Archive for October, 2011
Google+ has added on yet another feature into the emerging social network, this feature is called Google Ripples shows what content is currently hot on Google+ in a very interesting graph format:
Extra points about this new add on:
- 1 billion posts are shared on Google plus.
- Google+ community is driving to find out what is hot on Google+.
- Users are keen to find out what is trending on Google+
Matt Cutts has posted a video on his YouTube channel today saying some niche comments about SEO’s,
I think this is a good video from google to show how SEO’s are a very valubale resource for website owners and not a snake
oil sales man. the problem is soo many sales man/ scam SEO’s exist they give the limited amount of Good SEO’s a bad name.
Some positive points about SEO’s Matt Cutts places are:
- SEO’s help improve site speed/ make your sire fast.
- SEO’s imporve page crawlability
- SEO’s can assist with Keyword Research.
- Make sure you use the right keywords within content.
- Usability and design consultants.
- Find an SEO who gives you all the information and does not hide things.
Video can bew viewed here:
So last week I made a post on the SEOmoz blog about SEO keyword research Now I want to make a post on my personal blog with 8 keyword research tips:
Tip 1 – (Common Mistake) Make sure you are signed into a Google Account!
Don’t let me stress how many times I have seen people pull keyword data from Google Keyword Tool when they are not logged into their account, what it does when you pull keyword data non logged in you are left with limited data. An example below when using the Google keyword tool (signed in to your Google account) and when (not signed in)
Keyword tool: https://adwords.google.com.au/o/Targeting/Explorer?__u=1000000000&__c=1000000000&ideaRequestType=KEYWORD_IDEAS#search.none
Tip 2 – Benchmark your data with Insights for Search.
Once you have the data from Google, then take the keywords and place them in Google insights for search. Compare the data in Google insights for search with something you know is popular to see a comparison.
For example I know a specific keyword is getting 30,000 unique visitors a month, I will then compare the specific keyword in google Insights for something you 100% know it is getting traffic for!
Insights for search: www.google.com/insights/search/
Tip 3 – Utalize some paid search data for keyword research.
I work in a company where we deal with mostly paid search, we have several clients which are both SEO and PPC based so we can colaborate data and share various insights.
If you have various verticals you work with then it is easy to pull data from numerous sources.
Tip 4 – Utalize social media monitoring for keyword research.
Try to utalize some social media monitoring and social media research into your keyword research, you can find out what people are actually talking about via social channels and then utalize this powerful data for keyword research.
Every one is using social monitoring software these days if it is free or paid pull some data into your SOE keyword research!
Free: Social Mention, Topsy.
Paid: Radian 6, Buzz Metrics.
Tip 5 – Use search scraper to pull related results –
Search scrapers can be a great way to pull extra data from your keywords research. Example: http://www.searchenginegenie.com/google-suggest-scrapper-tool/index.php
Tip 6 – Use KEI/ KOB for keyword research –
KEI and KOB are keyword difficulty socres, they can be great to pull difficulty metrics for your keywords. Great post on this over here: http://www.stuntdubl.com/2011/01/26/kob-competitive-analysis/
Tip 7 – Use the keyword difficulty metric -
SEO moz has a great keyword difficulty score which you can easily grab data from in a txt file. If the score is below 40% then you know it is probably advisable to target.
Here is the link to the tool: pro.seomoz.org/tools/keyword-difficulty/
Tip 8 – Use internal search data -
Using internal search data is another great way to pull ideas for your keyword research, I mean what better place to look for keyword data then your own website.
So I have made a new post on SEOmoz about keyword research, please feel free too check it out and have a comment the link to the post can be found here:
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Today I noticed some more interesting changes with Google maps which I had not previously in the past. We see that the maps listings are far larger then in the past. This new change is evident on several variations of the Google places product.
1. Single location listing, larger location and images from places.
2. GEO store location listing where we see 3 locations.
3. Numerous locations with larger image and ads below the map.
So I was wondering today how hard it would be to rank for the term “SEO” in the Australian market, many people say that SEO is up their with one of the most competitive terms to rank for. I have the mindset that nothing is impossible and I feel that with the right time limits I could potentially rank for this term in the AU space as I have taken on ranks within the US markets with far higher competition.
So the first step of ranking in the Australian space for the term “SEO” is a bit of competitive analysis. I took the top 9 websites which are currently ranking the Australian space for the term “SEO” and did some analysis. I did not include Wikipedia in the analysis as it is usually a fixed element within search results across various verticals.
For the analysis I looked at the following factors:
- Anchor Text with “SEO” exact.
- Total root domain links.
- Percentage of Anchor Text links with “SEO”
- “SEO” in the domain.
- Number of Facebook Shares.
- Number of Twitter shares.
- Google +1 Shares.
Results in the image below:
Overall after seeing the results I feel that with the right amount of time it is possible to achieve this rank.
A common question many people ask is how to I make my smartphone battery last longer? Well I asked my mate who works at HTC for some information on this specific question.
He gave more 7 tips for making your smart phone battery last longer.
1. Try not to use a live background – live backgrounds are the backgrounds which have all moving images and what not, try and use a static image background.
2. Place your brightness settings on 1 bar – If your screen is on full brightness it can limit the battery life each charge.
3. Try not to take out the battery too often – taking your battery out and switching it, then putting it back in many times is apparently not that great for the battery according to my mate from HTC.
4. Charge the battery to full – Don’t just charge the battery on half then use it try to give the phone a full charge every time you charge it up.
5. Limit the level of music and games – Music and Games are great on phones but they also kill the power on them very quickly, try to limit the user where possible.
6. Apps running on the phone – Try to limit the number of applications running in the background of the phone, if you have countless worthless applications running they can chew the battery life down.
7. Turn off annoying notifications – Notifications can also chew down the battery life, so try to turn them off where possible.
If you have any additional smart phone battery saving tips please post them below in the comments:
Facebook has launched the iPad Application, which is a good addition to the companies overall strategy. As the number of users pick up the iPad and the popularity of the decive is exploding around the world it is a strategic move by Facebook to have a good quality App released to the public. The new Application looks quite good in terms of usability from a Facebook perspective.
Image below of the new – Facebook iPad Application
Facebook has brought out a new Function on Facebook pages along with a roll out of new Facebook features this new function is called “talking about the page”.
It shows up when ever some one posts on the pages wall, some one likes the page, commening photos, video or any page content, rsvping to an event, mentioning a page, tagging photos, licing a deal or checking in at a place.
Another interesting development from Facebook to show user interaction with the specific page: