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You’ve no doubt looked up and down your high street recently, only to discover closing down sales, boarded up shops and empty premises. This has been a continued trend of late, with a large number of well known brands either falling into administration or having to shut their doors.
From Our Price to Rumbelows and now Barratts to La Senza, history has not been kind on the high street. The modern retail landscape demands an online presence, at the very least. For those retailers who are making a success of it, the business strategy of bricks and clicks seems to be the answer.
Yesterday was Mega Monday, the biggest Internet shopping day in the calendar this year, when people all over the UK headed online to spend their money on Christmas presents and gifts in time for the 25th of December. Knowing that there was going to be a major spend for online consumers, not just in the UK but also in America, where it is known as Cyber Monday, Google updated their Product Search page to include more relevant information for those shopping and searching for the best deals.
We all know a good horror story or two, we all have our favourite scary movies, but nothing comes close to the SEO and digital marketing nightmares that have taken place this year. In the spirit of Halloween we thought why not share a couple of horror stories of our own; a lot has happened this year and these are just some of the tales that’ll be enough to make anyone in the industry shudder in fear.
The murmurings surrounding the sale of Yahoo are growing. It seems each week we’re talking about another Internet company as a potential buyer of the former search giant, but just who, if anyone, is going to buy the struggling Internet Corporation?
Despite Jerry Yang saying the company was not up for sale at the start of the month, it has been mooted that they are now looking at potential buyers. Some bidders sit as outstanding candidates, others are more speculative, so here is a guide to the names and players who are being touted as potential suitors.
Whenever Google introduce an update to their SERPs or adjust their algorithm, there is always a knock-on effect for SEOs and Webmasters. Whether you have to re-evaluate on-page content, as with the Panda update, or look at your local presence again as many had to do when Places exploded all over results pages.
Yesterday Google unleashed mega sitelinks. It may sound like the latest addition to the Transformers franchise, but in fact this new barrage of links for results pages is significantly less one dimensional, offering opportunities and concerns aplenty.
This morning hackers accessed Fox News’ Twitter Account and announced to the world that the U.S. President, Barack Obama, had been shot dead. Worryingly, this came from a verified account. It’s another example in a long list of high profile hacks on Twitter.
Last week, British actor Simon Pegg admitted that his Twitter account had also been hacked. A link was posted to download a screensaver from his recent movie, ‘Paul’, which was actually in fact a login-stealing malware virus. So, two hacks in two weeks, is this the start of something major?
As if local SERPs weren’t enough, what with Places integration and ever-expanding descriptions, Google is now rolling out City Pages. This new innovation is designed to provide a locals-eye-view of any destination. With inhabitants providing reviews on businesses within the city limits.
This is being rolled out in a few U.S. cities currently (Portland, Austin, Madison and San Diego to be exact), with information built up over a number of months and using a variety of quirky techniques. Essentially the idea is to develop a broad overview of what is actually happening locally, rather than simply relying on algorithms.
Site speed became the talk of the search industry for a few months in 2009. This came after Google officially announced that they would be taking page load time into account when ranking sites, which led many to make long-overdue changes.
One of the key initiatives to come out of this was SPDY – essentially a Google-generated, turbo-boosted HTML code. Now it appears that SPDY has gone from a hypothetical concept to a practical, and saleable service; with Strangeloop being the first to actually offer it to site owners.
Google are on course to make another huge acquisition, this time it’s the ad optimisation platform Admeld that have caught the search engine’s eye. But Google will have to part with a reported $400 million and get it through the usual regulatory approval.
The news was first reported by Tech Crunch and has since been covered by multiple sources. The acquisition sees Google attempting to tackle display advertising, something they have struggled with in the past.
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.