Archive for July, 2011
So recently I have been talking to the owner of the daily deals site Buyii, Zhen is a great guy and knows a fair bit about online marketing especially SEO. But what I want to talk to you today about his Buyii his daily deals website which aggregates all deals in Australia and posts them in one spot.
Gone of the days of going to numerous deal website to find the best deal you can now locate all deals in one spot.
The website picks up well over 100+ deals in Sydney each day, over 90 in Melbourne and many more in other states within Australia.(example image below)
Once you click on state you are redirected to all the deals within that specific state:
So yeah if you are looking to save time online, I highly reccomend you check out buyii.com.au as it has been a great time saver for me personally and also because the owner of the site is a great guy and is always looking to help out customers and fellow website owners.
So last week I was doing some analysis on search terms as I do on a daily basis, and I searched the term “Places”, What I found was interesting it seemed that Facebook was ranking in position 1 for the keyword “places” with personalization off.
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Now I tried the same search term today, and the results are very different, Google is now in the search position 1 and position 2 and they even have site links, bit funny don’t you think?
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I know this could be testing done by Google, but some analysis on this term shows Facebook Places is the stronger URL.
Interesting, please post your thoughts below:
So I have been putting the message out into the global market about the problems around Google Places citation data for quite some time, if not for the last 18 months I have been blogging about this issues, I have had two posts featured on sites like Search Engine Land and many other search marketing websites.
Two example of posts I have made highlighting the problems about citation data:
Post 1 click here from November 2010
The good news is that today Google has decided to stop using citation data from 3rd party websites the post is on the official Google blog here .
Now what does this mean for webmasters, it shows that you need to put an emphasis on Google reviews from Google itself, these have always been a good factor for places rankings.
Interesting times ahead for Google places, I have some huge campaigns running on it atm so this is a very interesting subject for me, please list your thoughts below:
So I have been posting about Google places several times in the past, showing some of the problems I have been experience and asking Google to fix these issues, in some cases you are dealing with very high traffic terms so I am dumbfounded when these problems with citations are not fixed for months if not years. In November I located a in this post: with a term which has around 6,000+ queries a month in Australia this issue was giving around 100+ citations which were false.
Now this problem noted in the post has not been fixed I have noticed another issue, I was recently researching the term “Plumbing Sydney” and I saw some very interesting Google Places citation data. I will let the following images do the talking:
The first image shows the term, plumbing Sydney with a bunsiness CBD Plumbing ranking in first position.
The second image shows that 6 reviews are coming from a website called “Top 10 Australia” interesting website for a Plumbers to be on wouldn’t you think?
So when you then click this link on the 3rd image it links you up to Shangri-La Hotel Sydney? Random!! This is not even the right business it is a totally different business which is been linked to yet the review citations are been counted for CBD Plumbing, Unfair isn’t it!
So this leaves me with the feeling that Google places review data should not even be counted by Google at times, it is a strong ranking factor in high competition niches so then you have citation data with so many issues.
I wonder if Google is on top of these problems within Google Places! It is annoying me and I am sure it is annoying many other digital marketers.
Please post your thoughts below on this matter:
So I found this video before and I can see it going viral, it is pretty crazy footage! We see floods stopping traffic yet a bus driver obviously not wanting to miss his passengers decides to take on the wall of water at full ball.
So last week I had a chance to play with the new HTC Facebook branded mobile phones, these phones are quite interesting and have some very cool Facebook features.
The whole phone has a emphasis on Facebook from the Facebook button which takes place right below the keypad, then you have the log in screen you see Facebook apps and Facebook status updates every where.
The thing about these phones is that they catch me as been a bit childish, I mean I can not see half the black berry business mobile phones owners at work running out to buy a HTC Facebook phone. But I can see this phone taking off with the younger Facebook demographic been 15-21 range.
The phones come in two different styles and different colors I have attached two photos below of the new HTC Facebook Phones:
In the Australian market we currently have Vodafone offering this phone, I know alot of people do not quite like Vodafone so I think the next best bet would be to buy this phone from eBay but make sure it is compatiable with the AU market =)
Overall the features put a strong emphasis on Facebook I mean you go and think you are writing a message but it is really a Facebook status update =) Or you are logged into Facebook pretty much 24 hours a day 7 days a week when the phone is on to us the chat functions.
Overall the phone is good but it is not for me I prefer my business HTC =)
News today on the SEO front is that Twitter and Google’s search deal which started in October 2009 has ended, this has now resulted in Real Time data from Twitter been removed from Google. Yet the most evident change is the impact on Tweets from authority sources and ranking for SEO terms. I have noticed that many large scale SEO’s in the US market are testing Tweet related tests and it is evident that the power of Tweets may have in fact been dropped significantly.
This is a very interesting development from a Social SEO front and we will be testing and monitoring development further.