Search with Candour

Search with Candour

By Mark Williams-Cook
Working in search marketing? We'll bring you the few important bits of news and information you need to know about SEO and PPC every week. No fluff, just talking about things you should know to make your life easier.
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Episode 31: Lessons from over 120 site migrations with Chris Green
What's in this episode? In this episode you will hear a SearchNorwich recording of Chris Green giving his talk "Essential technical SEO learnings from launching and migrating over 120 websites". Chris goes into great detail about the importance and challenges of site migrations from both a technical and communication point of view. You can watch the full video the talk and see his slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org
32:17
October 13, 2019
Episode 30: Googlebot user-agents, internal nofollow links, listener Q&A
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook and Rob Lewis will be talking about: Googlebot user-agent change: Exploring how an update to Google's user-agent string might cause websites some issues. Internal nofollow links: Clarifying best practise on crawl management with internal nofollow links. Q&A: We're answering your questions about PPC for franchises and on-page HTML sitemaps. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
41:04
October 7, 2019
Episode 29b: September core update, Rich snippet controls and GSC data
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook and Rob Lewis will be talking about: September Core Update: Looking at the first ranking change data that is coming in and discussing what you can do about core updates. Rich snippet controls: Google's new tags that allow you to control how your rich snippet results appear for text, images and video. GSC data: Google Search Console improving data refresh times. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
40:33
September 30, 2019
Episode 28: Google review rich results, GSC Breadcrumbs and Microsoft Audiences
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook will be talking about: Google review rich results: Google's algorithm update is preventing 'self-serving' review stars from showing in SERPs GSC Breadcrumbs: A new addition to Google Search Console Microsoft Audiences: Microsoft trying to tempt publishers with new audience targeting options in open beta. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
22:10
September 22, 2019
Episode 27: Nofollow, Google Quality Rater Guidelines and ECPC changes
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook will be talking about: Google Quality Rater Guidelines: Small changes in these guidelines show a shift to Google looking to perform better at perceptual tasks. ECPC changes: Google Ads brings maximise conversion value to manual bidding Nofollow: A discussion on the interesting side effects of the recent introduction of rel=ugc and rel=sponsored tags You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
30:13
September 16, 2019
Episode 26: SEO with UX expert Tom Haczewski
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook & Tom Haczewski will be talking about the role of User Experience (UX) in SEO. Google has been slowing moving forward with integrating UX signals into their algorithm looking at things like site speed, mobile friendliness and pop ups. Tom & Mark discuss how SEOs can do a better job by approaching UX from the ground up, rather than trying to fix specific bits downstream. You'll hear Tom's expert opinion on UX projects he's worked on, where SMEs should start with UX and even his opinion on cookie pop-ups. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
42:52
September 9, 2019
Episode 25: GMB ads, average position and maximise conversion value
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook & Rob Lewis will be talking about: GMB ads: Google is now showing competitor ads within organisation's own information boxes. Average position sunsetting: Google is removing the 'average position' metric. Rob and Mark discuss the pros and cons and impact it will have on campaigns. Maximise conversion value: Google's newest automated bidding strategy. Can we sack the PPC managers yet? You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
24:05
September 2, 2019
Episode 24: The journey of keyword research with Daniel Brooks
In this episode, you'll hear a SearchNorwich recording of Daniel Brooks giving his talk "Keyword Research: Tips & tactics that generate clicks & impressions to implement tomorrow!". Daniel goes over the importance of keyword research and provides some really effective strategies to carry it out using various tools and what metrics you should be considering. You can watch the full video of Daniel's talk and see her slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org
32:58
August 26, 2019
Episode 23: Utilising audiences in the Google Display Network
In this episode, you'll hear a SearchNorwich recording of Eva Wilkes giving her talk "Awesome Audiences". Eva gives a great overview of audiences you can use on the Google Display Network, and then goes over strategies on how to build custom affinity audiences to give you the most control. You can watch the full video of Eva's talk and see her slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org
27:59
August 19, 2019
Episode 22: Content marketing for SMEs with Stacey MacNaught
In this episode, you'll hear a SearchNorwich recording of Stacey MacNaught giving her talk "Honey, I shrunk the content marketing budget!". Stacey gives some great examples about producing low-risk content on a budget but can still drive links and interest. You can watch the full video of Stacey's talk and see her slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org
28:30
August 12, 2019
Episode 21: SEO tactics to implement with Lukasz Zelezny
In this episode you will hear a SearchNorwich recording of Lukasz Zelezny giving his talk "SEO tactics to implement tonight". Lukasz gives a detailed and insightful overview of a few his tactics to help improve organic rankings, citing his own method of keyword research, GAP analysis, WordPress plugins and more.  You can watch the full video of Lukasz's talk and see his slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org 
