Dodgeball Founders Quit Google!

Apr 17, 2007 | 2,009 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Dodgeball, a Google owned mobile social networking site, has just received a jolt as its founder quit out of frustration. Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert left Google out of frustration since they were unable to convince Google that Dodgeball was worth engineering resource.

Is Google trying to dictate the terms to webmasters? The search engine world has faced a mini-hurricane after Matt Cutts asked webmasters to report paid links in the authenticated spam report form at Google’s webmaster console. Matt asked to mention “paidlink” in the text area and provide information as:

In the online world, Google has started resembling the Big Mafia who is intent on finishing off the small gangsters. The gangsters, on the other hand, appeal to law for stopping the Big Mafia’s growing hegemony.

Google tops its $1.6bn dollar takeover of YouTube last year with a bigger deal this year. Last Friday, Google announced the acquisition of DoubleClick, the digital ad serving network for $3.1bn in cash. Microsoft was a distant second bidder who called it quits once the stakes pushed $2bn.

According to the NY Times report:

SES New York 2007 Day 4

Apr 14, 2007 | 977 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Today we bring you the highlights of some key sessions of Day 3 SES New York 2007

Linking Strategies
SES logo 2007(1) SES New York 2007 Day 4

The presenters in this segment are Justilien Gaspard, Greg Boser, and Jim Boykin. The session is moderated by Detlev Johnson who opens with a few words about the importance of quality link building.

ask com%20logo Ask.com’s New Algorithm, Edison Ask.com affirms that it is currently working on a new ranking algorithm that will be an exclusive mix of Teoma and Direct Hit. Teoma studies the links between the pages. It identifies hubs and groups of topics. And Direct Hit was a huge popularity engine. It kept a count of links to establish patterns of websites to keyword.

Yahoo! To Acquire Rivals.com

Apr 13, 2007 | 1,536 views | by Navneet Kaushal

rivals Yahoo! To Acquire Rivals.comYahoo! Is all set to purchase Rivals.com the biggest sports acquisition of all time that too for a whooping $100 million, informs paid content.

Paid content further informs, “The price could reach around $100 million, which some we’ve spoken to say is overpriced, and that’s why the traditional sports media buyers are sitting out on this one. One exec involved in online sports acquisitions told us $50-75 million would be more realistic given a model that can—and has been—replicated and described the reaction to what Rivals was asking—$100 million—as 'sticker shock'.”

SES New York 2007 Day 3

Apr 13, 2007 | 2,952 views | by Navneet Kaushal

SES%20logo%202007 SES New York 2007 Day 3Today we bring you the highlights of some key sessions of Day 3 SES New York 2007. Also know more about what happened during Day 1 and Day 2.

SMO: Social Media Optimization

Moderator: Rohit Bhargava, Vice President, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Speakers:
Neil Patel, co-founder, Advantage Consulting Services
Rand Fishkin, CEO, SEOmoz.org
Andy Hagans, Strategist, Text Link Ads
Nick Wilson, Founder, Communicontent

The latest search engine market research report has been released by Hitwise. The report, covering the period of March 2007, states that Google’s share of the market has increased to 64.13%.

Yahoo!’s market share has dropped to 21.26% from 22.30% last year
MSN (Live Search) has dipped from 13.09% last year to a poor 9.15%
ASK has gone down from 3.99% to 3.48% this year
48 other search engines accounted for the rest 5% searches

Derrick Connell, General Manager at live Search, gave an interview to Robert J. Murray which he has published at Search Engine Land.

Derrick stressed that to remain amongst the big three personalization is what counts most. He said that the search industry is not yet fully grown so there is lot of scope for competition. He informed, “The Live Search Index includes more than 5 billion documents, more than 400 million images, and more than 3 million instant answers.”