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Posts in Search Marketing

Keyword research – an essential market research tool

The web has made market research widely available but the conclusions drawn from different methods of research provide different and sometimes conflicting results.

The savvy manager will not just depend on one source of research about the market but several – and keyword research should be an essential part of any research project.

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Interview: ValueClick Europe CEO Carl White

ValueClick Europe CEO Carl White talks about consolidation, integrated marketing, behavioural targeting and the influence of Google.

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Paid search - brand term strategies

Research has shown that branded search terms can offer the highest conversion rates, so it is vital that you are making the most from your brand searches.

While you may already rank well in the organic search results for your brand-related terms, it can still be useful to buy your terms for paid search.

Here are six recommendations for brand term strategies:

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Blinkx launches 'Adsense for videos'

Video search engine Blinkx has launched an Adsense-like platform called AdHoc in a bid to raise revenues from the content in its index.

The system uses speech recognition technology to place contextual ads next to or inside web videos on sites.

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eBay to limit Google ad spend

eBay has resumed advertising on Google after the two companies’ well-publicised clash earlier this month, but all is not forgiven.

The online auction company said it would use Google’s ad platforms in a “much more limited way” and focus more on rival ad services.

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Google on duplicate content

The issue of duplicate content is a thorny one that can affect sites' search rankings, and one that has even caught Google out in the past.

So it's good that the search giant's Adam Lasnik has written a post that throws some light on how it deals with the problem.

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Semel replaced as Yahoo! CEO

The troubled reign of Yahoo!'s Terry Semel has come to an end with the announcement that he is stepping down as the company's CEO.

Semel will be replaced in the hotseat by Jerry Yang, and will remain at Yahoo! as non-executive chairman.

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Powerset to launch a natural language search engine

Powerset is a San Francisco based startup which is generating a fair amount of buzz around its product - a natural language search engine which aims to 'break the confines of keyword search'.

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Mahalo to pay for search results

Mahalo, the human-edited search engine founded by Jason Calacanis, is asking for part time guides to help produce its search results.

The search engine, which launched in alpha last month, aims to better Google's by having a team of editors filter out spam and irrelevant content and handcraft its results.

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Major search engines deliver dramatically different results

The big search engines deliver search results that are dramatically different, according to a new study.

The report, conducted by metasearch engine Dogpile and technology provider InfoSpace, found that first page results on Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Ask overlap by less than 1%.

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Yahoo! goes blue for search results

Yahoo! is testing a new design approach for its search pages, topped by a distinctive shiny blue bar.


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Yahoo!-Overture victims receive compensation

Yahoo! is paying thousands of pounds each to clients that claim to have been left out of pocket by discrepancies in its search marketing service.

Customers had filed a class action lawsuit in the US after noticing errors in the budgeting system used by Yahoo!'s Overture marketing platform.

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