Consistency of Citations is CriticalThe
listings (name + address text) across differentwebsites are interpreted by Google as local “citations” The citations in local results are like links in the classic rankings – they help Places http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html listings to rank higher.
Discovering Listing Sources for Places:
Grab 2 or more of these results and search for them together. More good ways to do this: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/how-to-research-local-citations- http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html after-google-removed-them-from-places
Discovering Listing Sources for Places:
These websites are likely listing sources because they show 2+ of the top results. More good ways to do this: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/how-to-research-local-citations- http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html after-google-removed-them-from-places
For Reviews, Quantity > Quality
Number of reviews usually helps rankings more than star rating!For full details, check out http://www.davidmihm.com/local-search-ranking-factors.shtml - http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.htmlthe industry’s best resource on the topic.
Any Page with an Embedded
Video Can Rank Self Hosted YouTube Hosted Embed from TED! The video doesn’t need to be self-hosted, either. It’s fine to simply have a video on the http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html page (except YouTube) and still get the video snippet.
Don’t Use YouTubeNone of these
come from YouTube, but from independent, non-video specific sites http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.htmlwhere a video has been embedded.
Video XML Sitemaps are KeyGoogle
provides good information on how to do this here: http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.htmlhttp://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=80472
Wistia is My Favorite Video
Hosthttp://www.wistia.com will let you point the embed of the video back to your own http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.htmlpage, creates video XML sitemaps for you and provides awesome statistics.
Rel=Author I’m guessing this gives
a substantially higher click-through rate, too.Yoast has a great piece for those using Wordpress here: http://yoast.com/wordpress-rel-author-rel-me/ and this one’s good too: http://anthonyvbrunetti.com/marketing/google-rel-http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html author-infographic-how-to-implement/
These are results from Google’s
“social” search tool (using the parameter in the lower http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.htmlleft-hand corner in red). You must be logged into a Google+ enabled account to get this.
Social Annotations from Your Network
in “Regular” Search Results As http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html great as http://www.everywhereist.com is, it doesn’t rank page one for this query unless I’m logged in and following Geraldine on Twitter.
Grow Your Social Network to
Reach Searchers Geraldine’s blog is awesome, but it would never rank on page #1 for this query without the power of the social connection. Check out http://www.slideshare.net/randfish/merging-of-search-social-wappow for more on how search engines and social media are mixing together.
The social connections appear to
influence rank ordering. http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.htmlThese annotations undoubtedly increase CTR, particularly if the source is trusted.
Hang on a tic... How
did they know I’m connected to Kalena on Facebook?! I haven’t yet added Facebook to my Google account!When Google starts using latent (rather than active) network connections, social http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.htmlbecomes even more powerful.
Google Has Deep Social Network
Spidering Notice that Google crawls through one network to discover connections 2-3 “hops” away on another. Read more here http://www.seomoz.org/blog/social-annotations-in-search-now-your-social-network-rankings and http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html see your socially connected data via http://www.google.com/s2/search/social?hl=en#socialcontent
Google+ is Becoming Google’s Primary
Social Connector in Search Results This, sadly, means that, at least for now, mentioning someone on Plus won’t get their http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html attention the way it can on Twitter
+1s in Non-Personalized SERPs, Too
Hello Social Proof! These +1 counts only seem to show when a page has 500 or more +1s. More - http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html http://searchengineland.com/confirmed-google-showing-1-counts-to-logged-out-users-82800
There are a Lot of
Social Networks at ScaleUsers: 25mm 750mm 200mm 120mm 10mmUsers: 14mm Millions 14mm 6.5mm
Social May Not Help DirectlyWe
drove more than 300 tweets to the URL http://www.xconomy.com/san- http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.htmlfrancisco/2011/05/17/hunting-hippos-optimizelys-testing-tools-bring-data-driven-web-design-to-the-masses/ but the rankings actually went down
But it Brings in Lots
of Links +Visibility if You Grow Your Network That’s literally the only promotion I did for the blog post, and 2 months later, it ranks http:/googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-new-search-index-caffeine.html #2 for the highly competitive phrase “VC funding.”