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Sharing is caring! unsplash-logo Saketh Garuda Context Clusters and Query Suggestions at Google A new patent application from Google tells us about how the search engine may use context to find query suggestions before a searcher has completed typing in a full query. After seeing this patent, I’ve been thinking about previous patents I’ve seen Read more

Sharing is caring! unsplash-logo Tristan Colangelo Sura gave up on her debugging for the moment. “The word for all this is ‘mature programming environment.’ Basically, when hardware performance has been pushed to its final limit, and programmers have had several centuries to code, you reach a point where there is far more signicant code than Read more

Do you need something to cheer you up? You got it: I should explain this costume a little bit. At the US Digital Service, we do a thing called “crab claws.” Crab claws is like visual applause–you pinch your fingers up and down to say “great job” or “congratulations” or “way to go.” We do Read more

Sharing is caring! How A Knowledge Graph Updates Itself unsplash-logo Elijah Hail To those of us who are used to doing Search Engine Optimization (SEO), we’ve been looking at URLs filled with content, and links between that content, and how algorithms such as PageRank (based upon links pointed between pages) and information retrieval scores based Read more

Sharing is caring! Identifying Primary Versions of Duplicate Pages We know that Google doesn’t penalize duplicate pages on the Web, but it may try to identify which version it prefers to other versions of the same page. I came across this statement from Dejan SEO on the Web about duplicate pages earlier this week, and Read more

Sharing is caring! Augmentation Queries In general, the subject matter of this specification relates to identifying or generating augmentation queries, storing the augmentation queries, and identifying stored augmentation queries for use in augmenting user searches. An augmentation query can be a query that performs well in locating desirable documents identified in the search results. The Read more

Sharing is caring! My last Post was Five Years of Google Ranking Signals, and I start that post by saying that there are other posts about ranking signals that have some issues. But, there are other pages that you may want to look at while you are learning to rank webpages, and I didn’t want Read more

Sharing is caring! 1.6Kshares 1. Domain Age and Rate of Linking2. Use of Keywords3. Related Phrases4. Keywords in Main Headings, Lists, and Titles5. Page Speed6. Watch Times for a Page7. Context Terms on a Page8. Language Models Using Ngrams9. Gibberish Content10. Authoritative Results11. How Well Databases Answers Match Queries12. Suspicious Activity to Increase Rankings13. Popularity Read more

Sharing is caring! Search Using Structured Data Structured Data is information that is formatted into a repository that a search engine can read easily. Some examples include XML markup in XML sitemaps and schema vocabulary found in JSON-LD scripts. It is distinct from semi-structured, and unstructured data that have less formatting. A search engine that Read more

Cindy Cutts, my wife and best friend, passed away earlier this week. While I was traveling for work recently, Cindy went to visit her family in Omaha, Nebraska. On Sunday, while enjoying time with family, Cindy started having trouble breathing. Her family quickly called 911 and paramedics took Cindy to the hospital, but Cindy lost Read more

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