Hey folks, welcome to the Smattering of SEO News for the week ending May 10th. There was a lot of news from Google this past week, but also some search-related news from Yahoo, which we’ve not seen for quite some time. Enjoy! Google News Google Analytics Now Offers Real-Time Goal Conversion Report – Google Analytics now offers the ability to see real-time conversion goals, and can be sorted by number of conversions and drilled down to specific segments. Computed engagement goals aren’t available in real-time, however, and are still found in the standard reports. Possible Google Update Underway – According to webmasters on Webmaster World and elsewhere, they’re noticing significant shifts in the SERPS for their tracked keywords, denoting an update might be underway. Hopefully we’ll learn more in the coming days. Don’t Worry Too Much about Google Patents, Says Cutts – In a recent video, Matt Cutts said that … Continue reading
Let’s face it people. Most of us spend our free time at work checking-in on our fantasy sports teams. “Us” of course excludes hardcore nerds, many women and guys who were in a league once but never adjusted their team (and probably auto-drafted), thus not being allowed in any future leagues. But again, the rest of “us”…fantasy league addicts. The problem with being a fantasy sports addict as opposed to a heroin addict is that when you lose at fantasy sports you have to live with the pain. When you lose with heroin you feel nothing. So naturally, fantasy sport addicts will try to do everything they possibly can to get updated information on player’s injuries, city’s weather reports, the state of the playing field, the team’s weekly motivation, if the players go to the bathroom just before they play (in horse racing this is sometimes an indicator of how … Continue reading
Babes and booms. Big booms. Former Miss USA, Tara Conner, and explosive expert, Rene Diamante, host the high-octane web series, Kaboom. The Yahoo Screen original series asks Rene to blow up all types of common objects such as ATM machines, vending machines and golf bags. Rene delivers big time by producing many “Oh S***!” moments. Each video is shot with slow-motion cameras from multiple angles and runs about 3 minutes long. The slow-motion is perfect for capturing the eye-candy: Tara Conner. Oh, and the items going Kaboom are pretty cool in slow-mo, as well. Check out the most recent video of Tara and Rene destroying a vending machine.
When someone mentions Tom Hanks we instantly recall the following: Forrest Gump and it’s many great lines such as: “But you ain’t got no legs, Lieutenant Dan,” “Seat’s taken…can’t sit here” (not actually Tom hank’s line) and of course, “Mama always said ‘life’s like a box of chocolates.’” Saving Private Ryan and the scene where Hanks has been shot down yet still shoots his pistol defiantly at a Nazi tank. Philadelphia and his emotional stares in the court room. Big. Every scene in Big. Man, I wanted to play on one of those floor foot pianos! Also…”what’s so fun about playing with a building?” We think Tom Hanks and we think, Tom Hanks’ movies. The web series, Electric City, is clearly an attempt to change our perceptions of who Tom Hanks is. Rather than think “movie star”, I believe Hanks wants fans to think “creator.” Hanks has produced and directed … Continue reading
There are a lot of funny videos on the internet. Such an obvious statement…I am actually a little hesitant to leave it, but clearly not too hesitant seeing as it lead to this long follow-up sentence which would make no sense without the previous obvious statement. What was I writing about? Ah yes. Monkeys. Anyway, my personal preference when it comes to funny videos are ones actually created by professionals: writers, actors and comedians. Sure a sweet video gif of a dog jumping out of a moving car is always hilarious to watch over and over, but give me something with some depth or thought any day of the week…for about 5 minutes or so. With that said, I present Sketchy. Wait, wait! It’s not what you think it is. Unless, what you think it is is a sketch comedy web series that presents new episodes once a week, by … Continue reading
After writing my first two PubCon South 2011 posts (#1, #2), I still had a lot of notes left over. There was a considerable amount of good info that didn’t make it into the first 2 posts because it didn’t fit the “theme” of either. I’m going to do my best to put all of that information into some sort of digestable form here. Keyword Research Sometimes it’s good to go back to basics and see what core tools/methods other people are using. The same core elements are always revisited, but seeing as how this stuff is at the core of what we do as SEOs, it’s important to revisit and re-evaluate day-to-day strategies. Let’s start off with keyword research. This is (or should be) one of the first steps in any new SEO campaign, so it’s probably a good starting point. Michael Black reminds us that every optimization effort … Continue reading