Google Analytics is a powerful tool that allows marketers to learn just about every interaction the outside world has with your web site. It can be utilized to discover information regarding your visitors and what actions they take while they are on your site. Having this knowledge allows marketers to make adjustments to optimize site performance as well as the ability to convert.
While Google have never fully disclosed all of the ranking factors that are part of their search algorithm, they have said on many a occasion that there are around 200 or so of them. Single Grain and Backlinko decided to put together the following infographic which is the best “guesstimate” of what those ranking factors might be.
Online advertising has gone a long way since the days of obnoxious banner ads. Slowly but surely, the scales are tipping as the shift from free clicks to paid ones occurs.
Infographic put out by SEOBook.com demonstrates that by the innovations of Google Search over the years, they have essentially killed long-tail search.
It is becoming more evident everyday that we are living in a Google world. What began as a search engine has quickly evolved into many additional things. Just this month, Google entered the cell phone business with the release of the Nexus One. They are also working their way into the real estate business. What’s next? This post takes a somewhat humorous look at possible Google acquisitions for 2010 and beyond.
When Google decided to acquire DoubleClick nearly a year ago, many in the search marketing industry were very concerned that Google now owned a SEO company – Performics. It would be a huge conflict of interest to have a organic search index and yet at the same time be making money providing a service that helps companies to improve their positioning in that index. When the acquisition was finally approved last month, Danny Sullivan wrote an open letter asking Google to do the right thing.
Now that Google officially owns DoubleClick, there is another dilemma at hand and that is they also own a SEO company. Is this a conflict of interest? Absolutely! Let’s face it – Google is now in the SEO business – selling services through DoubleClick’s Performics to people who want to rank well on search engines, including Google. This also places Google in the paid inclusion business, something it called evil back in 2004, when it went public.
Danny Sullivan has written an open letter to Google asking them to do the right thing – namely to spin off Performics as they should not own such a company.
In May, Google announced that they had begun to roll out “universal search” features, where their search results pages would contain more than just web pages and documents. Additional content would include videos, images, news, maps, books, and even stock quotes. In a blog post on the subject, Marisa Mayer wrote, “With universal search, we’re attempting to break down the walls that traditionally separated our various search properties and integrate the vast amounts of information available into one simple set of search results.”
Alex Kinnier, a Group Product Manager at Google, has shed some additional light on why Google went after DoubleClick in April of this year, an acquisition that is still in process of completing. The post first of all provides a short history lesson on how online advertising ha evolved since its birth. We then are reminded what ad serving actually is and how it works. Before revealing the exact reasons why Google is buying DoubleClkick, the author points out some differences between the two companies – Google sells ads while DoubleClick provides ad serving.
Joe Sinkwitz from the Pay Loan Affiliate Blog has put together a “report card” on Google’s acquisition progress over the years. Not only does he list the date, the company and the type of product or service Google acquired, he scores each acquisition as good, bad or mixed.