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How to Prepare for Google’s Search Makeover

Are you worried about Google’s upcoming search makeover? Whether you agree that Google’s upcoming refresh is a big deal or not, a storm of change is brewing on the search horizon, and it’s best to be prepared. Even though semantic technology has been embedded in search for years, Google is planning to include more of it. Focusing on named entities and marking up content with semantic microdata could keep your search traffic (mostly) intact.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal

Google is planning to revamp search and feature more facts and information generated from semantic technologies. Recently it grew its database of named entities (people, places, and things) from 12 million to over 200 million. The forthcoming changes have potential to impact billions of search queries. It’s Google’s effort to get way ahead of Bing and keep up with Siri on Apple’s iPhone 4S.

Google Helps Educate the SEO on Pagination [VIDEO]

Any help that an SEO can get from Google is welcome help. Sure, many will say that the information is limited and it might not tell the whole story but Google does seem to be making more efforts to appear more transparent about search and techniques related. It was just this Monday that we shared the Google video that takes you inside a search engineer meeting.

Now Google is giving SEO’s guidance on pagination. This latest advice was posted to the Webmaster Central blog and is introduced with the following:

Paginated content includes things like an article that spans several URLs/pages, or an e-commerce product category that spans multiple pages. With rel=”next” and rel=”prev” markup, you can provide a strong hint to Google that you would like us to treat these pages as a logical sequence, thus consolidating their linking properties and usually sending searchers to the first page.

Going Universal: How to Leverage Universal Search to Increase ROI

The following post was written by our SEO Channel sponsor Link-Assistant.

It amazes me how many online optimizers ignore Universal Search. I’ve come across site owners who ask, “Hey, we are a flower retailer, how do we rank in the top 10?” And I’m like, “Jeez, you’re not even on Google Places”.

Years ago, whether you owned a hotel, a newspaper or an insurance company, the way you optimized your site for Google was more or less the same. Remember the good old SERPs with a homogeneous mass of search results?

Nowadays, times have changed. Today, the search results contain paid listings, specialized search results (Images, Videos, etc.), and what not. There is now more distraction for the searcher, and potential visitors may simply ignore your insignificant “normal” result and click on a flashy Shopping snippet or something similar.

3 Must-Take Steps to Brand Search Results for Your Name

Long passed the days when we had to wonder why we should care about search results for our (brand) names. Google reputation management is a well-known phrase to anyone making a living online. Hence, you are most likely to know that in order to maintain stable presence in branded search results, one should be working continuously.

If you are blogging a lot and care about your brand name and what people see when they are searching Google for your name, here are exactly three things you need to do once to improve your Google search results branding:

1. Verify the Authorship of Your Articles

A few months ago Google got really serious about giving more credit to great content authors. As a result, you can see the author’s headshot right within relevant search results.

Will 2012 Become the Year of Mobile SEO?

This post comes from our SEO channel sponsor Link Assistant.

The mobile Web has been gaining HUGE momentum in the past few years. Different statistics pertaining to the mobile Internet paint a vivid picture of the latter growing bigger each day:

In a Shocker, Google Algorithm Update Favors User Experience

The SEO community is all atwitter (that’s an actual word folks that even existed long before 2006) about the latest change to the Google algorithm. There is the usual “Name the Change” stupidity but that’s just a distraction. Apparently, so are too many ads above the fold on a website according to Google.

From the Webmaster Central blog yesterday

In our ongoing effort to help you find more high-quality websites in search results, today we’re launching an algorithmic change that looks at the layout of a webpage and the amount of content you see on the page once you click on a result.

Google’s “Search Plus Your World” to Kill Facebook and Twitter?

This post comes from our SEO channel sponsor Link Assistant.

There we go, folks. Barely had 2012 begun, when Google, the search engine that never sleeps, rolled out an unprecedentedly refreshing mode for its search results – Search Plus Your World.

Search plus Your World mixes “regular” (told you “regular” was relative) search results with various Web 2.0 pages associated with YOU, displaying different things you intended to share, say, only with your friends on Google+, right within the search results.

As creepy as it sounds, now, if you feed Google some obscure keyword and this keyword is present somewhere on your/your friends’ social media pages, those pages will most likely get included into your search results. And, the outcome can be quite surprising: for example, I performed a search for “5-star hotel” today and got this highly “relevant” share from a colleague: