Bill Slawski

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With more than 23 years of SEO experience and a Juris Doctor Degree, Bill is the foremost expert on Google’s patents as related to SEO. Bill is the Editor of SEO by the Sea, a prominent search engine optimization blog, where he is the author of over 1,200 posts.

Bill’s experience includes Fortune 500 brands and some of the largest websites in the world. Bill is a contributing author for Moz and Search Engine Land. In 2014-2019, he spoke at industry leading conferences about topics including search engine algorithms, universal and blended search, personalization in search, search and social, and duplicate content problems, structured data, and schema

Contextual Knowledge Panel Featured - Ronnie Wood

Contextual Knowledge Panels at Google

Posted @ Sep 09 2019 by Bill Slawski

Just What is a Contextual Knowledge Panel? SEO doesn’t come with an instruction manual – it would be easier if it did. But for some things we just don’t know all the rules about how they work, such as knowledge panels. We do sometimes get some hints from places like patents, and one that was […]

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Query Rewriting - Prior Queries

How Google May Do Query Rewriting by Looking at a Searcher’s Prior Queries

Posted @ Aug 23 2019 by Bill Slawski

How Many People does Mudville Stadium (where Mighty Casey Struck Out) hold? Google was granted a new patent involving an approach to query rewriting earlier this week. It works a little differently than Google’s Hummingbird or Google’s Rankbrain. We’ve seen patents that use approaches involving rewriting queries that searchers may search with that may return […]

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Ambiguous query - How long is Harry Potter?

How Google May Interpret An Ambiguous Query Using a Semantic Interpretation

Posted @ Aug 14 2019 by Bill Slawski

Ambiguous Queries and Semantic Interpretations When someone asks an ambiguous query at Google, how does it go about responding to that query? It may start off by trying to understand the intent behind the query, to interpret what might have been meant by the person who entered that ambiguous query and finding the right words […]

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Quality Visits Scores

Quality Visit Scores to Businesses May Influence Rankings in Google Local Search

Posted @ Aug 01 2019 by Bill Slawski

You can learn a lot on the Web about businesses, such as the addresses of those businesses, categories related to them, reviews that may reveal a lot of information, even stuff that a business may not have wanted to share online. Local directories can provide very detailed information about businesses too, such as the address, […]

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Ranking Search Results Product Queries and Accessory Queries

Ranking Search Results and Product Queries

Posted @ Jul 22 2019 by Bill Slawski

Ranking Search Results for Product Queries vs. Accessory Queries Many eCommerce sites on the Web carry products and accessories for sale online. A Google patent tells us how the search engine might distinguish between the two, and rank product queries higher than accessories queries. The patent tells us about the problem caused by information like […]

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crowdsouring evaluation of clustered search results

A Crowdsourcing Evaluation of Clustered Search Results

Posted @ Jul 09 2019 by Bill Slawski

A Google Patent focusing upon ranking software applications using clustering and a crowdsourcing evaluation approach to choose the best-clustered search results was just granted. The crowdsourcing evaluation would be supplied by sources such as Mechanical Turk. In addition to being used for software applications, this approach is also intended to apply to: Products sold in […]

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user generated content search results

Do Searchers Find Value in User-Generated Content Search Results?

Posted @ Jun 27 2019 by Bill Slawski

Is there potential value in answering questions at a site like Quora? Will your answers be found and appreciated by people? How Do Search Engines feel about User-Generated Content Search Results from Sources such as a Quora or Stack Exchange or Reddit? User Generated Content Search Results Twitter Poll I asked at Twitter if people […]

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explaining estimates of birthdates based on age of spouse

Question Answering Explaining Estimates of Missing Facts

Posted @ Jun 18 2019 by Bill Slawski

Will Google Start Explaining Estimates in Search Results? We’ve been seeing an increase in the number of answers that Google shows for questions that searchers ask in Google’s search box. And Google has made statements about wanting to answer such questions, which I wrote about in When Google Started Showing Direct Answers, which points out […]

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Media Consumption Knowledge Panel

Google Media Consumption History Tracking

Posted @ Jun 06 2019 by Bill Slawski

If you use Google Maps for navigation, Google may track a mobile location history for you about the places you travel to. A patent granted to Google at the end of last month describes a media consumption history that Google may use to track information about the media you consume (concerts attended, TV shows and […]

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Semantic Frames

Semantic Frames and Word Embeddings at Google

Posted @ May 28 2019 by Bill Slawski

Using Semantic Frames to Add Context to Word Embeddings Word Embeddings are a way for Google to look at text, whether a short tweet or query, or a page, or a site, and understand the words in those better. It can understand when a word or a sentence could be added, which is how query […]

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