Yesterday's release of "computational knowledge engine" Wolfram Alpha generated a lot of debate, with some folks falling over themselves to praise it, while others poured cold water on it.
To try to cut to the chase I thought I'd ask a few of the UK's search industry ninjas to comment. So is it a Google killer, or just Cuil MKII? Here's what they had to say...
An important part of successfully managing your search engine optimisation targets is to nudge the search results your way when it's in your control. To help you achieve this target, there are some links you should prevent from getting indexed by the engines to begin with.
Firstly, because they offer little or no user experience benefits, secondly because they might get indexed instead of the desired content and lastly because preventing the engines from crawling unnecessary pages will reduce your bandwidth costs.
Here are few links you really don't want indexed:
There's no two ways about this, Google and the other search engines have their favourites. I'm sure you've seen it all before, either working for your client or evaluating your competition. There are a number of sites in every niche, whatever content they publish they rank well whether or not the content is optimised, has any inbound links and without really trying too hard.
You, on the other hand might have worked hard to rank for that content, have got some great natural links, lots of buzz but you've got little to show for it. What you don't know is that these websites have managed to reach a high trust level with the search engines which helps their content rank highly.
Can search be crowdsourced? It's a question that Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, set out to answer when his for-profit company Wikia launched Wikia Search.
Wikia Search, which we reviewed here on the Econsultancy blog when it launched, tried to give users the ability to edit search results in much the same fashion that users can edit pages on Wikipedia.
SEO for online retailers is the process of improving a website
potential in order to gain more organic non-paid traffic from the major
search engines. Normally, SEO uplift doesn't happen overnight and it
can take a long while to rank well for non brand key terms.
The rule of
thumb is this: the more competition a relative term has, the harder you'll
find it to rank for the term. With that said, you've got to start
somewhere and there at least 50 ways I can think of to improve your SEO.
Is Twitter a search engine? It's a question a lot of people are asking, myself included.
I signed up for Twitter at the beginning of the year and even though I'm not a hardcore user and only have a modest 'following' of around 225 people, I do like the service. I've found it to be very useful in staying on top of industry trends and seeing what interesting people are talking about.