The Search Engine Report – Number 91 – May 27, 2004


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+ Search Engine Watch News
+ Search Engine Strategies Comes To London, San Jose
+ SearchDay & Search Engine Watch Articles
+ Search Engine Articles
+ Search Engine Resources
+ About The Newsletter

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Search Engine Watch News
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Hello Everyone–

I’ve updated the Hitwise Search Engine Ratings page. It shows which search engines are most popular, based on visits. Figures are for April 2004. You’ll find a link to it from the What’s New page, below. Also watch that page for when I do more updates of ratings from other companies that are in the works.

What’s New
http://searchenginewatch.com/article.phpr/2148821

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Search Engine Strategies Comes To London, San Jose

Search Engine Strategies arrives in London next week. The show will cover search engine marketing issues, just as with the SES events held in the United States. However, the London show will have sessions about targeting the UK and Europe, as well as involve local speakers.

Special sessions include panels on domain name and language issues, a look at the European search landscape and a session on managing multicountry search campaigns. A full agenda and more information can be found here:

Search Engine Strategies London: June 2 & 3, 2004
http://www.searchenginestrategies.com/sew/london04/

Search Engine Strategies returns to the United States from August 2-5. The show will be in San Jose and is traditionally our biggest event. The agenda for that show has just gone live, so visit the URL below to read about all the popular returning sessions and the many new ones that have been added:

Search Engine Strategies San Jose: August 2-5, 2004
http://www.searchenginestrategies.com/sew/summer04/

SES comes to Stockholm from October 27-28, and the year ends with a December 13-16 show in Chicago. Basic information about these shows can be found via the URL below:

Search Engine Strategies
http://searchenginestrategies.com/

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SearchDay & Search Engine Watch Articles
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Here’s a recap of recent articles from Search Engine Watch’s daily SearchDay newsletter and others that have been published by Search Engine Watch:

The Nigritude Ultramarine Search Engine Optimization Contest
The Search Engine Report, May 27, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/3360231

It’s sweeping the web — or at least search engine optimizers — a new contest to rank tops for the term nigritude ultramarine on Google. Why that term, what’s it all mean — and why is Howard Dean close to winning on Teoma?

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Managing a Search Engine Advertising Budget
SearchDay, May 27, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3359901

You want top search result positions now, and you’re willing to pay for them. But is your paid listing launch on hold until you can justify a budget and demonstrate ROI goals?

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Inside the Searcher’s Mind: It’s a Jungle in Here!
SearchDay, May 26, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3357841
http://searchenginewatch.com/_subscribers/articles/article.php/3357821

What goes on in the mind of searchers? A research group set out to find the answers — and came up with some interesting and surprising answers.

The second URL leads to a longer version of the article for Search Engine Watch members that goes into more details about the focus group study, including more detailed profiles of searchers and actionable strategies for search marketers.

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Search Engine User Attitudes
SearchDay, May 25, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3357771
http://searchenginewatch.com/_subscribers/articles/article.php/3357761

With so much interest in search, it’s amazing how relatively little research has been done into how people interact with search engines, especially from a search marketing perspective. That’s finally changing.

The second URL leads to a longer version of the article for Search Engine Watch members that goes into more details about survey results and implications for search marketing strategies.

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An Insider’s View of Microsoft’s Longhorn Search
SearchDay, May 24, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3356031

Longhorn, the long-anticipated upgrade to Windows, will have a completely new, search-centric file system. One of Microsoft’s lead developers last week offered a tantalizingly brief preview of search on this upcoming system.

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Search Engine Forums Spotlight
SearchDay, May 21, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3357061

Links to this week’s topics from search engine forums across the web: Accents and Search Engines? – Link Broker – How Effective Are Titled/Anchored Links? – Metasearch Tools – Geico Sues Google and Overture – A Dropped Site Checklist – New Froogle Merchant Center

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Everything Google
SearchDay, May 20, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3356021

Underneath its simple, sparse interface, Google is loaded with useful tools and services, though they’re not always easy to find. A new book offers an insider’s guide to maximizing the power of the search engine.

