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Optimizing for Social Search

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The dawn of a new search marketing era is upon us, marked by the rising glow emanating from Twitter deals between Microsoft’s Bing and soon after, Google. Providing real-time search results from social media outlets is a game changing addition to how people search and find information online and puts more pressure on the delicate [...]

Austin Restaurant Week and Beefing Up Your Content

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Is the content on your site linkable?  Does it need to be beefed up?  Do you deserve to be ranked on the first page?  No, yes, no?  We’ll use Austin Restaurant Week to illustrate the idea behind creating sumptuous, linkable content to garner incoming links.  Google is hungry and you need to feed it.
First, what [...]

BlindSearch: Which Search Engine Will You Choose?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Brands influence purchases; there is really no argument about that. The art of advertising has paired a brand with a single adjective since the ads moved beyond basic product descriptions. For example: Coca-Cola=Classic, Gatorade=Quench, and Volvo=Safety. In today’s market, Google=Search and Bing=Decide. What would happen if brands were to disappear and only the bare bones, [...]

Link Love Monday Edition – Happy Fourth!

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Is anyone else dragging from copious amounts of sunshine, fireworks and Dr. Pepper? I hope your 4th treated you well, and that you encountered plenty of hot dogs, burgers, 7-layer dips, double decker boats, wakeboards, and sunscreen, of course. Now, to the links we go!
Link: Traffic Drops and Site Architecture Issues
Love: myth busters. Google covers a couple [...]

Link Love Friday with Cory B.

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Link: Best Practices for Product Search
Love: optimizing your universal search presence.  The natural search results aren’t the only results that deserve optimization attention.  Universal search requires a holistic approach to SEO where you need to also focus on optimizing for local, blogs, videos, images, and if you have an e-commerce website, product search which makes [...]

What is Bing?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

In a move that is pretty commonplace within the search industry, Microsoft has attempted to make a splash as a search engine yet again. This time, instead of simply adding new features into MSN or Live, they launched an entirely new brand, at the end of May. So–What is Bing? What impact has it made? [...]

Google Provides Valuable Information with Enhanced Rich Snippets

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Screenshot of Google homepage in beta testing, 1998.
Many of us remember the days of the Google search that produced a simple list of blue hyperlinks. Google then added what they called “snippets” to their presentation – a small preview of pertinent information about each site to entice the reader. On May 12, 2009, Google announced [...]

Google’s Keyword Tool adds Local and Global Search – Helpful or Useless?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Although not many people have been talking about it, Google made a fairly major change to the Google Adwords interface last week, including some significant changes to the Google Adwords keyword tool.
Change is Good
The Google Adwords keyword tool has changed over time, and overall, the tool continues to be a great resource for search marketers. [...]

Keyword Research for Improved SEO

Friday, April 17th, 2009

I recently spoke with Jay Brock, a Natural Search Consultant at Apogee Search, about SEO keyword research. Jay provided insight into the importance of SEO keyword research, strategies for developing keyword lists, and highlighted tools to help evaluate keyword success.
Quality SEO keyword research should be the foundation for all SEO efforts. Since SEO can take [...]

How Will Google SearchWiki Influence Search Marketing?

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Oscar Pico, a Senior Natural Search Specialist at Apogee Search, recently took time to get me acquainted with Google’s SearchWiki. He discussed what Google’s SearchWiki is and how it can affect search engine marketing campaigns.
Launched in November 2008, the Google SearchWiki allows searchers to personalize Google search results by ranking, removing/adding web pages and sharing [...]