Block Sites from Your Search Results

Google has added a wonderful new feature: the ability to block sites from your search results. You can read all about it on their blog post. Here is a snippet. You’ve probably had the experience where you’ve clicked a result and it wasn’t quite what you were looking for. Many times you’ll head right back to Google. Perhaps the result just wasn’t quite right, but sometimes you may dislike the site in general, whether it’s offensive, pornographic or of generally low quality. For times like these, you’ll start seeing a new option to block particular domains from your future search results. Now when you click a result and then return to Google, you’ll find a new link next to “Cached” that reads “Block all example.com results.” As always, Matt’s been gracious enough to let us use him as an example. His site is awesome, though, and we doubt many people will want to block it! But this does make me wonder. If you block a site, we can safely assume Google will track that. And if a site gets blocked too much will it drop in rankings where it hasn’t been blocked. I still believe this is a great tool and will be used by power users more than casual searchers, but it may have a more positive affect on overall search rankings than we realize. And that is probably a good...

Search Stories is Good Fun – But Is it Good SEO?

Eric Gehler, a search engine consultant, here at Big Oak SEO discovered an absolutely wonderfully fun and addictive toy today. It is called Search Stories and can be found on YouTube.com. You can see the two videos we created in just a few minutes. I’m sure with some additional time and a little brainstorming you could come up with some great ideas. From our attempts you can see the potential value, marketing your clients in 30-second commercials that are affordable and may help their online success. It was fun and we had a good time creating these videos, but how helpful will these videos be for SEO rankings or Corporate Branding? As with most things only time will tell. But it is probably worth a few minutes of your time to test it out. We’ll be watching the SERPs to see if these show up. Big Oak SEO –  A Richmond SEO Company Not Showing Up In Google...

Top Generic Keywords or Longtail? Which Should You Go After? (Part 2)

Longtail Keywords The less competitive and more specific ‘longtail keywords’ are the epitome of opportunity. There is almost endless amounts of longtail traffic out there and if optimised in the right way, sites can capture a great deal of them. But is it worth spending time creating lots of content and optimising it to pull in longtail traffic? Pros: Firstly, websites don’t necessarily need to be all that powerful to rank for longtail keywords. This means that if you have new or weak site and you cannot compete for the top terms yet, you can always tap into the longtail search at some level. It is very difficult indeed to rank well for a whole host of generic terms as well, whilst there isn’t really anything stopping you ranking for many thousands of longtail terms. This post shows that in order to pull in more longtail traffic, 50% of the work you need to do is onsite work, compared to only 5% onsite work for the top level keywords. With this in mind, if you are not proficient in link-building, but can look after your onsite optimisation and copy, you can still perform well under your own steam, rather than having to outsource any offsite work. The most important thing to say about longtail search terms though, is that they convert much better. As mentioned earlier in part 1, longer keyword searches perform better than short, and so even though traffic might be lower with longtail, sales can still be higher. Cons: Longtail search terms can be something of an unknown entity when it comes to predicting just how...

Top Generic Keywords or Longtail? Which Should You Go After? (Part 1)

There is a tendency in SEO to go blazing after the most competitive “glamour keywords” in an attempt to get them ranking high in the SERPS. This is certainly not a fool’s pursuit as there are benefits to ranking for such terms. However, more SEOs these days are waking up to the potential power of longtail search terms and some are even finding they give a much better ROI. So which should you be going after, the head or tail of the search term beast? Top Generic Terms The competiveness of top level terms within each niche varies. Trying to rank for “fishing equipment” for example, is likely to be a lot harder than trying to ranking for “tree surgery equipment”. However, as the SERPS become more competitive each day, it can require a lot of time and effort to reach the first page in even the smallest markets. So should we really be investing our blood, sweat and tears in trying to rank a few measly keywords. Pros: First of all, the most generic keywords tend have the highest search volumes. Therefore, if you can get into a good position in the SERPS, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get some traffic from them. Also, by going after the top level terms and building links using these terms in the anchor text, you’re likely to pull in a number of the longer-tail keywords at the same. For example, if you do a lot of work on the term “car insurance” and you see movement up the rankings, you’re likely to see some boost for terms such as “car insurance...

The Real Time Web Is For Everybody

Many internet users believe that the real time web isn’t available to them. If you don’t update on Twitter, post pictures on Facebook, network on LinedIn – people think that they aren’t able to learn and benefit from the real time web. This is not the case – and tons of startups and new websites have launched which require no login, membership, or passwords to access. Below, are examples of how to benefit from these services, right now: Anyone can search the real time web. You can visit Twitter and instantly perform a search to see what people are saying about a specific page. To learn more about the types of searches that the real time web works best with, this search tips page offers several categories for which to search from. All in all, the best part about a real time search is that its instant. Plus, each day it changes, so a search today will offer different comments and thoughts than a search for the same keyword 3 weeks from now. If you want to see the hottest trends, head over to What The Trend which will summarize each of the hot topics on the web right now. In a format that can be compared to WikiPedia – the site allows any user to provide feedback as to why a particular topic is trending right now. Every day, something new is a hot trend on the real time web, and anyway can track them at What The Trend or a variety of other sources. When people share links on the real time web, it is often about...