This day in search marketing history: January 8
Intent research vs. keyword research
In 2020, Frédéric Dubut of Bing told us: “Keyword research are probably going to become slowly obsolete and you’ll need to switch to intent research as a practice.”
Barry Schwartz asked Google’s John Mueller about Dubut’s statement. Here’s what Mueller said:
- “There’s probably always gonna be a little bit of room for keyword research because you’re kind of providing those words to users. And even if search engines are trying to understand more than just those words, showing specific words to users can make it a little bit easier for them to understand what your pages are about and can sometimes drive a little bit of that conversion process.”
So, is keyword research obsolete yet? In 2023, there definitely has been a significant shift in the way SEOs think about user intent, or the search intent behind a query. But keyword research is still far from obsolete.
Read all about it in Google’s John Mueller on intent research vs keyword research for 2020.
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Google’s John Mueller on intent research vs keyword research for 2020
2020: Search engines continue to get better at understanding intent and rely less on keywords. But Mueller wouldn’t go as far as to say keyword research practices will or should go away anytime soon.
Google handles reconsideration requests in batches
2020: John Mueller said that the Google team goes through reconsideration requests in batches, so sometimes it can feel like there is a backlog.
With Bing Pages, brands can manage their profiles across Microsoft products, including Bing Search
2020: Page owners could use Bing Pages to aggregate social media links, publish contact details, customize Outlook profiles with images and content and promote social media posts.
Video: Brian Dean on growing YouTube subscribers and the nofollow link change
2020: In this installment of Barry Schwartz’s vlog series, he chatted with Dean about making good quality videos, the nofollow link attribute change and more.
Need to expedite page removal in Google’s search index? Try a temporary sitemap file
2019: if you have hundreds or thousands of pages, removing URLs one by one can be time-consuming. What tocan you do? Use temporary sitemaps, according to John Mueller.
Google Assistant updates: Airline check-ins, hotel bookings, language translation and Maps
2019: Google was working hard to make the Assistant (and by extension, Home) a transactional platform.
Machine vs. man: What really matters for SEO success
2019: Lily Ray on changes to how sites are evaluated, dealing with traffic drops due to algorithm changes, Google’s search quality rater guidelines and more.
Google to roll out new Search Console features in coming weeks
2018: Verified users in Google Search Console were about to get access the new Search Performance, Index Coverage, AMP status and Job posting reports.
Google removes addiction treatment ads from UK search results
2018: An investigation revealed an ongoing issue with middlemen bidding on the terms and receiving large kickbacks from the private centers where the searchers were ultimately referred to – a practice called “patient brokering.”
Google accidentally removes news publishers from Google News
2018: Google called it an “unintentional technical issue.”
It’s Google Home vs. Amazon Alexa at CES in the battle for the voice ecosystem
2018: Google and Amazon both announced new device partnerships; the Google Assistant would be on new “smart display” devices, more TVs, speakers and in cars.
Google announces solution to longstanding AMP cache URL display problem
2018: Google said it was making a change to stop displaying Google URLs, instead of the publisher URLs, in search results served from the AMP cache.
Search In Pics: GoogleBot & BB-8, Google Onesie & Tesla Model X
2016: The latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have and more.
Google Now Bugs Remove Cards From Users While Google Now Tests Custom Background Themes
2015: Some users were missing their Google Now cards, which they rely on to see if there will be traffic on the way to work, how cold it may be or other useful information for their day.
AdWords Reach Reporting Moves To The Campaigns Tab
2015: Google moved the Reach and Frequency report out of the Dimensions tab to the Campaigns tab.
Bing’s New Best-Sellers Carousel Helps Readers Find Just The Right Book
2015: Microsoft’s search engine started displaying a carousel of New York Times best-selling books when searching for specific book genres.
Google France Homepage Goes “Je Suis Charlie” In Memory Of Charlie Hebdo Victims
2015: Google France added the “Je Suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) badge on its homepage, honoring the lives lost during the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, France.
Yahoo’s News Digest App Is “Summly 2.0”
2014: CEO Marissa Mayer introduced the new news app at CES. Summly was acquired by Yahoo in March 2013 for an estimated $30 million.
Utah Has Highest Google Usage, West Virginia The Lowest
2014: Ad network Chitika released a new tool that provided a user percentage or traffic market-share breakdown of PC operating system and search usage on a state-by-state basis.
Google’s Matt Cutts On Publishers With Duplicate Content: Use The Canonical Tag
2014: In How should I address a small duplicate content issue?, Cutts said to use the rel=canonical tag to help consolidate the PageRank of the stories and avoid any issues with Google.
Report: US Search Ad Spend Rises 12 Percent YoY In Q4 2013; Smartphone CPCs Drop
2014: IgnitionOne released its fourth quarter Digital Marketing Report, showing that the paid search market in the US continued to grow.
Google Fixes Definition URLs, Makes Them Clickable Links
2013: The URL shown under the definition previously wasn’t clickable. Instead, the only way to click through to the source of the definition was to use the smaller Source link at the bottom of the box.
Google Is Hiring Someone To Find Ways To Make You Want To Search While Signed-In
2013: “As Product Marketing Manager within the search growth team, you will be responsible to developing plans, creatives, campaigns and programs to increase the number of user’s signed in.”
Google, Mobile Search And The Paradox Of Competition
2013: How much does Google figure into the “future of search,” whose advances will largely be determined by mobile and non-traditional devices? That was a hard question to answer.
2011: The Year Google & Bing Took Away From SEOs & Publishers
2012: Danny Sullivan called 2011 “alarming.” Why? Because after years of moving forward, the search engines took a big step back, withholding both linking and keyword data.
The Big List: 168 Marketing Trends, Predictions & Resolutions For 2011
2011: A huge collection of trends, predictions and resolutions on paid search, SEO, local/mobile and more.
