searchengine [1:01 PM] @barry
: How did you hear about Online Geniuses? And why do people comment in your blog blaming you when they loose ranking?
barry [1:02 PM]@searchengine
: I think some blame me because they see it for the first time on my site and then need to take out their frustration somewhere
searchengine [1:03 PM]
I mean do they think you have anything to-do with the google algo?
lifer [1:03 PM]
what are the best practices for schema markup for SEO purposes? Should I put it on every page?
marcheuberger [1:04 PM] @barry
where would you point someone when they want to learn more about app store SEO etc?
david [1:04 PM] @barry
: Out of all the apps you developed which has been the most successful?
barry [1:04 PM] @lifer
: be careful with schema markup for SEO purposes. do not put them on “every” page, only pages that warrant it. Google has cracked down on a lot and they’ve said you don’t put them on category pages, etc. It depends on the schema, but read the guidelines carefully.
julie [1:09 PM] @barry
: I heard you don’t do SEO you just write about it. Why?
barry [1:10 PM] marcheuberger
: I do run a few sessions on App Store SEO, there isn’t a whole lot out there
on that topic. It is constantly changing but I can recommend a few people such as Ian Sefferman and Justin Briggs on that topic
barry [1:10 PM]@david
: I am most proud of our Siddur App, Jewish prayer book, not sure what you mean by “success”? :simple_smile:
jbmonsey [1:12 PM]
Barry, I created new website and about to-do a roll over. Any advice?
barry [1:12 PM] @jbmonsey
tavarez [1:12 PM] @barry
: what drastic changes do you see happening to SEO within 5 years?
barry [1:13 PM] @tavarez
: probably the most drastic changes in SEO will be around how searchers consume search results (i.e. mobile is big now but soon wearables, cars, appliances, etc) and I also expect links in 5 years not to be that important in Google’s algo
jbmonsey [1:14 PM]
I mean. Redesigning my Website I want to launch without hurting the current SEO. (edited)
barry [1:14 PM] @lifer
: for the most part, yes. but there is also business schema that you can use on contact us pages, etc.
barry [1:14 PM] @jbmonsey
: then you should be fine, just make sure the URLs of the roll overs in the source code are visible, if not, make footer navigation to the pages and submit XML sitemaps
lifer [1:15 PM] @barry
okay very cool thanks , I was looking into getting schema hardcoded into the template files of theme post and pages
michaellebor [1:15 PM] @barry
, any suggestions or hacks people are using to get visibility into their own analytics to actually wee which keywords are driving traffic
julie [1:16 PM] @barry
: Are you not going to answer my question :simple_smile:
barry [1:17 PM] @michaellebor
not that much. I’d recommend using Google Webmaster Tools search queries report and there is a beta out to some users called the Search Impact report which shows a lot more data in many other ways
robertadler [1:17 PM] @barry
what link building/promotional methods do you think will survive algorithm updates / Google feeling like they’re naughty 5 years from now that’s being used today?
barry [1:18 PM] @julie
: sorry, missed it. I do not offer SEO services. I will help people an hour there or here with strategy but I don’t do SEO services. I don’t do it for others because (1) it can skew my writing and objectivity and (2) I have a hard time selling something I don’t have 100% control of :simple_smile:
barry [1:19 PM]@robertadler
: at this rate, none – not even natural links 😉
it is just crazy how wide the spectrum has gone with what is a valid natural link and what is not.
robertadler [1:20 PM] @barry
favorite thing to come out of JewGlass? :stuck_out_tongue:
lifer [1:22 PM] @barry
what are you best practices for WordPress SEO ? Favorite Plugin?
barry [1:23 PM] @lifer
: I am told Yoast rules. I build everything custom, I don’t like using open source packages. I want full control.
barry [1:23 PM]
I know Search Engine Land uses WordPress and Yoast
barry [1:23 PM]
My other sites are custom built.
searchengine [1:24 PM] @barry
: Did somebody really threaten to kill you over loosing ranking?
lifer [1:24 PM]
how important do you think SSL is for ranking nowadays? What’s your experience with that?
barry [1:25 PM] @searchengine
: yes but not sure if they were serious. I’ve been threatened many times over many search topics.
: for ranking in Google, not so important. I migrated sites over and
saw no noticeable change in ranking or traffic. But if you are building a new site, doesn’t hurt to start with HTTPS
web300 [1:27 PM] @barry
: as a web developer i want to ask what type of coding makes a template search engine friendly ?
barry [1:27 PM] @searchengine
: most were over email, the one I was most concerned about was at one SMX event. Someone said they will come with a gun, find me and shoot me dead. No clue who it was, but they emailed several times with details of how they will do it. They never ended up killing me.
barry [1:28 PM] @web300
: there isn’t a specific set of code that makes a template search engine friendly. The easiest thing is to test the page you designed using Google Webmaster Tools “Fetch and Render” tool and it will output what Google is able to see and index. If it shows the content you want, then you are pretty much search engine friendly. Although this is a big topic I can write a book on, so hard to answer that in an AMA.
