Category Archives: Real Time Search

Speaking at SES “Search, PR and the Social Butterfly” London and NY

I will be speaking at SES London and New York on a session called Search, PR and the Social Butterfly with a good friend of mine Mel Carson, Microsoft Advertising Community Manager at Microsoft Advertising.

“RT this. Take social media to the boardroom! Social media continues to spread its wings with the advent of Google Social Search, Bing, Twitter Search and Yahoo’s Twitter-like moves. With the demise of traditional media outlets and the rise of search and social, PR firms have also gotten a big lift and muscled in on the territory once ruled by advertising agencies. Time to eighty-six the anachronistic press kits and media lists and hand over the keyword rich online status updates and Twitter feeds. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear firsthand from online PR/social media pros that bridge the best of both worlds while influencing SEO via Profiles, Fans, Tweets, Friends and Follows.”

Digital asset optimization beyond search – Next Generation SEO

Companies in most cases have from many digital assets that they can play with when communication their message online, simple things as annual reports in PDF’s and Power Point presentations can be optimized and made visible through either own sites and/or such services as Slide Share.

Images from the last product launch can play an essential role on Google Image search and manuals in word can lower the load on support. Not forgetting social media such as Facebook, Twitter, the Company blog, Digg and Sphinn to mention few.

Implementing Digital Asset Optimization helps the search engines notice all your online content and everything from file names to meta-tags and HTML files to PDF files and Image labelling through Google Webmaster tools plays a role when it comes to holistic usage of the Internet as a marketing and communication channel.

I will be talking about this topic a the upcoming SES San Francisco.

Google‘s growing prominence on real-time search within search results

In August 2009 Google famously changed their algorithm and how they value current events, but different from the 2003 Florida update this change to how they value content  and display search results seamed to roll out rather peacefully and in some cases unnoticed.

I have been monitoring how this has changed the search engine and it seems that the Google Caffeine update is to putting growing prominence on real-time search within search results. Specifically on Twitter and other real-time communication tools.

This might explain a post on Search Engine Land that the Caffeine update really had not been rolled out fully and is slowly being implemented throughout Google’s data centres.

But what did this update incorporate? First and foremost it was Google keeping their competitors away, there was a lot of buzz about Twitter’s real-time search options and Microsoft had just rolled out their “decision making search engine” Bing. Real-time search was the thing and Google needed to come out with an update and that they did.

Google had some years back introduced their Google Universal search, were they mixed together various results on their organic results pages, when searching on a topic you could find various channels such as web, blog, news, shop, PPC, image and video being mixed together. What Google did with the Caffeine update was to take this even further and put more emphasis on current events and blend them with the more tradition results in a kind of a “ticker style” where things happened in a more dynamic way.

What they also did with this update was to take the emphasis slightly of inbound links (still very important) and put on good copy, other things we have noticed but I am not sure if we can directly relate to this update is the emphasis on URL’s, that is the text between the www and the .TLD/ccTLD.

According to this update two companies in the same industry, let’s say car rental, one has an URL with their brand in it such as www.alp.is has a handicap when compared with a car rental URL like www.carrentals.is.

Having car rental in the URL gives the later URL more chance of visibility, one more box ticked in how Google values that URL. My research has however shown that Google has a limit on how it values the URL so something like “verycheaprentalcarsreykjavik.is” are likely to rise a spam alert, prompting a Google rep to manually review the site for spam tactics or even worse Google just demoting the site or even removing it from it’s index.

There is a massive opportunity for marketers to look pass their traditional emphasis on their own site but also to use Twitter, blogs, online press releases and other channels that can provide an alternative option to visibility based on how Google now places emphasis on current events.

Should one get into Google’s real-time results?

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On 7th December of 2009, Google launched real-time search results into search pages but what do these real-time results look like? Google search page results update currently discussed topics from social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, FriendFeed, Jaiku and Identi.ca just as they are happening.

How Google chooses the real-time results or finds out which posted messages are true is yet unknown. However, there are some things one can do. Google analyzes the content from blog posts, tweets etc. to verify the value and the quality of the posted message to place the real-time results and avoid anything that looks like spam. Later on the collected text will be used to update page rankings for every contributing user. Read more »

Back from SMX Stockholm and SMX New York

Both search engine marketing programs were in my opinion great events giving insight into the world of Internet Marketing, in New York I moderated two sessions, one on in-house SEO and another on Amazing PPC Tactics. Both really good sessions. At the SMX NY I also talked at a really interesting session called “Iran & Michael Jackson: What Marketers Can Learn From How Consumers Search For Current Events” were I took the United Airlines emergency landing case study, reaction of journalists and other stakeholders and how we maped the news about this happening throughout the internet. Read more »

Winning Formulas To Maximise The Potential Of Twitter

Sitting here at the SMX Stockholm and just got this email:

“With an increasing number of people turning to Twitter, are you maximising the endless possibilities that it has to offer your brand? Do you know how to practically use Twitter to your advantage? Capitalise on the hype behind Twitter and gain a ‘how to’ guide on making the most out of this platform to successfully reach your target audience, whilst unlocking the cash value of tweeting.”

Yes, sir – This is what I get into my inbox. They are offering me to go to this conference, should I?

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