Twitter DM Insecurity, SEO Tips, Latest on Google, Yahoo & Bing – Search Week in Review for Oct. 9, 2010

Your Twitter Direct Messages (DMs) are not private. It’s quite easy to use the Twitter API to access your personal information and obtain all the DMs inside your Twitter inbox. When you allow access to log-in to some website or application, you’re also agreeing to let the developer who created this log-in access all your direct messages, and opening yourself to potential abuse.

Gary-Adam Shannon explains how this is possible in “Twitter Exploit Warning: How Anyone Can Easily Snatch Your Direct Messages.” Kristine Schachinger also provides more coverage in “Twitter: Take Better Care of Our Private Information!

Here’s a roundup of this week’s other columns and news stories for the week of Oct. 4 to 8, as reported by Search Engine Watch, as well as search news and tips from around the web.

Search Engine Optimization

The Challenges of Measuring SEO Success, Part 3 by Ray “Catfish” Comstock
A deep dive into how businesses should use Webmaster tools search rankings, brand vs. non-brand traffic, and long tail keyword performance to gain actionable strategic insights that drive SEO beyond just understanding performance.

The 10 Step Site Migration Process by Simon Heseltine
Don’t lose rankings and traffic levels when a website moves or shuts down. Here’s how SEO teams should handle sites that are closing down permanently, moving to a new domain, or merging with another site.

Geo-Targeting Redirects: Cloaking or Better User Experience? by Frank Watson
Seems like Google still hasn’t realized that some user experiences can be improved by particular redirects.

Why You Should Prevent Certain Pages From Being Indexed by Mathieu Burgerhout
All pages are not created equal. Having fewer “unimportant” pages of your site indexed will put more emphasis on your “money” pages.

Search Advertising

How to Transition your Yahoo PPC Account to MSN adCenter by Greg Habermann
Starting Monday, Microsoft adCenter will begin powering Yahoo’s search ads in the U.S. and Canada. Here’s a simple walk-through guide for PPC advertisers transitioning from Yahoo Search Marketing to adCenter.

Remarketing Non-Traditionally by Dan Yomtobian
These ideas may appear to be slightly off the beaten path, but they are innovative and successful ways to utilize remarketing technology to seriously increase your company’s ROI.

Flu Search Query Trends in Google — Paid Search Opportunity? by Matthew Ncube
Google is trying to get ready for the upcoming flu season, and in the process, it seems they’ve created a market for paid search traffic in the SERPs.

Analytics & ROI

5 Ways to Increase Your Website’s Revenue by Kevin Gibbons
Your website might be generating revenue for your business, but could it be doing even better?

Social Media Marketing

Link Building

8 Flawed Link Building Strategies by Eric Enge
While there are a few relatively low effort/cost link building strategies, such as directories and reciprocal links, these have limited value. Here’s how you can get in trouble when trying to acquire low quality links.

Safeguarding Your PC When Link Building by Kristi Hines
Here’s what you can do to protect your computer while checking out your competitors’ backlinks and avoid losing valuable productivity time if your machine gets infected with malware.

Local & Mobile Search

Local Search: Putting Power in the Hands of the Consumer by Jeff Beard
As local search continues to eat into traditional marketing channels, businesses must create accurate and detailed local business identities on local search platforms, social networks and mobile apps.

Enterprise SEM

9 Reasons Why it Might Be Time For Marketers to Value Virtual Goods by Jonathan Allen
Convergence of web, mobile and TV may create stronger emotional connections between audiences.

SEM Agency Issues

5 Reasons Google’s New Keyword Tool is Better by Paul Burani
While there are valid complaints, search marketers shouldn’t lose sight of all the benefits of using the new Google Keyword Tool.

International Search

Key Steps to Launching a Global Website by Andy Atkins-Krüger
Content delivery and development, keyword research, and localization — here’s a sampler of SES Chicago, where you’ll learn best practices for overcoming these obstacles when rolling out an international website.

Search Industry

Google News: John Lennon Video Doodle; GOOG-411 Done; Privacy Complaint
By Danny Goodwin
Google’s first animated video doodle pays tribute to legendary musician John Lennon…

Unemployment Still Painfully High, But One Sector Is Begging For Job Applicants! By Greg Jarboe
According to Scott R. Sargis, President of Strategic Search Corporation, “Today’s unemployment rate remaining devastatingly high at 9.6% means 14,800,000 Americans still cannot find work! However, there is one industry that is pleading for candidates, SEM (Search Engine Marketing)!”…

Search Agency Update: Industry People & Talent Moves By Jonathan Allen
Lots of changes in management over the last week at some top companies.

