Article Highlights: Good for Users, Good for Search Engines

CNN story highlights

Yesterday Steve Rubel pointed out how the article highlights on sites like and iMedia Connection are a good time saver for him. places a “Story Highlights” section with bullet points to the right of the headline, for … [Continue reading]

The Most Buried News Sites on Digg

It’s no secret that mainstream news sites are experiencing increased exposure on social news sites like Digg. Back in March Soshable noted that 46% of the Digg front page is controlled by 50 websites. Major news sites have seen strong increases in … [Continue reading]

Smart Move from Condé Nast: GQ and DETAILS Should Have Their Own Websites

There’s been a lot of coverage this week of Condé Nast bringing in McKinsey & Company to help them restructure the business which hopefully will work out for them. Props to Silicon Alley Insider for including a photo of the consultants from Office … [Continue reading]

Twitter Suggested Users – Today’s Studio 54 Velvet Rope

Studio 54 photograph by Peter L. Gould,

One of the ways that higher profile Twitter accounts have built up large numbers of followers is by being included among the “suggested users” shown to users signing up for a new account: Each new user has a group of 20 Twitter profiles … [Continue reading]

Yahoo News Syndication: Attribution Links Not SEO-Friendly

Google results comparing Yahoo News and

In my post on syndication best practices I noted that one way to reduce the likelihood that partners will outrank you for own content is to require a link back to your original on every syndicated article, for example: This article originally … [Continue reading]

Syndication Best Practices: Reduce the Risk of Being Outranked for Your Own Content

Syndicating content is an important business development initiative for publishers; it generates revenue, increases exposure, drives traffic and helps facilitate inbound links. However from an SEO perspective there is a downside as syndication … [Continue reading]

The Daily Show Visits The New York Times

I couldn't resist sharing this great video from The Daily Show of Jason Jones visiting The New York Times. The back-and-forth with Assistant Managing Editor Rick Burke about "aged news" is my favorite part. :) … [Continue reading]

Do People Search for “Breaking News”? home page title tag

Among news sites “breaking news” is a sought-after keyword phrase; I see it prominently placed in home page title tags all the time: And it’s not just general news sites. “Breaking news” is featured in the title tags of sites … [Continue reading]

Google JavaScript Changes Put Publishers in Violation of Sponsored Link Guidelines

sponsored links in JavaScript

Last week at the Google I/O developer conference it was announced that Google is now able to execute JavaScript onClick events, which basically means that links in JavaScript that were previously inaccessible can now be read and pass PageRank. … [Continue reading]

Your Mom’s Coming to Facebook But She May Not Stick Around

US Facebook Audience Growth -

Inside Facebook published some new statistics this week on Facebook’s US audience growth over the last 60 days. Interestingly, users over 55 decreased by 650,000 during this period: This is a big change from the previous 60 days which had … [Continue reading]