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For most people nowadays, their search engine of choice is likely to be Google with an estimated market share of 66%. Like most others, I have been using Google for many years now, it is the first thing I see when I load up my browser and when I want to search for something, I generally load Google straight up.
Recently however, I was curious about the other search engines out there, old and new, that I have never really dedicated any time to. I couldn’t honestly say that I have enough experience of any other search engines to fully justify being dedicated to Google. So it was high time I checked them all out, and this post outlines my findings.
Google sneak in a blue arrow allowing users to tab through results without having to click on results, making top spot even stronger and PPC ads eminently more clickable.
As part of the ongoing Google Instant updates, the search engine overlord has introduced a subtle yet interesting addition to its SERPs – a scrolling arrow. So rather than navigating between keyboard and mouse mid-search, you can simply use a combination of the up, down and enter keys to get to the result you want.
With the SearchLove conference already at the halfway stage, here’s my quick review of the first day; covering speeches from Rand Fishkin, Joost De Valk, Rob Ousbey, Wil Reynolds, Mat Clayton, Joanna Lord as well as Will and Tom Critchlow.
There has been a lot of fuss about the fact that Wikipedia has achieved a first page ranking for 99% of terms (within a sample of 1,000 queries) in recent weeks. Intelligent Positioning were the first to expose this, before Econsultancy and a swarm of industry blogs jumped all over it. But what’s the problem?
To be fair, the posts I’ve mentioned and linked to here don’t explicitly suggest that this is part of a wider conspiracy to give Wikipedia an unfair advantage. But as with many SEO investigations, there is an underlying assumption that this is somehow wrong or surprising. In my opinion, it is neither.
Initially this seemed like a tragic new update. One that takes more control away from the marketers’ hands and passes it over to Google. The more I read into it though, the more I’m starting to realise that it’s not such a bad thing.
The world of online marketing is always changing and it’s not always clear which way it will evolve. With so many different disciplines to cover, we asked 13 members of our team to predict what they feel will happen next and where you should focus your skillset for the next 12 months and beyond.
First Google siphoned off keyword data from Analytics, with (not provided) becoming the top referring term for many site owners overnight. Now Mozilla are getting involved, with their Firefox browser encrypting search queries behind a HTTPS connection. So what does this mean for Analytics users?
Last week we asked for nominations to help find the best facial hair in marketing. This led to fifty nominations covering everything from bears to goatees. Even Seth Godin received a nod, for showing that less can be more.
Today we show who “made the cut” and you can vote to determine who is the best at the bottom. Also don’t forget to catchup on the Koozai efforts for Movember which inspired this competition.
Well Day One of Searchlove 2012 just flew by! We saw some great speakers and picked up loads of useful information to take back and use. Here’s a quick overview and a few pointers from each of the speakers.
On 28th October, 12 Koozai employees will be taking on the Bupa Great South Run to raise money for four separate charities. We have a real mix of people running (everything from an “Iron Man” to first time runners) so it should be an interesting event, and a great way to support good causes.