Sick and Tired of Out of Stock Products in Google Search

Here’s one thing Google could improve user experience: Demote results for out of stock product pages and promote the ones that are available – even if they don’t have high rankings to start with. How’s that?

I am a fan of Polo Blue and tend to buy the same deodorant over and over again.…

 

Google Webmaster Central Hangout: 15-02-2012

Google webmaster central hangouts are a great way for webmasters to ask questions and provide feedback to Google’s webmaster team. How much can you fit into a single session? A lot apparently.

google-hangout

For those who have missed this week’s hangout we’ve prepared a summary of discussed topics.…

 

Influence on Google Suggest

This is a quick checklist of factors which Google could use to drive their “Google Suggest” auto-complete feature. When users type in a search query Google tries to complete that query by selecting suggestions from many different datasets. Do they really understand the topic or make judgement on the search query?…

 

Google Webmaster Tools Drops Two Days of Plus Data

Google Webmaster Tools +1 Timeline

Google Webmaster Tools fails to report on +1′s for two days in February. Will we ever get the data or is it gone forever?

Go to Webmaster Tools, select your domain and navigate to +1 Metrics. Select “Audience” and set the date range to as wide range as possible on both ends.…

 

Article Spinning, Another Bad Idea

In one of the recent posts I did I talked about blog networks and why they should be avoided as Google has numerous ways of figuring out the network. Just this morning I got one of those spam mails regarding a new software that is going to “revolutionize” the link building sphere.…

 

Open source announcements and new FLOSSBOK initiative

It’s been a while since open access and open source events have been as interesting as they are now. While the things are heating up around Elsevier publisher, including a petition being signed by academics to refuse to publish or do any editorial work for any Elsevier journal, on the other side there have been open source changes  announced at the FOSDEM conference in Belgium.…

 

Examining Asterisk-Modified Search Queries in Google

This is a quick study on how asterisk symbol affects Google search queries, illustrated on a search for insurance in Google Australia.

Quick Summary:

insurance: brings results with word insurance highlighted in title and description
*insurance: word insurance is highlighted with the nearest relevant phrase before it
insurance*: word insurance is highlighted with the nearest relevant phrase after it 
*insurance*: word insurance is highlighted with the nearest relevant phrases before and after it

Search Variations:

Where Google decided to bold a relevant related term instead of the main key term we searched for:

  • Insure

Search Anomalies:

Terms that were bold in results that are either not relevant or useful to users:

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Search Techniques for Reliable Results

Anyone can write a book. Whether a publisher will edit, print and distribute is a matter of expert evaluation. Some terrible titles may even pass through and find their audience, but will certainly not end up in a state library. Online is the same, anyone can write anything – and they do.…

 

Title Tag Replacement

In a recent SEO experiment we tested several cases of title tag replacement in Google and discussed elements which are used for replacement and when it may happen. Today we found another great example with some additional insights as to how Google may perceive information on the internet from the semantic point of view.…

 

How is Your Company Standing on Google+?

Google+ has broken the boundaries of expectations, some may say they forced us because its Google, so you are either on the boat or it’s leaving without you, but one thing is for sure, no one expected it to grow as fast as it did and not many listened when we said get on early, it will be worth it.…

 

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