Jennifer Slegg

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Excel spreadsheets have come to esports.... really. pcworld.com/.../the-future…... And the finals are being streamed live on YouTube Saturday. youtube.com/channel/UCOlnC…
Ugh, one of my GA properties somehow upgraded to GA4 and there is apparently no way to revert it without creating a brand new property. Why....
I am sure @rustybrick will respond not new :D
Interesting, Google has never prompted me directly in the serps to leave a review when doing a search before. Although maybe this has been a US thing for a while.
What antivirus is everyone using? I have been using @Norton @symantec for 15-20 years but since they won't let me activate one of my active subscription licenses on my computer while traveling outside of Canada, I need recommendations on who to switch to.
Oh, and when you click okay when you are looked into a Pinterest account, it just takes you back to their pin page. There is no way to tell Pinterest "hey, I think Google is safe, please send me there."
Google is good enough for them to take all the traffic and make it impossible for a visitor to click through to anything without using the app or logging into a Pinterest account... But not good enough to link out to.
Wow, so not only does Pinterest refuse to let you click through to any site something is pinned from when you go to their site on mobile, now on desktop when something is pinned from Google, they are blocking it because they say Google is spam.... seriously.
Yep, @jenstar's breakdown is so good, so thorough, you should absolutely take the time to read it. And soon. :) I'll tweet some good quotes in a thread shortly. twitter.com/JohnMu/status/…
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If you're curious about Google's Quality Rater Guidelines, Jen has a greate deep-dive on recent updates for you. twitter.com/jenstar/status…
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Also, after 14,000 words, it is highly likely I made some typos or grammar oopses :) As per usual, I will be fixing them up as well as double checking the entire QRG for anything I missed or flagged and then missed while writing.
What changed? Here is the deep dive into *everything* that changed in the new Google Quality Rater Guidelines... including all the changes not mentioned specifically in the changelog. thesempost.com/google-quality…
Also, try and add a "1. " into the start of a quote in Wordpress without it auto number listing it. Then removing the numbered list via the button removes the number completely.
I wish PDFs and Wordpress played better together in the sandbox.
Also, fun fact, my best ever typo to date is writing RageRank instead of PageRank... although some would argue my change is more descriptive of reality.
Guess what, there is a new Google Quality Rater Guidelines :) My deep dive will be published after I double-check for any caffeine-induced typos or grammatical errors and that I didn't miss anything in my final draft :)
By comparison, @HiltonHotels sent me an email two weeks ago letting me know they were extending elite status once again through March 2023, free nights were rolling over to next year and points won't expire until the end of 2022 due to the current pandemic.
So nice of @Hyatt to send me a warning email saying that since it is coming up on two years (well, yeah) since I stayed in one of their hotels, I am going to lose my points unless I stay somewhere before December 31st... in a pandemic... when the border isn't open.
Who broke Facebook and Instagram 😂
Here is my periodic tweet wishing Google would finally do something amazing with Google Books, or at least make it mobile-friendly since it gets linked to from the knowledge panel. Every time I land on one of those pages, it makes me sad it still seems stuck back in 2004.
Google mentions that the https ranking signal helped drive further adoption of https by sites. #SearchOn
Every day, Google blocks 40 BILLION spammy web pages. #SearchOn
They also mention the new content advisories for content topics that are constantly changing, such as with trending news.
Google is also make it easier to see to spot fact checked articles. #SearchOn
The new "About this result" is rolling out in the US in the coming weeks.... work on that E-A-T everyone :) #SearchOn
And if your site is lacking any of this, Google is also going to tell the searcher this... #SearchOn
---> What specifically are they adding to "About this result"? - About this source (what the site says about itself) - Web results about this source (what others are saying about the site) - Link to top news coverage -Related results about the topic. #SearchOn
E-A-T is even more important. Google is showing even more details in "About this result" and much of it is coming straight from what they tell QRGs to look for about sites in question. @seachon
Google's "About this result" allows searchers to find context about the site before even visiting it. It has been used 400 MILLION times. @seachon
For critical topics such as health, Google is surfacing content they know searchers can trust. #SearchOn
"Is it true that..." searches hit an all time high. #SearchOn
Google is making it easier to find local stores with products with the finding in stock option and then looking specifically which ones they have in stock. @searchon
Use Google to identify items in a photo and where to buy them. @searchon
Google is adding new related topics to videos based on the content in the current video, so you can quickly find related content/videos. #SearchOn
Google is adding "Related topics for videos" @searchon
Oooh, image SEO is going to become much more important, as well as making sure the images on your site are really good. #SearchOn
Google wants to make it easier to refine or broaden your search, with "Refine this search" or "broaden this search" with suggested ideas related to your search. #SearchOn
Interesting, take a photo of something broken, ask how to fix, and Google's new MUM AI model will try and figure out what the problem is and show you results that show fixing it. #SearchOn
Google is adding a new wildfire layer to Google maps to show wildfires and links to more information about it. #SearchOn
What @SpaceX is doing is so cool... but I see these pics and they look like promo photos for a Disney kids movie LOL. Side note for space nerds, there is a Netflix series about this crew and their upcoming launch. twitter.com/SpaceX/status/…
But you shouldn't be taking on what is a full-time writing job with a hope of getting $$ if the page views are high enough because there are so many factors outside of an author's control that can affect those page views that has nothing to do with the quality of writing.
That said, there are definitely opportunities where you can get real exposure by writing for free but you need to make sure you are getting "paid" in other ways and that should always include getting an author bio with a way for someone to contact you and authority from the site.
So while as an author, the site might call it getting great exposure, it would do absolutely nothing to further any of those writer's careers. And not to mention the whole E-A-T factor where you can't find out a single thing about the writers.
So I went and viewed some of their content. They give their writers a byline and that is it. No "about the author" page, no bio blurb at the end of the articles, no link to their Twitter handle, absolutely no way to actually connect with the authors whatsoever.
And lastly, while they avoid using the word exposure, they do brag how by writing for them you will get your writing seen by many in the <industry> community.
Oh, and they are giving you valuable experience by teaching how to use their popular publishing program (why yes, it is WordPress).
And while they may or may not pay you based on how many page views you get, they are offering you experience and state how the experience writing for them is a valuable commodity.
You are also required to meet weekly article quota requirements as well as being responsible for the content meeting monthly traffic quotas (which as SEOs we know usually doesn't happen overnight for non-newsy content).
You need to actively contribute on a daily basis.... and that daily basis means multiple articles per day. Then you also have to agree to take on additional assignments that include reviews, guides, listacles, etc.
Came across a site looking for writers... if you get enough page views, they will consider paying you (but of course, they don't state how much). The requirements they want from these "we may or may not pay you writers"? It is kind of wow:
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