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blogpost ranking factors 2015

The Searchmetrics Ranking Factors study 2015 for is finally here! Once again we made the annual epic journey to the center of our data pool, analyzed, averaged and correlated for our lives, and more than once burned the midnight oil. Our mission as always: To figure out just what it is the top-ranking sites […]

July 30th, 2015 | Analysis 11 comments
Google Panda Update 4.2

After ten long months since the last Panda update, it seems that Google has begun its roll-out of Panda 4.2. We have completed a rapid analysis to present the first winners and losers after this update in this week’s SEO Visibility. The roll-out of this Panda update is expected to take several months to be […]

July 24th, 2015 | Analysis 1 comment

Within a few weeks, Google has tweaked its core algorithm and rolled out an update for the second time without officially anouncing it. According to our quick analysis, this update seems to be primarily concerned with trending keywords as well as temporary search intentions related to informational (shorthead) keywords. First-glance-winners are first and foremost media […]

June 19th, 2015 | Analysis 45 comments
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You can’t deny that SEO – both as a practice and as an industry – has gotten a bad rap over the past few years. In fact, some would say that SEO has never had a great reputation, even in its heyday. I think there has always been this idea that somehow SEO is just […]

June 17th, 2015 | SEO News 7 comments

Mobilegeddon is here. We have fresh data in the software and now there are some significant changes visible in the data. Although Google communicated that the rollout would probably last a week or more, we can see some winners and losers already. These first results may be (yet) considered as preliminary when it comes to some examples, but […]

April 25th, 2015 | Analysis 121 comments

Mobilegeddon is here – is it? At least, Google has announced to begin globally rolling out the mobile-friendly update in the early morning today, April 21st. From now on, the mobile user-friendliness of websites is obviously a global ranking signal. We have analyzed our data, but can’t see any bigger movements or winners/losers yet. UPDATE […]

April 21st, 2015 | Analysis 27 comments

The Google Mobile Update, announced at the end of February – Release: April 21, 2015 – makes mobile friendliness a Ranking Factor and means significant effects on rankings in mobile search results. This update is expected to be larger than Panda and Penguin. Websites that are not mobile-friendly are highly vulnerable to losing rankings and […]

April 16th, 2015 | SEO News 2 comments
Mobile SEO Visibility vs. Desktop Visibility - Screen

How my website performs in mobile searches on smartphones is increasingly different to my desktop performance. Particularly now that Google has announced it will release an update on April 21st, which will have a significant impact on websites that are NOT mobile friendly. According to Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Zineb Ait Bahajji the coming Mobile […]

March 18th, 2015 | Product Notes 27 comments
Searchmetrics Analysis: https vs http

We have made a new analysis of HTTP vs. HTTPS and it seems as using a secure connection could be an advantage for webmasters in different perspectives – both from the point of SEO and to user-trust-signal it conveys. In August 2014, Google announced the secure connection to be an official ranking signal. Our recent […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Analysis 22 comments
Searchmetrics Insights

In the recent days the rumors of a new Google update went viral. Many webmasters have seen ranking fluctuations, but so far Google has not provided any detailed information. We had a look at the changes on search engine results pages, which mainly affect brands e-commerce and apparently mobile rankings. Both developments seem to not […]

February 8th, 2015 | Analysis 38 comments
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