Answers.com sees its traffic from search drop by nearly 30 percent and has to issue a press releases to warn investors -- was Google going after it i particular or non-original content compilations sites in general? After all those TV and billboard ads, should Ask just have spent more on games? AdSense tests some new formats; Google license plates; dogs and raccoons living together and more in today's episode!
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Loses Significant Google Traffic Despite Google Definition Links
Pretty amazing -- Answers.com has issued a press release to warn that its search traffic is down 28 percent due to "a search engine algorithmic adjustment by Google." It raises lots of issues -- how dependent should you be on search traffic; how the "definitions" links that Answers.com has from...
Google Suffer Setback On 'White Space' Internet Access Plan
According to a recent Dow Jones Newswires report, Google, Microsoft and a coalition of companies that includes Philips, Intel and Dell failed an initial test that might have allowed the companies to offer wireless Internet and potentially other services on "unused portions of the nation's television airwaves." The Federal Communications...
- Accoona Files
For $80.5 Million IPO
Online Search/Commerce Services Firm Accoona Files For $80.5 Million IPO from paidContent.org reports Accoona has filed for an $80.5 million IPO. Accoona hopes to list their stock as “ACNA" on the NASDAQ. As paidContent.org reports, Accoona's three business lines include online-lead generation, an online search engine in the U.S., Europe...
- Yahoo Mocks the Google Dance 2004
- Search Wikia
Gets Open Source Categorization Software
Hot on the heels of last week's acquisition of the Grub open source crawler technology, Wikia announced today that Intellisophic has agreed to make its categorization software available via open source in conjunction with the Search Wikia project. From the press release:...
- Building Ask's
Traffic: It's The Toolbar, Stupid!
Can Zwinky Save Ask? from the New York Times reports that the real winner in growing Ask.com's search volume growth is their FunWebProducts division. The division launched a product named Zwinky.com that enables people to create avatars of themselves online. They then place these avatars throughout their social network pages....
- Cheat Sheet
For Google Cheat Sheets
Lifehacker points to a two-page Google Cheat Sheet PDF document that contains information on the company, their services, the IP addressed for Googlebot, Google domains, famous operators and much more. But aren't there more Google cheat sheets? Sure -- here are some others:...
- Spot Trends
With SEOmoz's Popular Searches Tool
To spot popular trends you can always see our list of resources or now you can use Rand's new Popular Searches tool. As Rand explains the new tool helps aggregate data from several tools that document "rising trends and consistently buzz-worthy terms and phrases online."...
- Google Tests
New "Show More" & Related Words AdSense Units
Google AdSense has been busy testing new AdSense units this weekend. We have two different reports of two different tests that Google has been experimenting with this weekend....
- Emo Brands
- AdSense For
Domains Opt Out Coming To AdWords Advertisers
I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable that Google has said they will be allowing AdWords advertisers to opt out of the AdSense for Domains product. I quoted AdWordsAdvisors2 from a WebmasterWorld thread as saying: We are working on making it simpler for advertisers who don't want to show on...
- Yahoo Adds
Search Suggestions To Toolbar
The Yahoo Search Blog announced that all new downloads of the Yahoo Toolbar will contain 'as you type' search suggestions. Yahoo has been on a search suggestion frenzy with launching search suggestions on Yahoo.com and beta testing Yahoo Search Assist....
Teams With NASA For 3-D Space Shuttle Images
Microsoft announced a partnership with NASA to use its Photosynth 3-D application to provide users with interactive images of the upcoming Space Shuttle Endeavor launch. There's also a related Photosynth tour of the Kennedy Space Center. In June Microsoft and the BBC announced a similar collaboration to offer Photosyth imagery...
Building Out Non-US Maps Data With Users
Brady Forrest at O'Reilly Radar reports on Google's GPS-based "crowdsourcing" strategy to get local data on Maps outside the US (specifically in India). While Google has enormous amounts of data for the US and EU, in selected countries there's much less data to plot on Maps. Accordingly Google is relying...
Forget the GPhone, we want the new GCar
Or at least Google license plates. You might remember the English bloke who tried to sell some plates for tens of thousands in 2005. Well, this Swedish guy has most certainly one-upped anyone else out there with his brand spanking new Google license plates on what looks like a...
Universal Search Means Looking For Raccoons Is No Longer Family Friendly
A reader tipped me off to this. Search for raccoon, and Google Universal Search puts some pictures up at the top of the page: See it? Third one over? I didn't know a dog and a raccoon could, well......
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