Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Is Google Authorship in web-search officially dead?

Is Google Authorship officially dead? 

For now.. Yes.

However for those of us working on clients.. Google Publisher Tags (GPT) are very much still alive.
Which means Schema is still important.
And if Schema is still important than Authorship just got moved into Knowledge Graph and KBO (Knowledge Base Optimization), based on Schema. It would dictate.. "that the "Entity" related to "Author" is a "Person within an Organization" .

Example: Who is Peyton Manning?

Monday, January 04, 2016

Six Social Media Rules for 2016

Six Simple Laws of Social Media

1. Be yourself… period.. Be Genuine — BE YOU.. not a copy of someone else.
2. DO: Be Professional — if F bombs are ok in your professsion so be it.. however you remove yourself from safe search when you drop them.
3. DONT: Feed the trolls.. Trolls starve without food and your energy and move on to some other mischief.  "Have a nice day" Can sound just like the “basic new york echo” — Robin Williams.. Google it.. better yet. click here (new window)

4. DO Spellcheck.. nothing better than saying somthing extremly smart with typos.. makes you look stoopid, doesnt it?

5. DONT: Run schedulers without lots of tweaking.. and learn how to connect accounts on different social media platforms and networks.. “I posted a Photo to Facebook” really makes me want to look.. also.. if you posted it to twitter.. people would actually see the picture without going to facebook.. which on a mobile device, for me isnt going to happen..

6. DO: Listen, Stop, Listen again, Think.. spellcheck.. check links.. then tweet..
PRO Tip Bonus: after :30 all tweets are archived in library of congress due to downstream twitter feeds and aggregators.. delete any tweets within 8 seconds to insure proper deletion.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Voice Search Optimization

When search engines first appeared on the world wide web, searchers used short phrases to find the information they wanted. Until as recently as 2007, the average number of words entered into search boxes was 3. Since then, the average number of words has steadily increased as searchers started asking questions of the search engines. 

With the advent of Apple’s Siri, Google Now (sometimes called “OK Google”) and Microsoft’s Cortana, asking questions to search engines is becoming a natural part of interacting with them. Instead of typing, we can ask for any information and it is returned almost instantly. When you add the fact that most searches are now done on mobile devices, the importance of voice search and optimizing content for it is clear.

Google Voice Search
Google Voice Search is the search giant’s strategy for integrating voice commands across all Google products. With mobile devices overtaking all other platforms to access the Internet, Google search is evolving quickly. Search results are changing based on the way we speak, not the way we type.

Google is changing in response to the new ways humans interact with it. When we talk to Google to let it know what we’re looking for, we may ask about an item we want to purchase along with modifers like pricingcoupons orspecial. Google has learned these modifiers that often accompany product questions. It has started showing comparative pricing information and the closest location where the item can be purchased—even when that information is not specifically asked for. All the while, Google is listening for complete sentences and actual questions so it can provide specific information in response to more specific, longer-length queries.

Why is Google Voice a Big Deal?

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