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To the average person, Google’s search engine results page (SERP) looks no different today than it did a month ago. But for SEO experts, the SERP change is like noticing Google lost weight: all of a sudden, the results page really trimmed down. Google recently (in its usual quiet way) removed the right-rail ads running […]

March 23rd, 2016 | SEO News 2 comments
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    Mobile search surpassed desktop search last April and hasn’t looked back.  The mobile discovery mechanism has changed too. Where once you were lucky to get discovered by being an Editor’s Pick in an app store or on a Top 10 list at Lifehacker and elsewhere, Google is taking steps to put search in […]

March 10th, 2016 | Product Notes 6 comments
App Indexing Study 2016

App indexing can increase traffic, conversions and app installations—so why isn’t everyone doing it? Way back in 2013, Google announced app indexing: “Wouldn’t it be cool if you could give your users the choice of viewing your content either on the website or via your app, both straight from Google’s search results…Just like it crawls […]

March 9th, 2016 | Analysis 5 comments
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The Google year 2015 brought with it numerous updates and turbulent visibility changes for many US domains. The following concise analysis takes a look at the year’s biggest winners and losers of 2015. We also discuss the effect of Google updates, current search trends and offer key take-aways for your site in 2016. Read on. […]

February 8th, 2016 | Analysis 16 comments
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The new year has begun with a confirmed Google update. However, what was initially believed to be either a change to Panda or Penguin is in fact a core ranking algorithm update. Here, we take a look at the fresh data from the Searchmetrics Suite. Background to Google update We were expecting a Penguin update […]

January 13th, 2016 | Analysis 113 comments
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Good, insightful reports are essential to online business. Depending on the user the KPIs that need to be integrated are different: A CMO needs a high level overview, whereas a SEO needs a detailed report. What sounds easy is often very difficult in practice – and time consuming.   If you have experience creating reports […]

December 9th, 2015 | Product Notes 4 comments
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Crawling websites, analyzing them technically and optimizing them based of these findings is standard procedure when it comes to improving online performance. Today, I would like to introduce a new, data-driven solution for optimizing internal link structure: Searchmetrics Link Optimization. On-page optimization is multi-layered: one layer is analyzing individual subpages in order to identify errors […]

December 9th, 2015 | Product Notes 13 comments
Google Quality Update / Phantom III

Everyday countless webpages are evaluated by Google quality raters (with the goal of improving the overall quality of search results). On 12 November 2015 Google updated its comprehensive guidelines (Quality Rater Guidelines), according to which webpage and content quality is evaluated. Not long after this we began to notice significant movement in our ranking and […]

December 2nd, 2015 | Analysis 82 comments
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Google has created a buzz in the online community by revealing that part of its search algorithm now operates on a machine learning basis, namely RankBrain. Not only this, but the previously unknown RankBrain has been confirmed as the third most important ranking signal for generating search results. This is a significant development as the […]

November 10th, 2015 | SEO News 5 comments
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Seldom has the hype surrounding a Google update been so feverish as was the case with the infamous mobile-friendly update. Let me set the scene. Once upon time, back in early April, the mighty Google decreed that sites that do not pass its new mobile-friendly test shall be banished from its mobile kingdom, ahem, rankings, […]

November 4th, 2015 | Analysis 12 comments