Updated for 2020: Astute searchers have increasingly noted Google SERPs adding images next to regular organic listings, especially in mobile search. Here are a couple examples: I want an image next to my Google results, too! Business image thumbnails like these are one example of what Google calls SERP enhancements. It’s important to … Continue reading Answered: How do I get an image next to my site’s Google SERP listing?
I've blogged twice before about firing SEO/UX clients, but there are other reasons practitioner and client separate. What are some reasons to part ways? The best reason: "Dan, you helped us sell all the inventory. We're done. Thanks!" (Only happened once: Hawaii housing development) One of the most annoying reasons: "Some guy in a suit … Continue reading Ending an SEO/UX relationship
Social 101 for the SEO-minded Company SEO practitioners have seen the writing on the wall for years. If you really care about ranking well in Google, now it's past time to pay attention to social. Almost two months ago we learned empirically that more +1 on Google+ means better ranking in Google. I've spent a … Continue reading Social SEO is Here
Follow the money and you'll find that hot trends in design and search engine optimization are tied to our shrinking technology. What's in your pocket? This mobile, responsive design, SEO and the long tail article originally appeared on the Geekly Group blog. (Thanks, Archive.org for the save!) (This article is from May 2013.) The Tale … Continue reading How is responsive design connected to SEO? It’s mobile.
That SEO and usability don't flourish in a vacuum has been on my mind lately. Sound doesn't travel in a vacuum. If there's nobody to hear your pearls of SEO wisdom do they make a sound? The sound of silence sends no sales. Four cases of constructive complaining follow. Case #1 - Hire Experts + … Continue reading SEO Usability Vacuum
Remember back when Firefox 3.5.17 came out? I'll give you a clue; it was 2011. It's just a year later and the latest version of Firefox (15.0) ships with new features under the hood, including better memory handling for plugins and new "Silent, background updates," but it's not enough. When Mozilla switched Firefox to a … Continue reading Updated Extensions for Latest Firefox Update
Dear Amazon Usability Team, 1. I want to stay logged in so that 1-Click ordering is really one click. In the past, if I wanted something from Amazon, I would pop open my browser and I was conveniently already signed in to Amazon. This allowed me to 1-Click order on the fly and enabled me … Continue reading Amazon Usability Feedback – Login Practices
Google places a real live email link to email@example.com on the Google account login screen. Though I'm sure it's intended to improve usability it has the opposite effect. They placed the firstname.lastname@example.org link smack dab in between the email (login/username) field and the password field. Keyboard savvy users normally use the tab key to move … Continue reading email@example.com Google Usability Tweak
I recently reluctantly renewed my subscription to Wordtracker, a keyword research tool and database. Why was I so reluctant? (And why am I considering asking for a refund?) Wordtracker provides poor documentation and regularly switches the formulas they use for data they offer without notifying its customers. Wordtracker Changes the Meaning of "Searches" In 2009 … Continue reading Wordtracker KEI Fail, Wordtracker Alternatives & SEO News
File this one under Microsoft usability nightmares. I was visiting one of my W3 standards compliant pages using Internet Explorer 8 to check for cross-browser layout/rendering consistency when I noticed that IE8 served a pop-up. I was not pleased to learn that I could press the compatibility view button to fix problems in pages made … Continue reading Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View SNAFU