SEO

March 14, 2018
What is SEO (Search Engine Optimization)?

What is SEO (Search Engine Optimization)?

SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” It is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines. To understand what SEO really means, let’s break that sentence down and look at the parts: Quality of traffic. You can attract all the visitors in the world, but if they’re coming to your site because Google tells them you’re a resource for Apple computers when really, you’re a farmer selling apples, that is not quality traffic. Instead you want to attract visitors who are genuinely interested in products that you offer. Quantity of traffic. Once you have the right people clicking through from those search engine results pages (SERPs), more traffic is better. Organic results. Ads make up a significant portion of many SERPs. Organic traffic is any traffic that you don’t have to pay for. Here’s how it works: Google (or any search engine you’re using) has a crawler that goes out and gathers information about all the content they can find on the Internet. The crawlers bring all those 1s and 0s back to the search engine to build an index. That index is then fed through an algorithm that tries to match all that data with your query. There are a lot of factors that go into a search engine’s algorithm, and here’s how a group of experts ranked their importance: References Moz. (2017, January 1). What is SEO ? Retrieved from Moz: https://moz.com/learn/seo/what-is-seo Search Engine Land. (2018, March 14). What […]
August 8, 2017
5 Exciting Changes Coming to LinkedIn

5 Exciting Changes Coming to LinkedIn

LinkedIn’s has been rolling out a ton of new features to help boost the utility and opportunity of the service. Some of them are live right now, and if you’re a regular contributor on the network, you likely have access already. Here are five of LinkedIn’s new changes which are either already available or coming soon – and how they can be of benefit. 1. Multiple Photos in Posts You can now add more than just one photo to your posts on LinkedIn. This is a welcome change that should have happened years ago. People use LinkedIn to show off their company culture and events, and trying to squeeze updates into one photo just wasn’t enough. Show off your business with this new feature. 2. Native Video Content Soon you’ll be able to shoot your videos within the platform. Users will be able to record video on the LinkedIn app and share it directly to their network. This content could be given priority in the feed (though no one at LinkedIn has confirmed this). 3. Off Network Sharing In the past, if you shared a Pulse article on another social network, would be readers need to log into LinkedIn to view your content. LinkedIn has decided to go away with this – it appears exclusivity has been trumped by the need to attract more website visitors. 4. Share Drafts LinkedIn’s long form publishing platform is a great place to write and republish content – and now you can have others […]
June 9, 2017
Click bait

Facebook is Fighting the War Against Clickbait

Facebook is getting more precise in its fight against clickbait. After training its news feed algorithm to recognize clickbait headlines last year and penalize the sites and Pages associated with these posts, Facebook will now target individual posts that link to articles that overpromise and underdeliver, in order to better isolate and eliminate the clickbait trying to invade people’s news feeds. Previously, Facebook considered website domains or Facebook Pages at large when hunting for clickbait. That helped its system to broadly identify bad actors that push out a lot of clickbait, but it also made it harder to quarantine the occasional clickbait from an otherwise reputable publisher. Now, by taking into account individual posts, Facebook can strike down these one-off offenses without leveling an entire publication or needing to wait for a publication’s clickbait volume to mount. Facebook’s algorithm will also now distinguish between headlines that withhold information and headlines that exaggerate the story. The divide-and-conquer tactic is supposed to make Facebook’s system more effective when evaluating whether a post links to a clickbait, per a company blog post published on Wednesday. That post isn’t clear on exactly how the change helps. But since Facebook is running a bunch of headlines through its computers so those computers can learn what a clickbait headline looks like, it’s possible that the computers had a hard time finding those patterns when considering a headline like “When He Opened the Door, He Didn’t Know He’d Be Met by This…” and one like “This Article […]
May 30, 2017

Is “Siri” the new Google’s competitor?

A new study from Fivesight Research, “US Consumer Search Preferences Smartphone & Desktop: Q1 2017,” finds that Siri is the mobile “search engine” of choice after Google. The study was based on a survey of 800 US adults split roughly evenly between iOS and Android users. Google was by far the dominant mobile search engine, with an 84% aggregate share among respondents. Among Android users, Google’s search share was 90%. Among iPhone owners Google had a 78% share. After Google, however, Siri was named by more respondents as their “primary search engine” than Bing or Yahoo. (However, this doesn’t reflect query volume, just identification as the primary engine of choice.) Siri was the primary search engine of 13% of iPhone owners. This finding is significant because it suggests the long-term, potentially disruptive impact of voice and virtual assistants on traditional “query in a box” results. It’s important to point out, however, that these responses reflect self-reported data and many not line up one-to-one with behavior. Siri was also the most widely adopted virtual assistant among the available choices, used by a higher number of iOS users than “Google Now” was by Android users. Google Assistant wasn’t one of the available choices on the survey. A very large percentage of respondents (72%) said they were using virtual assistants to “supplement” more traditional mobile search. Only 16% of iPhone owners did not use a virtual assistant, while just under 40% of Android users did not. Among iPhone owners who used assistants other […]