Reputation matters. People buy brands they trust and read news they believe. When the BBC publishes a story about Antarctic penguins flying to South America, people believe it because of the broadcaster’s strong reputation for credibility. April Fool’s jokes are themselves a tool to add percentage points to a corporation’s reputation as likeable, friendly and […]

March 30th, 2017 | Analysis 1 comment
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In my last blog post, I looked at the top players in the Baidu SERPs. Today, I would like to take a closer look at the search results page itself. In what ways is it similar to the Google search results page we know and love? There are some obvious similarities. Just like on Google, […]

March 23rd, 2017 | Analysis, SEO News 3 comments

As the world of online search increasingly gets more technical, with sophisticated algorithms and voice commands becoming an essential part of  everyone’s marketing toolkit, we in the industry must continue to remind ourselves that our core mission is to address the needs of humans who are looking for online moments that matter. Wil Reynolds, founder of Seer […]

March 21st, 2017 | General No comments

In our last installment of Unwrapping the Secrets of SEO, my colleague Holly Miller outlined the steps to employ in choosing good online topics at the right time, and in good SEO shape. Now it’s time to make sure that those topics you’re writing on will be optimized equally well for users and search engines. It’s time […]

Website relaunches and migrations are complex and risky SEO operations. If not done correctly, companies can significantly impact their site’s performance and rankings. In extreme cases, it’s possible to take an entire site offline and forfeit all previous brand equity in the search results. For a good illustration of the peril, look no further than […]

March 7th, 2017 | Analysis No comments
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Every country has its own national food – and every country has its own national SERPs, right? Well yes and no. Google is the leading search engine in many countries and Google’s search results show a lot of similarities in all countries. But not in China, where Google is largely absent and Baidu dominates with […]

March 2nd, 2017 | SEO News 2 comments
Searchmetrics Explores the Frontiers of Search

“What should I write about?”   Anyone asking this question might often have two answers. There are two opposing forces one must consider: “What’s happening in our business?” and “What truly matters to our customers?” We’re Unwrapping the Secrets of SEO this week to discuss this conundrum: What should you write about? If you Google “what […]

Here we go again! For those who’ve missed it, the last few weeks have been a bit rocky for online marketers’ visibility stats – peaking toward the end of last week (CW 6/2017). There’s been lots of speculation that the culprit is the rollout of Google’s “mobile-first” index. One theory making the rounds is that […]

February 15th, 2017 | Analysis 32 comments

No, they’re not just resting. Universal ranking factors are dead. Google’s algorithm now operates highly individually – depending on time, place, device and industry. For this reason, we are using our first industry-specific study to present the ten most important ranking factors for eCommerce. Where should webmasters in eCommerce focus their energy? Which content can […]

February 9th, 2017 | Analysis 4 comments

“Will you be my Valentine?” The heart may want what it wants, but how we choose to demonstrate love (or lust) for a significant other isn’t universal on Valentine’s Day. As people load up Cupid’s arrow, I decided to take a gander through our massive search database to see if I could suss out any differences in approach […]

February 7th, 2017 | Analysis No comments
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