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Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Well, yes, true enough. Our tool doesn't do things it doesn't claim to do. Also baseball commentators don't tell you how many touchdowns were scored. ;-) If you want to know what out tool actually DOES do, please read http://www.authorrank.org/auth..." - Mark Traphagen
Kol Tregaskes
[WELCOME TO #FFBG]: Firstly welcome to the new Beginner's room! Hopefully this room will be used by new users to find out and ask questions on how to use FriendFeed + by more experienced users to help out with the queries and to welcome the new users to the FriendFeed community.
If you have any queries on using FriendFeed start by checking the "guides" here: http://bit.ly/10vcK. If none help try searching the group as you may find it has already been answered: - Kol Tregaskes
1. To do this type in one or more keywords, for example "filter", into the search box at the top of the screen. As you type a list will appear underneath the box. Before hitting Enter to start the search make sure "Search friendfeed-beginners for <keyword(s)>" is highlighted. Once you press Enter you will be presented with posts where the term or terms have been found in the title or a comment. - Kol Tregaskes
2. If you find the list does not help you, press back on your browser or return to the group's home page here: http://friendfeed.com/friendf... and type in your question in the text box below the group's name and above the words "Add: Photos". This is the 'share box' and you will find these on most pages within FriendFeed. - Kol Tregaskes
3. If you would like to add an image, such as a screenshot, click on the word "Photos" underneath the box and use the dialog to navigate to the image you wish to upload. Then either double-click on image file or highlight the file and click on the Open button. A progress bar will appear and once the image is uploaded it will be shown as a small thumbnail under your post. - Kol Tregaskes
4. Once you're happy with your post press the "Post" button and you will see your post appear in the group just under the share box. - Kol Tregaskes
Later on you'll hopefully get one or more comments to your post. These will apear under your question, to post your own comments: - Kol Tregaskes
1. Click on the word "Comment" under your question. - Kol Tregaskes
2. A new text box will appear at the bottom of the comments already posted. Type your comment in the box and press the "Post" button. This wil post your comment and it will appear at the bottom of the thread. - Kol Tregaskes
I hope this gets you started, feel free to leave any feedback here. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
NEED MORE HELP? CAN'T FIND YOUR ANSWER HERE? You are welcome to post your question here, but also feel free to ask any of the Admins of this group (we're the ones whose names you see as authors of any of the [HOW TO:] posts in this group). By clicking on any of our names, you can subscribe to our feeds and have the opportunity to watch regular, avid FF users in action. Also, you can then send us a Direct Message (click the link in your Filters box) and ask for help. - Mark Traphagen
If you want to view the "guides only please use this link: http://bit.ly/1ll2Y - this shows all the HOW-TO, LISTs and other help posts that have been written for the group and is a great way to start. - Kol Tregaskes
Hi, I am manoj sharma from India, a newbie hree. I need some help of senior member. - Manoj Sharma
This will be very useful for a workshop I am doing in my HEI to introduce academic and support staff to the delights and benefits of 'using social media to inform and educate' - any further hints, tips or useful guides that anyone can point me to, would be very gratefully received ;-) - Julia Ault
Hi and Kia Ora....My name is Fololi Lologa-Iosua from Auckland, New Zealand...This is my first time on FriendFeed and I welcome any suggestions and recommendations to help me build up my networks with people all over the globe...I look forward to more communciations with you all! I quite like your idea Julia about the use of Social Media to inform and educate....Look forward to a long lasting friendship on FriendFeed! - Fololi Lologa-Iosua
and so it begins. I'll start the office ff how do you sign your name to your post? - rin wall
Don't forget the FF for Beginners group here: http://friendfeed.com/friendf... :-) - Kol Tregaskes
is it like "twitter"? can we add # or @ to mention something especial? - mansooreh sani
@Mansooreh Sani (as you can see, no effect, but a saved search of your name could be your solution there -- or even better, thinking of it, could be having your own hashtag #mansoorehsani): You can tag with an #hashtag which refers to a search of that term. @ mentioning didn't exist and never was brought up as absolutely necessary by the hardcore users. You can post to a user with a... more... - Zu from AOD
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Stay tuned, Al. We are already talking with some other tool and app developers about possible partnerships or mashups that could result in something that includes more elements such as social signals, Google+ profile authority, etc." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Andy, our tool does not look at your Google+ circles, at least not yet. It is designed (for now) to do one limited task: evaluate the relative search ranking power of web content linked via Google Authorship to a particular author profile." