Posts Tagged ‘Semantic Blog’

Can Ben Gomes and Google Snippets catch up to Twitter’s Resonance?


When you google, think Ben Gomes – San Jose Mercury News is a short article that describes where Google Search started and where it is going, especially important for internet marketers now that SEO is quickly moving away from keywords to semantic meaning

Semantic Meaning and Search Rank

BING, Yahoo or Google “any words used in similar spaces share meaning” as this is the practical meaning of semantics.

Google Search started by helping searchers find content by typing keyword phrases into a search engine window.  However, Google Search is really made up of two distinct search components.

Google Backlinks and Rank

Organizing content offered to searchers  according to backlinks or rather the context of the backlinks was Googles primary value driver and what allowed it to pull ahead of competitiors.  Today some sites are so large that Google assesses their internal links in a similar fashion.

Competitors like Yahoo quickly caught up to Google and the next innovation was about context or assessing the perspective of a searcher when looking for and assessing the value of content received from Google.  Context became the driver of rank.

Rank and Context

Since context is not new competitors caught up quickly.  While it is difficult to handle the huge amounts of searchers, searches and content delivery at the scale of Google and Yahoo context eventually ceased to provide a competitive advantage as the technology advances in Silicon Valley helped nimble competitors catch up again.

Context and Content

While context allowed Google a temporary lead the technology in Silicon valley that helped searchers generate content faster than search engine spiders could index and assess. 

Content quantity quickly outstripped the context value and the birth of the Social Media giants; WordPress, Facebook and Twitter further accelerated the process.

Social Media and Trusted Content

As searchers discovered Social Media and blogging they also found that the new platforms and digital spaces would save them considerable time and provide a unique addition to content–trust.  There wasn’t that much of a question when searchers were confronted with millions of choices in reponse to a Google search compared to a couple of dozen, or less, focused answers from a community that they knew–Social Media gained traction, quickly.

Trusted Content and Google Competition

The huge amounts of content that helped searchers refine questions or find answers started to become a problem.  Searchers, just like the search engine spiders, were starting to become overwhelmed with trusted content.  The Social Media sites were starting to creak despite growing quickly and succeeding wildly.  Google’s competitor in search was Social Media and this was evident in late 2008 when over half of searchers started looking for content inside a Social Media island where the Google search engine and business models had little influence.

Google Strikes Back with Semantic Meaning

In mid-2009 Google struck back.  It had been working on a new way to get its mojo back–meaning.  Just like context, the concept of meaning has been explored by academics and creators of the internet alike when they conceived the Semantic Web.

What is semantic meaning?

“Any words used in similar spaces share meaning.” — Google “Any words used in similar spaces share meaning.” with quotes and see!

Two people in different places use different words to describe being thirsty.  To a search engine they are distinct and separate needs, however their semantic meaning is similar as both need hydration therefore the words they use, while different, share meaning.

Ben Gomes and Google Snippets

Google Snippets were created by Ben Gomes and while they look like realtime search results that use their own formula to rank the results offered to searchers according to keyword themes.  Themes are related to semantic meaning and a progression away from the old schoold keyword combinations or phrases used for SEO.  See other posts here to understand the distinction as Google Snippets and semantic meaning is the future of search for both Social Media platforms and Search Engines like Google.

Twitter Resonance vs Google Snippets

Twitter also faces the same problem as Google.  The Social Media bloggers had discovered how to manipulate the search engine spiders by using quantity and the richness of languages worldwide to confuse and confound the spiders.  Google virtually any brand name any somewhere in the top five positions, and maybe three of them, you will see content provided by Google that is unrelated to the brand owner or manufacturer.  These are the innovators that have figured out how to stand between you and Google literally taking money out of Google’s pocket and Twitter has the same problem which they address with their Resonance Advertising model. 

See my Twitter post: SEO Rules Too Slow for Twitter Resonance Business Model

The innovation by Ben Gomes, Google Snippets, are critical to clearing away the folks that manipulate search and battleing Twitter’s Resonance Advertising model which reflects how stories travel internationally across and inside communities.  Google is behind and Snippets may help it catch the site of Twitter’s dust.  Let’s see what happens.



Twitter Rules SEO


Twitter provides value that Google or other search engines and Social Media platforms can’t copy, real time competitive analysis window to their users or community members so that it is possible to see what is on their mind now.