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Google Desktop Search Tool Rumored & Software Principles Released
SearchDay, May 19, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3355831

The New York Times report on Google plans to release a desktop search tool. The rumor comes on the heels of a new Software Principles page the company posted yesterday.

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Search Engines Turning Trademark Law Upside Down
SearchDay, May 19, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3354411
http://searchenginewatch.com/_subscribers/articles/article.php/3355821

Search engines, most notably Google, are pushing the limits of trademark law, allowing anyone to use these protected marks in advertising. Some trademark owners are fighting back.

The second URL leads to a longer version of the article for Search Engine Watch members that examines reasons why Google might have proposed new software principles.

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Yahoo Reawakens The Paid Inclusion Debate
SearchDay, May 18, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3355221

Yahoo drew widespread criticism for new paid inclusion programs launched in March. What is Yahoo doing? How does it impact the advertiser and searcher? Are there changes Yahoo should be making? The first in a series of articles looking at paid inclusion.

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Google Sends Cease-And-Desist To Orkut Geomapper Site
SearchDay, May 18, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3355241

Google has sent a cease-and-desist letter to close the Orkut Personal Network Geomapper web site, which lets you view the personal connections of those within Google’s Orkut social networking service.

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Search Engine Forums Spotlight
SearchDay, May 17, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3353961

Links to this week’s topics from search engine forums across the web: PageRank Is Not Dead – How Much Does Your Adwords Position Impact Click-Through Rate? – Google Launches Image Ads – Google Groups Updates Usenet Reader Features – My Content Network Has Taken Over My Search Network – People Edited Niche Directories? – Spam Rules Require Effective Spam Police – Fraudulent Clicks Today

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Google Confirms Automated Page Removal Bug
SearchDay, May 14, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3354441

Microsoft, Adobe and some other web sites had pages removed from Google without their consent, due to a bug with Google’s page removal tool. And WhenU gets pulled for cloaking.

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Return To The Sad Days Of More Than A Search Engine?
SearchDay, May 14, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3354071

Yahoo says it is “more than a search engine” in the same week Google adds a new portal feature. Are the sad days of search being a neglected child about to return?

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Google Offers Banners & Image Ads — But Not On Google Itself
SearchDay, May 13, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3353431
http://searchenginewatch.com/_subscribers/articles/article.php/3353421

Google has debuted a new graphical ad option for its advertisers — the ability to run banners, skyscrapers and other image-based ad units. However, these ads won’t run on Google itself.

The second URL leads to a longer version of the article for Search Engine Watch members looks at how image and text ads will be rotated, examines possible advertiser objections to feedback links and the possibility Google search partners may use image ads.

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Google Groups Adds Mailing Lists & Other Features, Competes With Yahoo Groups
SearchDay, May 12, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3353411
http://searchenginewatch.com/_subscribers/articles/article.php/3353401

Google has added new mailing list creation functionality to its Google Groups service, giving it a capability that competes directly with the Yahoo Groups service.

The second URL leads to a longer version of the article for Search Engine Watch members looks at the new mailing lists as the latest in a series of “portal” features added to make Google competitive against Yahoo and others, contains Google’s view that offering lists fits in with its mission to organize information and looks at how ads will be integrated into the service.

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Is It Really Personalized Search?
SearchDay, May 12, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3352681

Both search and social networking are hot! But don’t assume that new sites offering both types of services necessarily provide something else that’s hot — search personalization.

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Google Launches Official Google Blog, Not Blog Search
SearchDay, May 11, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3352131
http://searchenginewatch.com/_subscribers/articles/article.php/3352121

Google has launched its own official blog, promising much insight about the company though not yet delivering much. The company also says it has no news about long-discussed plans to offer blog or web feed searching at Google.

The second URL leads to a longer version of the article for Search Engine Watch members examines recent crawling Google has done of some feed content, perhaps to create a feed/blog search engine. It also recaps fears some have that Google may favor the Atom distribution format that Google backs and the company’s assurances that it won’t.

