Archive for ‘Research’

Google Reclassifies Certain Types of Thin Content Pages

Topics: Content Marketing, Experiments, SERPs

Post Penguin Update

We have new data which shows that the 25th October spike wasn’t part of the gradual Penguin 3 roll-out. It appears the update had a lot to do with on-page factors and is (among other things) related to how Google treats thin content pages and soft 404s.…

 

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.…

 

Top 5 Digital Marketing Activities Since 2010

No matter how satisfied or amazed you are with the Internet, you can bet that content and search results will continue to change and improve. Digital marketing strategies will also vary for as long as the demand for a seamless interaction between the Internet and the user exists.…

 

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.…

 

A Comprehensive Study of Content and Brand Visibility on Google+

Understanding Google+

Google has been aggressively attempting to diversify away from search. Over the years they’ve come up with a number of promising products in a sea of failed experiments. When Larry Page took charge of Google’s direction once again, we witnessed a sudden shut down of unviable products. …

 

Google+ Case Study: Why did my lunch go viral?

ripplesA photo of my lunch went viral on Google+ over the weekend with 28,616 views, 312 +1′s and 54 comments and I had no idea why. The level of engagement on the post goes well beyond the norm of somebody with only 16,000 followers.…

 

Scientists Use AuthorRank-Like Logic to Assess Article Quality on Wikipedia

Xiangju Qin and Pádraig Cunningham from UCD have just published an interesting paper which discusses the challenges in quality assessment of Wikipedia articles. Their approach to quality scoring is based on three main modes:

  1. Edit contribution
  2. Contributor authoritativeness measures
  3. Combination of the two

The hypothesis is that Wikipedia pages with a significant number of contributions from authoritative editors are likely to be of a high quality.…

 

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.…

 

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