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Fwd: [goodrelations] GoodRelations + RDFa have huge impact on Google Rank and CTR

From: Mills Davis <mdavis@project10X.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:06:13 -0500
Message-Id: <212C31F0-A156-4D75-804C-D25B4EFB2ECF@project10X.com>
Cc: Brand Niemann <bniemann@cox.net>
To: eGovIG IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
If Google and other search engines are reorienting rankings to favor inclusion of semantics and RDFa, then this becomes a very strong argument for linked open data.

Mills

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Robert Kruse <rkruse@venlogic.com>
> Date: December 10, 2009 2:57:41 PM EST
> To: Mills Davis <mdavis@project10X.com>
> Subject: Fwd: [goodrelations] GoodRelations + RDFa have huge impact on Google Rank and CTR
> 
> 
> This just came in today, as I'm sure you saw it. :-)
> 
> I'm curious what you think.  
> Are you getting confirmations that there is momentum growing to support RDFa enabled ecommerce?
> 
> Cheers,
> Rob
> 
> 
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: Steven Forth <steven.forth@gmail.com>
> Date: December 10, 2009 5:56:21 AM PST
> To: martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org
> Cc: goodrelations@ebusiness-unibw.org
> Subject: Re: [goodrelations] GoodRelations + RDFa have huge impact on Google Rank and CTR
> 
> Game Changing Martin
>  
> We need to get this news out there, it will lead to a huge shift in behaviors. Could be a tipping point for the whole sem web.
>  
> Hats off ...
>  
> Steven
> 
> On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 5:40 AM, Martin Hepp (UniBW) <martin.hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org> wrote:
> Dear all:
> 
> In his talk at the Search Engine Strategies 2009 conference in Chicago this week, Jay Myers, Lead Web Development Engineer for Best Buy, Co., Inc., reported very surprising effects of adding GoodRelations and RDFa to their products pages:
> 
> 1. GoodRelations + RDFa improved the rank of the respective pages in Google tremendously. 
> 
> In fact, if you try the query "BestBuy Ferris Bueller" on Google, then the page
> 
>     http://products.semweb.bestbuy.com/y/products/7590289/ 
> 
> comes on rank # 1 ahead of the much more established page
> 
>     http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Ferris+Bueller%27s+Day+Off+-+DVD/7590289.p?skuId=7590289&id=47476
> 
> This indicates a strong effect of GoodRelations + RDFa on Google's appreciation of a page. It is particularly surprising since the age of a domain has now a huge influence on ranking in Google (older ones get a much higher ranking), and the semantically augmented one is only something like eight weeks old.
> 
> 2. Jay also reported a 30 % percent (!)  increase in traffic on the BestBuy stores pages, e.g.
> 
> http://stores.bestbuy.com/1895
> 
> since they have been augmented by GoodRelations + RDFa rich mark-up. 
> 
> 3. Yahoo observes a 15% increase in the Click-through-Rate (CTR). 
> 
> Nick Cox from Yahoo also recently reported that augmented search results, e.g. those with GoodRelations / RDFa in Yahoo get a 15 % higher Click-through-Rate (CTR).
> 
> So in short: While better visibility in traditional search engines is of course not the main intended effect by adding GoodRelations & RDFa rich mark-up, 
> I think these findings are so substantial that any SEO / SEM consultant should apply it - now!
> 
> Patterns for simple copy-and-paste are here:
> 
>     http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/wiki/Rdfa4google
> 
> A full cookbook of mark-up recipes is being maintained at
> 
>     http://tr.im/cookbook
> 
> All developer resources are at
> 
>     http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/wiki/GoodRelations
> 
> Best wishes
> 
> Martin Hepp
> 
> -- 
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> martin hepp
> e-business & web science research group
> universitaet der bundeswehr muenchen
> 
> e-mail:  hepp@ebusiness-unibw.org
> phone:   +49-(0)89-6004-4217
> fax:     +49-(0)89-6004-4620
> www:     http://www.unibw.de/ebusiness/ (group)
>          http://www.heppnetz.de/ (personal)
> skype:   mfhepp 
> twitter: mfhepp
> 
> Check out GoodRelations for E-Commerce on the Web of Linked Data!
> =================================================================
> 
> Project page:
> http://purl.org/goodrelations/
> 
> Resources for developers:
> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/wiki/GoodRelations
> 
> Webcasts:
> Overview - http://www.heppnetz.de/projects/goodrelations/webcast/
> How-to   - http://vimeo.com/7583816
> 
> Recipe for Yahoo SearchMonkey:
> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/wiki/GoodRelations_and_Yahoo_SearchMonkey
> 
> Talk at the Semantic Technology Conference 2009: 
> "Semantic Web-based E-Commerce: The GoodRelations Ontology"
> http://www.slideshare.net/mhepp/semantic-webbased-ecommerce-the-goodrelations-ontology-1535287
> 
> Overview article on Semantic Universe:
> http://www.semanticuniverse.com/articles-semantic-web-based-e-commerce-webmasters-get-ready.html
> 
> Tutorial materials:
> ISWC 2009 Tutorial: The Web of Data for E-Commerce in Brief: A Hands-on Introduction to the GoodRelations Ontology, RDFa, and Yahoo! SearchMonkey 
> http://www.ebusiness-unibw.org/wiki/Web_of_Data_for_E-Commerce_Tutorial_ISWC2009
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