Know Your Risk: Penguin Analysis | Panda Risk

Holy Shit You Still Haven’t Run a Panda Survey?

You. Yeah you. Slacker. That’s right, you, the slacking piece of shit, have you really not run a Panda questionnaire on your website yet? Don’t know what a Panda questionnaire is yet? Really, OK. maybe you can claim ignorance. A Panda Questionnaire is a survey you run against your site which include the questions asked by to the Google reviewers who created the training set for the Panda algorithm. They were asked questions like “could the content on this page appear in a magazine” or “would you trust this page with your credit card” about thousands of sites to build a data set that Google could then apply machine learning techniques to in order to create their Panda algorithm. You have been able to run these yourself for years,...

A Plea for Data

Hey folks, many of you who follow me on twitter (@rjonesx) may have noticed some discussions between myself and @authoritylabs a week or so ago. I have embarked on a new study that looks at the relationship between SERP features (places, ads, carousel, images, video, etc.) and organic click through rates. Using GWT CTR data, Google Keyword Traffic data, and Authority Labs SERP data, we can determine the actual organic traffic a SERP will return. Take for example two keywords – one gets 1000 visits a month, the other gets 400 visits a month. The second has no advertisers and no SERP features, the first has places and 10 ads. It is actually possible that the second one with less traffic volume actually delivers MORE organic traffic because of these SERP...

Announcing warnJS – the internet emergency broadcast system

I don’t know if you have ever huddled in an internal room with your children during a tornado warning, but it is one of the most unsettling things I have experienced in my life. While unsettling, it is equally relieving to know that you are in the best place you can be before it hits. There are many ways we become aware of impending weather emergencies – the emergency broadcast system on TV and radio, weather apps or text message services on our phones – but one media provider seems left out altogether… the Internet. It seemed silly to me that the most versatile medium mankind has ever known wouldn’t have a solution that made the dissemination of this kind of information quick, easy, and unobtrusive. So I went to work. I used my 8...

List of SEO Tools and Whether They Are Vulnerable to Heartbleed

Make sure your SEO tools haven’t been affected by the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug. I compiled as many as I could think of here, but you might want to run some checks and add them in the comments. All of Virante’s tools were either unaffected or have been...

Proposing a Debate Series

I recently responded to a request for pitches from SMX with the idea of doing formal debates on contentious topics in the search marketing industry. I thought it would be a good idea to open the topics up for recommendation. Even if SMX doesn’t do it, we could certainly do something on hangouts or at other conferences. So here are some of the debate topics I think would be worth considering… To Out or Not to Out Following Google’s Guidelines is the Best Course of Action Links are Losing Value Google is a Force for Good Online Paid Search vs. SEO Social Media is the Future of SEO Usage Metrics are the Future of Ranking Factors Alright, what debates would you like to see? What contentious issues would you like to hear from differing opinions...