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Learn me SEO

I am taking on a new role which will require me to be conversant in SEO. Our SEO product manager likes to obfuscate things so no one can pin him down. It is my job to pin him down and call bullshit. I have no idea what schema.org is or what this canonical stuff is all about. Can anyone recommend a great book / site where I can get up to speed on all things SEO? I don't have a lot of time to spend so brevity is key.
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Searching Gmail for Flights

Hey guys. So I'm trying to determine how far I've flown over the past five years; I'd like to search my Gmail account for every flight confirmation, but the results are terrible--it seems like the search is bringing up all kinds of unrelated emails. Does anyone know of a better way to do this? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani on Jul 11, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I get google to distinguish me from another author?

I'm an author with a google problem. I have the same name as another author (completely different genre, though) and if you google that name, my books show up alongside hers in search results. This has been a recurring problem for years, to the point where I'm planning on tweaking my name for my next book, but for now I'd just like our books not to be conflated. (Google also combines images of me and this other woman, although I'm not as concerned about that). I've tried reporting this issue to google, but so far haven't had much luck penetrating the bubble. Any tech-savvy people have ideas on how I can distinguish my work? Thanks in advance...
posted by Victorian Gal on Jun 11, 2014 - 14 answers

My Google searches are being invaded by an email address

A few days ago I was searching for an email in my Gmail inbox and entered the email address of the person I knew it was from -- let's say invader@email.com. I don't know what I did wrong during this very mundane occurrence, but ever since then "invader@email.com" has been aggressively filling itself in on google-related search boxes in Chrome, preventing me from using Google effectively. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Apr 3, 2014 - 15 answers

What do I do about 15 years of Google search history?

My profession now requires a bit more public profile and as such people are Googling me. Instead of finding what I want them to find (linked in profile, who I am 'professionally', etc) they instead are presented with a version of me from 10 years ago. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me find a graph I've lost!

I've been doing research involving the treatment of musicians under repressive regimes. A while back I found a graph that had a list of countries, and for each country listed the number of musicians killed, tortured, abducted, assaulted etc. in a certain period of time. But I've lost this graph!! Can you help me relocate it? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Dec 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me craft a Google ngrams query

I wan to make a Google ngram showing the history of the term "spoiler" as it is used in popular culture to mean the reveal ahead of time of an important piece of plot information. Problem is, "spoiler" has at least two other meanings and I don't know how, or even if, I can craft a query to separate out those other meanings. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Is autocomplete spying on me?

Is there a privacy risk specifically associated with Google search autocomplete/typeahead? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 23, 2013 - 4 answers

my google-fu sucks: wat do?

I'm always impressed lurking around here by the expertise of folks when it comes to finding sources/answers. Obviously, there are a lot of librarians and information specialists whose jobs involve research, but still it's clear many of you are much better than me when it comes to using google. So, how can I better? What google search strategies do you use? What resources would you all recommend? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Jul 8, 2013 - 21 answers

Searching multiple specific domains with Google?

I want to set up a Google search that searches a set of 15 domains. Google's "Advanced Search" doesn't do the trick. Is there a workaround? [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on Jun 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Chrome hangs when searching for "allahu akbar" but not "fluffy puppies"

When I use Google Chrome to search for certain terms, the browser tab hangs. In this video, it hangs on "allahu akbar" and "osama bin laden". I have not been able to reproduce this issue using other browsers or benign terms (like "fluffy puppies"). What causes this behavior?
posted by compartment on Jun 13, 2013 - 30 answers

How do I protect Ronnie Edwards?

I'm a female in the US, about to get married for the second time and taking my husband's name. Help me manage how my new name appears online before it starts to happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2013 - 3 answers

How to keep video links from clogging google search results?

