Success with the Google News Standout Tag: A 90-Day Study

Featured article with Google News standout tag

Which news organizations are having the most success with the Google News standout tag? I monitored “Featured” articles in Google News for 90 days to find out. When I previously wrote about how to use the standout tag, I wished I could have provided some insights on how often “Featured” articles appear and which publications […]

Google News Tip for Google+ Embedded Posts

Google+ embedded posts

A quick tip for news publishers on using Google+ embedded posts. When embedding a Google+ post in a news article, be sure to include enough original editorial text to meet the 80 word minimum for Google News indexation. The same goes for Facebook Embedded Posts, Embedded Tweets and any other form of embedded multimedia. The […]

The Google News Standout Tag: Does it Work?

Google News featured article

The standout tag for Google News has been around for a couple years now but many news publishers are still uncertain about it. The questions I’m asked most often are how and when to use it, how well it works and if it is worth putting in the time and resources to support it. Does […]

25 Random Observations about #MozCon Speakers

Richard Baxter

I attended MozCon 2013 last week. It’s really become a big production with a three-day agenda, large stage and space-age theme in the main room. I hadn’t been to one before and I came away pretty impressed. I don’t think I’ve ever done a conference recap, but I had a good experience at MozCon and […]

A Simple Workflow for Keyword Research for Content Planning

Keyword research workflow

Most editorial teams employ basic keyword research tactics as part of their daily routine, such as using keyword tools to refine word choice or monitoring trending topics for real-time opportunities. But what about using search and social data to influence the editorial calendar over the longer term? Mining keyword research, analytics and competitive data to […]

Top Link Building Tactics for Publishers

BBC GoodFood widget

When it comes to link building publishers have a significant advantage because editorial content, be it hard news or evergreen content, lends itself naturally to linking and sharing. In addition producing quality content on a daily basis creates a steady stream of new opportunities. It is one of the many reasons that content marketing has […]

SEO Tips for Infinite Scrolling

Mashable archive link module

Infinite scrolling has been growing in popularity with various forms being utilized on a variety of sites. While there are pros and cons from both a technical and usability perspective, and it hasn’t worked for everyone, in the right situation it can be a good fit. Social sites use infinite scrolling as a way to […]

SEO Guidelines for Sponsored Content and Partner Links

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Sponsored content or “native advertising” in various forms is growing in popularity as publishers seek additional sources of revenue. Done well it can be a good fit for both publishers and advertisers, and dare I say even add value for users. However in any implementation it is important to comply with search engine guidelines to […]

Has Search Interest in Celebrity Gossip Peaked?

Google Trends - Celebrity Gossip

Are searchers less interested in celebrity gossip than they used to be? According to Google Trends, yes. While doing some research I was surprised to see that search interest in the keyword phrase [celebrity gossip] peaked around 2009. Despite occasional spikes it has been declining ever since:

A Year in the Life of 14 Million 301 Redirects

Google omitted results - 301 redirect migration

How long does it take Google to process 14 million 301 redirects? How about 360,000 redirects for Bing? A year ago a publisher that we work with decided to discontinue a large domain and migrate only a small portion of its content to a new subdomain on a different, existing domain. I realize that sounds […]