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Posts in Search Marketing

Witty vs descriptive headlines - what works best?

The Google Pony Danny Sullivan has fired off a few rounds at the authors over at Google Blog, who habitually use non-descriptive headlines such as ‘Greetings, Earthlings!’ and, our favourite: ‘Yes, you can have a pony’.

As an expert in SEO you’d think Danny’s beef would be linked to a lack of keywords in titles, but this isn’t in fact the problem...

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Google tightens grip on UK search market

Google has increased its dominance of the UK’s search market this year, according to new figures that also show almost 1m searches are being conducted per hour by British web users.

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Study: ‘social local search’ catching on

Hitwise research director LeeAnn Prescott has released some data showing traffic to local directories employing user generated content (UGC) is growing faster than traditional 'yellow pages' (directory) sites.

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Clustering your search results

I have been thinking a lot about search lately, not only due to my reliance on Google that we all now share, but also because I currently reading an excellent book, The Search by John Batelle , about all things search and Google.

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Google blog hoax uncovered, Click-to-Call test 'on schedule'

This weekend Google discovered the hard way that Blogger had an undiscovered bug, after a hoaxer managed to publish an announcement on the official Google Blog.

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Yahoo! links up with homepage provider

Former Google France boss Franck Poisson has hooked up with Yahoo!, which will provide advertising and search services on Webwag, his new customisable homepage venture.

The deal will see Webwag displaying sponsored links from Yahoo!, as well as launching what it claims is the sector’s first ‘personal wide web’ search feature – through which users can sift through their chosen content as well as the web as a whole.

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SEMPO's Gord Hotchkiss predicts 'search showdown'

Gord Hotchkiss, chair of search marketing association SEMPO, is bullish about the industry's prospects, saying 2007 will be a "watershed year" for localised advertising and that various other revenue channels will drive growth.

But in an exclusive interview, he also points to challenges facing the sector, including the lack of transparency over click fraud and an upcoming "showdown" between consumers and advertisers over search data.

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Bebo closes gap on eBay in UK

Social networking site Bebo could be set to take over from eBay as the UK’s most searched for site, according to a study by Hitwise .

The analyst group says the number of UK web searches for 'Bebo' has tripled in the past six months and risen by 17.6% in the past quarter alone.

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Google launches SearchMash.com

Google has recently released a new search site called SearchMash.com. Although there isn’t a Google logo in sight, a quick look at the privacy policy reveals that the site is well and truly owned by Google Inc.

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Affiliates raise bar as channel delivers £2bn plus in UK sales

One of the key trends identified in our just-published  2006 Affiliate Marketing Buyer's Guide  is the way that affiliates have raised their game to match increasingly sophisticated approaches by both merchants and affiliate networks. 

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UK online marketing exceeds 10% of advertising pie, bring on 20%

I wonder who will be bold enough to call the 'top' of the market. I have felt that online will easily reach a 15% share of advertising revenue for some time now, but it feels like we will surpass this figure even quicker than many anticipated.

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Yahoo! launches PPC mobile ads

Yahoo! has started a beta trial of paid-for search results on its mobile internet service in the UK and US.

The launch, starting with a group of just under 100 advertisers, forms part of the portal’s plan to extend pay per click services to mobiles.

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