How can I prevent video results from showing up in a Google search? For example, if I do a google search on "picasa os x 10.6.8 screen resolution", half the links on the first results page are youtube videos. If I want videos I can select "videos" instead of "web". But I can't figure out how to prevent videos from showing up in a regular web search. (I'm running Firefox on a MacBook Pro 10.6.8; I get the same results using Chrome.)
posted by Wet Spot on Jan 22, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I keep Google from seeing which search result I clicked?

Can I make my Google search results not pass through Google? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Does [Insert name here] write book blurbs? If so, for which books?

Is there a book blurb search engine, or something that will let me see if someone has ever written a book blurb, and what it was? (Or some clever way of googling Amazon's Editorial Reviews sections) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Is Google still mostly about PageRank?

How important is Google PageRank in relation to the updates in recent months with regard to Google Panda? [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot on Sep 12, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I keep my Google results from becoming awful?

How can I block certain sites from Google search results while preventing Google from tailoring search results just for me? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Aug 9, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I filter out e-mails with an empty To: fields in Gmail?

How do I filter out e-mails with an empty To: fields in Gmail? [more inside]
posted by mxmm on Jul 17, 2012 - 5 answers

How Do I Limit My Google Alert Results to English Only?

How do I eliminate foreign language results in Google Alert results? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I change the location setting for Google search?

How do I change the location setting for Google search? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Mar 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find a Google Desktop replacement

Please recommend for me a new search tool to replace Google Desktop. Ideally I want something that searches the full text of all files, that covers everything on my hard drive plus Google Docs. I want it to be fast, offer results in context, and have a simple interface that offers 'sort by relevance' and 'sort by date.' I use Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Mar 19, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I get the old Google search results back?

So, it would appear that Google have changed their search algorithms. Using search queries that would have previously returned hundreds of results I am getting a handful of results which are mostly irrelevant / gibberish. Any ideas how I can go back to the "old" Google? Thanks!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Mar 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Don't Be Evil, but do be annoying

Where did Google's advanced search feature disappear to this time, and why do they keep moving it around? Is there any way I can edit my settings so that it's always in a nice visible place? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Why does hitting 'enter' when searching redirect my browser?

Weird re-direct issue when searching Google... [more inside]
posted by Fidel Cashflow on Feb 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there a way to get Twitter search results back into Google search results?

Is there a way to get Twitter search results back into Google search results? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jan 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Dammit I don't want to change my name

I have a unique name that, when my first and middle names are transposed, becomes a more common name that is now the moniker of a rather unattractive porn star. How do I fix Google results that turn my unique name into this porn-yielding other version? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Dec 20, 2011 - 28 answers

Anatomy of a Search

What are some good strategies for searching for the image of an old puzzle? I have asked here a few times over the years and come up with nothing, unfortunately. At this point I am ready to brute force it and just look at images of puzzles until I find the image of that puzzle. Previous methodology inside. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Is this a real Google thing?

Is this a real Google-thing or some kind of malware scam? Google search suddenly isn't working for me, sometimes. [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Sep 24, 2011 - 28 answers

Looking for "pre-filled" google search site

This question is about as meta as I think I've ever come up with. There's a site that allows you to send a link to a google search, and the resulting page shows the search being typed into google and completed. Maybe I'm having an idiot moment, but I can't think of any way to search for the site without using the words "google" or "search" which obviously obfuscate the results I'm looking for. Anyone know the site I'm referring to?
posted by billyfleetwood on Sep 16, 2011 - 8 answers

SEO Kings, help me please....my site is a squash and a squeeze

Calling SEO/Google Experts: I have a bloglike site for a new company (on Wordpress) and I am trying to make it SEO friendly. Hypothetically, lets assume that the site is about flying lizards and I have named it 'liz.ly'. Every day, new and well written content is added to this site so hopefully in the next few months it will start showing up at a respectable rank on google. BUT: [more inside]
posted by london302 on Sep 14, 2011 - 9 answers

If it's really "location, location, location," show me some locations.

