Archives for May 2005

Business Blog Marketing

Anita Campbell at Small Business Trends posted recently about a recent survey conducted by HP. Some interesting findings include:

“Ten percent of small business owners in a recent study reported that they have included blogs in their marketing plans. And 16% plan to invest in blogs over the next 2 to 3 years.”

Which is pretty interesting considering less than half of all businesses have web sites. Additional comments from Anita on Blogs and SEO:

“SEO firms also figure in this mix. As the number of business blogs grows, it becomes harder to stand out. Search engine optimization (SEO) for blogs will become important just as it is for websites.”

Google is out to save you time.

Google launched Google Web Accelerator today. It’s an add-on to Internet Explorer or Firefox on a PC and supposedly speeds up the rendering time of web pages. It even comes with a built in timer to tell you how much time you’ve saved over all. It shaves just seconds or even milliseconds off rendering time, but it adds up after a while.
How does Google Web Accelerator work? According to Google…

Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster, including:

* Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.
* Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.
* Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.
* Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
* Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.
* Compressing data before sending it to your computer.

SES Toronto

Barry from Search Engine Roundtable is covering the Search Engine Strategies Conference in Toronto. Be sure to visit his SEO blog for posts about the sessions he’s attending.

So far he’s posted on the Organic Listings Forum and Cleaning Up Spam & Other Messes.

Update: Here’s a link to a summary of all the SES Toronto sessions Barry attended

Tags: SEO, SES, search engine optimization

Google drops price for Urchin On Demand

Urchin On Demand Price Drop – Price reduction from $495 to $199/mo.

Specific benefits of Urchin On Demand:

  • Better Intelligence: Urchin helps site owners and advertisers understand how visitors find, navigate and convert on their websites.
  • Higher Conversions: Urchin tracks visitors from all online sources including search engines, natural links, and any variety of paid advertising campaigns such as paid banners, keywords, emails, etc.
  • Actionable Data: The service provides many reports designed to help users visualize their data and take quick action including: Funnel Analysis, Website Overlays, GeoTargeting, Ecommerce Reporting, Campaign Comparisons, Keywords Suggestion Tools, etc. – via


Interestingly I had just traded emails last week with Barry from SERoundtable and Brett Crosby of Urchin about Urchin’s conversion tracking abilities. We’re looking forward to implementation, particularly with the new pricing model.

Internet Marketing Channel at

I’ve signed on to write for Lockergnome’s new Internet Marketing channel recently.

“Read this channel for the latest information on internet marketing strategies and processes, search engine marketing, e-mail marketing, online public relations and blog marketing. Search engine industry news, resources and tactics will be posted daily from some of the top experts in the industry.”

There are just a few posts so far, but definitely check it out. My posts will concentrate on search engine marketing /optimization and blog marketing drawing on 7+ years of marketing on the Internet. There are other contributors that will cover the gamut of internet marketing strategies as well. Go ahead and subscribe to the Internet Marketing feed.

Opportunity with Natural Search Marketing

Several good articles have been posted recently on the pros and cons of PPC versus natural search engine optimization. One from SearchViews blog, “SEM vs. SEO: Strengths & Synergies” and another from Internet Retailer, “Search Engine Marketing: Paid Or Natural?” caught my attention. What emerges from these articles jivves with my own experience – a combined strategy yields the most impressive results.

However many companies and agencies rely almost exclusively on paid search or PPC. While there are pros and cons for SEO and SEM, and one might be more appropriate for some businesses than others, such a strategy is questionable. A disparity exists between budgets allocated for paid search marketing and consumer search behavior. Consider these facts:

  • In 2004 $4.087 billion was spent on search marketing
    • 81.8% went to paid placement (PPC, CPC) programs

Internet news readership grows at expense of TV, print

An iMediaConnection article this morning points out research from JupiterResearch overviews how increasing numbers of young adults use the Internet for news.

Here’s a distribution of top news web sites from comScore for March 2005:

Total Internet Population 164,263

General News 93,449
MSNBC 26,953
Yahoo! News 26,099
AOL News 24,009
CNN 23,317
IBS Network 10,467
New York Times Digital 8,744
Knight Ridder Digital 8,372
USATODAY Sites 7,234
Tribune Newspapers 6,890
BBC Sites 6,747
Google News 6,700
CBS News 4,723
Advance Publications, Inc 4,456