The Search Engine Update, Jan. 7, 2003, Number 140


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In This Issue

+ Search Engine Strategies Comes To Boston, Sydney
+ The 2002 Search Engine Watch Awards Now Open!
+ Yahoo To Buy Inktomi
+ Clearing Your Search History From Google And Other Search Engines
+ Search Engine Resources
+ SearchDay Articles
+ Search Engine Articles
+ List Info (Subscribing/Unsubscribing)


Hello Everyone--

Happy New Year! Aside from holiday cheer, the New Year means that it is time for the Search Engine Watch Awards. Be sure to read below in the newsletter about how you can participate in choosing the best in search for 2002!


Search Engine Strategies Comes To Boston, Sydney

Search Engine Strategies comes to Boston on March 4-6, bringing a variety of sessions that focus on how to improve editorial listings on search engines, how to effectively advertise on search engines and a range of forums that explore various search engine marketing issues. Search engine marketing experts and representatives from major search engines will be involved in the show.

The agenda should be live by early next week, if not sooner. Until then, you can sign-up to be notified about when the agenda is posted, via the URL below.

Search Engine Strategies Boston: March 4-6, 2003

Search Engine Strategies is also returning to Australia, from March 26-27. I won't be "chairing" that show, but JupiterMedia's staff in Sydney has assembled an agenda full of search engine marketing topics for the event. More details can be found below:

Search Engine Strategies Sydney: March 26-27, 2003


The 2002 Search Engine Watch Awards Now Open!

Once again, it's time to recognize the best in search over the past year through the 2002 Search Engine Watch Awards!

In a change, we are moving to a new, two-part voting system. Search Engine Watch members -- those who support Search Engine Watch through a membership fee -- get to take part in the nomination round being held from now through January 12th. Since you are receiving this newsletter, you're a member -- so use the form below to cast your nominations now!

2002 Search Engine Watch Awards: Nomination Form

The second round of voting is open to everyone, regardless of membership status. From January 14 through January 17, a form will be posted with the "finalists" from the nomination round in these categories:

  • Outstanding Search Service
  • Best Meta Search Engine
  • Best News Search Engine
  • Best Image Search Engine
  • Best Design
  • Most Webmaster Friendly Search Engine
  • Best Paid Inclusion Service
  • Best Search Feature
  • Best Specialty Search Engine

To take part in the final voting, just visit the form below between January 14-17:

2002 Search Engine Watch Awards: Voting Form

You can also visit that page now to learn a bit more about the awards, and it also explains why the two-round system is designed to reduce spam votes that have been received in the past.


Yahoo To Buy Inktomi

If all goes as planned, Yahoo will become the proud owner of Inktomi by the end of March or earlier. The company announced its intention to buy Inktomi for $235 million on December 23. A look at how the deal may help Yahoo bring in more searchers, as well as search revenue, can be found in the article below.

Yahoo To Buy Inktomi
The Search Engine Update, Jan. 7, 2003


Clearing Your Search History From Google And Other Search Engines

Ever gone to Google or another search engine using the Internet Explorer browser and noticed that some past searches you've performed were displayed below the search box? Don't blame (or thank) the search engine. It's your browser that's keeping the record, and it's one you may find yourself wishing to delete, from time to time. The article below explores the procedures involved.

Clearing Your Search History From Google And Other Search Engines
The Search Engine Update, Jan. 7, 2003

Search Engine Resources

The Journalist's Toolbox

Helpful if you are a reporter but also to anyone who needs to research material on a particular topic or "beat." For example, sites useful for business research, guides to experts, tech resources and more are all organized here.


Confused by marketing jargon? Here's a guide to common terms in different categories, including search engine marketing.


On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences˜njas/sequences/

Wondering if a sequence of numbers you have matches any particular formula or pattern? This is one of those great little sites you'll want on your bookmark list, for seeking such answers.


Directory of web-based resources relating to art.


O'Reilly Network Safari Bookshelf

Search across content from hundred of technical books from O'Reilly and other publishers. To view content from a particular book, you need to pay a monthly or yearly subscription. Pricing begins at US $10 per month, for access to up to five books.


Master Froogle File Generator V1

Software designed to help you generate a product list for submission to Google's Froogle shopping search engine. Cost is US $185, or use the "Live Installation" link to build a list one product at a time, for free. Alternatively, build your list in a spreadsheet, for free. You don't need special software to submit to Froogle. See last newsletter's article, "Getting Listed In Froogle," for more about this:

SearchDay Articles

Here are some recent articles that may be of interest, from Search Engine Watch's daily SearchDay newsletter:

Search Engine Watch Top Stories of 2002
SearchDay, January 7, 2003

2002 was a fun and exciting year to be following the search engine scene. The editors of Search Engine Watch looked back over the stories we wrote last year, and selected a dozen that we felt were the most notable or important for 2002.


