The blogosphere is going nuts over the possibility that Google will be providing monthly query volume by keyword. This is something that Goto.com/Overture/Yahoo Search Marketing has provided for years, but inventory.overture.com has been unreliable for some time. And Yahoo only has a minority of the overall search traffic.
From the Official Google Blog, we learn that Google Video searches will now include links to videos hosted at YouTube, but in the future, Google Video will index "the world's online video content" whereever it exists.
Our friends at TagJungle have launched a working blog search website at TagJungle.com. I like the implementation a lot. Phil Burns blogged last month about the leadup to the launch. It's nice to see a Web 2.0 company launch in Utah with a very different approach to searching the blogosphere than anyone else. I like the TagJungle Alexa chart, which is showing about 18,000 for today.
My most popular post in the past six months was the one last week about getting a $200 in pay-per-click advertising credit from MSN.com if you sign up for a new account (which costs $5.) I had record traffic numbers for three days. So, being the fast learner that I am, I figure that I should give my readers more of what they want. So I'll keep looking for money-saving offers and credits from online advertisers who want more business.
I'm attending my first panel at SES Chicago. I chose to attend the session called Bulk Submit 2.0. The presenters include Amanda Camp, the Google engineer over Sitemaps, and Amit Kumar, the Yahoo manager over Site Explorer, along with two agency search marketers. Everyone is enthusiastic about the industry's acceptance of a bulk site submit protocoal at www.sitemaps.org. I will try to boil down all the advice from this session and others into future blog posts.
Google is my favorite internet company, but not every project that Google launches wins in its category. The company has announced that it will be shutting down Google Answers. Yahoo Answers is relishing this victory. But Amazon's Askville and its forthcoming Questville will be interesting to watch.
A new Comscore study shows that most traffic to U.S. ad-based web sites comes from outside of the U.S. It reports that 89.1% of Google's page views come from international visitors. This is actually pretty staggering. All online marketers need to focus more on geographic targeting.
I'm in Hawaii on business, and don't have time for any thoughtful posts, but here are a few items that I will be exploring more in depth later:
- Amazon is introducing a pay-per-click network called ClickRiver. Internet marketers need to try this, but it's in beta right now.
Today I've been using LinkedIn.com to find someone who worked at Travelzoo back when they issued shares to thousands (or was it hundreds of thousands?) of customers. That is such an interesting concept. It made a big splash in the 90s during the bubble. But would it work today with new SEC regulations? That's what I want to explore.