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Google Overhauls Blogger
SearchDay, May 10, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3351611

Google has launched an improved version of Blogger, the first major upgrade to the popular web log service in nearly four years.

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Search Engine Forums Spotlight
SearchDay, May 7, 2004
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3351011

Links to this week’s topics from search engine forums across the web: Local Portals – Managing Client Expectatons – Paid Fee to Search Engines for the Right to SEO Website – Tracking Positions – New Sites Put Into a “Sand Box” by Google – Which AdSense Display Brings Most Revenue.

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Search Engine Articles
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New Technology Allows PC, E-Mail Searches
AP, May 26, 2004
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/techinvestor/techcorporatenews/2004-05-27-ms-search_x.htm

More promises from Microsoft on what they plan to do with search, saying it will deliver “end-to-end” searching across your desktop and other data sources. When? The now all-to-standard “within 12 months” response — and independent of being bundled within the next version of the Windows operating system. And after it’s released, will we then get to look forward to weekly security patches as is the case with Windows and Internet Explorer? Meanwhile, a few more details on Microsoft also planning to do more with personalization on its MSN web site.

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Google can’t rest on laurels
San Francisco Chronicle, May 26, 2004
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/26/BUG996RJLN24.DTL

I and others have said before that the relevancy gap between Google and its rivals is no longer as strong as it once was. What we’ve lacked is any good relevancy figures to quantify this. A great new report from Vividence now help fills this gap. I’ll be doing a separate article about the report in the near future. In the meantime, this article discusses how while Google outdistances its competitors in some aspects, for certain types of queries, it relevancy was virtually the same as rivals. Coverage from News.com also here: http://news.com.com/2100-1038_3-5220295.html. Also see my past article, In Search Of The Relevancy Figure here: http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/2165151. It provides much background on the difficulties in measuring search relevance.

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Why You Can’t Sue Google
FindLaw, May 25, 2004
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hilden/20040525.html

Search engines such as Google aren’t deemed to be publishers under US law, protecting them from possible defamation cases. A good, long look at the legal issues.

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Recent Domain Name Registrations That Include the Word “Google” (May 2004)
ResourceShelf, May 25, 2004
http://www.resourceshelf.com/2004/google_names_2.html

More cashing in on Google’s brand almost entirely by companies other than Google registering domain names using the word Google. Highlights include names such as googlereallysucks.com, billionairegoogles.com, googlesexsearch.com, boycottgoogle.com and googlelicious.org. No doubt Google’s lawyers may go after some of these names eventually — perhaps that’s what those who registered googlelawyers.com are hoping for.

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Picture this: Photo service may raise search engine revenue
USA Today, May 25, 2004
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-05-24-imagesearch_x.htm

Photo searching is increasing at Google and Yahoo, though neither has actually done much to earn money off of this, that I’ve seen. One reason for image search popularity is apparently it provides a backdoor to porn sites that employers may have blocked.

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Questions for Froogle’s Mastermind, Part 1
ClickZ, May 24, 2004
http://www.clickz.com/experts/search/results/article.php/3357271

Q&A with Google’s Craig-Nevill Manning, who oversees the Froogle shopping search engine.

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Google Isn’t Keeping Quiet After IPO Filing
Washington Post, May 20, 2004
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/33913.html

Normally, companies that are about to go public often keep announcements at a minimum because of a legal “quiet period.” Not so with Google. Communication and outreach from the company has been largely normal, though the occasional “we can’t talk during the quiet period” responses are creeping in. Let’s hope that doesn’t get used as an excuse to dodge legitimate questions, in the way former search player RealNames did: http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/2167691

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Future of Search Will Make you Dizzy
InternetNews.com, May 20, 2004
http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3356831

Amazon’s A9 search subsidiary’s chief executive Udi Manber says there’s far to go yet in search, and an important way to advance will be to force users to change their habits.

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10 things the Google ethics committee could discuss
BBC News, May 20, 2004
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/3732475.stm

Google apparently has an ethics committee that decides how to handle touchy issues. So what might be a top ten list of things to consider? The BBC gives it a go. As I told them, the big caveat is that everything on this list is largely applicable to other search companies, as well.

