Search Engine Marketing

  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: DashCon and Bing’s Right To Be Forgotten Form

    SEO: It’s not exactly news that Adobe Flash has a strained relationship with mobile technology and search spiders. However, Google is now taking new steps in campaigning against websites that use Flash. When the search engine’s algorithms detect that a website is using Flash, warnings will be displayed to mobile searchers under that site’s search result. Beneath the URL, a line of text will read, “Uses Flash. May not work on your device. Try anyway | Learn more.”To avoid having this message attached to your search results, Google suggests using HTML5 technology, which is universally supported. Bing has launched their version of a Right To Be Forgotten request form, two months after the similarly-named EU mandate was established. Google introduced their own form about six weeks ago, but Bing’s does have its differences. In either case, both search engine companies are obligated to follow the European mandate and review every request that is submitted through these forms. Each request to Bing will give Microsoft enough details to decide whether they will remove content from their search listings or leave it. Social Media: Last weekend, Tumblr fans attended the inaugural DashCon, a user-organized event intended to bring other users of the…

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  • MZ Featured SEO/Outreach Marketing Intern: Aliza Unterberg

    Here at Marketing Zen, we’re pretty much obsessed – we eat, breathe, and sleep online marketing, and absolutely love what we do! So it’s only natural that we’d want to share the fun with the next generation. Our internship program gives college students the chance to dip their toes into the waters of web marketing, and learn valuable skills to help them land their dream jobs when they enter the workforce. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Aliza Unterberg, one of our promising young SEO/outreach marketing interns. We’ll let Aliza tell you herself how she’s enjoying the experience. 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself! My name is Aliza Unterberg, and I’m attending The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, about to start my degree in Advertising Design. 2. What is something unusual about you that makes you unique? For a large chunk of my life I was a dancer, trying different types and loving each one, for example, tap dancing; however, my ultimate favorite is hip-hop. In addition I can speak both English and Hebrew fluently. 3. What made you want to intern with the awesomeness that is Marketing Zen? I was looking for a…

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  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Twitter Breaks Records and Chromecast Gets an Update

    SEO:You’ve probably noticed that when you “delete” a campaign in Google AdWords, it isn’t truly deleted. It is not currently possible to delete a campaign from an account because the data remains in a user’s history forever. In a semantic response to this observation, Google will be replacing the word “delete” with “replace” in a forthcoming update. The company hopes that this change will help advertisers understand that removed objects will always remain available for future reference. People living in the European Union, which just passed the “Right to be Forgotten” act, are finding that when they ask Google to “forget”l inks that involve their names, the search engine is forgetting more than what they bargained for. Google is also removing links for any search that involves names combined with additional words. For examples, if there’s someone named John Smith in Spain who asks for links with his name to be forgotten, searches for his name won’t appear, and searches for “John Smith Barcelona” or “John Smith investment banker” also will ignore him. Social Media: Whether you’re celebrating or mourning Brazil’s loss in the World Cup this week, chances are that you either read or wrote something on Twitter about…

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  • MZ Featured SEO/Outreach Marketing Intern: Benjamin Trahan

    Here at Marketing Zen, we’re pretty much obsessed – we eat, breathe, and sleep online marketing, and absolutely love what we do! So it’s only natural that we’d want to share the fun with the next generation. Our internship program gives college students the chance to dip their toes into the waters of web marketing, and learn valuable skills to help them land their dream jobs when they enter the workforce. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Benjamin Trahan, one of our promising young SEO/outreach marketing interns. We’ll let Ben tell you himself how he’s enjoyed the experience. 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself! My name is Benjamin Trahan. I went to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. My major was English with a concentration in Journalism. 2. What is something unusual about you that makes you unique? I think one of my greatest strengths is I like to stay up on what’s trending in the world right now. 3. Why did you apply for a marketing internship with MZ? I applied for an internship with MZ because I was interested in honing my writing skills as well as hopefully learning a few new skills that I…

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  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Changes to Google Authorship & A New Way to Re-Tweet

