Search Optimization

  • Working the Grey areas of Search Visibility

    … Recently, I found myself in the midst of an online debate about the search engine optimization value of GooglePlus content. Some of my colleagues insisted links from the platform worked their way into Google’s algorithm and content; others were adamant that G+ listings – and perhaps all social content – was irrelevant from a pure SEO and ranking…

    Randy Milanovic/ KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG in Paid Search- 16 readers -
  • What's Better Than a Number One Search Ranking?

    … be value in sitting atop search rankings by occupying position zero. Not only would your information be displayed before all the other results, but you would get a bigger content preview than is available through a standard meta description. So, how do you go about getting Google to put you in that spot? The first thing you have to do is anticipate…

    Randy Milanovic/ KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG - 25 readers -
  • Let's Talk About Google's Elephant in the Room

    …, Rankbrain. By bringing together semantic (contextual) search with intent-discerning algorithms, the underlined software follows what amounts to a five-step process in hundredths of a second: Let a user enter a search string (while offering suggestions) Decipher what the user might actually be looking for, given the query and their location…

    Randy Milanovic/ KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG - 23 readers -
  • Is Google Pardoning Link Spammers?

    … competitors popping up again. A few more conclusions… Search Engine Optimization Continues to Shift in a New Direction From the beginning, search engine optimization has led to all kinds of unnatural and unethical actions. It was bad enough when companies were doing things they shouldn’t to influence their own search engine visibility. But at the same…

    Randy Milanovic/ KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG in Google- 21 readers -
  • Ann Smarty on How to Do Keyword Research

    … Conducting keyword research is a bit rough these days. There are just so many people online, so many businesses, so many new startups and websites competing for Google search positions. Keywords are quickly monopolized, mercenary tactics and big budgets from multi-national corporations eating up all the good ones. That leaves smaller guys…

    KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG in SEO How To's- 23 readers -
  • Why are enterprise companies missing out on search?

    … agency R2integrated (R2i) among 500 U.S. enterprise companies, found that only 5% of companies surveyed consider paid search ads to be a top priority marketing channel in the next 6-12 months, while only 4% are prioritising organic SEO. Enterprises which don’t prioritise search in their marketing strategy are missing out on customer demand…

    Search Engine Watchin Paid Search- 31 readers -
  • Google, Have You Abandoned the Faithful?

    … different skill sets and capabilities than KAYAK. Seeing this, my question is this: why is Google abandoning the faithful? Why has it made things more difficult for companies like mine who have done the right things for years, only to find ourselves thrown into the same category as low quality vendors who don’t have our content, history, or credentials…

    Randy Milanovic/ KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG - 18 readers -
  • Your HTTPS Upgrade Could Put Your Search Rank in Danger

    … This is the second article in our three-part series about how to do a site-wide update without demolishing your search ranking. We’ve previously discussed how to excel when launching a comprehensive redesign; in this post, we’d like to tell you how to successfully migrate your site to HTTPS. HTTPS is a secure version of the standard HTTP…

    KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG - 17 readers -
  • Rebuild Your Site Without Demolishing Your Search Ranking

    … (if not months) of tanked rankings while the search engines try to figure everything out. Page URLs get changed and forwarded while content gets shuffled around and rewritten. The result seems to be a lull in every expected metric. But it doesn’t have to be that way. For example, we launched a new site for KAYAK on Christmas Eve, 2015 and forced all…

    KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG - 19 readers -
  • How to speak ‘Search Engine’

    … found that 36.6% of Google search results incorporated Schema rich snippets, yet only 0.3% of websites actually made use of Schema markup at all. The study also found that pages which used Schema ranked on average 4 places higher in search than pages which didn’t, although Searchmetrics was keen to emphasise that this might not be entirely down…

    Search Engine Watch- 29 readers -
  • Know what you need before you start searching

    … It can quickly become a problem for businesses when they have to deal with a mountain of low-quality leads. So, how can you make sure you’re not the guy or gal who jumps straight to contact before qualifying the company at the top of your search results? Easy... Don’t expect Google to do all the work. Like any tool, it’s only as good…

    Randy Milanovic/ KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG - 15 readers -
  • How to optimise your m-commerce site for search

    … sure that your site is mobile-responsive as per Google’s standards? To help you out, we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist of ways that you can make sure your m-commerce site passes all of Google’s tests to get that ‘mobile-friendly’ certification in search. And Andy Favell, the author of the ClickZ Intelligence report on m-commerce, has…

    Search Engine Watch- 31 readers -
  • Loving Local Directories Again

    …. That would make them worthwhile on their own, but it’s also true that Google does pay some attention to these listings. They aren’t going to make or break your link optimization campaigns, but they can help you improve your local pack positioning. And, as we’ve recently pointed out, that’s a growing factor in your local search marketing strategy…

    Randy Milanovic/ KAYAK ONLINE MARKETING BLOG - 14 readers -