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Link Memory: SEO Experiment Result

Link Memory

In April 2014 an experiment designed to test the influence of anchor text on URL rewriting showed positive results. Google chose inbound link anchor text value to override uninformative page title in SERPs. After the first stage of the experiment had concluded we removed all inbound links to the test page.…

 

Co-Occurrence as a Ranking Signal

TL;DR: A little-known property of Google Books search highlights co-occurrence as a ranking signal.

The concept of co-occurrence (not to be confused with co-citation) has been on the radar of many search professionals for a while. I accepted the idea as common sense and never thought to investigate it further, then one day I stumbled into a peculiar set of search results which lead to what appears to be conclusive evidence of Google’s use of co-occurrence in their search results.…

 

How I made Google index its own search results

googleception

Jim Munro spotted an interesting anomaly in Google’s search results the other day, a case of Google indexing its own search results. This is not something you see every day. I went to investigate and noticed that all Google’s URLs returned in this search query had one thing in common – //.…

 

Experiment Results: Influence of Anchor Text on Document Title Rewriting

Can anchor text influence uninformative title tag replacement?

In 2012 we examined Google’s document title rewriting behaviour in order to create a list of contributing factors.

In the follow-up experiment we’ve focused on one signal only – anchor text.…

 

Why Red Bull Has Two Verified Google+ Pages

Google+ wants real identities for both humans and organisations. There can be only one!

That said, look what happens when you search for “Red Bull” in Google Plus:

Red Bull Search

We’re seeing two official Red Bull pages, both verified. So which one is real?…

 

Separating Local and Organic Traffic in Google Webmaster Tools

Today I’m going to share a dead-simple Google Webmaster Tools hack that will help you split up pure organic impressions and clicks from Google’s local results. Hack is maybe a strong word, in any case it’s a workaround which compensates for the missing “Google Places” filter.…

 

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.…

 

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 Visualise Very Large Websites

If you’re running a small-to-medium sized website, visualising website architecture isn’t difficult. What do you do if your website exceeds 100,000 or even 1,000,000 pages?

Visio, PowerMapper, SmartDraw and similar applications won’t do the trick. They produce great visualisations in a relatively short time period, but they fail/break/time out when facing websites such as eBay and Amazon.…

 

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