By Jake Ramon-Capon | 01 July 2015 |
For the second time in a month, we’ve seen Google update its core algorithm without making any official announcements. The first tweak, which was nicknamed the ‘quality update’ or ‘phantom update’, marked a change in how Google assesses content quality, whereas the most recent update (which went live on the 18th June 2015) has been dubbed as the ‘newsworthy’ update, or even the ‘news-wave’ update in some circles.
By Daniel Lee | 09 June 2015 |
During the past few months mobile search has been a hot topic within SEO circles. Google’s Mobile-Friendly update had many SEOs, online marketing managers and business owners panicking that they didn’t have a mobile optimised website. A couple of weeks later, Google announced that more searches were being carried out on mobile than desktop in ten countries, including the US and Japan.
By Andreas Pouros | 09 June 2015 |
Find out the varying search engine market shares in key territories such as China, the USA and the UK.
By Katrina Makins | 01 June 2015 |
Earlier this year, we considered the implications of adding a ‘buy button’ to Google search results. This would allow users to purchase products directly from a search result page, allowing Google to have full ownership of the shopping experience. Bringing the buying cycle full loop through Google will further entrench the brand as a search hub as it extends its offering to another service which improves the customer journey.
By Greenlight | 18 May 2015 |
Apple has posted a help document confirming the existence of their web crawler, Applebot, which is primarily used for Siri and Spotlight suggestions. The new crawler and acquisition of search analytics firm Topsy in 2013 is just some of the evidence that suggests Apple's intentions to expand its Spotlight web search.
By Adam Bunn | 13 May 2015 |
It’s time to talk about an interesting SEO and content issue I’m seeing more and more. Companies are obviously latching on to the need to have a blog and populate it – prolifically. Setting aside whether this is a good idea at all, let’s look at the impact this is having. In my experience, blogs are often run by people whose remit is to go forth and write stuff, which they certainly do with great gusto, and crucially they often tag things with equal abandon. They put no thought towards what this is doing to their site structure – and why would they?
By Adam Bunn | 22 April 2015 |
Last year Google started providing site owners with reports on its assessment of mobile usability, primarily looking at three overall factors: how well the site fits into a smaller screen size; whether the font size adjusts correctly for readers on mobile devices, and how well-spaced buttons and links are for pressing with fingers and thumbs. Google was able to start reporting on this because its crawlers (the software with which it discovers and catalogs content on the web) had become advanced enough to accurately replicate what a user’s experience of your site would be. The changes being rolled out now by Google simply takes these factors and makes them part of the algorithm by which pages and content are scored and ranked.