Google Mulling Several Ways To Integrate Ads On Maps
2010: Several articles speculated about or discussed ads on Google Maps (PC and mobile).
Yahoo To Keep BOSS In Microsoft Deal, May Charge In Future
2010: Some of the results would be powered by Yahoo, while the search results in BOSS (Build your Own Search Service – a Yahoo Developer Network initiative to provide an open search web services platform) would be powered from Microsoft Bing.
A Year Later, Yahoo’s CEO Gives Herself A B-Minus
2010: Said Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: “It was a little tougher internally than I think I had anticipated, I did move fast, but this is a big job.”
Where’s AP In Google News? Apparently In Limbo, As Contract Running Out
2010: Associated Press stories – hosted by Google itself — were no longer appearing in Google News. Google had not added any new AP content since Dec. 24.
Google Fast Flip Now On Google News Home Page
2010: The company’s experimental news reading tool became part of the Google News home page, while also still remaining a Google Labs project.
Submit Your Google Spam Suggestions For 2009
2009: An annual tradition, Matt Cutts of Google’s Search Quality team asked for feedback on things Google should work on in relation to search spam.
Are PPC Budgets Increasing Or Decreasing In These Recessionary Times?
2009: 25% of Rimm-Kaufman’s clients increased their PPC spend 2008 Q4 vs. 2007, while 75% pulled back PPC spend.
Google Testing New AdWords Budgeting Option: Timeframe
2009: Timeframe gave advertisers a new budgeting method that automatically adjusted the daily budget based on traffic to reach a set dollar budget as per the calendar month.
Google SMS Search Is Down … For The Count?
2009: “Sorry, ‘[search term]’ did not return any results”.
Google StreetView, GPS Save Kidnapped Girl
2009: Police tracked the girl’s cell phone with GPS and then confirmed her whereabouts in Virginia, using StreetView.
Microsoft To Buy Fast Search For $1.23 Billion
2008: Microsoft got a market-leading enterprise search company and a world-class web crawler (not to mention some of the smartest engineering talent in search).
Google & YouTube TVs Powered By Panasonic
2008: Matsushita Electric Industrial, the company behind Panasonic, said the TVs would enable users to browse and watch YouTube videos from their TVs.
Yahoo’s Yang Outlines Vision For An Integrated, Open Yahoo 2.0
2008: Search appeared to be a piece of the overall approach but not the core here; community and trusted content sources are emphasized.
Sony In Video Deal With Google & Viacom Deals With Five Competing Online Video Providers
2008: Sony announced a deal to provide Google’s YouTube five-minute clips of some of their most popular TV shows, including “Married With Children” and “Newsradio.”
Open Letter To Wikipedia Editors: Yes, Matt Cutts Is Notable
2007: That time when Matt Cutts’s Wikipedia’s page almost got deleted.
Court OKs Narrow Use of Competitor Trademarks in Search Ads & Meta Tags
2007: A U.S. District Court ruled that the use of keyword-triggered ads and keyword metatags using trademarked terms cannot confuse consumers if the resulting ads/search results don’t display a competitor’s trademarks.
An Open Letter to Paid Search Networks
2007: Search marketer Jeffrey Rohrs published an open letter to paid search providers asking critical questions about billing practices, transparency, click fraud and other issues
Yahoo Introduces Yahoo Go 2.0, Mobile Search & Other Apps
2007: While second to Google in Web search, the company was hoping it could lead the market for mobile search and associated advertising with a new offering tailored for use on handsets.
Search Engine ChaCha Announces $6 Million Round
2007: ChaCha employed a network of live guides to help answer user queries in real time in addition to providing traditional algorithmic search.
Advertisers Cutting Google AdWords Spending With Surge of Keyword Prices
2007: Why were advertisers cutting their PPC ad spend significantly in 2007? Because many of the keyword prices have resulted in advertisers being priced out of profitability.
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Past contributions from Search Engine Land’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
These columns are a snapshot in time and have not been updated since publishing, unless noted. Opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author and not necessarily Search Engine Land.
- 2020: Here’s some data to help you understand how to rank better with your brand name by Brian Patterson
- 2019: Learn how one startup doubled CPL and saved money by Duane Brown
- 2018: What the development of visual search will mean for SEO by Kristopher Jones
- 2016: Is Your Account Leaking Money? The Importance Of Query Mapping by Amy Bishop
- 2016: How To Ensure Your SEO Recommendations Get Implemented by Winston Burton
- 2015: What Yahoo’s Firefox Deal Tells Us About Paid Search In 2015 by Mark Ballard
- 2015: AdWords Scripts For Every Level: Part 4, A Real World Use Case (Free Script Included) by Ginny Marvin
- 2014: For SMBs, The Time Is Now To Embrace Search Advertising by John Cosley
- 2013: Why Is Search Engine Results Personalization A Driver For Using Local Domains Internationally? by Andy Atkins-Krüger
- 2013: Propel Promotion Of Your Content: 9 Ways I Promote Sharing Online by Jordan Kasteler
- 2013: 3 Areas That Get Overlooked When Building Links In A Bubble by Julie Joyce
- 2010: 5 Web Analytics New Year Resolutions by Ben Gott
- 2010: Ecommerce Usability Showdown: Affiliate VS. Merchants by Gab Goldenberg
- 2010: Testing In 2010: Tips & Ideas To Get You Started by Carrie Hill
- 2010: The Convergence Of Web Search & Site Search by Shaun Ryan
- 2009: SEO Trends From 2008 & A Look Into 2009 by Jill Whalen
- 2008: New Year’s Resolutions For Your PPC Campaigns by Brad Geddes
- 2008: 10 Simple Steps To Social Media Success In 2008 by Chris Winfield
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