Google Trapped In Piracy Business

Mar 30, 2006 | 1,731 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Allegations has been raised on world's number one search engine, Google for being the "biggest threat to genetic privacy" because of its plans to create a searchable database of genetic information.

The recent news of the search engine market which has come up today is that Google's Shares dropped after a tremendous increase in their value. Don't be surprised. This happened due to an overwhelming American response in the search engine advertising and information company regarding AOL's and Verizon's collaboration with each other.

Show Me The Money, Google!

Mar 30, 2006 | 1,984 views | by Navneet Kaushal

A poll conducted by DigitalPoint on its members found some interesting results. It found that more than 35% of Google AdSense publishers spend less than two hours on campaigns.

This time period covers advertising time, content writing, coding and account management. Currently only 48 members are polled but hopefully in future, this poll would cover rest of the members.

Here is the break down.

The Google AdSense Blog confirmed the launch of the Inside AdSense German Blog. Finally, this step has been taken as German language is frequently used for the AdSense product. This development would enable the AdSense to support German market in a better way.

Here is their first post:

It has been reported that Yahoo! Japan is ready to close a deal with Japan Net Bank  which is owned by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

Yahoo! Japan is looking forward to by a 57 percent stake in Japan Net Bank. This step has been taken to enhance its ability to make its offer payment services more convenient for its online auctions and shopping services.

Google and Ask Are Clear Winners

Mar 29, 2006 | 1,618 views | by Candid SEO

John Battelle released the Bear Stearns report on search engines usages. The report presents a comprehensive view of the trends which shows that Google and Ask are leading the way among search engines.
 
"Year-over-year, Google and Ask showed strong search query gain of 29.4% and 27.9%, respectively, while the other search providers in the top five declined. On a sequential basis, Google and Ask also showed the highest growth at 8.3% and 14.6% respectively."
 
The Google part is obvious, but the real surprising element is the inclusion of Ask. Seems as if Jeeves was sitting too heavy on its shoulders.

Yahoo! Search Index Updated

Mar 29, 2006 | 1,930 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Yet another fresh news in the search engine market comes to our notice. Wondering what could it be?Relax. An official statement passed by Yahoo! Search Blog today said that they have updated their search index. This update was done during the weekend, as a result of which you might come across several changes. The index would now appear different in terms of ranking as well as shuffling of the pages.

Infospace's Local Search Beta Arrives

Mar 28, 2006 | 2,319 views | by Candid SEO

Infospace, Inc. has launched a new Infospace Local Search beta site, local.com. This is a compact yellow pages site having information on products, business listings, services and movies. You can also avail the maps and directions from thirty various information providers including Ticketmaster, infoUSA, and Fandango.
 
Brian McManus, EVP sales and business development at InfoSpace said, "We believe that where the market is moving is towards a more consumer-centric local search view." He added that, "The yellow pages are obviously an advertiser-centric view." Users have various options with InfoSpace’s system which enables them to perform multiple-keyword searches and customize searches focused on neighborhood, landmark or point-of-interest. Users can also send information found on the InfoSpace Local site to SMS-enabled Cingular, Verizon Wirless, T-Mobile, Nextel and Alltel cell phones. ClickZ discusses it pretty elaborately.

Verizon SuperPages.com, which acted as a backbone to MSN's Yellow Pages and provided listings in Google local stated that Google Adwords will no longer be their property. It was concluded on Monday that Verizon SuperPages.com and Google have signed a contract under which innumerable number of marketers would get ads onto Google search result pages.  Visit  ZDNET for an elaborated picture of the whole matter.

It's definitely not the biggest event in twenty first century. But for search engine mortals like us, it was certainly 'net shattering.'

By the way, the news is that for last night for few hours the official Google blog, googleblog.blogspot.com, was deleted. Users were greeted with a "Not Found. The requested URL was not found on this server. Please visit the Blogger homepage or the Blogger Knowledge Base for further assistance, " message. One blogger was so lured by the vanished blogspot, which has a PR of 9, that he went ahead and registered the googleblog.blogspot.com blog URL.