Tag archive: Analysis

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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 No 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 67 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 58 comments
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The Searchmetrics Ranking Factors study 2015 for Google.com 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 16 comments
Google Shopping & AdWords study

We have analyzed the two most important advertising forms in the U.S. search results of google.com – Google AdWords and Google Shopping (Product Listing Ads, PLA). The results of the study can be downloaded as a whitepaper below. It contains findings about the 10 biggest advertisers in AdWords & Shopping as well as information about the […]

July 8th, 2015 | Analysis 3 comments
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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 51 comments
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Did you know, that on average the keyword ”Call Mom” is searched for 300K times per month in the US and 99% of that is from smartphones? Whether or not on purpose, in this case (the voice function sends its regards), the information on the device distribution of the keyword search volume is worth its weight […]

June 12th, 2015 | Product Notes No comments
Google Phantom Searchmetrics

In the beginning of May 2015, webmasters far and wide witnessed severe traffic fluctuations, with some sites losing over 50% of their traffic! Clearly, Google had changed something, but what? Because of the initial uncertainty, it was called the “Phantom Update” (II). In this post, I’ll provide you with Searchmetrics data to shed more light […]

June 10th, 2015 | Analysis 25 comments
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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 131 comments
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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 28 comments
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