Twitter and Social Media

Social Media is the great equalizer to corporate domination of the internet and Twitter provides a platform for people to;

Bridge Social Media and Corporate Web sites for–

  • Content
  • Opinions

Deliver focus Alerts or Content to–

  • Followers
  • People who Search by Keywords

Social Media and SEO

It is important to note that Search Engine Spiders, the software robots that travel all web sites that receive them, cannot access all the content of the Social Media sites as it is protected as an asset and indeed it is used to convince both Users aka Community Members and Advertisers alike that their brand and social media space is unique and worth the visit and advertising investment.

Semantic SEO is about to change this value measure and the corporations that depend on it.

Semantic SEO and Social Media

Semantic SEO is being used by Google, BING and Yahoo as a competitive advantage and shifts the concept of SEO or Search Engine Optimization from a keyword orientation to meanings understood by the words typed into a search engine and the relationship of those words to content on corporate and social media sites.  The shift from word combinations to meaning will change the internet.

Consider the example of ‘cool fresh water’ and the meaning it conveys to someone who is thirsty as a result of playing football, hockey or any other sport.  In the Americas a search for ‘cool fresh water’ will find content related to PET STORES!  Why?  The top positions on the Google SERP or search engine results page are determined by content relevance and volume according to ‘backlinks’ or the links created in content in other web sites that ‘point’ to the sites shown in Google’s SERP.

Pet stores may not be the answer that most people ‘mean’ when they type ‘cool fresh water’ into a search engine and yet according to current SEO practices and measures that is the result that Google with all of its sophisticated algorithms deems to supply.

Twitter and Meaning

Now lets go to Twitter and check the results from ‘cool fresh water’ and you will see this…

'cool fresh water' Twitter Search to show SEO Reports impact

Twitter Search on 'cool fresh water' shows Multiple Simultaneous Perspectives

Meaning and Perspectives

If you we thirsty because of playing a sport or hiking in the mountains or because of visiting the desert as a tourist the Google search results would not be very helpful but the Twitter search results are very short and you can quickly scan and compare your perspective to the perspectives of the people who Tweeted or posted comments.  Showing multiple perspectives is much more valuable that offering thousands or millions of results that start with Pet Stores.

Twitter SEO Rules

Twitter and the other Social Media platforms, including LinkedIN, is the reason that over half of searches on the internet now start in social media platforms.  SEO value has shifted from the search engines, Google and others, and the rules of SEO have changed.

These are the two most significant rules in the age of Twitter dominated SEO–

  1. Tweets create instant ‘backlinks’ and deliver Searchers to content that reflects their immediate perspective
  2. Tweets must reflect the immediate perspective of Searchers

Multiple Perspectives and SpeedSynch

We craft Tweets that reflect Searcher perspectives is with SEO Reports created with SpeedSynch internet marketing software tools.  How it’s done is simple, but takes a little practice.  Search on ‘Neuropersona, SpeedSynch, Internet Marketing Tools, SEO Reports’ and look for the URL with ‘Neuropersona’ which will illustrate the connection between search behaviours and content.  This is what you are looking for–

  1. Searcher perspectives change according to their need–‘cool fresh water’
  2. Searcher need is reflected by the work they need done and how they measure or their ‘story lens’

Since searchers may have multiple perspectives when they search ‘cool fresh water’ we use the concept of a mask to describe each perspective.  Any searcher can put on one or more masks that reflect their perspective of meaning of the words ‘cool fresh water’.  One mask or Neuropersona mask indicates what they are looking for in a result for their search.  Find the right mask and you can find any searcher who wears that mask.

Building the correct Neuropersona mask lets you find any searcher who’s immediate needs are reflected in the content that is used to build the mask and the content is built with stories important to searchers.  See how masks are built here and an overview here.

Now and Twitter SEO Reports

We use SpeedSynch internet marketing tools software to build the semantic maps below to illustrate how web sites are static and change much more slowly that Twitter feeds or streams.  People tend to update Twitter faster and this behaviour reflects what is on their minds NOW rather than what was on their web sites 3 or 6 months ago when they updated their website.  Twitter is NOW.

* Double click on image below to enlarge.  Note the difference between Twitter words and Web site words!

Jeff-Rubingh SEO Reports of Web Blog vs Twitter feed

Twitter is NOW--Note difference in Jeff-Rubingh Twitter and Web blog SEO Reports

Twitter SEO Reports Rules

Build Tweets that reflect the immediate need of searchers and you will dominate relevance and not need SEO investments that require months to implement.  In the months that you invest in PPC and SEO searcher needs will change and so will Twitter.


