Wall Street Journal and Personalized Search

Early Friday morning the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed piece from Eric Schmidt on how Google can help the dying newspaper industry. Later that same afternoon Google announced they were “turning on” personalized search for everyone. While these two events were connected because the occurred on the same date, they are also a clear signal of Google’s direction: going forward.

Google Search Tricks, Tips and Hints

Even though I work in the search engine space I have a lot of the same bad search habits that most people have. I expect Google to know that when I type in [Wedding Band] it should know whether I’m looking for jewelry or musicians. With that in mind I’m going to provide some tips to help you use Google … [Continue reading Google Search Tricks, Tips and Hints]

Optimal Titles: SEO Case Study

SEO Case Study: Optimal Title Structure Experiment: To determine what the optimal structure is for a title soley for page ranking. Hypothesis: Page titles are one the most important on page ranking factors, and achieving the best layout will help a page rank for it’s desired phrase. I believe that that [Keyword Phrase : Title] will rank higher than any … [Continue reading Optimal Titles: SEO Case Study]

Seth Is Wrong On Paid vs Free Journalism

I’ve been writing about thinking critically recently and the Malcolm vs Chris vs Seth thing is great fodder.

Why I’m Looking Forward to a Google Operating System

As I’m fairly well known for my distrust and criticism of all things Google, so it probably comes as something of a surprise that I’m REALLY looking forward to a Google Operating System … allow me to explain …

Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part III

In Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I, we looked at some examples of screen resolutions, and content placement. In Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part II, we looked at how banner size affected the “sweet spot” being above or below the fold. In part III we’re going to look at liquid versus static.

Web 2.0 Weenies and Bullshit Social Media Economics

This weekend I watched an amazing video from Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs at a Ted Conference, and what really hit home is how many people struggle to be new media douchebags in a web 2.0 world. If you’re the kind of person who wants to have 50,000 twitter friends, be a power Digg user, make the front page of  … [Continue reading Web 2.0 Weenies and Bullshit Social Media Economics]

Google, Dictionaries and SEO

One of the things toolbars and personalized search will do is reduce algo busting to the equivalent of speaking Latin. However personally I hate personalized search, and don’t think it’s going to be as big as they all hope, so I like to practice a little algo dissection from time to time. One of my favorite methods is pushing a … [Continue reading Google, Dictionaries and SEO]

Local Search Interview Update

Due to some production issues I made some adjustments to the local search interview series, I added two more interviews, and we may get a third by friday.

Sitelinks – Now That’s Interesting

Oh apostrophe you give and then you take away (and suggest)

Lodefizzle

Lodefizzle this is a zugzwang post so avert your eyes nothing to see. Trying to find the meaning of life for Lodefizzle: click here Learn about HTML and Lodefizzle: click here Unwashed masses fawning over Lodefizzle: click here Lodefizzle: something I was fiddling with because the kids were home sick and I couln’t get any real work done. read more | digg … [Continue reading Lodefizzle]

Did Matt Cutts Expose a Hole in Digg

Last week Matt Cutts made a post about how to connect your Linux computer to a Wii balance board using Bluetooth. This post happened to make the Digg homepage, however what was really interesting is the way he did it, which has exposed an exploitable hole in Digg.

Testing the OOP Part II

Well that didn’t take long [serps]

Are You More Entertaining than a Sock Puppet

So my buddy Loren Feldman over at 1938 media has been having grand old time giving a parody of Shel Israel lately. While it’s all been pretty funny I think there are a few points to learn from this.

Still Think You Can Ignore Social Media, Blogs, YouTube and Blended Search

Still think this whole social media, blog, youtube, universal search business isn’t here to stay or doesn’t effect you. I suggest you look at the SERP’s for Vice Presidential Candidate [Sarah Palin]. Not only will you see lots of blended and social media results but take note of the fact that a squidoo page for Sarah Palin is ranking above … [Continue reading Still Think You Can Ignore Social Media, Blogs, YouTube and Blended Search]

Reinstating Your Google AdWords Account

That was the exact subject of an email I got from Google Adwords today. Um hey Google maybe you might want to chose a slightly less alarming message next time. Just because I’ve paused 99% of the ads in my adwords account doesn’t mean it’s been closed or needs to be “reinstated”.

Profits Murdered By Google Adwords

There’s been quite a bit of noise in the SEM space about some of the recent changes made by the Google Adwords Quality Score. I thought it might be interesting to take a more in depth look at some of my site statistics.

KISS SEO – Keep it Simple Stupid

The following is a Guest Post from Michael Martin. When performing SEO its best to first implement the KISS strategy, Keep It Simple S….. Forget about the old school keyword density equations, being completely W3C compliant, creating X amount of content, pages or acquiring X amount of links. KISS SEO would include, but not limited to: Unique TITLE tag for each … [Continue reading KISS SEO – Keep it Simple Stupid]

Cloaking Your Hummer

While I’m generally not in the habit of outting websites who are bending or breaking the rules, when you reach the level of BMW or even Hummer the gloves are off, and you’re fair game …

Hewlett Packard Giving Away Free Templates With Embedded Links

Seems the giving away free templates with embedded keyword rich links has filtered up to the fortune 500 level as Hewlett Packard released a series of free templates today