Articles written in November, 2011

November 30 2011

Google +1 Button Tracking in Webmaster Tools


For those keeping up with the “Google +1 Button” hype, you may have realized by now that you can access its associated data via Google Webmaster Tools:

Google +1 Button Tracking in Webmaster Tools

From your dashboard, click to expand the “+1 Metrics” section; this will reveal sections on Search Impact, Activity and Audience. In this section, you will see:

The Search Impact report: Will show you the impressions (how many times have pages with the +1 button shown in search results). Will also display the clickthrough rate (how many people actually selected this page in search results). Important because you’ll want to be able to distinguish the effectiveness of using the +1 button on certain pages compared to others.

The Activity report: Allows webmasters to view how many times a page has been “+1’d” from a specific page or from search results.

The Audience report: Displays demographic data for the +1’s such as age location and gender.

As with much of the specific numbers in all of the metrics in Webmaster Tools, much of it is an “average” or an “aggregate” number. For instance, the data you are able to view in the categories above is only displayed if a certain number of people have clicked on your +1 button.  

Learn all about it from a recent Google Webmaster Central Blog post:

November 23 2011

Rich Snippets & Part II


Our previous blog post, Rich Snippets & Part I, compared snippets to Rich Snippets and touched on the foundation of   Not only can implementing the suggestions of increase your click through rate on the search engine results for your website pages, but a visitor delivered to your webpage from a Rich Snippet is more informed about the content on your page and has just made a decision to visit your content.   This is the perfect opportunity to test your conversion rates and start (or ramp up) on-site testing.      

By updating your website’s code to allow for Rich Snippets, you are able to partially control what can be shown in the major search engines in regard to results that include pages on your website.  

The previous post showed an example for a recipe site:

Rich Snippets & Part II

The above All Reciples Rich Snippet shows a star rating, review count, time to cook, and calorie count to searchers looking for a pumpkin pie recipe.  

This is only one way in which Rich Snippets could be optimized, another is the Event Schema.   The following example shows a Rich Snippet including Katy Perry show dates and locations available through Ticketmaster for a search of “Katy Perry Ticketmaster”:

Rich Snippets & Part II

A searcher is thankful they don’t have to click through the Ticketmaster website or do an additional on-site search, assuming they are looking to click through directly to one of the upcoming displayed shows.

IMDB has updating their code so that their Rich Snippets feature a rating of each movie.   The below Rich Snippet is for The Muppets 2011 movie (also being released over Thanksgiving, I assume the reviews are from pre-showings).

Rich Snippets & Part II

And interestingly, both the Android Marketplace and Apple’s App Store have updated their code so that their Rich Snippets display the votes for each app as well as a price.

Rich Snippets & Part II

Depending on your business, the above examples may seem more or less relevant; however, is gaining momentum as more webmasters become familiar with the available types and more searchers enjoy the extra information in their searches. provides commonly used formatting types for Restaurants, Local Businesses, Products, Reviews, Organizations, Events, Creative Works, Recipes, and many more.   As Search Engine Optimization professionals, we recognize the opportunity available to businesses today with the open communication created through   The search engines have given businesses a way to tell them what information could be added to search engine results pages to make them better for everyone.   The search engine, the searchers, and your business all benefit from the openness and availability of this information.

November 22 2011

Rich Snippets & Part I


“Snippet” refers to the grouping of content related to one search result on a search engine result page.   A traditional snippet contains three sections:

  1. The Title Tag — Pulled from the landing page to which it is hyperlinked.  
  2. The Landing Page URL — Not hyperlinked.
  3. Descriptive Content — This content is usually sourced from the meta description tag.

As search evolved, new ways of displaying search snippets surfaced.   “Rich Snippets” were introduced on May 12th, 2009 in the Google Webmaster Blog post entitled “Introducing Rich Snippets.”   This blog post explained the fundamentals of Rich Snippets which very simply is, by adding markup formats (such as microformats) — some extra code for the non-technical readers — Google and other search engines can “see” extra data about your webpage that may be interesting to a searcher when viewing your snippet; the search engine can then pull that identified content and display it with that snippet.

By adding some additional code, everyone wins.   Searchers using the search engines find more information about what they want, search engines are happy that their users are happy, and your business benefits from more traffic as more searchers click on your enhanced snippets (Rich Snippets).

The following example, in excitement for Thanksgiving, is the search engine results page for the Google query “Pumpkin Pie.”   As you can see, All Recipes is using markup formats in their code so that their Rich Snippet displays their recipe’s image, star rating, review count, time to make, and calorie count.   One ranking above it, is not using any additional markup and shows as a regular snippet.   Which result would you choose?  

Rich Snippets & Part I

What is

Rich Snippets are wonderful, but each search engine chose to read markup formats differently, that is, until Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Yandex (the largest search engine in Russia) banded together and made a website filled with schemas that each search engine taking part would recognize.   Webmasters can use the agreed upon markup formats on their pages to provide searchers Rich Snippets.   That website is, founded in June 2011.      

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