Nick Trendov

Tom’s son on Thomson and SEO Diagnostics


Thomson and SEO Diagnostics

Thomson-Reuters appears to have seen the light on the internet and is aggressively seeking expertise in the new old medium.  Google or BING “Thomson, SEO, jobs” and see yourself what Tom’s son saw.  Read the SpeedSynch SEO Semantic Diagnostics map below crafted by software almost ten years old and wrapped with Microsoft Excel 2010 for better, faster and cooler Semantic SEO.

For me the interesting part of their search which is seemingly designed to bootstrap an entire business to serve the legal profession is the key element of SEO diagnostics.  How is it possible that lawyers would let a corporation with little experience in a critical part of their business sell them services?  Will the Thomson brand make up for the tardiness to market?

I know a dozen folks that should be able to outdo any Thomson expert and would except that they use SEO to make money personally.  These entrepreneurs must instantly adapt to market changes and non-market changes like changes to search engine algorithms.  They are highly flexible and fast, don’t have layers of management and conflicting metrics or politics.

Thomson may make money and hopefully  their SEO diagnotics will add some humour to our day, after all would you get a firm with a web site with the semantic meaning below to craft SEO?

Click on Semantic SEO MAP to enlarge…

SpeedSynch Semantic SEO map of Thomson-Findlaw site 2010.08.01

Would you call these guys to do your SEO?

But what does this post have to do with semantic SEO?  — Nothing that’s the point…Thomson, though on the other hand it could be worse…wait until they discover Social Media!



Semantic SEO and First Semantic Blog Post


Semantic usually refers to the study of meaning and the Semantic Web is a term coined by W3 is meant to describe the tools and techniques needed to add meaning to the content on the internet rather than a thing.  This is an important distinction to keep in mind.

Semantic SEO

Semantic SEO is the natural progression of SEO or Search Engine Optimization and a shift to creating value from words to using concepts which is critical as there is so much content, text, images, audio and vido to sort through on the internet before your find what you need.

Semantic SEO Precision and Semantic SEO Perspectives

Facebook’s ‘semantic secret’ is the use of avery small number of categories to  help their community members navigatethe massive amounts of community generated content.  While using categories this way appears contrary to the notion of ‘semantic’ which is highly academic and generally precise in methodology.  The two approachs provide value that complements both and the difference is one of perspective rather than effectiveness.  Facebook takes the perspectives of the community they serve while Google and academics appear to take the command and control perspective of ‘we know best’.

Story Lens — A Semantic view of Perspectives

I am a storyteller and to help me tell stories or blog, find stories or understand what I find, I use a tool that I call a Story Lens.  The Story Lens helps me understand anything from up to five simultaneous story perspectives:

Story told 2 times is a Process — to ensure compliance.
Story told 3 times becomes Software — to accelerate process.
Story told 4 times becomes Brand — to establish property rights.
Story told 5 times becomes Measure — to evaluate and manage ROI.


Story … Process … Software … Brand … Measures

In my experience on one side of a story lens are the storytellers and artists and on the other side accountants and engineers.


Facebook vs Academics
1.  Perspective trumps Precision
2.  Facebook storytellers on the story lens left side and accountants on the right

Georgi Kobolorov brilliantly sums up the Facebook perspective of the Semantics web

“Quite often, the term over-engineered comes to my mind when I look at ontologies. I wonder if that’s a characteristic of the Semantic Web or of the mainly academic community behind it? For a comparison, look at Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol: People, Places, Products, and a few properties for each. Good enough, isn’t it?”


This is the SpeedSynch map of Georgi’s ‘un-semantic’ blog conversation that I quoted above.

Semantic Blog posts, backlinks and links are critical for search engine rank

SpeedSynch maps offer Semantic raw material for blog posts, backlinks and links to achieve top search engine rank

Neuropersona vs Marketers

  1. People Perspectives trump Precise Models
  2. Storytellers on left side of story lens vs Marketers on right

To make money sell the Semantic Web as a product rather than the processes and techniques required to add meaning to the content found in the internet.  Sell Ontology as business pays handsomely for precision.

To help people sell stories and they are the self-adjusting mechanism that keeps navigation and value relevant when the perspectives of searchers and suppliers of content change.

Our SpeedSynch product is a combination of semantic software designed at internet marketing software and a technique that we call Neuropersona or semantic behaviour mask that lets us understand needs of people who search the internet for meaning or content.

Nick Trendov