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The New Google Analytics Interface – A Primer

By Jessica Shieh, Digital Strategist

If you use Google Analytics (GA) to track your website and have signed in within the past couple of days, you’ve probably noticed the option to view a “New Version.” when On Tuesday, April 20, 2011, Google released the latest version of Google Analytics and we’ve prepared a quick primer on the highlights of the new interface.

So, what’s new?

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Google Instant and Its Potential Impact on User Behavior (and SEO) – Part II

Jessica Shieh, Digital Strategist

How Will Google Instant Change the SEO Game?

As of right now, the launch of Google Instant does not change search rankings dramatically. So in the narrow sense of SEO being about staying on top of the search result list, it does not have a significant impact.

However, if you define SEO in the broader sense, as Avichal Garg put it “capturing user attention for your site/brand as the user is in the information/search/buying flow,” then yes, this is a game changing technology. Some potential effects may include:

  • The top rankings will get even more valuable since the query result changes as users type, they are less likely to scroll down unless they identify content of interest; also, lower ranking content will have even less visibility.
  • Pages titles are more important because that will be the first place users look for information as they type in the search terms.
  • Understanding user search behavior becomes essential. As users adapt to the search suggestion, they may start to type in only part of a query to fish for suggestions. As a result, sites and domains that mirror how users construct queries will benefit most from Google Instant.
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Google Instant and Its Potential Impact on User Behavior (and SEO) – Part I

Jessica Shieh, Digital Strategist


When Google announced Google Instant in early September, tech blogs, forums and social media channels exploded with buzz about this change to the popular search engine.

If you’re looking for a basic primer, Matt McGee provides a great overview on the Search Engine Land blog, but in this two-part blog series, I’m going to skip over the basics and talk about Google Instant’s potential impact on user behavior and consequently, how it changes the SEO game.

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