The Most Common Causes of Duplicate Content on News Media Sites

Although search engines keep improving on their ability to deal with duplicate content this continues to be one of the main SEO issues facing news and content sites. Even when the engines do a reasonable job of filtering out duplicates in their … [Continue reading]

Free Tools for Monitoring Hot Search Trends

(Note: Updated August 2012 - see list of trend tools below) A tactic that some news and content sites employ is monitoring Google’s Hot Trends list in an effort to identify hot topics and then quickly produce matching content around them. Does … [Continue reading]

A Closer Look at Fan Engagement on the Fox News Facebook Page

Fox News Faceboook - Tea party comments

My post on Facebook Page engagement for news sites has drawn some interest in the fact that Fox News averages many more “likes” and comments per update than any other news site despite having significantly fewer fans than CNN, NPR or The New York … [Continue reading]

Facebook Pages: Which News Sites Get the Most Engagement?

Now that the improved Facebook Pages have been around for a while I wanted to check the level of engagement that major news sites are achieving with them. Most news sites have an official Facebook Page now, with the typical approach being to add a … [Continue reading]

Google News Optimization Tips

This week Google put out a video to give publishers more information on how Google News works and how best to optimize for it. I pulled out some of the more useful tips, combining information from some of the slides with additional details provided … [Continue reading]

Yahoo Adds Enhanced News Results to SearchMonkey

Yahoo SearchMonkey - Enhanced News Results

On Friday Yahoo announced new additions to its SearchMonkey enhanced results, including options for news content. SearchMonkey allows sites to use structured data to include additional information in their Yahoo search results such as addresses … [Continue reading]

5 Ways to Deal with Seasonal Dips in Search Engine Traffic

July and August are a time when many content sites see a seasonal dip in all forms of traffic, including search engine referrals. Major stories that emerge (such as Michael Jackson or the health care debate) can bring large spikes in search traffic, … [Continue reading]

Google News Now Recrawling Updated Articles

Updated article excerpt

This week Search Engine Roundtable highlighted a Google News Help thread in which Google confirmed that it is now able to recrawl articles that have been updated within a “short period of time” of the original publishing. Google employee “Inbal” … [Continue reading]

Great Example of a Multimedia News Article from

ESPN article with embedded videos

Recently I wrote about the importance of including meaningful content in videos embedded in press releases. Today I came across a great example of how to incorporate video and other multimedia content into a news article. This article on … [Continue reading]

Pro PR Tips: 100 PR Tips from Rafe Needleman Published as a Book

Yesterday I received a copy of Rafe Needleman’s Pro PR Tips in the mail from ITDatabase. I’d seen some of the tips previously via Twitter and on the Pro PR Tips blog, but the book presents them in a nice, clean format that makes for a good read. I … [Continue reading]