Posts in Search Marketing

What are the most significant link building factors?

Wiep Knol has put together a very useful list of the most important factors involved in building links for your website.

In the style of the SEOmoz search engine ranking surveys, Wiep has asked 17 SEO professionals about what makes a link valuable or not, and has listed the factors considered most significant.

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The cookie is dead, long live the flash cookie

With cookie deletion rates leading to significant problems with tracking online campaigns, a solution finally exists.

However, with greater tracking comes responsibility and consumers are becoming more savvy, as the Facebook 'Beacon scandal' has shown.

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2007's best and worst social media campaigns?

Calling all social media heroes! Are you fed up seeing the same old chestnuts trotted out as examples of great social media campaigns?

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Mobile takes the web back to the 90s

With mobile phone penetration significantly higher than PC ownership, why has mobile internet yet still to take off?

While many predict that mobile internet is set to explode, could its simplicity also be its biggest failing?

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Is HMRC's online PR fit for purpose?

The last few months have seen a string of firms brutally punished after failing to react to PR disasters quickly.

Both Northern Rock and Mattel have been hit by huge waves of consumer panic and could have lessened the impact had they communicated more effectively, including via the web.

So is HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) doing all it can online to help people hit by its Child Benefit data disaster - the scale of which is up there with both those businesses?

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Calacanis seeks another $20m for Mahalo

Having already raised $20m in funding for his human powered search engine, Jason Calacanis is seeking a further $20m.

The serial entrepreneur is valuing Mahalo at a rather whopping / ambitious / ridiculous $175m, according to Matt Marshall at Venturebeat, meaning that the search engine is worth another $75m more than it was when it launched back in May this year. Astonishing...

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Search industry needs to adapt

A few years ago, managing your search campaign was straightforward. Using a standard bid management solution and buying a few thousand keywords delivered a very effective ROI to meet clients’ objectives.

As the industry grew and CPC prices increased (success grew demand) SEMs had to find new and innovative ways to keep their campaign results buoyant, often by adding a few hundred thousand additional keywords to offset rising costs (often cited as ‘the long tail’).

As the search landscape becomes more opaque and bid management tools in their purest sense have died (since bid to position no longer exists), search campaign management is now experiencing a period of limbo.

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Hitwise looks at the Dragons' Den effect

Hitwise’s Robin Goad has published a few interesting thoughts on the overall ‘Dragons’ Den effect’ – the sales and publicity entrepreneurs can generate from the show, ignoring whether they get funding or not.

Taking the example of Sarah Lu’s Youdoo Doll, featured a couple of weeks ago, Robin says traffic to the company’s homepage peaked the day after the programme was aired (although Robin hasn't released any absolute numbers).

He says a lot of visitors weren’t just there out of curiousity – almost half (48%) went on to Google Checkout after leaving the site, “presumably to make, or at least contemplate, a purchase”.

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Two terrible tales of tracking terror!

It's Halloween and time for two true tales of tracking that went terribly wrong.

The scariest part of these cautionary stories is that either one could so easily happen again.

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Let's put the issue of sale duplication to bed

In an industry founded on the ability to deliver marketing that is highly targeted, controllable and measurable, why are we still grappling with issues of sales duplication?

Speaking with one site owner, he estimates duplication of sales is over 30%. Isn't it time we put this issue to bed?

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High profile sites hit by PageRank fall

A number of popular blogs and news sites have seen a sudden drop in their Google PageRank scores, with speculation suggesting that they are being punished by Google for paid linking.

The drops have hit blogs like Engadget and Search Engine Guide, as well as news sites including Forbes.com and the Washington Post.

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Adsense coming to Facebook?

Google is apparently looking to tap into the Facebook widget ‘phenomenon’ by serving Adsense ads on third-party applications created for the site.

Steve Rubel has linked to an article in AdAge that quotes Google CEO Eric Schmidt as saying:

“How will those developers get paid for those services? We would like to have our ads in those applications.”

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