16 December 2008

What will win for Search in 2009?

It's all about being nimble It's about that time of the year again when people will be asking 'what is going to be big in Search in 2009?' Well, I could go down the usual mobile, universal/blended search, or analytics and social media or how about holistic search strategies between SEO and PPC – and all of these are good. …

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16 December 2008

Social Media in 2009 – Our Predictions

This time of year seems to be the traditional time for bloggers and industry analysts to make their predictions of how the coming year will treat their chosen field of interest. Being a bit slow-on-the-uptake this year due to being so horrendously busy, I might have missed the boat a bit here – numerous bloggers have already made predictions for Social Media …

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15 December 2008

The Cats Meow

This might sound a bit weird, given the fact that I do SEO in a Search Agency but believe it or not, I am interested in search engines. I just found a new one, it needs a bit of polishing but it comes in handy for the amateur film-maker in me.  I was looking for some random animal noises recently …

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15 December 2008

MSN launches new spider

Now I know that MSN Live is not everyone’s search engine of choice. Far from it, according to Hitwise data published in E-consultancy’s December Internet Compendium. MSN captured only 3.7% of the overall search market in the UK, dropping from 5.7% a year ago. In spite of the small market share if you are getting traffic from MSN Live then …

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15 December 2008

Yahoo’s redesign…… yes or no???

Today for the first time I in logged into my much neglected Yahoo! mailbox and to my surprise I saw that they have redesigned their equivalent of "iGoogle". What struck me as odd was the fact that the URL had an m as the start of yahoo.com, http://m.www.yahoo.com/ , which is more often than not for mobile use. The design …

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11 December 2008

Feeling Lucky Punk? Well, do you?

Do you use Google 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button? I just wonder how many people actually use the button? I have never used it and given how valuable  real estate space is on Google would this be better served by another option?   So how about the 'Cheap' button – so offering the cheapest option on whatever you searched for?   Or …

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11 December 2008

A drink for me??

The drinks on Facebook that gets sent to me via my friends, really gets me going. Some of the "gifts" you actually have to pay for. My motto is: if it's not tangible, then don't bother. But now a company has come up with a new way of making some money from this idea and it is taking it to …

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11 December 2008

Google 2008 Zeitgeist

Its been another big year for the Internet. Following on from the release of Yahoo's top searches in 2008, Google has revealed its top searches for 2008 in its Year-End Zeitgeist. The most searched term for Google users in the UK and in South Africa was Facebook. Hardly surprising considering the ever increasing growth of the social media giant. The …

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10 December 2008

2009: Summer of the Android phone?

The Google-backed group behind the Android phone, the Open Handset Alliance, has announced that fourteen new companies have joined the consortium, with an eye to supporting Android and contributing to the group's open mobile standards The new members include tech giants like ARM, Garmin International Inc., Sony Ericsson, the Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone. ARM, which provides chips for most of …

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10 December 2008

Last.fm releases “Best of 2008” data

It's for interesting little features like it's "Best of 2008" that I made last.fm one of my favourite sites on the internet. What they've basically done is compiled some really simple and interesting statistics based on peoples scrobbling habits. This means we get an insight into what people are listening to rather than the usual "such and suck have sold …

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