Has Search Interest in Celebrity Gossip Peaked?

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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

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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 […]

The Most Common Google News Errors and How to Avoid Them


In working with publishers one of the things I’m most frequently asked to do is troubleshoot problems with Google News. Anyone involved with a news or content site can attest to the importance of Google News and news search optimization. And I’d venture to say just as many people have experienced a range of technical […]

Google News news_keywords Meta Tag: More Cons than Pros?

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The Google News news_keywords meta tag is now available to all publishers that are approved for inclusion. It is nice that Google News is trying to accommodate publishers and allow for more witty, print-style headlines. But in the bigger picture encouraging the use of this tag has as many potential cons as pros, so publishers […]

What Famous TV Catchphrases Can Teach You About Enterprise SEO

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This was going to be my next enterprise SEO column for Search Engine Land until I thought twice about submitting it there. However I don’t want to waste it either so I’ll give it a try here. I’m not sure where this falls in the fun to cheesy continuum, but hopefully there are some useful […]

5 Ways that Social Media Impacts SEO

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I was invited to contribute a column to an upcoming social media guidebook from Media Industry Newsletter and Folio. I thought I’d share it here along with some links to additional resources. It is intended to be a general overview for publishers. Hopefully you’ll find it useful. How does social media activity impact search engine […]

Yahoo! Search Data (@YahooSearchData) a Good Source of Trending Topics for Lifestyle Publishers

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Now that the Hot Searches list on Google Trends has been stripped down publishers are moving to other sources for monitoring search trends. Specific to lifestyle publishers the Google data was never all that useful anyway since it was dominated by topics like breaking news, sports and entertainment. So what’s a lifestyle site covering things […]

SEO Metrics for Publishers: How are You Tracking and Measuring Success?

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Your sites have been audited, improvements have been made and there is more to come in the road map. The technical, editorial and marketing teams are trained in SEO best practices and are integrating them into the daily workflow. Sounds good, but are your efforts working? That’s where tracking and measurement comes in. When it […]

The Fastest and Slowest News Sites in 2012

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It has been a couple years now since page speed has been an official Google ranking factor and one year since the launch of PageSpeed Online, the Web-based version of Google’s tool for analyzing site performance. So I thought I’d check in on the PageSpeed scores for a selection of major news sites. Page speed […]

Does Google Freshness Update Make Online Reputation Management More Difficult?

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Google’s recent algorithm change that favors the most recent content for certain types of queries offers good opportunities for news and content sites. But for individuals and organizations, does the Freshness Update make online reputation management more difficult? If you cover breaking news, hot topics or regularly occurring events the Freshness Update will create more […]