Optimising for Google’s Quick Answer Box

“Answer Boxes” or “Rich Answers” are the search result features that appear at the top of some queries in Google Search. While they’ve been the subject of much debate (are they good for your site traffic? Is it fair of Google to display your content in this way? etc.), they’re almost certainly here to stay. […]

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What Triggers Twitter Results in Google Search?

What Triggers Twitter Results in Google Search? An Analysis.. I recently wrote about what seems to influence who turns up when a Google search page carries a Twitter feature (short version, follower count and verified status). However, in that piece we avoided the question of “what makes the result trigger in the first place?”. To […]

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Examining Traffic From Google’s AMP Carousel

On April 4th I noticed we were seeing some growth in traffic to one of the AMP versions of our posts. A quick check in analytics revealed the AMP version of this post had indeed enjoyed an uplift in traffic. With a bit more digging I found Builtvisible ranking Google’s AMP carousel for “Google”. I […]

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How Google Works

A transcription of Google engineer Paul Haahr’s session at SMX entitled “How Google Works”. It’s very rare that we get to hear from a Google Search Engineer at a Search Industry conference. There are always lots of helpful Google Webmaster Analysts present but since Matt Cutts became a little less visible on the conference circuit […]

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Content Strategy Helper Tool – Version 3

Consolidate trending news from across the web, and find inspiration for your research topics quickly and easily:   Skip to Set-Up About This is our 3rd update of the Google Spreadsheets based Content Strategy Helper Tool. As you’ll see, we’ve completely reworked the tool and added a large number of new social sites, content aggregators […]

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Visualising Data with Google Fusion Tables

Fusion Tables: A brief overview Fusion Tables is a free web service provided by Google that has been around since about 2009, although it’s not perhaps as widely used as other applications like Google Docs it is still a really powerful tool that can leverage some great results. The sky is definitely the limit when […]

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301 Redirect or A Google Webmaster Tools Change Of Address?

Or both? It is both, obviously. When you carry out an effective domain migration, there are a lot of changes at stake. If you follow a clear process for your site, things usually go according to plan. Have you heard the adage about car mechanics always have the worst cars? Or decorators have the least well […]

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Let Me Back In! The Re-inclusion Process From Start to Finish?

Today’s short, and particularly sweet post comes at the end of an epic link removal mission for a site that approached us after they’d been hit (badly) by the Penguin update. For those of you who have never seen a Google Webmaster Tools re-inclusion request acknowledgement, straight up decline and eventually, a “positive” – here […]

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A Look at the Changes from Google Places to Google+ Local

If you have a local business (or do online marketing for one) then you have likely heard about the big change with Google Places. Now, Google Places is a part of Google+ in Google+ Local. So just how big is the change and how does it help or hurt your local business? In today’s post, […]

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So Your Site’s Been Penalised? Now What?

Google’s war on spam has left quite an impact on the SEO industry of late, with last week’s Penguin update leaving swathes of web masters taken totally by surprise, running to the forums to make their complaints. While “white hat” SEO can start to look smug, innocent bystanders have been caught in the cross fire. Let’s imagine […]

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Beware of the Google Over-Optimisation Update/Penalty for SEO Tricks

Many webmasters have been left scared after Matt Cutts announced an upcoming “over-optimisation” update and/or penalty. People all over the world are now scrambling to clean up their acts while others consider giving up SEO altogether out of pure fear. Some SEO experts have dismissed the fear as irrational, while others tried to explain what […]

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Stop Paying for Terrible Links [& How to Check for Low Quality Links]

This is an older, albeit interesting blog post. If you’re interested in a better, more up to date method to audit and remove links, take a look at this post. If you have a problem with your link profile and search engine rankings, get in touch with us or take a look at our services […]

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High Quality Web Sites: Panda – The New Google Ranking Factor

Since the very beginning of our craft, Search Engine Optimisers have obsessed over the subtle complexities of the numerous ranking factors determining their precious organic rankings. Since Google’s Panda update, and the subsequent “dozen or so” changes to the algorithm, perhaps the SEO world has changed forever. Panda: Not an easy update to understand When […]

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Visualising Search Engine Rankings by Keyword in Excel

Originally posted on SEOmoz, this post still has legs, having been recently referred to in a number of Excel related posts including Mike’s Excel Guide to SEO. I thought it would be great to revisit the post, give it a bit of a rewrite and share it with our readers. Despite what some say, tracking […]

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Google's Underlying Plan for HTML5 and Rich Snippets

When we look to the future of the internet and how SEO is evolving, what can we expect to find on the agenda in the not so distant future with regards to website mark up? Well, no one can truly predict the future but by looking at recent past developments we can certainly find a […]

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