Exploring some of the less obvious implications and loopholes in Google’s Core Web Vitals update.
A look at some ranking behaviour I’ve seen in the wild, and my working theory to explain it. I’m using “ranking factors” to describe the static metrics we’re all familiar with, and thinking about how dynamic feedback from SERPs might be feeding back into rankings where there’s enough data to do so.
While I was in Seattle for MozCon, I had the chance to record a couple of videos for Whiteboard Friday – this was actually the one that I got out in a rush at the end, so hopefully I’ll be able to share the first one, too, in the fullness of time!
In the meantime, this is the 5-minute version of my MozCon talk, covering the meat of the analysis involved.
This is my presentation from MozCon 2018. The topic is local pages for national or international businesses – primarily how to figure out whether you need them, and some things not to do if you do need them.
Back in Google’s early days, people navigated the web using links, and this made PageRank an excellent proxy for popularity and authority. The web is moving away from primarily link-based surfing, and Google no longer needs a proxy – so what, in 2017, is the point in links?
Hidden quirks, misleading metrics and tips and tricks for Google Analytics.
A walkthrough of the most common statistical pitfalls that marketers encounter in CRO testing.