A Different Look at World News
SearchDay, January 6, 2003

The World News Network aggregates news from hundreds of sites around the world, organized by region and industry.


Happy Birthday, Dogpile!
SearchDay, Jan. 2, 2003

Dogpile, the meta search engine with the goofy name, opened its virtual door just after Christmas in 1996.


Searching for New Year Cheer
SearchDay, Dec. 31, 2002

Looking for that perfect bottle of bubbly to help ring in the new year? These databases help you make sense of the complex world of wine and champagne.


The Top Searches of 2002
SearchDay, Dec. 30, 2002

Google, Lycos and other major search engines have posted details of the most popular search queries for 2002.


Vanishing Act: The U.S. Government's Disappearing Data
SearchDay, Dec. 19, 2002

More than any other country, the U.S. government has used the web to make a wealth of information available to its citizens. But as we are now discovering, the dark side of web-based information is the ease with which it can be deleted.


Happy Birthday, AltaVista!
SearchDay, Dec. 18, 2002

Seven years ago, Internet pioneer Digital Equipment Corporation introduced what they claimed was the Internet's first "super spider" software, promising unprecedented "blazing fast" searches of the web.


On the archive page below, you'll find more articles like those above, plus have the ability to sign-up for the free newsletter.

SearchDay Archives

Search Engine Articles

The Chain of Demand
Searcher, Jan. 2003

Wow. US Secretary of State Colin Powell apparently has no encyclopedias, dictionaries or reference materials in his office, since the web -- and in particular search engines -- can provide it all. Well, my Random House Handbook and AP Style Guide still sit happily on my shelf and get the occasional use. Yeah, search engines are great, but they remain one tool -- not the only tool, for your reference needs. Barbara Quint looks at Powell's statement and anticipates librarians feeling concerned. She advocates not a "back to books" campaign but instead a different way of delivering information electronically.


Web Search Trends
Searcher, Jan. 2003

Short summary of my keynote about search engine trends at the Internet Librarian conference held last November.


Ask Jeeves Bans Banners, Jan. 6, 2003

It's bye-bye to banners, at Ask Jeeves.


Worst And Best Picks: Google To IPO?
Forbes, Jan. 6, 2003

Buried at the end of this worst/best picks list for 2003 from Forbes is a statement that Google is set to go public in the first quarter of 2003 and that it earned $100 million in profit for 2002. However, no attribution of either statement is provided.


Google Cache Luck!
Search Engine Optimization Forums, Jan. 3, 2003

Interesting look at how Google apparently generates random file names for cached copies of web pages -- which means on the very rare occasion, you might get an incorrect copy of a page served up via the cache.


Distress Is in the Mail
destinationCRM, Jan. 2, 2003

How does Google handle all of the email it receives? With the help of a product called Trakken


Terra Lycos Plays Name Game in Japan, Dec. 23, 2002

Terra Lycos has sold off its stake in Lycos Japan but branding and other partnerships will remain.


Google Follows the 'Yellow Brick Road' to Oz
High Search Engine Ranking, Dec. 26, 2002

Q&A with Google on its plans in Australia, following the recent launch of the Google Australia web site.


Google opens up in the land down under, Dec. 20. 2002

More on the Google Australia opening.


Contemporary Culture, Revealed
ClickZ, Dec. 20. 2002

Reviews and comments on terms making the top search lists for 2002.


Finding More Than You Bargained For
Washington Post, Dec. 19, 2002

Looks at the growth of search engine marketing as an accepted industry


Linkability - Why do some sites have it while others don't?, Dec. 18, 2002

So you want people to link to you? Here are tips to ensure that you have good "linkability."


On the Web, forget the A-list: It's the 'G' list that matters
USA Today, Dec. 17, 2002

Looks at the growing importance of a Google listing to site owners and cites Google's cofounder Sergey Brin saying the company hopes to grow to 10 billion pages in 2003. Also links to sidebar article on getting listed at other search engines.


UK's most popular searches
The Guardian, Dec. 17, 2002,7496,861210,00.html

Top searches by UK users of Google.


Budgeting for Online Success: Calculating Your Maximum Cost Per Visitor, Dec. 17, 2002

Looks at how to compute a cost per visitor, vital to determining how much you can spend on getting leads from search engines or other venues.


Ten Questions with: Danny Sullivan
SearchEngineBlog, December 2002

Want to know how Search Engine Watch was born, my thoughts on SEO and the future, the relationship between SEOs and search engines, whether Google is too powerful and other topics? Here you go.

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