    SEO: Google is bringing about some serious change to authorship in its search results. Previously, underneath the URL of a result, Google would show the name of the author, the author’s profile photo, and his or her circle count on Google+. Now, the photo and circle count will be dropped, apparently to make the design look less cluttered. A representative stated that click-through rates with the less-cluttered look are around the same, though that remains to be seen. Google is beginning to process and remove approved page submissions through the Right To Be Forgotten Form. Right To Be Forgotten is a ruling made by the European Court of Justice in May which declares that EU citizens could request for search engines to remove links to pages deemed private, though the pages themselves will continue to exist on the Internet. Hundreds of thousands of pages are estimated to have been submitted since the ruling. Technology: Amtrak will soon be working on implementing its own high-speed wifi network for passengers on its Northeast Corridor lines, which travel between Boston, New York, and Washington DC. Amtrak’s current network offers speeds of 10 Mbps, and the improvements would boost that to a minimum of…

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  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Amazon’s Fire Phone, Updated Google AdWords Policies

    SEO: Google AdWords will be receiving an update to its Policy Center in September, with the search engine claiming that policies will be streamlined to provide more transparency into why they exist and what advertisers can do to comply with them. Most advertisers aren’t likely to be affected by the change, though Google points out that there will be new restrictions put in place regarding weapons, tobacco and fireworks, all of which will fall under a new Dangerous Content policy. At the SMX Advanced event this week, Google’s head of search spam announced that the search engine will be revising its rejection notices for reconsideration requests so that, in some cases, they contain more detail. A screenshot of one such notice shows a new section titled “A note from your reviewer,” followed by specific advice that would help a webmaster to prevent further manual action from Google. Social Media: In a not-so-surprising move, Facebook has launched a new, Snapchat-like mobile app with features that allow users to trade photo and video messages. The app, named Slingshot, does possess a unique quirk, however—users may only view incoming messages after responding to them with his or her own photo or video. This…

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  • MZ Featured SEO/Outreach Marketing Intern: Connor Chan

    Here at Marketing Zen, we’re pretty much obsessed – we eat, breathe, and sleep online marketing, and absolutely love what we do! So it’s only natural that we’d want to share the fun with the next generation. Our internship program gives college students the chance to dip their toes into the waters of web marketing, and learn valuable skills to help them land their dream jobs when they enter the workforce. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Connor Chan, one of our promising young SEO/outreach marketing interns. We’ll let Connor tell you himself how he’s enjoying the experience. 1. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself! My name is Connor Chan, I’m 21 years old and a senior at Connecticut College. I am majoring in English literature and minoring in computer science. 2. What is something unusual about you that makes you unique? I grew up playing violin and trumpet in several different ensembles. 3. How did you first hear about Marketing Zen? I found Marketing Zen while searching for internships online last winter. What struck me about MZ’s posting was that, unlike many other virtual internships, there seemed to be genuine accountability for the work involved and…

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  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Facebook Ad Profiles and TweetDeck’s Security Flaw

    SEO: Bing’s Ad team is rolling out a new, much-requested feature: auto-tagging for ad destination URLs. When UTM tags are added to destination URLs on ads, the performance metrics will flow into Google Analytics. Auto-tagging is also supported by the Bing Ads API. Now, advertisers will no longer have to manually tag URLs or rely on a third-party solution when uploading new ads to Bing Ads campaigns. Social Media: Facebook has announced that it will give users access to the dossiers of likes and interests which the social media platform keeps about them. Additionally, users will be able to change, add, or delete information in those files, as well as indicate which types of ads they would prefer to see. At the moment, Facebook gets its information for targeted advertising from users’ likes and shared content. Soon, though, the company will tap data that it already collects from people’s smartphones and other websites they visit to target advertisements. Twitter’s chief operating officer has resigned, and his position will not be replaced as the microblogging platform’s CEO seeks more direct involvement with the company’s engineering and product teams. The COO’s responsibilities will be shifted to other executives. No reason was given…

