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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+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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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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How to find things online without searching (Part 3 of 5)

This mini series of posts focuses on methods of finding information online without typing a single search phrases in to Bing, Google or any other search engine.  Part 1 focussed on check in services and part 2 discussed social voting mechanisms.  Tweet In this post I will highlight search technologies which allow people to search…

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Check your Google site links

Tweet I was just on the phone to my colleague Bob O’Brien from Seattle, who manages the search strategy for windows.microsoft.com.  We noticed that a recently published page had been assigned ‘site links’ by Google, however they were NOT particularly useful.. The site links titles were all cut off, which removed essential product information about…

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All about SEO on support.microsoft.com (Audio interview)

I was recently interviewed by the guys at http://mstalk.in to discuss Search Engine Optimization and social media, with an emphasis on the discoverability efforts we go through for support.microsoft.com.  The audio podcast is available on demand (approx 25 minutes long)… MSTalk.in Episode 14: SEO with Chris Moore Tweet Author: Chris Moore is a program manager…

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5 great Tweets about search from the past week

  Here are 5 search related topics which I have found interesting over the past week.  Please re-tweet any which you feel worth sharing… More signs that facebook is moving in to locations services SOON! http://tinyurl.com/2ws9bdt [re-tweet] Location based marketing is getting big! Dominoes Pizza and Starbucks are just two examples of companies who have…

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New search engines features=less nonsense referrals?

Yesterday Google released an update which adds a left navigation bar to search results designed to allow users to quickly slice and dice search results.  This video explains more… Google are clearly following Bing’s lead in creating a search experience which engages the user, keeping them within the search engine interface for longer and offering…

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Are you ranking for your competitor’s brand keywords?

The ‘Similar’ functionality on Google provides an easy way for your customers to research your competitor’s websites.  Can your site be found easily when searching for your competitors brand keywords? Last week,  Google announced an enhancement of their ‘similar sites’ functionality.  For a while now they have displayed a ‘Similar’ link next to some search…

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