Free Search Engine event in Seattle

If you are based in Seattle, WA and are interested in a FREE SEO/social media event, featuring Duane Forrester from Microsoft, as well as other speakers, check out the link below…   http://www.followthismonkey.com/the-future-of-internet-marketing-seattle-seo-network/      

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A clever way of getting more likes

Facebook ‘likes’ are becoming more and more important as a ranking factor for search engines.  Just saw this clever method from Lufthansa for getting more people to ‘like’ their brand/site… Clever idea! I wonder if it would be considered as ‘buying links’ by Google.

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Google testing new full page preview

I have seen this a couple of times over the past few weeks, but only today finally managed to capture a screen shot… Tweet Google are testing a new feature which shows a preview of the full page content when hovering over the link. It also highlights (using an orange box) the section on the…

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Bing is used to change the past (time travel)

If you have seen the trailer for the new ‘Source Code’ time travel movie, you may have noticed that Jake Gyllenhaal uses Bing.com for a mobile internet search whilst trying to change the past… Tweet Here is the full trailer…

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+1: Google’s version of Facebook ‘likes’

There can be little argument that Facebook is the global leader when it comes to owning the social graph of online interpersonal connections.  It’s also no secret that Bing now uses Facebook ‘like’ data as a ranking factor for search results.  However Google has had some disputes with Facebook, and for one reason or another…

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A great example of how Quora enabled a valuable and open discussion

A recent post on Quora provides a good open discussion about the best SEO tools available on the web.  Tweet Whilst the content of the post itself is extremely useful for SEO, that was not actually what got me excited.  What I loved about this post was the way that someone was able to ask…

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Useful info from Google if you have a mobile site

Matt Cutts recently presented some valuable information about detecting the ‘Googlebot-Mobile’ user agent string, to identify the Google mobile crawler.  If you have a mobile version of your website, it’s worth taking a look at this clip which lasts less than 3 minutes…

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Seller rating scores will impact your SEO

Shopping comparison sites have for a long time been a popular method of finding the cheapest price online.  In a recent video, Matt Cutts from Google discusses how the rating scores from multiple price comparison websites across the web are actually used as an SEO ranking factor. Tweet So negative reviews from your customers on…

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Search engines treat meta refresh the same as 301 redirects

SEOMOZ recently published a good post for testing your level of expertise on SEO.  Whilst I am pleased to say I got the majority of the answers correct, there was one fact in the follow up post which was news to me!  I would like to share this in case this is also a surprise…

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Do not religiously follow the ‘3 click rule’. But also think about SEO

How many clicks does it take your users to complete their tasks?  How many give up before they complete?  I have been at Microsoft for a good number of years now and have heard ‘the 3 click rule’ quoted on numerous occasions.  Recent evidence suggests users are happy to go beyond 3 clicks.  However before…

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