Usability-first Search Engine Optimization

Work in Search? Don’t Worry About Google Instant

Before the SEO world gets its collective panties in a knot about Google Instant‘s potential for putting us all out of work, it would be a good idea to remember why people use search engines in the first place: we want information suited to our specific needs. Google states: … “By predicting your search and […]

PCMag: SEO is killing the Internet.

According to pcmag.com’s John C. Dvorak, SEO is killing the internet. Is this guy for real? Or is John pcmag.com’s answer to Andy Rooney: (Whiny voice:) “Have you ever noticed how SEO is killing the Internet?”. We all know that controversy is a great way to attract readership, but come on, didn’t you already squeeze […]

Google Drops PageRank Data From Webmaster Tools

Without warning, Google has removed PageRank data from the ‘Diagnostics’ section of their Webmaster Tools (WMT). The majority of the SEO community once considered PageRank to be the quintessential metric to track , but the last few years have seen a steady decrease in the little green bar’s popularity. Webmaster Trends Analyst Susan Moskwa commented […]

Bing’s White Paper Category in Need of a 301 Bandaid

By now, those of us even remotely up to date with what’s happening in the search industry know that Bing released its Webmaster Whitepaper almost 2 weeks ago. I find it refreshing that the Bing Webmaster Center Team has referred to SEO as an opportunity to help your website stand out from the crowd in […]

Microsoft launches Bing Search Engine 2 Days Early

Bing was originally scheduled for launch June 3, 2009, however, Microsoft’s “Decision Engine” went live today, and aims to compete with Google and divert its share with $80 Million in marketing. In announcing the search engine May 28, 2009 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Bing (AKA Kumo) hopes to help users receive the information they’re […]

Google Chrome Better, Not Beta

Download Chrome Chrome Brought Us More Speed When Google announced its release of Chrome in September 2008 – in the unconventional form of a clever, 38 page online comic book – the first thing I noticed with the search giant’s first (and opened source) browser was its speed. Chrome loaded faster from Windows XP than […]

Google Launches SearchWiki

Yesterday, Google launched SearchWiki, the biggest news in Web 2.0 since sliced Wikipedia. Once logged into your google account, SearchWiki allows you move search results up or out of Google’s index, for your own personalized results on return visits to the Goog. As well as allowing users to edit, reorder, and remove search results to […]

Google Announces Search-based Keyword Tool

Yesterday evening, Google announced the release of their Search-based Keyword Tool (beta) (SBKT), a nice little addition to their ever expanding suite of free internet marketing and keyword research applications. Google’s SBKT suggests terms that are semantically related to the content of any provided URL – ones that aren’t currently part of an AdWords campaign […]

Google Finally Publishes Official SEO Guide

Until this week, the closest Google has ever come to publishing anything on recommended Search Engine Optimization practices has been the well known and rather vague Google Webmaster Guidelines. Just the fact that they used the jack-of-all-trades-but-master-of-none term ‘webmaster’ hints at the rather limited potential value of the document to anyone that’s been involved with […]

Google Now Indexes Scanned Documents with OCR

Scanned documents now join Flash and .pdf files on the list of non text based formats that are indexable by Google’s robots. In an announcement today on Google’s Official Blog, Evin Levey (Google Product Manager) described Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology’s ability to convert images of text into actual text that can be searched and […]

Microsoft Research Unveils Social Search Engine ‘uRank’

Microsoft Research has released a new social search engine prototype called “uRank”. Social search engines boast personalization features such as allowing users to move search results around to better suit their tastes, and share information with others. uRank “…allows people to organize, edit and annotate search results…to better support people as they are exploring a […]

Happy 10th Birthday Google

11 years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin renamed their university search engine research project from Backrub to Google; registering the domain Google.com on 11 September 1997. When the 2 Stanford computer science grad students incorporated Google a year later in a friend’s garage on 7 September 1998, they undoubtedly had no idea that Google […]