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    Google On Bing Attack Ads: “Others Should Focus On Building Good Products”

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Mar 10, 2013
    Google has largely ignored Bing’s Scroogled campaign, the one attacking it over the pay-for-play change to Google Shoppping & Gmail privacy. But today, Google search chief Amit Singhal pushed back a bit, saying Bing perhaps should focus on making better products rather than attacking Google.

    Speaking at the SXSW conference, when taking a question posed via Twitter about how Google views Bing’s attacks, Singhal responded to say “We focus on our users.” Then he continued: “Others should focus...

    Growth Of Mobile Search “Like Seeing My Second Child Grow” Says Google Search Chief At #SXSW

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Mar 10, 2013
    The growth of mobile search is like seeing a second child grow up. SEO isn’t bull. The knowledge graph, speech recognition & natural language are searches biggest challenges. And he really, really likes Star Trek. That’s just some of what the head of Google’s search efforts, Amit Singhal, shared when talking at SXSW today.

    Singhal is senior vice president and a Google Fellow who oversees Google Search. He spoke during the “The Future of Google Search in a Mobile World” keynote at the SXSW...

    Design process: don’t let extreme views grind you down

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 10, 2013
    Josh Emerson offers some words of advice that we should all take to heart:

    But perhaps the most important thing I want to highlight here, is that the answer to most questions is it depends, and very often in the grey area between black and white. Try not to take extreme views on things, and perhaps see that there is always another level of complexity to be discovered in any decision you make.

    We just came out of a season of arguing whether or not Flat Design is the answer to...

    Complexity and technology-driven innovation

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 10, 2013
    In The Guardian Tom Meltzer asks, Are our household appliances getting too complicated? Despite violating Betteridge’s law of headlines he makes some good points:

    “The innovation is obviously being driven by manufacturers’ desire to add value and to differentiate themselves,” says analyst Neil Mason, head of retail research at market research company Mintel. “But from a consumer’s point of view, what they want is convenience and simplicity. When you run into trouble is when you add all...

    Bad Merchant? Google May Drop Your Rankings Later This Year

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Mar 9, 2013
    Had a bad experience purchasing from an online merchant? Google says it wants to protect searchers from that, and it may crackdown later this year with changes intended to prevent bad merchants from ranking well.

    The news came during the “How to Rank Better in Google & Bing” session that I moderated yesterday at the SXSW conference in Austin. Google’s chief web spam fighter Matt Cutts responded to concerns one merchant had about bad competitors outranking him.

    Cutts said: We have a...

    More on the challenges of Big Data

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Mar 8, 2013
    Figuring out what to read (and what to believe) about Big Data is becoming a Big Data problem in and of itself1. I wrote The hype, benefits, and dangers of Big Data a while ago to give an overview of what’s out there, but there are two more interesting articles from the last week that I’d like to highlight as well.

    First, on the HBR blog Jake Porway talks about Big Data and social entrepreneurship and makes the point that You Can’t Just Hack Your Way to Social Change:

    Any data...

    Google Penalizes Another Link Network: SAPE Links

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 7, 2013
    The rumors floating around the SEO industry right now is that Google has crushed yet another link network. SAPE links, a link network I honestly never heard of...

    Should I use pushState to update my URLs instead of #! to manage Ajax navigation?

    Mar 6, 2013
    Should I use pushState to update my URLs instead of using the hashbang (#!) style to manage Ajax navigation? Paul Irish, Mountain View, CA Have a...

    A Search Engine To Search For Sites Manually Penalized By Google

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Mar 6, 2013
    Remember your favorite part of the Google how search works portal? Yea, how you can see examples of pages Google removed from their index manually on the fighting spam page.
    I made a search engine you can use to see which sites were delisted by Google.

    Is WordPress or Blogger better for SEO?

    Mar 5, 2013
    I've used Blogger for 3 years, but now everyone tells me that WordPress is superior for SEO. After scouring many sites, I've been unable to find the...