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Posts in Search Marketing

Google sued again over search ads

American Airlines has become the most high-profile company so far to sue Google over brand-bidding on its search platform.

The airline, the world’s largest, claims Google violated trademark law when selling ads alongside terms like American Airlines and AA.com.

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Mattel recall prompts web strategy rethink

Mattel's high-profile recalls of defective toys have seen the firm attracting a huge amount of attention this week, but is it doing all it can to get information out to worried parents on the web?

The US company, which has been forced to recall millions of toys in the last few weeks, saw a huge rise in visits from UK web surfers on Tuesday, the day the story of its latest problems broke, according to Hitwise.

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eTail UK – a few notes of interest from the conference

I was one of the speakers and attendees at the inaugural eTail UK conference this year in the UK. I scribbled down lots of notes intending to do a series of blog posts based on what I heard and learned.

That was over 2 months ago now… But I thought I’d at least capture a few snippets of interest that I still remember.

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UK Paid Search market close to £2 billion - new report

We’ve just published our 2007 Search Engine Marketing Buyer's Guide  and the sector is looking as healthy as ever.

We forecast that UK spending on Search Engine Marketing will increase 58% this year to £2.22bn - and although that growth rate is down from 65% in 2006, the market still looks to have plenty of room for growth in the future. 

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PeekYou updates people search engine

PeekYou, another recently launched people search engine, has updated its people search functions and improved the navigation on its site, and now has over 50m searchable profiles.

PeekYou

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Why marketers should spread their online budget

Mark Kuhillow asks whether user generated environments could become the affiliates and media owners of tomorrow.

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Mahalo launches web search toolbar

Mahalo, the new search engine project launched recently by Jason Calacanis, has launched a toolbar to allow users to compare its results with other search engines.

The Mahalo Follow toolbar, available only for Firefox, allows you to view its human edited search results next to those of the other search engines, or else appear in response to other pages. For example, bringing up E-consultancy.com will generate SEO/marketing related results.

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Spock launches people search engine

Spock, the search engine that helps you find information online about specific people, has come out of private beta today.

Spock uses data from MySpace, LinkedIn and other sources to return infomation about the people you search for - giving details such as age, occupation, as well as some general background.

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What does PageRank mean today?

Google's PageRank metric has become rather controversial. Some SEOs will argue that PageRank is now entirely meaningless. Are they right?

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MySidekick - a social search engine

MySidekick is a social search engine that tries to improve on the search results offered by the major players by learning from the search habits of its users.

MySidekick

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Google algorithm changes hit Answers.com traffic

Answers.com has claimed that changes to Google's algorithm have reduced its traffic from the search engine.

The site, which provides information on a range of topics, said it had experienced a 28% drop in traffic from the levels it was experiencing before the change.

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Data and Relationship Visualisation Tools - what's out there?

Quite rightly there is increasing amounts of talk about 'social media' online. The jury is still out on the real value of some areas of social media and networks, but one area where the value is currently most apparent is using network analysis to help optimise your natural search engine rankings (SEO), largely by identifying suitable sites to get inbound links from.

But what with the internet being so big, and growing so fast, it has been hard to make any practical sense of all the network data available. Recently I came across a tool which showed me the potential power of visualising these relationships...

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