32:31
August 5, 2019
Episode 20: Google Ads ROI, Maverick and #AskGoogleWebmasters
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook gives some brief news on the Google Maverick algorithm update, Google's new #AskGoogleWembmaster shorts and Google's confirmation that there has been a technical problem with Google My Business shortnames. You'll then here from Sean Clark from Clark St. James, deliver his SearchNorwich talk on why so many companies struggle to realise a return on investment with their Google Ads campaigns. Sean will go over tips, tools and techniques to help you see past just keywords, bids and ad copy onto what is really important. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes athttps://search.withcandour.co.uk
29:55
July 29, 2019
Episode 19: Google Shopping support and automated bidding algorithm changes
Episode 19: Google Shopping support and automated bidding algorithm changes What's in this episode?    Mark Williams-Cook & Rob Lewis will be talking about: Google suspending Shopping support: After a European Commission ruling, Google will no longer be offering technical or strategic help with Google Shopping campaigns. Automated bidding changes: Google has made signficant changes to their automated bidding algorithm that could make it easier for new businesses to enter the PPC market. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
29:50
July 22, 2019
Episode 18: Local SEO, GMB bugs and Google SERP experiments
What's in this episode?    Mark Williams-Cook will be talking about: Local SEO & Google My Business bugs: Some great tips for UK businesses to get ahead in map results and the Google My Business bug that has been making businesses profiles get suspended. Schema abuse: A quick look at sites that are abusing schema to force rich results in the SERPs Google SERP experiments: A new "people also views" SERP experiment - plus how to share Google experiments you're seeing. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
20:14
July 15, 2019
Episode 17: Robots.txt changes, diversity update and keyword research with Python
What's in this episode?    Mark Williams-Cook will be talking about: Robots.txt changes: How Google are dropping support for undocumented features of robots.txt parsing in September and what effect this may have. Diversity update: New analysis by SearchMetrics on how the Google diversity update is impacting sites Keyword research with Python: A look at a free, new keyword research tool built in Python. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
23:53
July 8, 2019
Episode 16: All about Google penalties
What's in this episode?    Mark Williams-Cook will be taking a dive into the world of Google penalties! We'll be talking about how Google handles and processes penalties, what the most common types of penalty are and why it might seem like Google is doing nothing about that pesky cheating competitor! You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk 
31:34
July 1, 2019
Episode 15: An introduction to structured data and schema with Andrew Martin
In this episode, you'll hear a SearchNorwich recording of Andrew Martin giving his talk "How to use schema to enrich search results and improve your CTR". Andrew gives a clear and concise introduction to structured data, schema.org and what you need to be doing to get on the front foot in the SERPs. You can watch the full video of Andrew's talk and see his slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org
22:50
June 24, 2019
Episode 14: Should we trust Google? Q&A and June algorithm update advice
What's in this episode?    Mark Williams-Cook will be discussing: Latest advice on the Google core algorithm update: Google has provided a few specifics on how webmasters should be looking at the core algorithm update. Should we trust Google? A look at some recent cases were following best practise has not been helpful. Listener Q&A Your questions answered on if where your website is hosted matters and the effect of internal 'jump to' links. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk 
33:44
June 17, 2019
Episode 13: Google core update and a silent Google Ads location update
What's in this episode?  Mark Williams-Cook and Rob Lewis will be discussing the Google core update and a new, unannounced change to Google's location targeting that will be affecting your campaigns. Google core update We'll be covering the data that's come in about the Google update and what we've seen so far. PPC location update Google has quietly updated how location targeting works on all accounts, which may be affecting your campaign costs. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
26:05
June 10, 2019
Episode 12: Outreach done right with Jack Bamfield
In this episode, you'll hear from Jack Bamfield of Verve Search on how to run a successful link building campaign from ideation to outreach. Jack gives real-world case studies and provides templates of his own outreach email campaigns. You can watch the full video of Jack's talk and see his slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org
19:48
June 3, 2019
Episode 11: Combating PPC click fraud and a new Google SERP
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook and Rob Lewis will be discussing how to combat PPC click fraud and what's changing with the new Google SERP. New Google SERP Google are changing how ads look and introducing favicons into search results PPC Click fraud How can you identify and combat click fraud? You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
33:36
May 27, 2019
Episode 10: Google Marketing Live 2019 - the big PPC changes
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook and Rob Lewis will be discussing the Google Marketing Live 2019 event announcements including: Discovery ads Google's new native ad format appearing over many properties Gallery Ads Coming out of beta to the top of a SERP near you New Shopping Experience Is Google finally gearing up to go toe to toe with Amazon? You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
22:23
May 20, 2019
