Some recent coverage on Forbes.com points out Standard & Poor initiating a “hold” rating indicating Ask Jeeves “faces significant and mounting competition.” Google Ads provided 69% of revenues for most of 2004. What would happen if the Google/Ask Jeeves relationship ended? I’ve been looking at Ask.com more ofen lateley and the search engine has definitley improved.
Froogle added a wish list feature and product ratings to some listings according to MarketingVOX via Internet Retailer. You can create your own wish list and you can also search for others’ wish lists by their email address.
You may have noticed we’ve upgraded the design of the Online Marketing Blog. In my opinion it’s a BIG upgrade. Thank you Thomas for all your work on this. I’m very open to feedback on the updated design so leave comments if you like.
Best wishes for the new year!
WebSourced merges with Meandaur – Or to be more accurate: CGI, parent of WebSourced, which operates KeywordRanking.com and Global Promoter announced a merger with Proceed Interactive, formerly known as Meandaur. From Search Engine Lowdown
Gigablast now offers a cool, free Site Search feature that allows you to add search to your web site. You can limit the urls in the search results to just your web site or you can allow multiple sites to be searched. I set this up as a test on the TopRank site. It works well and I especially like the clustering feature. Plus there’s no reference to Gigablast and no ads. At least for now.
Kevin Ryan posts a great article at: iMediaConnection: SearchTHIS: Buy Your Own Search Listings on how publishers go around agencies to establish direct relationships with clients.
Blogs have become a force business can’t afford to ignore. This is a great article with examples of the power of blogs for business. From FORTUNE
Two new Santy variants are using the AOL, Yahoo and Google search engines to find new targets to infect, Symantec Security Response warned in two weekend advisories.New From SearchSecurity.com
Here’s an interesting Keyword Research Tool using Overture and Wordtracker data. It goes a step further than some of the free tools and offers suggestions and a sort of score for how difficult it might be to rank well for a particular keyword phrase.
Another similar free keyword suggestion tool using both Wordtracker and Overture data is offered at Digital Point.
Google suggest can be useful for Google-specifc keyword reseach.
DaveN has made a cool tool that uses Google Suggest data so you can scrape more than the default 10 search term suggestions.
There are others, but this is all I have time for now.
Hope everyone has had a happy holiday!