A Google Browser. Now that sounds very interesting. Jason Kottke makes some compelling observations.
This is a pretty nifty way to find out what your visibility in Yahoo will be after your site is visited by SLURP. From JonnyGoodBoy’s Weblog
MSN Puts Beta Version of New Search on Hold via Microsoft Watch
Search Engine Optimization – Now More Than Ever From NMA. Increasing prices on PPC programs and lack of inventory is driving more advertisers to organic search engine optimization. Add Yahoo and the new MSN algorithmic search improvements and now is a great time for SEO.
anoox.com – New Search Engine. Unfortunately, Anoox is not open for search business yet, but takes an interesting “not for profit” perspective on their business model.
Search Engines = Satisfaction – Pew Internet & American Life Project and comScore Networks revealed in a Data Memo on Search Engines Report that use of search engines ranks behind only e-mail as a frequent online activity and that 87% of search engine users say they find the information they want most of the time. Nothing new to those in search engine marketing, but the data is important to reinforce the fact that users are increasingly satisfied with their search experience. From an advertiser’s perspective that means search engines visibility will continue as an important contributor to brand exposure as well as a direct lead and sales tool. Via MediaDaily News
Google sent out a notice today notifying potential investors that they’ve updated the Prospectus. I haven’t noticed yet what’s changed, but it’s an interesting read.
Online Advertising – eMarketer projects US online ad spending will surpass $9 billion this year ‚Äî a new high since 2000.
Yahoo buys travel company – “Yahoo has quietly purchased FareChase, a small online travel company, to help broaden its Web search capabilities.” – News.com
IceRocket Search Engine gets backing from Internet billionare, Mark Cuban – News.com
Measuring Search Engine Marketing ROI – BtoBOnline
Vertical Search Alternatives to Google, Yahoo, MSN – BtoBOnline
I have to say, the Search Engine Strategies, San Jose conference was amazing. What an incredible collection of people, all interested in the online marketing space. I heard estimates of 2500 – 4000 attendees, by far the largest showing of any SES show to date. Representatives from Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask and others presented at multiple sessions, providing priceless information on the current state and future of the search engine industry and marketing online.
I also met some great presenters and attendees of the show – too many to list here.
What’s really incredible is that my company now has direct insight into the nature of search marketing that we can bring to our clients, adding tremendous value the services we provide. I am recommending more of our staff attend the next SES conference in Chicago later this year.
Am at the Google Dance right now. Google was kind enough to provide laptop Internet access along with food, drinks, video games, volleyball and karoke. More later.