Testing the Longevity of 301 Redirects

When you do a site redesign 301 redirects are put in place from the old URL to the new one. However there’s always been differences of opinion on how long you need to keep the redirects in place. I’m going to test this with my site here and see what happens. Since the early 2000s … Read more

Google user-agent detect fail

So I was using Chrome to check my gmail account and noticed a message at the bottom of the page by the stats that I could download the latest Google toolbar. I was pretty excited to see this and give it a go, so I clicked the link, which took me to this page: Ok … Read more

Google’s Speech Recognition Fails

I used the Google for Search app on my iphone tonight for the first time. I wanted to look up the names of the three tenors, so I tapped the voice icon and said “the three tenors”. Unfortunately it did not fully understand my accent and instead thought I was wanting to find “history tennis”. … Read more

Google TrustRank Myth Busted!

I will show you that there’s no such thing as Google TrustRank, which many SEOs believe is a mechanism that Google uses to determine the trustworthiness of a website. Included here is a transcript from Matt Cutts and snippets from the US Patent and Trademark Office documents.

My Thoughts On Google knol

Google could be heading down a slippery slope with Youtube and now knol. Their organic search results are meant to be unbiased and provide the most relevant results for any given query. In 2000 Google launched Google Adwords and we started seeing sponsored search results. That was ok, the ads were clearly marked and listed … Read more

SEO Client Story

I used to work for an SEO agency in Pittsburgh and dealt with a number of interesting clients in a variety of industries, with large and small sites. There were a number of funny incidents that I encountered, which I’d like to recount here, although names will be withheld. No Google Traffic After taking on … Read more

Thoughts On Google Sitelinks Update

Google webmaster tools was updated on Thursday with some new features. The one that caught my eye was Sitelinks located under Dashboard > Links > Sitelinks. Here’s a screenshot showing the new feature, see if you can spot where I think another updated is needed. Hint: Hmmm… looks like the developer didn’t have English as … Read more

Related: Results Changed For Me

I used to write about my Volkswagen Beetle on this site before I turned this into an SEM blog at the end of 06. Interestingly enough, within the past few weeks Google decided to change the results for the search query [related:www.reubenyau.com] Not long after I changed the content to a completely different topic, I … Read more