david [1:33 PM] @barry
: Which site are you the most impressed with SEO wise?
aycovandermeer [1:34 PM] @barry
what’s your experience with GWT data being ‘esimates’?
barry [1:34 PM]
Lol. Fyi. Switched to mobile app to answer these. Please excuse typos
searchengine [1:35 PM] @barry
: Please don’t kill me… But why do you sell links on your site?
barry [1:35 PM] @aycovandermeer
: the delay in GWT is annoying but for the most part it’s pretty accurate. Some reports are not but most of them are very useful
barry [1:36 PM]
I think $350 per month 😉
searchengine [1:36 PM]
in a post or just side bar?
barry [1:37 PM]
Only side bar. Never in posts.
aycovandermeer [1:37 PM] @barry
and what’s your opinion about the groupon no-index test, showing not only organic traffic dropped, but also direct traffic due to the noindex
pshapiro [1:37 PM]
That’s still a good link in my book
barry [1:38 PM] @aycovandermeer
: didn’t see it myself but makes sense that no google traffic would result in less direct traffic. Less eye balls. Less referrals and direct.
aycovandermeer [1:38 PM]
it was 1 day
you should check it out
searchengine [1:39 PM]
Seriously Barry You don’t care about organic?
pshapiro [1:39 PM] @barry
: how much time do you spend reading old webmaster and SEO forums?
Search Engine Land
Browsers don’t always report where they came from when arriving at a website. What percentage of direct traffic is really attributable to SEO? See what Groupon found. (32KB)
searchengine [1:40 PM] @barry
: Selling links I have to assume. :confused:
pshapiro [1:40 PM]
That’s about what I spend inside an RSS reader. Hmm.
searchengine [1:41 PM]
ahh missed that part.
barry [1:43 PM]
The reddit AMA I did was a bit more active. 😉
pshapiro [1:43 PM] @barry
: what do you think about the term “growth hacking”?
david [1:44 PM]
Yes r/bigseo has 7k members. We have 180 in #ama
: plus getting on slack is harder.
david [1:45 PM] @barry
: It’s all good.. :simple_smile:
We are pretty new.
pshapiro [1:46 PM]
Was the /r/BigSEO AMA a good experience? 😉
lifer [1:46 PM] @barry
what’s a better back link for local business ? Dmoz or BBB?
: I would think BBB
david [1:48 PM]
in regards to SEO Alexa 1000> which would you give the most props to?
david [1:49 PM]
I mean who’s doing a kick ass job at SEO?
barry [1:50 PM] @david
: I really don’t know. I didn’t do a study on the best sites by SEO.
barry [1:51 PM] @pshapiro
: yes and no. Sometimes to transparent. Sometimes not transparent enough. They need to be more consistent on their transparency.
tejaswi [1:51 PM] @barry
we have our website for which domain rank is 42. in our domain, top ranks are occupied by domains like shopifu and bigcommerce. domain rank 90+ Can we realistically compete with them for top fold? we are in 7/8 position now.
barry [1:53 PM] @tejaswi
: domain rank is a metric from Moz? Trying to figure out which terms you are using
pshapiro [1:53 PM]
oh you mean Domain Authority
barry [1:54 PM] @tejaswi
: i dont use their tools that often, if you give me a keyword phrase, I can tell you if it is worth it.
aycovandermeer [1:55 PM]
how many ppl actually search for that specific phrase @tejaswi
barry [1:56 PM] @tejaswi
: seems like low search volume but saturated in terms of pages trying to rank for it including shopify’s app pages, i think it is attainable
tejaswi [1:57 PM]
i mean the domain authority and age is hugeee .
barry [1:58 PM] @tejaswi
: these days, links :simple_smile:
i would just get people to link to you by building something interesting that gets exposure
alexisavellan [1:58 PM]
thank you for doing this AMA! Is there a keyword tool that you personally use and recommend aside from Google’s? I’ve heard good things about Long Tail Pro.
barry [1:59 PM] @alexisavellan
: nope, I don’t really do keyword research and if I do, I’d use AdWords and Google Trends
alexisavellan [2:02 PM]
another question @barry
How much of an impact do you think CTRs in the SERPs play in rankings? And do you think that Google will move towards UX having more of an impact on rankings than it currently does?
I know you mentioned Google moving away from links in the future in an earlier question
barry [2:03 PM] @alexisavellan
: Google says none but they are always wishy-washy on that. I think UX does play a role, but not as much as link factors and content factors.
alexisavellan [2:05 PM]
Alright. With mobilegeddon coming, I am of the opinion that Google will be moving towards UX having more of an impact than it currently does.
barry [2:06 PM]
Oh, thought you meant UX on Google’s SERPs and how people interact with the search results page
alexisavellan [2:06 PM]
sorry, didn’t make that distinction
barry [2:06 PM]
UX on mobile is going to be big on April 21st, very big and I suspect UX on desktop will happen also
lifer [2:07 PM] @barry
at what point does a up and coming site not have a chance to rank on the first page for a keyword? What’s your favorite back link checker tool? Eg Moz ose or majestic?