Don’t you wish you had a crystal ball you could look into so you knew exactly how Google worked and how to shape and form your own SEO plan to please the almighty search engine giant? You don’t need mystical powers — you’ve got EverSpark Interactive’s What’s New In The World of Google Meetup, a free weekly meeting for professionals from all walks of life and industries who want to know more SEO hints and tips. It’s always a lively discussion and you’re sure to walk away with a new bag of tricks every week.
Please join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 from 8am – 9:30am. You can RSVP on the Meetup.com link below. While you will miss out on the always-lively discussions the meetups turn into, sometimes you might have to miss one or two. We understand. You can always catch up on all of our discussions with our blog recap posts. This is also an excellent way to review previous discussions you may have attended, and investigate some of the issues covered further.
The meetup takes place at EverSpark Interactive’s offices located at:
6 Concourse Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30328
RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Whats-New-In-the-World-of-Google-Everspark-Interactive/
What’s New This Week:
10 Myths of SEO – Duane Forrester of Bing
With the ever-shifting world of search engine optimization, it’s important that internet marketers and website owners embrace new ways of doing business and driving traffic to their site. In his blog post from earlier this month, Duane Forrester, Bing’s Senior Project Manager, addressed some of the top myths that you need to throw aside in order to move forward with your SEO plans. Continuing to think you must always rank #1, that all you need to do is ensure you have enough videos or over-reliance on links can all lead to your SEO optimization downfall. By staying on top of these trends and ensuring you’re adding them to your internet marketing mix, you’re sure to see a payoff.
Getting Your Head & Body Straight
Getting your head straight on your website is absolutely important. This can include your meta tags, descriptions and those all-important eye-catching titles. However, what’s a header without the body? Getting your content correct and the body of your text in order allows search engines like Google to return the best content to those searching for it. Google’s Matt Cutts gives this brief Public Service Announcement:
Speaking of titles and content, how does Google decide what title they’re going to show in the results? Is there a best practice we should all be following?
The Continuing Backlink Saga: Are They Still Important?
As Google continues to shape their webspam policies with each update, many industry experts feel that there’s been a huge shift towards content and a move away from backlinks. Does this mean that backlinks are now less valuable? Should internet marketers just forget the whole thing? Matt Cutts helps to clear up the picture.
What Time Does The Superbowl Start & Other Things The Webspam Team Wanted To Do Better
It’s not often that the Google Webspam team puts their collective hands up and admit they wished they had done differently. However, there are always classic examples of issues they have to content with. One of these involves the Superbowl, where one of the top searches on Google is the simple question, “What time does the Superbowl start?” While a much-cherished annual sporting event, it’s also apparently the online equivalent of an internet marketer’s “white whale,” with dozens of websites attempting to rank for the term. Searchengineland’s Superbowl article charts the attempts by companies to cash in on this throughout the past couple of years.
Google’s Matt Cutts goes on to elaborate:
Google Fiber: Going Pole To Pole
While the world waits on baited breath for Google Fiber, engineers are scratching their heads on how they’re going to provide their excellent, high speed access while people are out and about in their daily lives. Finally it clicked — utility poles!
Majestic SEO’s Latest Updates
Everybody’s favorite SEO tool, MajesticSEO, has a new website categorization feature that’s got the internet world buzzing. Using the 700+ billion pages in their Fresh index, they have worked out a way to classify the search into one of their nearly 1,000 categories. From that, a “trust flow” has been established, allowing the cream of the website crop to rise to the top. For example, take a look at CNN.com’s trust flow and citation rankings here. This tool can also be used to take a look at social media influencers, for example, Matt Cutts’ Twitter account here. There are currently 5,000 sites that rank as trustworthy, including government sites and other important sites such as CNN, or BBC.co.uk.
Generating Celebrity Online: A YouTube Experiment
YouTube is becoming a hugely important tool for generating celebrity or “trust” of content creators or respected authorities. According to an article in Ad Age, Google is investing $100 million to do traditional media advertising for three content creators on the video channel. These video-bloggers are Michelle Phan, a make-up how to video star, Bethany Mota, a fashion blogger and Rosanna Pansino, a baking specialist. Expect to see both television and traditional media like magazines used, as well as online. The question remains though — will this kind of investment enable Google to create “celebrity” through using advertising? To learn more about the campaign, see this interview with YouTube’s newly-named CEO, Susan Wojcicki.
Getting A Break From Technology
While most of the world has started living its life virtually, it’s important to stop and take a look around to see what you’re missing. SEO Intern Vincent Crocitto presented a video entitled, Look Up, which has been making the rounds among social sharing circles. Taking the idea to heart, Vincent spent the entire weekend without his phone — a concept that would drive most 20-year-old’s to insanity. Instead of feeling cut off, Vincent commented that he was better able to look around and enjoy his time at a state park, rather than concentrating on taking photos, putting them on Instagram or messaging his friends. Do you think you could go a whole weekend without your phone?