17 January 2013

Facebook ‘Graph Search’ – Significance to SEO

As discussed in yesterday’s post, Facebook revealed ‘Graph Search’ – an intuitive internal search engine. In its simplistic form, ‘Graph Search’ allows users to search through Facebook, returning results on anything from friend’s recommendations on restaurants to photos of co-workers. The search takes full advantage of the information it receives from check-ins and activities from its users, giving it a …

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26 June 2012

Are Tom Daley and Jess Ennis Team GB’s ‘hottest’ athletes?

Published today, exactly one month to go before the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, Tamar’s Sports Index Vol 4 looks at the popularity of Google searches for the currently selected Team GB athletes and throws up some interesting results. The report looked at each Team GB athlete name by search volumes in the UK and ranked the athletes …

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9 July 2010

Twitter now second only to Google in terms of search volumes

According to Twitter co-founded Biz Stone, while speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival this week, Twitter is now handling over 800 million search queries every single day, or 24 billion search queries per month. This makes it second only to Google, who handle 88 billion each month – and absolutely trounces Bing (4.1 billion) and Yahoo (9.1 billion). Note: I …

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18 November 2009

Breadcrumbs – in the SERPs? SEO Cordon Bleu?

The latest change in testing at Google is the removal of the classic green URL in the Search Engine Results Page. The new intended display will be almost like the breadcrumb trail on a website. Google will be figuring this out algorithmically – most likely using site architecture and hierarchy. The change hasn’t been rolled out widely yet, but it …

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13 November 2009

Bing comes out of Beta! Why now and what can you expect?

Yesterday (November 12th) Microsoft announced that Bing had finally come out of Beta stage in the UK. So what has prompted Microsoft to remove the Beta tag and effectively announce their satisfaction with Bing in the UK? The answer, it seems, lies in localised search: “We promised to remove (the Beta tag) only once our experience would differ from the …

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20 October 2009

SEO Pro Training – Day Two Summary

The day was kicked up by a head to head presentation-off between Will Critchlow and Rand Fishkin on the subject of keywords. Both took very different approaches to tackling the subject of keyword research; Rand opting for the macro approach and looking at SEO market share as a whole and in driving traffic to the site, whereas Will opted for …

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21 August 2009

The evolution of YouTube as a search engine

In May, to continue the trend of major names giving themselves subtle summer makeovers(see Twitter’s login facelift), YouTube expanded their search bar and removed their ‘home’, ‘videos’, ‘channels’, ‘community’ tab-style layout in favour or a more search-oriented design. This further establishes YouTube’s status as the internet’s 2nd most popular search, surpassing Bing, Yahoo and the other search engine also-rans. The …

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24 July 2009

Understanding content and context

The challenge for Search Engines This morning I was searching online and came  across a site ranking OK for a niche term but what got me was the fact that that the company was actually in administration and had been for a couple of weeks. On the website home page there were a couple of notices that gave notice of …

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