Since Google Maps ended its real estate search function in February 2011, have any of you found a good replacement? I can't find anything like it. [more inside]
posted by resurrexit on Aug 18, 2011 - 13 answers

'site:'

How can I use the Google operator "site:" through the Firefox 5 'Awesome Bar'?
posted by nam3d on Aug 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Where does Google get the text it uses to describe a search result?

You know that text that shows up under the link in a Google search result? Where does it come from? Specific example follows, in which the text is nowhere on the website in question. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jul 20, 2011 - 5 answers

There's spam in Google's cache of my site

I have spam showing up in my website header and cached copy on Google's search results. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jul 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Internet search engines that use boolean search?

Are there high quality internet search engines that recognize boolean rather than a natural language search queries? [more inside]
posted by dredge on Apr 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Google is driving me nuts

Is there a way to automatically "force" Google to search for the words I typed in, without having to manually include "+" before every single term? I do sometimes utilize fuzzy search, but I'm finding that lately, it is doing more harm than good, and nearly every search requires me to go back and add "+". [more inside]
posted by lesli212 on Mar 18, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I override/redirect Google image search results to my website?

How can I override/redirect Google image search results to my website? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jan 19, 2011 - 9 answers

How to Avoid Answers.com

Are there any scripts/tricks/bright ideas for how to filter out search results from answers.com, ask.com, yahoo answers and other worthlessly crowdsourced Q&A forums that always seem to make up the first page of anything I google? Present company excluded, of course! [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Jan 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Keeping my Twitter off Google

How do I keep my Twitter from showing up on a Google name search? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 - 5 answers

That's a great answer, Google, but...

Does Google (or other search) really work, or do I just perceive that it does? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Sep 20, 2010 - 16 answers

What to use besides Google?

What's a good alternative to Google? Their new algorithm (Caffeine) stresses fresh content and that's not what I always want. [more inside]
posted by qsysopr on Jul 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me with my custom search engine.

How do I add new sites to the Google custom search engine that I've created? Strangely, the control panel doesn't give me that option. If this isn't possible, what other tools can I use to specify which sites I want Google to search? This search engine isn't one that I'm publishing; it's for my own use.
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 26, 2010 - 1 answer

Multicolumn Google Results

I like the new Google search results layout, but it has killed the Greasemonkey script I use to display results in multiple columns. Is there another script or plugin I can use that is compatible with the new layout? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on May 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Can you manipulate Google?

To SEO people out there ... is it possible to manipulate a small business website to push the business up Google's rankings and get it onto the first page of results? [more inside]
posted by chairish on Apr 27, 2010 - 22 answers

Mass Google Mass Emails

Is there an application that exists which allows the user to cut/paste several emails into large text field, hit enter, and then have it open a separate Firefox tab for each email, displaying the Google search results of each? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic on Apr 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Number of specific Google searches?

Google question: Is it possible to find out how many people are searching using a very specific keyword or phrase (not Google Trends)? [more inside]
posted by kmavap on Feb 18, 2010 - 5 answers

How long did google lock me out of searching?

I tried searching for a term multiple times (around 100 in a minute) to see if it would come up on google trends, and now I can't search on google at all. Does anyone know how many times you can search a single term on Google before they shut you down for "sending automated queries"? How long does the lockdown lasts?
posted by numbskeleton on Jan 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Removing Yahoo search results from Firefox address bar search.

When I search for something by typing keywords into the Firefox address bar, it directs me to Yahoo search results. It used to function more like Google's "I'm feeling lucky" option, and I'd like to get that functionality back instead of these incessant Yahoo search results. [more inside]
posted by clearly on Jan 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Handling pdfs in Google docs

Is there a way to seamlessly add a .pdf opened in Quick View (from a Google search result) to my Google docs? (Or even to save one to docs from the main search page?) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Jeez Google pt. 2 - We still want clean URLs

Remove these crappy ultra-long links from my Google Search Results when I right-click! [more inside]
posted by cashman on Nov 5, 2009 - 5 answers

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