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  • Should Google be more transparent with its updates?

    It might seem hard to recall now, but there was a time when Google would regularly announce updates to its ranking algorithms, confirming what they were and how they would affect websites. During these halcyon days, information about Google ranking updates was generally delivered via Google engineer and head of Google’s Webspam Team Matt Cutts, who was to many marketers the pu ...

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  • Four most interesting search marketing news stories of the week

    We’re back with our weekly round-up of the most interesting search marketing news stories from around the web. I hope you all enjoyed last Friday’s Easter search trivia quiz, and if you haven’t had a chance to test your knowledge yet, be sure to have a go and share your score with us on social media! This week: a look at the newly-relaunched Google Earth and what it could mea ...

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  • The State of Schema.org: What are the biggest challenges surrounding Schema markup?

    Using Schema.org markup, a form of structured data which helps search engines to interpret your webpages, is widely agreed to be beneficial from an SEO standpoint. While it may not correlate directly to an increase in ranking, using Schema.org markup allows search engines to pull through rich snippets and rich data like images, reviews and opening hours, making your site appea ...

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  • Test your knowledge! The Search Engine Watch Easter trivia quiz

    Happy Easter, Search Engine Watch readers! In honour of the season – and a bit of spring-like weather finally starting to creep into the air (well, at least here in the UK…) – we have put together a light-hearted search trivia quiz to test your knowledge. What was the name of the project launched by Sergey Brin and Larry King at Stanford, ...

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  • Interview: Why marketers shouldn’t waste their time with Google Posts

    The search engine results page recently saw the return of Google Posts, the part-social, part-publishing feature that was launched by Google a little over a year ago during the US Presidential Election. Billed as “an experimental new podium on Google”, Google Posts has attracted a lot of attention from marketers, search specialists and Google enthusiasts thanks to its prominen ...

    Search Engine Watchin Social Google- 19 readers -
  • Study: Why do marketers still struggle with innovative search tactics?

    Many marketers who are seeing flagging returns from their search marketing campaigns might wonder what they’re doing wrong – especially if they’ve already got best practices like accurate site descriptions and keyword optimization covered. But a new study commissioned by Microsoft’s Bing and search agency Catalyst, and carried out by Forrester Consulting, may have some light t ...

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  • Five most interesting search marketing news stories of the week

    Welcome to our weekly round-up of all the latest news and research from the world of search marketing and beyond. This week, the mysterious “Google Posts” feature has made another return to the SERP, this time with GIFs and videos – could it be here to stay? Plus, why marketers aren’t investing in the hottest new technologies as much as you might think; and Google announces a n ...

    Search Engine Watchin Paid Search SEO- 19 readers -
  • How to turn off ad tracking in Google, Bing and Yahoo!

    We all know that our favorite search engines track and collect a lot of data about us in order to personalize our experience the results – and the ads – that they serve us. But that kind of tracking might not always be welcome, especially when it means that you have ads following you around the internet from a site where you bought a gift for a friend once, or for pregnancy pr ...

    Search Engine Watchin Google How To's- 17 readers -
  • Study: How valuable is it to have keywords in your domain URL?

    There have been a number of debates over the years about the SEO value of having keywords in your domain URL. In a 2009 Google Webmaster video, Google’s then-head of web spam Matt Cutts confirmed that from a pure ranking standpoint, “it does help a little bit to have keywords in the URL”. More recently, Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller stated in a Google Webmaster Centra ...

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  • How to get started with 360-degree content for VR

    Once a time and resource-heavy exercise, creating and embedding 360 degree imagery has become much cheaper and easier over the past couple of years. The advent of mobile apps that can take 360-degree photographs, or ‘photo spheres’, has made creating 360-degree images accessible to those without specialized equipment.

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  • Five most interesting search marketing news stories of the week

    Welcome to our weekly round-up of all the latest news and research from the world of search marketing and beyond. This week, we look at why Google has brought emoji back to the SERP after initially banishing them in 2015, and whether marketers should be taking advantage. And in advertising news, YouTube has announced the impending demise of its least popular ad format, Google ...

    Search Engine Watchin SEO- 24 readers -
  • Five most interesting search marketing news stories of the week

    Welcome to our weekly round-up of all the latest news and research from the world of search marketing and beyond. This week, Pinterest’s acquisition of Google’s former image search lead, Randy Keller, as Head of Search shows how serious the social network is about visual search; and Twitter’s Q4 earnings have raised questions about the company’s long-term prospects.

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  • Five most interesting search news stories of the week

    Welcome to our weekly round-up of all the latest news and research from the world of search marketing and beyond. This week, we’ve got the latest on a strange glitch appearing in Google’s mobile search, a new beta search engine launched by Creative Commons, and the decline of brand hashtags in Super Bowl ads.

    Search Engine Watchin SEO- 19 readers -
  • What’s been going on with Google’s mobile indexing?

    Back in October, Google announced the impending rollout of a mobile-first search index, a sure to be massive overhaul of the way Google indexes its search results which has had SEOs scrambling to prepare their businesses. In fairly typical Google fashion, a few months on from the announcement, we’re still no closer to a definitive date on when the change will take place.

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  • Four most interesting search marketing news stories of the week

    Welcome to our weekly round-up of all the latest news and research from the world of search marketing and beyond. This week, Instagram Stories is draining the life from the very Snapchat feature that inspired it; publishers are losing patience with walled gardens; and paid ads may soon be coming to voice search – what does this mean for the user experience? Ads are now a billi ...

    Search Engine Watchin SEO- 17 readers -