Keeping Current with Search Engines, concluded

High Rankings' Advisor

Jill Whalen formerly teamed with Heather Lloyd-Martin to produce the excellent RankWrite newsletter, full of practical tips on real life problems about search engine optimization. The duo decided to part ways earlier this year. Since March, Jill has continued to offer great tips via this new newsletter.


As mentioned, the RankWrite team split up earlier this year. Heather Lloyd-Martin, along with longtime I-Search moderator Detlev Johnson, have a new list called TagLine. The launch issue that went out last month had some problems with people getting duplicate mailings, but the pair are working to fix this.

Webmaster World

Webmaster World offers an intriguing view of the world of web search from the perspective of webmasters and search engine optimization professionals. The site features numerous forums, covering a wide range of subjects and discussions are typically lively. The principal goal of participants in these forums is to achieve high rankings for their web pages, so if you want to learn about the wide range of search engine "optimization" techniques this is a great resource. Members also monitor search engine crawling schedules and behavior, offering an early warning system for changes that are often not officially announced.

Search Engine Forums

Like Webmaster World, Search Engine Forums is another place where you can view posts relating to search engine marketing topics.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Online portals news
Ford Makes Largest Ever Web Portal Advertising Buy...
Advertising Age May 9 2002 9:35AM GMT
Terra Lycos cuts losses despite lower sales... May 9 2002 3:49AM GMT
Yahoo Health Continues Vertical Wins...
Internet News May 9 2002 0:31AM GMT
Terra Lycos sizing up U.S. operations...
CNET May 8 2002 10:22PM GMT
Domain name news
Gorilla lovers beat chests in domain clash...
CNET May 8 2002 9:04PM GMT
Domain names to be auctioned...
USA Today May 8 2002 7:50PM GMT
Do you have the cash for a .pro domain?...
Interactive Week May 8 2002 7:20PM GMT
Online portals news
Terra Lycos reports 46 percent loss amid slump in online advertising...
AP via New Jersey Online May 8 2002 10:24AM GMT
Online marketing news targets spam with new software... May 8 2002 8:44AM GMT
Domain name news
VeriSign to auction ''.bz'' names on eBay... May 8 2002 8:21AM GMT
Online portals news
Five years ago: Netscape fires blank, MS bids for 'push' reins...
ZDNet May 8 2002 7:13AM GMT
Domain name news
WWF Admits Defeat In Fight For Logo, Net Domain... May 8 2002 6:54AM GMT
Online search engines news
Big Macs and Google--at McDonald's...
Interactive Week May 7 2002 5:29PM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.