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In this latest episode of our Big Noises series, we hear from SEO Capo Barry Adams. Barry is a tech guy that moved into SEO more than 20 years ago, seeing it as the perfect hybrid of technology and marketing.
He was at the Belfast Telegraph when it was known for punching way above its weight in search, taking advantage of the Google algorithm’s quirks. Since then he has worked for some of the world’s biggest media organisations, fixing their SEO and explaining that, these days, there are no quick fixes or silver bullets when it comes to search performance.
We spoke about the mystery that is Reach’s consistently good search rankings despite its horrendous UX, the difference between journalism and SEO content and how getting it wrong can damage trust, and of course his thoughts on Google, AI and the future of publishers in the search ecosystem.
It had to happen… AI going off on its own little artificially stupid fever dream and spitting out something actionable. In this instance, a US radio host is going after OpenAI for making up an embezzlement complaint about him, but you can just see the lawyers queuing up to bring cases for unhinged product reviews and false medical advice. If publishers needed any more encouragement to be very careful with AI, this is a good one.
Who could have guessed that stopping people from stealing content using other people’s passwords would have such a beneficial effect on your bottom line? There are people way smarter than me when it comes to broadcast media and streaming (????Charlotte Henry) but it does strike me that once Netflix finally got focussed on revenue instead of scale, things were bound to get better.
The New York Times might be the global poster child for digital transformation, especially in reader revenue online, but that doesn’t mean management are sat twiddling their thumbs. In this wide ranging New Yorker Q&A, publisher A.G. Salzburger talks about the good bits around finances, but also criticisms the paper has faced for its journalism on issues from Trump to trans rights.
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