Episode 9: Google I/O, Evergreen Googlebot and HowTo/FAQ structured data
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook will be discussing: Google I/O New features coming to Google Search such as AR and Google Lens updates Evergreen Googlebot What does Googlebot's version update mean for Javascript and SEO HowTo and FAQ structured data Google's support for HowTo and FAQ structured data on search and assistants You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
21:06
May 13, 2019
Episode 8: More GSC bugs, Bing Ads rebrand and blackhat XSS
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook will be discussing: Google Search Console bugs There was a 16 day data loss within Google Search Console and errors with manual action reports. Bing Ads rebrand The Bing Ads platform is rebranding to Microsoft Ads and changing focus. Google XSS exploits A newly released zero-day exploit that allows blackhats to inject links and content onto third party website's Google cache. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
21:39
May 6, 2019
Episode 7: Behind the blackhat with Craig Campbell
In this episode, you'll get some insight into techniques that blackhat SEO that have been used to rank in Google and make the people prepared to do them a lot of money. Listening to Craig Campbell will give businesses insight into what their competitors may be doing, how to protect themselves and maybe some inspiration to think outside the SEO box. You can watch the full video of Craig's talk and see his slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org
26:56
April 29, 2019
Episode 6: Yoast schema and AMP signed exchanges
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook will be discussing: Yoast Schema Yoast have just published version 11 of their plugin claiming they have "solved" schema, by tying together the graph for you. Google AMP signed exchanges Search results for AMP can now display the hosting domain, rather than Google's properties using signed exchanges. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
24:24
April 22, 2019
Episode 5: Google de-indexing, Discover in Search Console and Gallery Ads
 What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook will be discussing: Google de-indexing and other bugs A dive into the massive bug that caused millions of pages to be dropped from Google's index and what you can do about it, as well as a look at Google's rich data and cache bugs that are also causing headaches for site owners. Google Search Console updates New reports in the GSC interface, including the Google Discover report and the updating of performance reports to include only canonical URL data. Gallery Ads A look at Google's new beta 'Gallery Ad' format that is shaking up paid search results. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
19:55
April 15, 2019
Episode 4: Sub-site links, custom intent audiences and action extensions
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook and Rob Lewis will be discussing: - Sub-site links in Google Google appears to be testing a new category of 'sub' site links on mobile. Triggered on brand ads, Google offers searchers the opportunity to navigate directly to products from a vertical accordion. - Google replacing audience keywords with custom intent audiences Rob will explain the different between audience keywords, custom intent audiences and what it means for advertisers on Google Ads. - Bing's Action Extensions Bing has dropped a big new feature that they claim enhances advertiser's click through rates by an average of 20%! We'll find out more about it and how to use it. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
19:40
April 8, 2019
Episode 3: Getting SEO results by introducing schema
The special holiday (well, Mark's holiday at least) episode! In this episode, you'll hear a recording from the SearchNorwich meetup of SEO expert Andrew Martin giving his talk on how to win SEO results with schema. Google told us last year that schema was on of the two most important things to focus your SEO efforts on and just in the last episode we highlighted how some SEOs were exploiting schema to grab rankings they not be deserving. It's powerful stuff and Andrew gives one of the best introductions on the topic, so enjoy! You can watch the full video of his talk and see his slides at https://search.withcandour.co.uk and learn more about SearchNorwich at https://searchnorwich.org
22:25
April 1, 2019
Episode 2: Pagination problems, date published abuse and Google My Business fraud reporting
In this episode, Mark Williams-Cook will be talking about: - Pagination problems There is a significant pagination bug present in the WPEngine system and Google have updated their best practise advise regarding pagination. - Date published abuse Google reaffirm best practise for articles using datePublished and dateModified as some SEOs cite concerns Google may not have a grip on this as publishers are abusing it for rankings - Google My Business fraud reporting In case you missed it, Google My Business as launched a new form which enables you to report competitors or fraudulent listings within Google My Business.  You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk 
20:22
March 25, 2019
Episode 1: Google Shopping changes, ITP and a core algorithm update
What's in this episode? Mark Williams-Cook and Rob Lewis will be discussing: - Google Ads Shopping Updates Google is merging Google Images with the standard Search Network for Shopping Campaigns, this means you can no longer opt-out of having shopping ads showing on Google Images.  - Apple's ITP v2.1 is going to disrupt Analytics The new Intelligent Tracking Prevention going live in Safari 12.1 and iOS 12.2 will automatically expire cookies than are more than 7 days old, which will inflate Google Analytics metrics. - Google's broad core algorithm In a rare confirmation, Google has announced they are pushing a large, 'broad, core' algorithm update. We'll be discussing the impact and Google's advice on what to do. You can get the full transcription and links for this episode in our show notes at https://search.withcandour.co.uk
17:50
March 15, 2019
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