It seemed like I was cutting and pasting news stories all morning. There’s TONS of SEM news.
I hope you find these stories interesting and useful:
How many links per page?
These days, Google will index more than 100K of a page, but there’s still a good reason to recommend keeping to under a hundred links or so: the user experience.
Does Google automatically consider a page spam if your page has over 100 links? No, not at all.
Hot off the presses, the Google Analytics Help Center has published yet another informative online resource – the Getting Started Guide. The guide’s purpose is to walk new users through the basics of having an Analytics account, and it also picks out must-know definitions like goals and funnels
With 67% of the worldwide internet population visiting, social networks and blogs are now outpacing email in popularity. They’ve become the 4th most popular online category, according to Nielsen Online.
The 16 suppliers profiled are:
Asomo, Attentio, Brandwatch, CyberAlert, Cymfony, FindAgent, iCrossing, Market Sentinel, Nielsen Online, Onalytica, Radian6, RepuMetrix, Reputica, StrategyEye, Techrigy, Trackur.
So, for example, if someone Google’s ‘1-800-Contacts’, Google would not be able to serve LensCrafters’ ad, even if Lenscrafter didn’t include the brand term in their ad copy.
search is still estimated to grow at a healthy 9% this year.
Included in the Techie Guide are:
* A detailed explanation of the Website Optimizer experiment scripts
* How to implement segmentation in your experiments
* How to test with dynamic content
Say what you want about the Skittles experiment with social media, the campaign was effective in increasing the rainbow candy’s web site presence.
Hitwise reports a 1332% increase in web traffic on March 3rd.
make sure there is only one version, preferably the lowercase version in my opinion. If someone does go to a capitalized version, 301 that page to the lower case URL.
According to Cutts, the “simple change” is not so much about brands, but about elements that go into a brand, including “trust, authority, reputation, PageRank, high quality.”
referred to internally as “Vince’s Change,” for the team member that worked on it
# Approximately 20% reduction in sales from seaarch ads from last year
# Approximately 20% reduction in his costs from search ads from last year
Danny Sullivan is coining the term “craphat” in order to differentiate between “blackhat” and “whitehat” SEO
Real crap? Automated link drops.
“What does a high bounce rate tell you? Visitors are effectively saying, “I came, I puked, I left,” said Kaushik
more than 147 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 101 videos per viewer in January. This means 76.8% of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed 14.8 billion online videos during the month.
That’s more people than watched Super Bowl XLIII on NBC!
Those who shopped online during February purchased 13% fewer items. Website sessions that resulted in purchases declined by 3%.
Page views per session dropped 1%, product views per session dropped 2.5% and average time on site went down 4.5%.
Become qualified in Google Analytics.
The Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ) is a proof of proficiency in Google Analytics. After passing the Google Analytics IQ test, you’ll be effective at leveraging Google Analytics within your organization and helping others to do the same. An in-depth, step-by-step curriculum is provided free of charge from Google to help you prepare for the test.
I created a Greasemonkey user script that does exactly this. It displays the most recent 5 tweets for the query that you are search for, giving both real-time Twitter search results and Google results on the same page:
one interesting statistic is that 54% of micro-bloggers post or “tweet” daily. Also 74% of the daily micro-bloggers are under the age of 18.
Photo from: Flickr: ERIO’s Photostream
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