Low Keyword Difficulty Despite Rankbrain

The data side of Search Engine Optimization has become far more confusing and, at the same time, interesting over the last few years thanks in no small part to RankBrain. Let me go ahead and say that anyone interested in learning anything shouldn’t continue reading the rest of this blog post. It is actually part of an experiment which I am currently running and I would appreciate if you wouldn’t just leave the page immediately though. Who knows if big-brother Google is watching and will spoil the experiment because everyone abandoned the article quickly. I also don’t intend to spend much time in this post opining about what I think RankBrain is how it works. Instead, I want to bring up one of the big wrenches that RankBrain throws into a popular...

Democracy Undone

It is time any honest participant in American democracy step back and ask ourselves some serious questions about our political process. I don’t care if you are Republican or Democrat, White or Black or other, just that you are an American and care about honest representation. We need to ask ourselves whether our elected officials represent our nation in any meaningful way and whether that is more important to us than our own political allegiances. I’ll go ahead and get it out there – I am a liberal. Always have been. I am also an upper-middle class white male evangelical Christian southerner, so I wouldn’t describe myself as exactly cut off from the realities of differing political opinions. However, I think there is one thing we should...

Trump’s 3rd Debate Answers Below 6th Grade Level

A simple analysis of the Full Transcript of the 3rd and final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton yields some stark differences between the quality of their speech. Donald Trump’s averaged a 4.52 on the Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, which approximates how difficult a piece of text is to read relative to student grade levels. Across the board, Hillary’s reading level of difficulty was higher than Trump’s – from complex sentences to multi-syllabic words. Even Wallace, who had shorter questions, scored higher than Trump. Trump Number of characters (without spaces) 26,740.00 Number of words 6,442.00 Number of sentences 721.00 Average number of characters per word 4.15 Average number of syllables per word 1.41 Average number of words...

Google Keyword Planner Hiding Grouped Phrases

Most of you are likely aware that Google recently increased the “grouping” of related keywords in Google Keyword Planner. This meant that terms like “seo” and “search engine optimization” would show the same search volume which was actually the combined search volume of the two terms. Well, Google has responded to concerns with a slightly updated solution which, rather than showing both terms, simply switches the keyword to the canonical version. In this case, if you look up the phrase “search engine optimization” or “chief operating officer”, you will see that Google Keyword Planner replaces them with “SEO” and “COO” respectively. In many ways, this is an improvement insofar as...

The Hysterical State of Google Keyword Volume

With the latest news that low-spend advertisers will now get broad volume¬†ranges rather than traditional keyword volume in Google Keyword Planner, I couldn’t help but laugh. I won’t pretend that I have always given Google the benefit of the doubt, I’ve certainly criticized the company many times, sometimes for good reasons, sometimes not. But this is so hysterically bad that I just had to step back and point out how ridiculous it has become. There are basically 4¬†different sources of keyword search volume data that you can get from Google. Google Keyword Planner Google Traffic Forecaster (inside Keyword Planner) Google Trends Google Search Console I decided to take just 1 keyword and see how things are looking… Keyword Planner Original...