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SERP News: More Domain Diversity & Topic Layers on the SERP


Finally, a month of endless updates to the Google SERP! I've been complaining ever since 2019 began that Google has slowed down its production of changes, updates, and tests to the SERP. No more! June 2019 was a month for the ages with changes to domain diversity at the top of the SERP, additional layers of sub-topical information in all sorts of SERP features, and some good ol' updates to Google Ads!

And away we go with Google's whirlwind of SERP alterations made in June 2019!

In Search [Episode 33]: Fully Leveraging Google Posts (& Q&A Feature)


This week we are going local again with the most electric personality within the world of local SEO the great, the grand, the gifted Greg Gifford who comes to discuss:

  • From copy to images; how to optimize your Google Posts
  • How to use Google Posts to promote your business
  • What mistakes you should avoid when working with the Local Panel’s Q&A feature

Plus, we talk about the need for uniformity within the SEO industry.

Are Featured Snippets Getting Shorter? [Study]

It's always nice when theory meets reality. Not too long before I undertook the research for this study I wrote an article about why I thought Featured Snippets would be getting shorter. When I noticed that Google was throwing content barely a few hours old into Featured Snippets it seemed the content within them was a bit on the thin side. Thus, I took to analyzing 150 Featured Snippets to see if my anecdotal observation was correct.

Long story short, Featured Snippets are shorter... sort of.

In Search [Episode 32]: On the Health of Local Search


This week we have none other than the grandmaster of local SEO, Professor Maps himself, Mike Blumenthal to share his local SEO wisdom with us:

  • Do local marketers need to hop on the paid search bandwagon?
  • What is the real story with Google My Business monetization?
  • The role of reviews in local ranking

Plus, we take a look at how Google is further developing its Topic Layer.

Dissecting Google's June 2019 Core Update & Site Diversity Change


On June 4th, 2019, Google released its second official broad core algorithm of 2019 (which was appropriately dubbed the June 2019 Core Update). At the same time, and further complicating the ranking picture, Google made a significant change to the top of the SERP by increasing domain diversity. Combined, the two "changes" created quite the substantial "ranking event."

With that, let's have a look to see how the June 2019 Core Update impacted rankings and how to look for signs of top-of-the-SERP domain diversity within your rankings!

In Search [Episode 31]: Black Hat SEO Beyond the Taboo


Today we speak with Glasgow’s most prominent SEO expert, the straight-talkin' Craig Campbell about the myths of black hat SEO:

  • Can black hat SEO techniques be effective if done properly?
  • Where are the lines between white hat and black hat SEO? Is black hat SEO's bad reputation justified?
  • Is it really "immoral?”

Plus, we look at a new level of customization on the Google SERP!

Favicons on Google's Mobile SERP: For Better or For Worse?


On May 22nd, 2019, Google's mobile SERP officially welcomed favicons. Many are touting the brand-building power of having favicons appear within your organic result. But is a picture really worth a thousand words? Who is helped most by the insertion of favicons onto the mobile SERP? Are there any losers? Does having a favicon make up for your site's name having less prominence? Simply, are the new favicons on the mobile SERP good or bad for your page's organic result?

In Search [Episode 30]: How to Build Your E-A-T Profile


In this episode, we welcome the fantastically fantastic Alli Berry of the Ascent to talk all about E-A-T - "Expertise, Authoritativeness, Trustworthiness.”

  • The difference between expertise, authority, & trust
  • How to build up your E-A-T profile for different types of YMYL sites
  • Beyond the bio, how to build up your authorship credibility

Plus, we dive into some data on the latest Google Update, the June 2019 Core Update!

SERP News: A New Mobile SERP, More Google Bugs, & I/0 2019 Recapped!


A plague of Google bugs has reached biblical proportions, the mobile SERP now contains favicons, & ads have hit the Discovery Feed! It's been a peculiar month in what has been a peculiar year thus far on the Google SERP. We're talking a barrage of announcements, a few bugs, and a whole heap of changes to the SERP that throw tradition out of the window!

Plus, even though we're covering May... let's touch on the June 2019 Core Update as well!

In Search [Episode 29]: The Right Language for the Right UX


Big time guest this week as we welcome Stoney deGeyter who shares his wisdom on the right language for the right UX:

  • Creating language to deal with Google’s multiple intent targeting 
  • The right language for the right UX for both traditional AND voice search
  • The role of UX within Google’s algorithm


Plus, we breakdown the mobile’s SERP’s new design… Are organic result favicons really a win for sites?

The Impact of Google's AI on User Perception - Why It's Time We Changed How We See Search


How do we relate to search?

It's really a simple question: What preconceived and latent notions do we hold in regards to search? Of course, how we answer this question will also determine how we view the searcher and what we conceive they are doing when they search for something on Google. Now you can see why this little, perhaps out of place question, has far-reaching consequences.

And away we go.

In Search [Episode 28]: How to Analyze & Approach Google's Algorithm Updates


The great SEO experimenter and innovator Dan Petrovic hits the airwaves with us to explore the deep dark depths of Google’s algorithm:

  • Is there something new brewing within Google’s algorithm?
  • Are Google’s confirmed updates a red herring that distract us from even bigger algorithmic changes?
  • What’s the best way to approach a Google update?

Plus, we look at rank stability trends over the past few years to see if maybe there is something deeper to Google’s recent "quiet” period!



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