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Semantic search, the core idea of web 3.0, is all about understanding the searcher and the terms used in order to provide answers, not just results; could Google personalisation, along with other factors, be heralding in this new era of the Internet and search?
Google’s I/O conference gets technology and SEO folks all worked up. It might be for developers, but we’ve all got a stake in Googley goings on. Reading up about it over the weekend, it seems that Google has teased us all with visions of the future – well, the Google-centric version of the future. In Harry’s latest post (Seeing Double – How to Win the Second Screen Revolution), he talks about a future laden with self-driving hover cars and multi-function gesture controlled windows. Sounds cool huh?
2012 looks set to be a big year for the search engine Bing. The year couldn’t have started better for them, with news that they managed to maintain second place in terms of total market share generated for search in both the UK and US during February [See: Search Engine Market Share Statistics – February 2012].
As they look towards building on this success, news has emerged they have started to test how their local search results are displayed online. As local search because a more prominent focus this year, this could be a shrewd move by Microsoft’s search engine.
It’s no secret that Google makes more money than some countries. Last year their revenue reached a staggering $37.9 billion across multiple channels, including search advertising, display ads and services. But where did all that money come from?
The infographic below, created by Wordstream, highlights the advertising spend across all major markets in America and includes the top advertisers in each industry. Finance and insurance is the biggest sector, spending $4 billion, with retailers and general merchandise second coughing up $2.8 billion for ad space. You can also see what the most popular and, consequently, expensive keywords are in each sector, although please note that this is specific to the U.S. market.
It’s finally here! You can now get a range of London transport directions through Google Maps. This simple function will help millions of commuters get from A to B with an accurate list of instructions. The public transport directions will display information for all Underground, bus, tram and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lines.
London is not always best known for its easy transport system, but this new function will help the public access quick up-to-date directions. For example, let’s say you are in Piccadilly Circus and you want to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. A simple direction search will display all the transport connections available.
Whilst social networking sites provide a fantastic free platform for communication, sharing and self promotion, they are certainly not without risk. Of course there are many and varied hilarious stories of folks getting the boot from their employers for a few choice words; however, in recent times, this has taken a far more serious turn.
Who can forget the pivotal trial in which Paul Chambers was found guilty of sending menacing massages on Twitter, after making a bomb joke on Twitter? [see: Beware the Twitter Hate Mob] Courtney Love is another classic example of causing affray online. Her tweeted rants against a fashion designer saw the singer stung by a libel bill of £264,000.
Duplicate content can be an anger-inducingly emotive subject for some. If you have been a victim of plagiarism, you might well understand just how frustrating it is to have your original content appear beneath a duplicate in the search results. Whilst search engines can rely on various indicators, including when a page is first indexed and the relevant authority (inbound links etc.), mistakes still happen.
Equally, as an author on a specialist subject, you want to be able to build up relevance within your sector. Signals are already in place, linking names with specific posts across the Internet; however, it now appears that Google is going even further.
The economy of Digital Britain, and the risks online enterprises face have been widely reported. In fact only this morning Eric Schmidt was talking up the role of entrepreneurs and Internet-based businesses in driving the UK economy forwards. However, today also saw Chancellor George Osborne step up to the speaker’s podium at Google Zeitgeist, where he delivered an extensive speech on the fiscal side of our online economy.
Now that we are into the second month of 2012, how has the market share for the search engines changed in both the UK and the US? Heading into the new-year, we previously mentioned that Bing started off well in the US, and Yahoo had not done so well, partly due to Bing overtaking them earlier on. This position has been maintained by Bing for February 2012.
In relation to the UK market, Bing’s share has dropped slightly, however they are still placed above Yahoo overall. All in all, Google, Yahoo and ‘Other’ sites saw a slight increase, whilst Ask and Bing saw the opposite, with a small decrease.
Koozai are celebrating after winning the prestigious UK Search Awards for the category of Best use of Search for the Finance sector with our client Payday Power. The award was won after beating strong competition in the form of campaigns from established companies Branded3 for MoneySupermarket.com and Greenlight for Santander.