Bill Slawski

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With more than 20 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 1,000 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 2014-2016, 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

Google Shows Us Context is King When Indexing People

Posted @ Dec 11 2017 by Bill Slawski

Context is King Sometimes, you’ll see someone writing about SEO say that “Content is King”. But when I see that, I’m often tempted to respond with, “Context is king.” The right words at the right time meeting the intent of someone searching can fulfill their informational or even situational needs. When you write a page, […]

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Expect to See More Mobile Geofences

Posted @ Dec 06 2017 by Bill Slawski

How is a Mobile Geofence used? Imagine you drive to a location, and your phone starts receiving notifications about an event happening nearby. It could be a discount at a coffee house. It could be free tours at a local museum. Maybe a beach party with a free lobster and crab fest. It could be […]

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Google Searching TV

Google Searching Television?

Posted @ Nov 15 2017 by Bill Slawski

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about how Google might track TV viewing, then use media information to personalize search results in the post Google Media Consumption History Patent Filed. At the end of October this year, Google came out with a patent about search results that are based upon searching television […]

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How Google Finds App Store Spam

Posted @ Oct 31 2017 by Bill Slawski

Google is hunting for app store spam in the Play store among the applications available there. Patenting Finding App Store Spam I like looking at patents involving search and the Web is because they explain problems search engines are trying to solve. These patents show us inventions intended as solutions to address those problems. Sometimes, […]

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Local Expert Reviews

At Google Local Expert Reviews May Boost Local Search Results

Posted @ Oct 20 2017 by Bill Slawski

In the Past, Google Has Hinted Reviews Might Be Used to Rank Results. In 2013, I wrote a post about how Google might consider using requests for driving directions as something that might boost local search results at Google in the post, Driving Directions vs. Reviews as Ranking Signals for Google Maps. That post was […]

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Music App on Phone

Effectiveness and Affinity as Search Ranking Signals (Better Search Experiences)

Posted @ Sep 25 2017 by Bill Slawski

A blog post at Search Engine Roundtable last week told us that Google’s Ranking Algorithms Dynamically Change Based On Query & Context. That post was reporting about a conversation that took place during a Google Webmaster Central office-hours hangout with John Mueller from Google. John’s answer to search engine ranking signals in queries included the […]

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How Bing Deeplinks & Google Sitelinks Differ

Posted @ Sep 08 2017 by Bill Slawski

How a site may be listed in search results could make a difference as to whether a visitor becomes a customer of that site or not. If you search for the name of a site at Google, you may see sitelinks. If you search at Bing, you may see what they refer to as Deeplinks […]

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How Google Predicts Autocomplete Query Suggestions are Updated

Posted @ Aug 23 2017 by Bill Slawski

When Google suggests queries to search upon, based upon what is being typed in a search box, how does it come up with those suggestions? Google was granted an updated, or continuation patent this week at the US Patent Office, on the process by which they autocomplete query suggestions. The original version of the patent, […]

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Google Searching Quotes of Entities

Posted @ Aug 14 2017 by Bill Slawski

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. – John F. Kennedy Searching Quotes at Google There is a wide range of information that people search for on the Web, and I noticed a recently granted Google patent that focused upon […]

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Search Result Durations

A Panda Patent on Website and Category Visit Durations

Posted @ Jul 27 2017 by Bill Slawski

A couple of months ago, in June, I wrote the post, Click a Panda: High Quality Search Results based on Repeat Clicks and Visit Duration. In that post, I pointed out that Google search engineer Navneet Panda, whom the Panda update at Google was named after had worked on a few patents that focused upon […]

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