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Hi Luana, Not sure what you mean by "considers standard authorship meta tags, too." Do you mean finding and evaluating content that has authorship markup even if the author hasn't linked to it from his/her G+ profile? That would involve crawling the entire web, and there's no way we could do that. We aren't Google! I think the approach we took was very reasonable. We're evaluating Google Authorship content, which requires a link from an author's profile Contributor To. That means we only have to use our (rather expensive) resources (crawling the links to find the content and then doing a data pull from Moz and other resources, which costs money) whenever someone makes a request in the tool. There just isn't any way we could do that for the entire web just to find those relatively few content pages that have markup but no confirming Authorship link. If I've misunderstood what you're asking, let me know!" - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Please read the other comments. I already answered this." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Well if you didn't claim that name for your Google+ profile when custom URL's were released earlier this month, then of course it's not yours. Go to your Google+ profile and copy the 21-digit ID number in your profile URL." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Sorry, but I can't make any sense out of your sentence. Something got lost in translation." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Harsh that would indicate that you should be seeking higher quality sites on which to write." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Answered!" - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Durant, that's Google's Author Rank (actually "agent rank," they never have used the term author rank). As we explain in our blog post at http://www.authorrank.org/auth... this is our own AuthorRank metric. It is NOT Google Author Rank. The tl;dr of our score is we are scoring the relative aggregate search ranking authority of the Google-Authorship-linked content of a given author. That's it. We are not attempting to provide topical authority scores." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Let me address the issue of why Matt Cutts shows a zero score in our tool. Our tool looks at domains claimed for Google Authorship, which means they have to be listed in the Contributor To part of the person's profile links section. Matt has nothing listed, so we can't score him." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Our tool looks at domains claimed for Google Authorship, which means they have to be listed in the Contributor To part of the person's profile links section. Matt has nothing listed, so we can't score him." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Thanks for the report Craig. We're tweaking how the tool parses and picks up domains, so this is helpful." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: Mark Traphagen Creates Virante AuthorRank - http://www.seroundtable.com/virante...
"Thanks for this Barry. I'm going to have a busy day today answering questions I can see! I would urge people to read the first post on the home page at http://authorrank.org, which gives a fuller explanation of what our tool is and what it does and does not measure. As for Matt Cutts, I'm on mobile right now but I'll check his G+ profile when I get to the office. Our tool measures only what is linked in a user's Contributor To. We're having trouble picking up some domains even then. and appreciate hearing from users who have legitimate content domains in their CT that our tool is missing. This is still very beta folks! We're working on it, and feedback is much appreciated." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Great! You're most welcome. Thanks for your questions!" - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"I think in several ways, Souvik. 1) The new commenting system in YouTube is highly personalized. If you're in YouTube while logged in to your Google account, any comments by anyone in your circles will show up higher in the default "Top Comments" view. 2) Even logged out, Top Comments is affected by profile authority. So comments from people with high-authority Google+ profiles will tend to rise higher in comment threads than those with little or no authority. 3) In the other direction, I would think that engagement by other high authority users on either your comments, or on your YouTube channel if it is connected to your G+ profile, would help build your profile authority." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"JiJi, if I understand what you're saying, I think you're asking if an author's profile PageRank has any effect on the ranking of search results for his/her authorship-related content on the web. None that I can discern. The only thing I established in my test was that the Google+ posts of profiles with high PageRank tend to rank higher in search than those from low-PageRank profiles. But that effect does not necessarily extend (at this point) to their content on regular web sites. As a matter of fact, back in the fall of this year two prominent Google spokespersons, John Meuller and Pierre Far, both said in public that at present Google Authorship has no effect on search results." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"JiJi, the new custom URLs are interchangeable with the old digital ones, and PageRank will flow through them just the same. I don't understand your second question: is there a significant correlation between the PageRank of a Google Authorship profile and....what?" - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Charles, it's not so much "playing favorite" as them not having as much access to some other social networks (Twitter and Facebook in particular). Perhaps because of that, they've actually toned down Google+ in search a bit. In the early days, some queries were practically taken over by Google+ posts. At some point they made an adjustment. At that point I started noticing that for any given keyword, only one or two G+ posts (if any) will rank high. The others are indexed, but so far down in the SERPs as to be invisible. So that's why gaining the kind of authority I show in this article is so important." