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Test Shows First Evidence of Google Testing Quality Score for Organic Search

On May 1, 2014

Rand Fishkin just published the results of a test he did to see if query and click-through data might affect search rankings. To run the test, he asked his Twitter followers to search the term “imec lab” and click on the Moz result. He did not link to the post in his tweet:

WordStream's Best of the Month (& Happy 5-Year Anniversary to Me!)

On April 30, 2014

This past Sunday marked my five-year work anniversary at WordStream. I know that sounds like a long time, but young ones, five years goes by really fast when you’re on the wrong side of 30. I’ve now been working remotely (from the Mile High City) for longer than I worked in the Boston office, which, due to the telescopic nature of time, seems impossible. The math checks out though. (See also “reminiscence bump.”)

The Future of PageRank: 13 Experts on the Dwindling Value of the Link

On February 25, 2014

In a recent Webmaster video, Matt Cutts confirmed that Google has tried internal versions of its search engine that work entirely without links. The results are low-quality – “for now,” he said. But this suggests that the value of the almighty link has come into question at Google, and they may be working on a version of the PageRank algorithm that doesn't depend so heavily on the link graph – which means PageRank as we know it might be on the chopping block. But when?

Toward a Linkless SEO: The SEO Link Is Dying. Here's What Might Replace It

On January 24, 2014

Whether they saw it coming or not, and whether they believe it or not, everyone in SEO sat up and noticed when Matt Cutts declared that guest blogging is dead. We’d all like to believe that we only guest-blog to share our knowledge, but the truth is, most of us have guest-blogged and gladly taken the links that came along with it. And the conversation has really been about links all week: Can guest-blogging survive without links? How do we get links if we don't guest-blog anymore?

The WordStream Top 10: Posts So Hot They Ended the Polar Vortex

On January 31, 2014

Funny story: I published the first few blog posts of the year with “2013” in the URL. Funny because a) I’m a cliché and b) our Drupal installation doesn’t automate blog URLs, I have to plug the date in myself. Le sigh.