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    Is There a Long Tail to Referral Traffic?

    by randfish
    Nov 21, 2012
    I was recently chatting with my friend Matthew Brown of AudienceWise about the distribution of the web’s traffic, and we both wondered – do referrals from external domains follow a “long tail” distribution pattern?

    I surmised that only ~20% of the referrals that the average website receives comes from the tail of the distribution curve, whilst Matt felt that number should be considerably larger. As a first step, I figured I’d check SEOmoz.org’s own referral traffic (via Google Analytics) to...

    Do you think that "Search Engine Optimization" should be renamed?

    Nov 20, 2012
    Hi Matt, do you think that search engine optimization is descriptive in the way it is used today? Do you think we need to call it something else?...

    How long does a reconsideration request take to process?

    Nov 19, 2012
    I've been waiting for 2 months to hear back regarding a reconsideration request. Is this normal? There is no one I can contact about it. Laura,...

    A Yahoo-Facebook Search Partnership? Reality Check Time!

    by dannysullivan
    Nov 18, 2012
    The world, it seems, just cannot wait for Facebook to come along and start its own search engine and knock Google off the top of search mountain. The rumors and expectations of this go back for years. Now the latest twist: Yahoo and Facebook will team up together. If you’re banking on that potential alliance taking out Google, much less Bing, let me offer up a reality check. Report: Yahoo & Facebook Talking Search

    Let’s start with the current news that has various tech blogs lighting up...

    Broadening Our Thinking on the Practice of Conversion Rate Optimization

    by randfish
    Nov 18, 2012
    Many times when businesses invest in improving online conversion rates, the practice goes something like this: Brainstorm a list of things that can be changed in the conversion process or on the landing page Determine which are easy to build/test Create a set of A/B or multivariate tests to run through them Allow winning changes to remain

    Unfortunately, this process diminishes what CRO can achieve. It’s my belief that conversion rate optimization needs to be a practice that’s separate from...

    PubCon 2012 slides: disavow links tool

    by MattCutts
    Nov 16, 2012
    I spoke at PubCon 2012 last month in Las Vegas. A couple people have asked for my slides, so here they are:

    Several of the slides have links to additional information, in case you’re interested. We announced the disavow links tool during my session so that’s what a lot of the slides are about.

    Twitter Makes Search Results More Visual With Top Photos, Videos & Instant Previews

    by dannysullivan
    Nov 15, 2012
    Twitter is rolling out an update to its search results that will put a new “Top Photos” section above matching tweets. “Top Videos” may also appear. Twitter will also begin automatically showing tweeted pictures for those searching on the iPhone or with Android devices. Top Photos & Videos

    Twitter already shows top photos and images for a search, but these have been placed off to the side of the main search results, like this:

    With the change, top pictures and videos will come above...

    How will Google interpret links to URLs ending with a campaign tag?

    Nov 14, 2012
    Will Google interpret links to URLs ending with a campaign tag like ?hl=en (www.example.com?hl=en) as a link to www.example.com or to a completely...

    How does Google consider site-wide backlinks?

    Nov 13, 2012
    Are sitewide backlinks considered good or bad by Google? Or do they just count as 1 link from the whole domain? Chris Trynkiewicz, Cracow, Poland...

    Does Google take action on spammy guest blogging activities?

    Nov 12, 2012
    Currently, guest blogging is the favorite activity of webmasters for link acquisition. Due to its easy nature, lots of spammy activities are going on...