Today’s search podcast covers Yahoo’s stock dropping on delays with its new
ad system; keyword prices dropping; Google Finance getting cool conference call
transcript links; Yahoo makes it easy to learn your house’s worth; a semantic
web smackdown between Google and Sir Tim Berners-Lee? And more!
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Engine Watch Server Change
About a year ago, Incisive Media purchased Search Engine Watch from
Jupitermedia. Part of the purchase meant that Jupitermedia would continue to
host Search Engine Watch for a year. With that time up, we’re finally moving.
This is a heads-up that the change is happening….
Stock Falls On Panama Delay & Q2 Earnings Release
Everyone is blaming the fall in Yahoo’s stock price due to the delayed launch
of Panama, Yahoo’s new ad system. We have USA Today reporting that "Yahoo said
net income fell 78% from a year ago." Bloomberg saying Yahoo "had their
biggest drop in more than four years." CNN has a catchy title for their "No
yodeling for Yahoo investors" article. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters
explain that Yahoo’s number meet expectations but the delayed launch caused
concern that Microsoft can catch up with Yahoo in the sponsored search
Delays Launch Of New Ad System, "Panama"
ClickZ reports that Yahoo’s new ad system, aka Panama, will not be launching
in the 3rd quarter. They now estimate a delayed launch date of the 4th
quarter. The new ad system was reported on by Danny back in early May. ClickZ
has more details on how the delayed launch has affected the company’s
Reporting Data Delayed At Microsoft adCenter
I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable that Microsoft adCenter has been
having some reporting issues, where data in your adCenter reports are delayed
as far back as the 14th (almost five full days). Microsoft is aware of the
issue and will have things working properly as soon as possible….
Revamps Behavioral Targeting Platform
ClickZ reports on the details of Yahoo’s revised behavioral targeting
platform, once known as Fusion and Impulse. Fusion and Impulse has been
renamed to Engagers and Shoppers to better describe what the product does.
Anna Papadopoulos of ClickZ interviewed Richard Frankel, senior director of
product marketing at Yahoo about the new upgrade….
Prices Continue To Fall: Down 8.6 Percent
Fathom Online released a keyword price index update that shows keyword prices
fell again quarter over quarter by 8.6 percent. Prices on average fell from
$1.39 on March 31 to $1.27 on June 30. Last report also showed keyword prices
dropping $1.43 at the end of 2005 to $1.39 in the first quarter of 2006, but
folks blamed seasonality for the price drop. The reason for this drop?
Marketers are bidding smarter says Matt McMahon, VP Marketing Services at
Finance Adds Suggest Auto Complete & Conference Call Transcripts
We have been tipped off that Google Finance has added two new features today.
The first is auto-complete, like Google Suggest. If you go to Google Finance
and begin typing something, it will offer suggestions tailored to stock
symbols (pretty useful). Also, if you view a particular stock quote, you may
notice an additional link added under the "Facts" section where it has "Site
Links." The additional link is named "Transcripts" and links to
SeekingAlpha.com. If you view GOOG and click on the transcript link, it takes
you to Recent Transcripts for GOOG at SeekingAlpha.com….
Says Goodbye To Affiliates
At the Search Engine Roundtable I wrote Google AdWords Ridding Themselves of
Affiliates which documents a case of a long time AdWords advertiser being told
by his Google representative that he and his kind are no longer wanted in the
AdWords program. This all goes back to the new quality score for landing
pages, which tend to weed out affiliate sites. Basically, the "quality" of
affiliate sites are not high enough anymore to do well in the new quality
score algorithm. Google is weeding out these affiliates by inflating their
minimum bid to prices that are not economically sound for…
Gives AFP Case Against Google More Time
A US federal judge has declined to dismiss a copyright infringement case filed
by Agence France Press against Google News. Instead, she’s given both sides
more time to assemble evidence before ruling on a dismissal motion….
Does Google’s Spam Score Mean?
Earlier this month we reported on Google’s Spam Score Details, but no one knew
what it meant exactly. Todd Malicoat took a peek into the Google algorithm a
week ago with his best guesses on what each value represents. I am not going
to go through all the details, but Todd makes some smart and detailed
responses for each listed value listed in the spam score. Re-inspired by
Partners With Yahoo!
Zillow, the real estate wunderkind, announced a partnership with Yahoo! in
which Zillow’s Zestimates (home value estimates) will show up on Yahoo! search
result pages as a Shortcut. Here’s the result for ‘home values’ on Yahoo!.
Zillow will also be featured in Yahoo’s real estate section (under the ‘what’s
my home worth’ link). Read the official press release, Zillow’s blog post, or
the Yahoo! Search blog post….
Semantic Web Faces Webmaster Challenges
For years, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has posed the idea of a semantic web that will
be smarter through tagging. I’ve always said the flaw with this idea is that
people make mistakes with tagging. Google’s also said this type of thing
before, as well — but Google’s director of search Peter Norvig gave fresh
pushback yesterday when on a panel with Lee. Google exec challenges
Berners-Lee from News.com has the details, with Norvig explaining that site
owners often don’t tag information correctly, along with some simply being
misleading. True enough….
- 11 Ways
To Drive Traffic To Your Site
Rand at SEOMoz writes up an excellent post he named 10 Remarkably Effective
Strategies for Driving Traffic. He has given us 10, plus one bonus idea for
driving traffic to your site. I will list them in summery here, but Rand has
posted the "ingredients", "process", "results" and "examples" for each listed
traffic driving strategy at his post….
Korean Missiles & Chinese Helicopter Training Site On Google Earth
TheRegister spots Chinese black helicopters in a remote Chinese village of
Huangyangtan. And Boing Boing locates North Korean missile sites including
Musudan-ri/No-Dong missile test site, Pipa Got naval base and Cho Do naval
base. More details on the North Korean sites here….
How much for a Google Fridge?
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