Everybody Lies, Except to Google!

The new book from Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are” makes for some interesting SEO reading. What do Google searches reveal about political bias and sexism in the United States, France and the UK?

Following in the wake of Freakonomics, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are is a gold mine of information for quantitative analysis fans, and particularly if you’re interested in SEO.

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Backlinks French presidential elections 2017: who get the media’s vote?

If we apply Google’s Page Rank methodology to the French media, where 1 link = 1 vote in favour, which candidates get the most votes? Read on to find out what the mainstream French media really think!

With the French presidential elections hovering on the horizon, I decided to take a closer look at the links leading from key media sites to the main candidates to see if they’ve picked their winner.

I’ve already delved into the links behind the sites of the right-wing primary candidates. But this time I decided to get a complete overview of the 5 main contenders before breaking down the results by media type e.g. regional press, magazines and pure players.

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The Left wing Primary 2017: keywords

Which of the candidate to the left wing primary gets more visits on its website? Hamon or Valls? Or is it the outsiders Macron or Melenchon? Will website optimization have an impact on the French presidential elections in May? Some answers to these questions in this article !

After analyzing the Right’s primary keywords, let’s now review the Left.   Of the major primary candidates from the left, who received the most visits to their site? Was it Hamon or Valls? Or was it the outsiders, Macron and Melenchon? Does site optimization influence presidential elections? Let’s see if we can find the answers to these questions in our analysis.

As with the Right primaries, Google Trends provides an interesting analysis of the different queries based on the trending popularity of the candidates. It is important to keep abreast of various news reports as they relate not only to the primaries and candidates themselves, but to also track regional specifics which include the popular requests of all things politically related – presidential poll, Pénélope Fillon, debate Hamon Valls, slap, universal income, etc. Continue reading “The Left wing Primary 2017: keywords”

Links to the Right Wing Primary in France : What links for which candidates?

Who has the most amount of links pointing to their sites, Fillon or Juppé? Neither of them ! Sarkozy is way above them both, and Le Figaro is generous in distributing links to those right wing candidates.

After initially reviewing the Primary’s keywords, our analysis of the primary’s SEO usage continues.  We will now analyze the link profiles of the different candidates who participated in the Right’s Primary. Google prefers sites with history and links, so the challenge for this type of site will be its lifespan. When to launch, when to cease, and what to do with the domain name and links once the election has past? Continue reading “Links to the Right Wing Primary in France : What links for which candidates?”

Keywords in the Right Wing’s Primary: candidate names or generic keywords?

Let’s analyze the keywords found within the websites of the 2 major candidates who participated in the second round of the right wing primary in France : Alain Juppé and François Fillon. Did these websites answer the questions of Internet users and did they also help recruit new voters?

In these political times of the right, left and center, a constant source of interesting information is Google Trends. There, any aspiring journalist or curious party can be led to neatly condensed information thanks to Google newslab which provides insight about candidate queries and searches. The most often asked questions include words such as: program, difference, Israel, “pain au chocolat”, age, Libya, marriage for all, and abortion. Let’s begin, shall we? Continue reading “Keywords in the Right Wing’s Primary: candidate names or generic keywords?”

Queries during the Paris attacks

in this sad Tuesday afternoon, I came to Mutinerie, my cowork space, to try and do something else besides refreshing my news feed, my Facebook page or my Twitter feed…  What else is there to do in such terrible times? I decided to go take a look at the attacks in Google trends…. Continue reading “Queries during the Paris attacks”

Online Marketing In France

How is France doing in online marketing vs other EU countries? Spend, behavior, social media, search, cost of media. Find out the latest data about digital marketing in France

Online marketing in France: steady increase share of internet spend, but still behind other EU countries

According to the site Sri France, (internet sales house association) the share of internet spend has been growing healthily, and digital advertising is now second behind TV advertising, followed by press advertising.

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SEO Services In France

When you’re planning to hire an expert to help you with your SEO in France, you have the choice between hiring a consultant or hiring an agency. The choice depends on your objectives and on your budget.

Choosing between an agency and an independent consultant

One big advantage of hiring a consultant is that a consultant is usually cheaper than an agency. There is less fixed cost for a consultant and if your budget is low (below 10,000 € / month), you have a better chance to hire someone more senior who will spend the right amount of time on your site. Agencies tend to put a junior level person in charge of lower budgets. However, if you have a big budget and/or want to expand quickly (in many countries at the same time), then an agency with subsidiaries in many countries can be worth the cost. Continue reading “SEO Services In France”

Top Websites France

Top websites in France : the usual GAFA in the top, but some local specialties : find out about the local eBay, the local yellow pages (pages jaunes), the (unfortunate) success of the state unemployment site…

Reviewing Alexa’s ranking for all websites in France (April 2015), when compared to the US, UK, and Germany, four websites from France manage to make the top 25: Leboncoin.fr, lespagesjaunes.fr, CDiscount.com and Pole-Emploi.fr. Continue reading “Top Websites France”

Internet Users In France

Internet usage in France : the impact of the Minitel on internet access, comparison with UK and Germany, and with Italy and Spain

Historically, the internet usage in France has been lower than its european neighbors, some say that the reason is that the internet was mostly available in english, or that French people being more latin are reticent to use credit cards online. but France had developed its own version of the internet in the 80’s : the Minitel. 

The Internet’s predecessor : the Minitel

The Minitel started in 1983, pride of the french technological companies and monopolies ( Mitterrand was elected in 1981). A big effort was made to educate the population and the state distributed free terminals to whoever had a phone line.

Minitel terminalThe truth is that 20% of the households had a minitel in 1993, and the Minitel covered free and paying services : yellow and white pages, train tickets, public services, dating services… Some current successful entrepreneurs in France come from the Minitel dating industry : Xavier Niel (Free), Marc Simoncini (Meetic).

Did the minitel help the rise of the internet by training the french population to use a terminal? Or was is a competitor to the internet?  Continue reading “Internet Users In France”