Experian Hitwise Reports Google’s Share of Searches was 72 Percent in September By Greg Jarboe
Experian Hitwise has just announced that Google accounted for 72.15 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending Oct. 2, 2010. Bing powered search received 23.64 percent of searches.

GoogleTV: Browse the Whole Web (Just Not Hulu) By Danny Goodwin
Google TV’s website boasts, “Browse the whole web. Not just some of it. All of it.” Guess Hulu isn’t part of the web anymore…

Google News & Twitter Integration: ‘Friends’ with Social Layer Benefits By Danny Goodwin
Google is testing out a new Google News feature involving Twitter. For the experiment, known simply as “Friends,” Google has added a section on the right column to help Google users find news articles that friends have shared on Twitter…

Cebu Airlines YouTube Video Clips Generating Publicity By Greg Jarboe
According to Clarissa Batino and Cecilia Yap of Bloomberg, “Lady Gaga Flight-Dance Video Wins Publicity for Cebu Air IPO.” This provides a whole new meaning to the term “going public.” …

Yahoo Unveils 5 New Search Features to Battle Google & Bing By Danny Goodwin
Yahoo says the goal of their “accordion” style results is to save people time finding what they’re looking for, and does a good job of making better use of its Page 1 results, making certain info available for searchers without any need for scrolling…

Lee Odden of TopRank Online Marketing Launches Facebook Group, ‘Marketers with Beards’ By Greg Jarboe
He’s done it again. Lee Odden, the CEO of TopRank Online Marketing, has just launched a new Facebook Group called “Marketers with Beards.” And even people without facial hair are begging to become members…

Bing News: Firefox 4; CTR in Ranking Algorithm; Golden Sporks By Danny Goodwin
Bing will soon become the third general search engine option for all Firefox English language users, behind Google and Yahoo…

Ontolo Demos Link Building Tool with 12 New Videos By Danny Goodwin
Link building just got easier. That’s what the crew at Ontolo is promising, as it gets closer to another round of signups for the Ontolo v2 Link Building Toolset on Oct. 12…

Google TV: SEOs, Meet Television By Danny Goodwin
More information has been coming out about Google’s big attempt to combine search, cable, broadcast television, the Internet, DVR, music, and apps. Here’s a quick overview of what we know about Google TV so far…

Google Testing Full-Page Preview in SERPs By Danny Goodwin
Google looks to be readying yet another change to its search results…

Jeff Hayzlett, Celebrity CMO and Best-Selling Author, Says ‘Buzz is not sales!’ By Greg Jarboe
In his book The Mirror Test: Is Your Business Really Breathing?, Jeff Hayzlett takes marketing “by the horns” and spells out how companies need to re-examine their traditional marketing methods…

Newsknife Now Rating Journalists Based on Appearances in Google News By Greg Jarboe
If you’d like to pitch your story to a journalist who writes more articles that appear in Google News than any other journalist, then you’ll love the new Newsknife ratings…

comScore ARS Research Highlights Importance of Advertising Creative in Building Brand Sales By Greg Jarboe
comScore released findings from comScore ARS research indicating the importance of strong creative elements in TV and digital advertising campaigns…

AdGooroo and Experian Hitwise Report‏ on Paid Search Secrets of Top CPG Marketers By Greg Jarboe
AdGooroo and Experian Hitwise have just issued a report on “Successful Paid Search Tactics The Top CPG Brands Use To Grow Market Share And Build Loyalty.” …

‘Cebu Pacific FAs dancing’ Now Has Over 6.5 Million Views By Greg Jarboe
Flight attendants for Cebu Pacific, a low-cost Philippine airline, danced away to Lady Gaga’s hit “Just Dance” on a narrow A-320 passenger cabin aisle to keep passengers from snoozing through an in-flight safety demonstration…

No Yahoo Re-org This Week; ‘Creepy’ Google; Google Buys BlindType & More [Search News Roundup] By Danny Goodwin
Yahoo, which has been bleeding executives lately, won’t announce a new organizational structure this week, and has lost two more execs…

Rahm Emanuel YouTube Video Announces “Tell It Like It Is” Tour By Greg Jarboe
The world’s most popular online video community can act local as well as think global.

Search Engine Strategies

Three Key Reasons to Go to SES Chicago 2010 By Greg Jarboe
Actually, there are more than three reasons to attend the leading search and social marketing event this year, but let’s start with the top ones that were identified in a Tradeshow Week survey, “The Value of Attending Conventions & Tradeshows in a Recession.”

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