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Right. Make sure you have URL selected (not domain), and use the historical data for the fullest picture." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Pepper, find the profile or page mentioned anywhere on Google+ (such as one of their own posts) and right click on their name and save that URL. It will be the old numeric URL which should work in tools that can't parse the new custom URLs." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Michael, the tl;dr for most people is really my last section, "Increasing visibility..." That's the practical stuff you should be doing. But to try to tl;dr the rest of the article for you...Google Plus profiles and pages have varying degrees of authority. That authority establishes their ability to have their public posts show up higher in Google Search. That authority is gained by a combination of the profile's internal connections and relationships within Google+ and links from websites external to Google+. Hope that helps!" - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Thanks for letting me know it was helpful, Jonathan. I can see now that I should have been more clear about some of that in my article, so I'm glad you asked the question!" - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"That's a great question, Dixon, and not one I've tried to deeply explore yet. Unfortunately without regular Toolbar PageRank updates, it's difficult to gauge how Google is treating profiles, and whether any are being penalized. I suppose short of having those regular updates, what would be needed would be to set up tracking on a large number of profiles, tracking their average rankings for posts, and then looking for signs that any seemed to lose their ranking ability suddenly. If any of those turned up, then we'd want to look at their backlink profiles to see if we could detect any activity that Google might see as suspicious. Sounds rather daunting, and to be frank, I can't even think how I'd set that up. My suspicion is that they are not yet applying any Penguin methodology to profiles, but if the information I'm sharing here becomes more widely known, and they start detecting a lot of dicey-looking links suddenly appearing for profiles or pages, who knows, they might decide to..." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Got you Arnie, and I totally agree. In fact, that's very much how I use Google+. I usually put my "big" content (my best ideas and/or the things I want to explore in-depth) on my own blog or on other good blogs like SEL. But in between those more important posts, I use G+ as my micro-blog, where I write content, still original, about the "smaller" ideas, notions, or questions that come up across the course of a day." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Jonathan: It sounds like you did your searches logged in to Google. I do all my testing incognito: in a browser in privacy mode, not logged in, and with all history and caches cleared. Furthermore, we should not expect a post for a query as volatile as "fastest growing facebook pages" (which is what I searched for the results shown) to remain at the top a year-and-a-half later. However, if I search that query with the parameter "site:plus.google.com" which only returns Google+ posts, in incognito, I see that my post is still the #1 Google+ post for that query. So that answers your first question. These are not personalized results I'm talking about. As for your second question, I don't know how we'd go about accurately separating what you call "bot followers" from non-bot "followers." But I can tell you that I am constantly looking at incognito search results for Google+ posts that get widely reshared, and in almost every case, the person who ends up ranking for significant keywords..." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Thanks Jeffrey. One of the most frustrating things to me about how so many social media, marketing, and SEO experts have treated Google+ is their inability to understand its true value: it's ability to expand and project your reach far beyond just what goes on on the social platform itself." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Thanks Arnie, that means a lot coming from you. While I think I've uncovered some of the mechanics of how Google+ posts work in Google Search, my fear iss that people will approach it mechanically, as Iblis articulates in his comment. Not saying you're thinking that way, but I could see psople having that response from my data. We need to keep in mind that even though Google+ does have this potential of givnig us incredible reach, it is still a social network, and what I've put forth here really only gets strong by being truly social. My profile built up authority quickly in the beginning because I'd invested time and sincerity in building real, valuable relationships with other users. They seemed to get something good out of my content and contributions, and so began to recommend me to others and my following grew. That led to real world opportunities to speak and to wrtie, which created lots of natural links to my profile. What I want to urge to everyone is to not think that just..." - Mark Traphagen
Mark Traphagen
Re: How Google Plus Profiles & Pages Gain Search Authority - http://searchengineland.com/how-goo...
"Jonathan: First, all my examples were searched in incognito mode. That is, in a browser not logged in to Google, with all history and cache removed. It sounds like you were searching logged in, in which case your results will be highly personalized. Also, that screen capture was taken at the time the reshare happened, back in March of 2012. That post has long since fallen out of top rankings. However if I search (incognito) "site:plus.google.com fastest growing facebook pages" (without quotes) I see that I am still the #1 Google+ post for that keyword." - Mark Traphagen
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