If you’ve been paying attention to what Google has been doing the last few years, you know that SEO has turned into an all-out war on spammers. If you’re still thinking that all-out link-building campaigns are the route to success, it’s time to re-evaluate, despite the long-standing advice that link building is the best method for increasing your site’s “Google juice.” The truth is not only that link building might be wasting your time, it might actually be hurting your marketing. [Read more...]
Last month I talked about optimizing your site architecture for Panda. This is of course important, but it is only one component in optimizing for Panda. As everyone who read Mike Moran’s recent post on this blog knows, Panda rewards quality content. And Penguin punishes low-quality sites. So content quality is obviously very important for search effectiveness, perhaps more important than site architecture. [Read more...]
Last time I wrote about cleaning house and freeing up Google’s index for your best content. That’s a great antidote to Panda’s negative ranking factors that punish cluttered websites. But sometimes it’s not that easy to retire pages. In large companies like IBM, there are several brands and business units that offer products or services related to top words such as analytics or cloud. We simply can’t ask these business units to retire fresh content related to business-critical offerings. In these cases, our only option is to help Google crawl and index our content so that the most important content takes its rightful place in Google’s index, and hopefully Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs). I’m talking about creating clear information architecture (IA) that shows Google (and your users) the relative importance of pages related to the same keywords.