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Search Engine Forums Spotlight

Links to this week's topics from search engine forums across the web.

Do UK Searchers Use google.com or google.co.uk?
Cre8asite Forums

"My theory is that people search by default in .com and very often will spot the US slant on the results and then opt for the UK filter. Others are well trained and go straight to the UK results. A small minority are probably clueless about the difference and stick with .com regardless."

Introducing AdSenseAdvisor
Webmaster World

"...it would be good to have a Googler come in from time to time and try to answer questions. ...Just like with GoogleGuy and AdWordsAdvisor, AdSenseAdvisor is going to be a single person. They'll have their own style of posting. We're going to keep ASA's identity anonymous... ASA volunteered to stop by in their limited free time (mostly during work hours)..."

Top 20 Web Directories
High Rankings Forum

"In my opinion a lot of the specialized niche directories are worth paying to be listed in. Free ones are the best of course, but even if you have to pay a small fee... I think it's worth it..."

Shopping Search: Any Good?
Best Practices Forums

"The good news is these types of sites have seen some nice traffic for many reasons. You may be a day late and a dollar short this year but it seems they may be another lower cost alternative for PPC [pay per click” type advertising for the future. At the very least you've diversified your traffic sources at a fairly reasonable rate."

Froogle New Super Affiliate?
Webmaster World

"I welcome any targeted affiliate traffic I can get, and would from Froogle as well. No risk, unlike all the PPC places. Pure revenue share is hard to turn away. I've never found a reason to do so."

Froogle Links At Top Of Google Web SERPs
Webmaster World

"Well, to add to the Google madness, I've just spotted Froogle product links being inserted into the top of search results."

AdSonar vs AdSense
Webmaster World

"With Quigo.com launching AdSonar (contextual placement like Google) in the next month do you see things heating up? It looks like they have Overture, FindWhat and themselves for results and from the look of things it's way more flexible."

Search Engine Forums Spotlight courtesy Search Engine Guide.

SearchDay Week in Review

A Basket of Shopping Search Services
SearchDay, Dec. 11, 2003
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3285941

A roundup of other shopping search services worthy of your attention, with links to notable shopping search articles from the past year.

Search Gains Importance at Online Retailers
SearchDay, Dec. 10, 2003
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3285931

Searching is rapidly overtaking browsing as a primary way people find and buy products online, and the major online retailers have all stepped up their efforts at improving their customers' search experience.

Searching With Invisible Tabs
SearchDay, Dec. 9, 2003
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3115131

Behind the scenes, search engines will one day automatically push the correct tab for your query and retrieve specialized search results. This should ultimately prove an improvement over the current situation where everything is answered by web page matches.

What's New in Shopping Search
SearchDay, Dec. 8, 2003
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3285871

It's been a busy year for the shopping search and product comparison services. Here's a look at what's new at the major players in the online shopping space.

Search Headlines

Mugabe rails against colonialist Internet...
The Register Dec 12 2003 12:47PM GMT
Google expands operation to India...
BBC Dec 12 2003 10:48AM GMT
Verity provides standard ways to categorise content...
IT-Director.com Dec 12 2003 10:37AM GMT
Book review: Google empire gains a guide...
vnunet.com Dec 12 2003 9:40AM GMT
Reed Elsevier at risk as MPs look into science publishing market...
Guardian Unlimited Dec 12 2003 2:31AM GMT
Internet governance...
The Economist sub Dec 11 2003 9:17PM GMT
Yahoo UK drops Yell in favour of Thomson deal...
New Media Age Dec 11 2003 2:50PM GMT
Yahoo Europe chief quits for 'other interests'...
Netimperative Dec 11 2003 2:50PM GMT
Mathematicians get fresh formula for web searches...
Nature reg Dec 11 2003 1:54PM GMT
Berlin fences off domain hijacker...
The Register Dec 11 2003 11:49AM GMT
Online ad revenues continue to soar...
Silicon.com Dec 11 2003 10:23AM GMT
SEC rules could force Google IPO...
Silicon.com Dec 11 2003 10:23AM GMT
LookSmart Expects to Lay Off Half of Staff...
dmnews.com Dec 11 2003 7:27AM GMT
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