Is Google Music Coming?

May 25, 2006 113 readsby Candid SEO

There is much buzz in the online world that Google will soon be launching a Google Music Store, or GMusic, which may compete with Apple iTunes.

ZDNet’s Garett Rogers recieved this leaked email from one of his inside sources:

* “Google Music” is not going to be the final name. There are a few names on the table, including “GMusic” and “Google Tunes”. I can’t say either is a huge improvement.

Google All Set to Add Features to AdWords

May 25, 2006 113 readsby Candid SEO

Google AdWords team is going to release a new ad scheduling features that will allow advertisers to schedule the ads to show on weekends or weekdays only, or on other set days the advertiser specifies. It will enable them to schedule their ads during specific hours, such as to run late at night or at lunchtime only.

Few More Answers From Google

May 25, 2006 113 readsby Candid SEO

Vanessa Fox from Google Engineering answers a couple of questions in her post. Here is an excerpt-

Why do I have to add my Sitemap file to my Google Sitemaps account? Can't I just link to it from my site?

If you aren't yet indexed, submitting a Sitemap file lets us know about your site.

Ask Answers Stock Questions

May 25, 2006 114 readsby Candid SEO

Gary Price, Director of Online Information Resources at Ask.com, writes at the Ask.com blog has to how Ask gives smart answers to stock related questions. Some examples are Stocks AMR, Ticker Symbol Sirius, CSCO, Stock Quote Pepsico. But this also works well for more investor researcher like questions such as; Market Capitalization KO (Coca-Cola), Outstanding Shares Fedex, Price Earnings Ratio GE, or Nike stock.

Google's Eric Schmidt Interviewed on CNBC

May 24, 2006 113 readsby Candid SEO

CNBC  recently tooka n interview of Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt. The two-part interview goes over the "plan B" for Google's growth, Google the "portal," the competitive landscape, the CNET controversy, Bill Gates comments about Google, Wall Street, the international front, and finally click fraud. You can listen to the two part interview at the Wall Street Journal (not sure if registration is required): Part I & Part II.

Click-to-play video ads for AdWords

May 23, 2006 114 readsby Candid SEO

Google AdWords advertisers will now be able to display video ads across the AdSense network. These video ads will be in a click-to-play video format. So the ads will not be not be too obtrustive or intrusive of the user experience. These ads will be available as both site targeted ads as well as on a keyword basis. However, publishers will not be able to opt out of ad format.

Bismarck
, from the Video Ads team, has provided the following details:
First, as with all AdWords ad formats, video ads will compete for placement on sites in the Google content network with other text, Flash and image ads — and, as with our other image ad placements, you can choose to bid on a CPC or CPM basis.

MSN Allows Opting Out of Directory Listings

May 23, 2006 113 readsby Candid SEO

MSN Search has given webmasters the option to display or not to display a site's ODP directory title in the MSN Search results. MSN uses ODP (dmoz.org) directory listing's data for ranking websites on the search results. The problem as elaborated on the MSN blog is as follows-

Google Settlement Update

May 22, 2006 113 readsby Candid SEO

It has been in news for a long time. Now it's reaching what might seem as a culmination. Google has received a settlement of a lawsuit regarding click fraud. But there is also some buzz about Congress taking it up for consideration. However, here's what Nicole Wong, Associate General Counsel, had to say-

Yahoo Publisher Network Direct Deposit Enables Quick Payments

May 22, 2006 113 readsby Candid SEO

Yahoo! Publisher Network has introduced the option of receiving payment by direct deposit for publishers of their contextual targeted ’search’ advertising system. This option allows these publishers to receive their earnings 10 to 15 days faster than before as deposits to bank accounts occur on the 25th of each month.

However, for all new publishers direct deposit will be the default mode of payment method.

Stats on Google Traffic

May 20, 2006 113 readsby Candid SEO

Bill Tancer of HitWise has created a category of the top 20 Google domains on the basis of the popularity of the varied Google services. Google.com holds almost 80% of the share, followed by Google Image Search with almost 10%, then Gmail with about 5.5%, followed by Google News with 1.5% and the others are all under 1%.

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