The business of Search covers a wide area: web search, mobile search, video search etc - you'll find that and all the techniques, and intricacies associated with it here.

Bots Account for 56% of all Web Traffic - Research + [Infographic]

2014 Bot Traffic Report published 12/18/14. Researched annually by Incapsula, shows 3 year trends of the first time.

There is Nothing About Negative SEO in Google Webmaster Guidelines

"I was talking last night with 

New Negative SEO Hurts Google Rankings… Without Using Backlinks


Google Penguin is Confirmed to Be a Continuous Thing Now

After lots of fluctuations since November especially starting from the Thanksgiving weekend, Google h

eek a new kind of negative SEO tactic By sending negative CTR signals

In this great post by Bartosz Góralewicz, he lays out how using a bot to search google and not click on the target website can send negative CTR signals to the site...especially in light of all the

Bing Talks Content Quality as Primary Ranking Factor - what can we learn?

Bing talks the role of content quality on their blog This is a pretty detailed and interesting post :

Will the Penguin rollout never end, literally?

The latest Penguin rollout has been on-going for weeks and is still underway.

Firefox Breaks Free from Google and Goes Purple

Although you can easily change your default browser to whatever you want by clicking icon in the search box and selecting what works for you, a newly installed version of Firefox comes with Yahoo?<

Penguin 3.1: Google's Way to Say Thanks on the Thanksgiving Weekend?

[Update: This is not t

Google May Not Index or Rank Tabbed Content

Google rep John Mueller confirmed in a Google+ hangout session that Google may treat content that is tabbed differently than content that is immediately visible to users.

Everybody's talking algos this week

It's only Wednesday but there seem to be a surprising number of articles about Google algorithms. I found three on three different sites by three different authors that all kinds of tie together.

Groupon Begins Entering the Search Market?

In addition to Yelp allowing users to write reviews and give a particular business a star rating, Groupon is now featuring a more interactive website targeting businesses owners and users to get mo

Baidu Takes Off the Training Wheels; Reports $2.2 Billion in Q3 revenue

Chinese search engine Baidu officially took off it's training wheels, so to speak, reporting over $2 Billion in revenue for Q3 2014:

TODAY >> Bill Hartzer is on Reddit AMA (Ask me anything)

Have questions about SEO or domainers? Ask Bill on Reddit at


Google expands Knowledge Graph to include video games

Google has expanded its Knowledge Graph to include video games.

Monetized Google Suggest or Google Suggest Direct for Brands?

Brian Jensen shares an

Google recommends HTTPS sites for organic visitors, just not those for their Trusted Store?

In an odd piece of irony, sites in Google's Trusted Store Program are currently experiecing issues if they are on the HTTPS protocol: 


Google Penguin 3.0 is refreshing over the weekend (will continue for weeks)!

[Update: Google Penguin is now confirmed]

Is the only thing Google fears Amazon?

This was trending yesterday:

Google: We Won't Be Updating Toolbar PageRank

SEORoundtable reports Google says PageRank is finally dead and that last update was a "mistake"