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Reddit: Google’s Semantic Data-Mining Opportunity

Look at this perfectly looped image sequence. It’s link building, chain making, Futurama, factory… it’s satisfying, and hypnotic. Google, however, won’t be able to link these concepts well enough unless it’s fed structured semantic data. They must find creative ways to correlate “strings” and understand “things” as webmasters don’t always have a habit of structuring their data, just like they don’t always use rel=”nofollow” or write clean code.…

 

Tested: QR and EXIF URL Discovery

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I’ll keep this short and to the point. We tested two things:

  1. Will Google discover a URL contained in a QR code?
  2. Will Google discover a URL contained in an EXIF?

The answer to both at this stage of our test is: No.…

 

The Art of Link Earning

Exactly two years ago, I published a little study on link anatomy [PDF] from link builder’s point of view and many were surprised to see so many attributes attached to something so simple as a link. Today will focus on the left hemisphere of the diagram with attention to organic acquisition scenarios (excluding any direct manipulation in the link earning process).…

 

Anchor Text Harvesting

This article explains how to crawl a single domain and generate a complete list of all external anchor text used.

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80Legs

  1. Log into 80legs and create a new job. You can name it whatever you like.
  2. Add the URL of the domain you wish to crawl in the “Simple” mode of “Seed List of URLs” field.
 

How to get 25,000 +1′s and PageRank 7 in one week

WARNING: Misleading title.

Now that I got your attention I’d like to point out just how smart Google has become over the years. It seems they’re able to understand when a site has been moved and consolidate their signals accordingly without any canonicalisation or 301 redirects.…

 

Penguinflux or Hummingbird?

Today we upgraded Algoroo to include all available SERP flux data ranging from December 2012 until now. One thing that strikes me as unusual is the impact Penguin 2.0 left on search results. It seems that the level of search result volatility never restored to its pre-Penguin 2.0 state which hints at a possibility of a whole new real-time search quality algorithm.…

 

Live Website Audit: The Ja Joint

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This week’s hangout will be a live website audit, hosted by Chris Butterworth and a special guest Carly from The Ja Joint. Her website has been just launched and we’ll be looking at everything that a new website can do to give it the best chance to rank well in search engines including:

  1. Technical SEO
  2. User Experience
  3. Content
  4. Outreach
  5. Social
  6. Strategy

Website: http://www.thejajoint.com.au/

How to join?

 

Tested: Google’s New Barrier to Entry

Spam

Penguin 2.0 did many great things for the quality of Google’s search results, but one of them went largely unnoticed by the mainstream SEO community. Since the last update I was approached by several people who have noticed a new layer of protection against spam entering Google’s results quickly.…

 

Google+ Statistics

Since Google+ doesn’t have its own analytics dashboard I’ve been trying to employ various hacks to get to the data I need. Today I’ll share another one that’s dead-simple to implement but only works for user profiles, not Google+ pages.

Navigate over to Author Stats in Google Webmaster Tools, set your filter preferences and look for Google+ URLs.…

 

Why Google Webmaster Tools Link Data is Enough for Your Link Cleanup

Whether Google Webmaster Tools link data is reliable enough for a successful link cleanup or not in not a new topic in the SEO community.

Link Cleanup

Background

Last year John Mueller explained that it’s enough to use GWT data and pointed out that links missing from the report weren’t significant anyway.…

 

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