Analytics Releasing Benchmark Reports, Bing Trying To Stop URL Keyword Stuffing, & More

Analytics Releasing Benchmark Reports, Bing Trying To Stop URL Keyword Stuffing, & More

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Benchmark Reports Coming To Google Analytics

Soon businesses will be able to compare their analytic results to industry standard engagement and acquisition metrics as part of Google’s new Benchmark Reports. There will be 1600 industry categories in 1250 markets and users can filter by channel, location, and device. Also included in the report will be heat map features that will highlight areas where your business may need to focus more time to achieve optimal results.

Source: Search Engine Land

Bing Releases URL Keyword Stuffing Filter

Bing’s Principal Development Manager, Igor Rondel, announced this week that Bing released a spam filter several months ago that targeted URL keyword stuffing. According to Bing, the filter only impacted 3% of search queries. The full blog post where the announcement was made documents the types of URLs this spam filter is designed to go after.

Source: Search Engine Land

Penguin Refresh Not Always Needed For Ranking Boost 

John Mueller, Google’s Webmaster Trends analyst, took to the Webmaster Help Forum to address recovering from Panda penalties. If you are cleaning up a site affected by an algorithm, you don’t need to wait for the algorithm to be refreshed in order to see the changes. If you implement best practices, you are likely to see positive changes in search long before the algorithm data is refreshed by Google.

Source: Search Engine Watch


Additional SEO Headlines


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Notable Commentary


Does URL Size Matter?

When it comes visitors you’re recalling the obvious answer is yes. Shorter is better. What about when it comes to .com domain vs. one with an exotic extension. The answer isn’t as obvious. In a study from Seer interactive it was found .com domains weren’t significantly better remembered than those with exotic extensions. Instead length was found to be the most important factor.

Analysis by: Matt McAnear, SEER Interactive

Link Building The Bad Way

While some of these methods are considered link building gray areas, Dave Davies of Search Engine Watch argues directory submissions, guest blogging and forum comments can still work and are all part of a natural backlink profile. Just don’t make them your sole link building strategy.

Analysis by: Dave Davies, Search Engine Watch