28 April 2008

The art of blogging…

It’s a funny thing this world of blogging. Henry was saying the other day in the office that he was surprised more people didn’t read his blog. I was saying the exact opposite. I’m always pleasantly surprised, and flattered, when I hear from or meet someone who’s reading what I’m sending out into cyberspace. I sometimes forget anyone is reading …

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28 April 2008

You Tube adds Search Suggest

Neat feature shows other searches Go to You Tube in the UK and type in a search query and as you type you will see othere suggested search terms and the number of results for each of these. Similar to the trail being run on Google labs on Suggest. I really like this feature as not only can you quickly …

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18 April 2008

Udi Manber on Google Search

Search guru Udi answers some questions on Google Search It is not often that Udi Manber pops up for air and answers questions so here is a really fascinating, well to me anyway, conversation he had with Popular Mechanics. Highlights include: Last year Google made over 450 improvements to the algorithm. 450! Put the right keywords in your content – …

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18 April 2008

Google Revenues set to exceed ITV in UK

Google has half of UK online ad spend And that’s not including Doubleclick! Latest figures show that as well as increasing their revenue in the first quarter of 2008 worldwide by 42% to $5.19 billion their market share in the UK looks like it is going to exceed that of ITV. The UK is responsible for 15% of Google’s worldwide …

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16 April 2008

Cuill.com – the one to watch?

New Search Engine pockets $25 million in VC funding While not live yet, or even in Beta, Cuill is being touted as the latest in a long line of new search engines to challenge Google. OK, we have heard all of this before but this one may have some legs as Cuill was founded by search experts from Google, IBM, …

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12 April 2008

Google now filling out forms

Experimental digging gets Google deeper into sites An interesting post here from Google lets us know that your friendly Googlebot is now getting deeper into some sites by filling in forms and generating possible ‘real’ URLs. If these result in a crawlable web page and it is deemed to be of value the page is indexed. This will not have …

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11 April 2008

Previous Query comes to Organic Search

Er, Neil, what is Previous Query? Previous Query is an internal name used by those in Google to describe how differant paid ads are served depending on your previous search. A nice example from Searchengineland is if you do a search for weather forecast, then conduct a new search on holiday in Spain, and then do another search on weather …

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9 April 2008

Yahoo! and Google sitting in a tree…

Joint venture on paid search? According to the Wall Street Journal Google is to display some paid ads on Yahoo! Possibly to add as filler to a shortage in Yahoo’s ad inventory and also as limited test before expanding seems to be the opinion here. It could also be that Google drives more revenue, all of this is supposition here, …

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8 April 2008

Search Engines to delete user information after six months?

Europe piles the pressure on Search Engines A proposal from Europe has been backed by 27 EU privacy officials that user information held by search engines should be deleted after six months and not after the ‘recently’ reduced timeframe of 18 months. And while most of the search engines have said they are happy to review the proposal only our …

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7 April 2008

Best for Image Search?

Where do you go for image search? Watching an episode of Miami Ink over the weekend, well, the footie was dull and it was too cold to venture outside, I was intrigued to see that they used the Ask Image Search and not Google as you may suspect or Alta Vista as I always do. And if that’s good enough …

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