Using a patent for personalization, this post evaluates how Google is able to tailor search results to a user's personal taste and explains how these calculations are relevant to the global algorithm.
Articles by Dave Davies
Google was just issued a patent based on tying its rankings with email spam. While that patent shows what could be, rather than what will be, it reminds us that Google is always watching.
Proximity, relevance and prominence are the three cornerstones of local SEO. Reviews are also important, though they don't affect rankings nearly as much as many people think.
Link building certainly isn't dead, but as the areas covered by offsite factors increases, staying away from the term and using "signal driving" instead, might be a better fit.
Updates to Google’s algorithm have rippled through the web and damaged many unsuspecting companies, but the warning signs were always there, if you just listened.
What’s a simple way to look at which content is driving the most links and social signals for your competitors?
If you do things in a very specific order and double-check each aspect prior to launch, you can avoid a ton of headaches and losses in rankings during a site redesign.
Why not let both designers and their prospective clients know the questions that, if asked, would have solved a lot of the headaches we see every day?
Panda. Google vs. Bing. Penguin. Guest blogging. The years of 2011 to 2014 were nothing short of tumultuous for the search industry. And as the voice and face of Google, Matt Cutts felt the wrath of angry webmasters and marketers.
What's the right question to ask? That will depend on your skill level and experience in the SEO industry.
A look at what the future might hold for search marketers, created with clues from Google's algorithms and patents.
In a lot of cases, links from methods that many would consider bad are not just part of a natural profile but can actually drive traffic and PageRank.
This step-by-step guide to link building with Ahrefs also looks at how the tool helps sort through massive amounts of data so you can make more positive decisions faster.
With all the great tools already out there, why do you need another? The goal of using SpyFu's Backlink Builder tool isn't to "get a win on every page." It's to short-list sites that are worth looking at. And that's what this tool is great for.
Majestic SEO's Clique Hunter should be one of your go-to tools for link building due to its focus on sites that are (mostly) relevant and sites that are willing to link to others in your industry. Here's how to use it to find hubs and secure links.
Welcome to the years of paid links. link bait, Caffeine, Google bombs, and page speed as a ranking factor. By this point, Google's Matt Cutts had plenty important things to teach us all about the evolving landscape of search and SEO.
For years, Matt Cutts has been the face of Google, addressing various search quality and optimization issues. Most webmasters and search marketers pay close attention when he speaks. Here are some of Cutts' most notable moments from 2000-2005.
Have more time than money, but want to beef up your backlink profile? It can be done. These four strategies will help you, over time, become far more resistant to algorithm changes and diversify your traffic sources to increase rankings and traffic.
Duplicate content comes in many forms on the web, and each one can negatively impact your SEO efforts. Here are the most common types of duplicate content, how it can impact your site's search rankings, and how to fix duplication issues.
Come, join us for a look back at some of the major SEO issues we faced heading into and during 2013, as well as what Google did for and to the SEO community. Then we'll gaze into our crystal ball to see what's likely to come in 2014, and why.