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  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Microsoft’s New Tablet and The Fall of MetaFilter

    SEO: MetaFilter, a news and discussion site founded in 1999, caught some attention this week after announcing that a Google penalty has damaged its business, causing the website to let staff go. The effects of Google penalties on sites both large and small are nothing new, but in the case of MetaFilter, it’s hard to say what went wrong. As Google continues to distribute penalties, both manually and automatically, the search engine is remaining tight-lipped in terms of giving explicit reasons. Without confirmed reasoning, SEOs continue to speculate about what caused the fall of MetaFilter. Google has released new updates for its Chrome web browsers on OS devices, among which are “hotwording” capabilities. “Okay Google” voice search is now implemented on the US version of Google.com, and Chrome’s new tab page. This voice search feature will work automatically upon opening a new tab or navigating to the main Google page, and it will not require a user to click or complete any other input prompts. Other new features with this update include folders to organize apps, and a “captive portal detection” feature that will make it easier for Chrome users to access the Internet in locations with wifi. Social Media:…

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  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Happy Birthday BASIC, and Matt Cutts on Keeping Your Body Just Right

    SEO: Google’s Matt Cutts lost his body this week to stress the importance of body content to search engines. In a pretty humorous attempt at making a visual point, Matt’s floating head gave an important lesson to be holistic in your approach. While the header is important, if the content there doesn’t match the content in the body of your page, it can confuse Google, and you won’t receive the best. While obvious and often repeated, create unique and quality content for your header and your site. Brand mentions are becoming increasingly important. This was shown again this week when evidence surfaced that the innocent-looking patent Google filed not too long ago may hold algorithm information and insight into the Panda algorithm. This patent defines non-linking as “implied links.” This is definitely a development worth following, especially for marketers. Social Media: Snapchat has updated their app and now users have the option to keep messages, videos and pictures longer than a few seconds which could be considered a “chat tool.” Another addition to the popular app is the live streaming option that works as long as a finger is kept on the screen. Snapchat has retained the feature that erases…

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  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Shaq on LinkedIn and Siri on Apple TV

    SEO: Google launched nine new features for their Keyword Planner Tool, which will now help to break down important information in aesthetically-pleasing ways. These new features include graphical visualizations for geographic data, trends on mobile vs. traditional devices, and more.  Google has made these new features immediately available for its users who have AdWords accounts. In a more commercially popular update, Google also launched a new feature for the Street View images in Google Maps. For some of the Street View images, a clock icon will be visible, and if it is clicked, a slider will appear which allows users to see those same images in previous years or seasons, going back as early as 2007. One suggested use for this feature is for travelers to see what a particular destination may look like during different seasons. Social Media: The numbers are in: mobile ads accounted for 59% of Facebook’s advertising revenue in the first quarter of 2014. This is up from 30% in 2013. As users of the social media platform continue to ditch their desktop computers in favor of mobile devices, profits for Facebook are on the rise. In the first quarter of this year, the company reported…

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  • MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Project Ara and Nearby Friends

    SEO: The head of Google’s search spam team addressed the biggest myths he sees today in the SEO industry. The most notable myth, apparently, is that people believe Google makes changes to search results solely to make more money for themselves by coercing people into buying ads. On the contrary, choosing or not choosing to buy ads has no impact on a website’s rankings. What’s more, Google doesn’t make changes to their organic algorithms with the intention of selling ads. Google, in the last year, launched the carousel interface, intending to better distribute content from their Knowledge Graph. Now, the company is testing something new: showing ads from paid Google Shopping results in that carousel interface. For example, a search for laptops will bring up a carousel that features different laptops from a variety of vendors. Social Media: Facebook is back in the news, and this time it’s not for another multi-billion dollar acquisition. The world’s largest social network announced a new feature for its core product this week: Nearby Friends. As the name suggests, the feature will let users see which of their Facebook friends are in physical proximity to them. Nearby Friends will work on iOS and Android…

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