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Entrepreneurs Look for Ways To Exploit Google’s Ad System
Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2004
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB108310898774495463,00.html

I’ve mentioned briefly before that you knew Google’s AdSense program had hit critical mass when the “make money off AdSense” email spams started last year. Here’s a good look at how AdSense has sparked the creation of new sites designed primarily to make money by carrying AdSense ads for high value terms. I haven’t looked at any of the sites named in this article, but there’s no doubt that many of the new sites are similar to low-quality Amazon or eBay affiliate sites that have long polluted search engine results. And that’s ironic, because this time, it’s Google itself that’s fuelling the pollution.

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Sites to try when other engines fail you
San Jose Mercury News, May 19, 2004
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/8704895.htm

ResourceShelf.com’s Gary Price and ResearchBuzz.com’s Tara Calishain share tips on what to do, other resources to try, if web search fails you.

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A Tale of Two Patents
InternetNews.com, May 19, 2004
http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3356391

Google applied for a patent on targeting ads to email content back in June 2003. But it couldn’t know at the time that Sponster had applied for a similar patent in April 2002. No patent fight has yet emerged — Sponster actually sounds remarkably calm about the whole thing. But that could change for a variety of reasons, as detailed in the article.

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Geico sues Google, Overture over trademarks
News.com, May 17, 2004
http://news.com.com/2100-1024_3-5215107.html

Another lawsuit about keyword-based ads and trademarks, from major US auto insurer Geico. This time, Google isn’t alone — Overture also comes under fire.

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Dragging Search Above the Line (by the Scruff of Its Neck)
ClickZ, May 17, 2004
http://www.clickz.com/experts/brand/capital/article.php/3349641

Nearly half of those in a Jupiter Research survey said they had branding as a search campaign goal. Yet, only 20 percent said they measured any brand gains — compared to 70 percent who measure clicks. Gary Stein argues that more attention needs to be paid toward measuring the brand value of search.

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“Cheap” and “Free” Keywords: Not Always a Bargain
ClickZ, May 17, 2004
http://www.clickz.com/experts/search/results/article.php/3354461

Use the words “cheap” or “free” and you might see conversion rates plummet. Meanwhile, longer bids may cost less and convert better. Of course, I think eventually the search engines will continue their ongoing rollup of terms. That means eventually you’ll pay the same for a five word query (for example, “cool running shoes for marathon”) as shorter ones (for example, “running shoes”) if these are deemed as relating to the same audience .

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Google’s ad plans provoke grumbling
News.com, May 17, 2004
http://news.com.com/2100-1024_3-5213714.html

Image ads can be brand building tools — so shouldn’t Google sell its new contextual ads on a CPM basis? Some competing ad distribution services suggest it should. But hey, why stop there. We know that search ads can also build brand. Overture even did a study a few years ago to support this, in a quest to get more brand revenue from agencies. Shouldn’t those be sold on a CPM basis, as well? That’s the way it used to be on Google, so I don’t expect a flip-flop any time soon. Meanwhile, vertical search site Business.com drops its CPM-based banners entirely: http://www.dmnews.com/cgi-bin/artprevbot.cgi?article_id=27762

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In Google’s Shadow, Ask Jeeves Grows
DMNews.com, May 17, 2004
http://www.dmnews.com/cgi-bin/artprevbot.cgi?article_id=27727

Profile on how Ask Jeeves thinks it will survive and thrive despite the search battle between Google, Yahoo and Microsoft happening around it.

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Microsoft turns its might to growing field of search
AP, May 17, 2004
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/techinvestor/techcorporatenews/2004-05-17-mssearch_x.htm

Profile of Microsoft’s intent to win in search against Google and Yahoo. A few specifics, mostly stuff you’ve probably read in other stories like this before.

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Is Google Catalogs Kaput
ResourceShelf, May 16, 2004
http://www.resourceshelf.com/archives/2004_05_01_resourceshelf_archive.html#108472994809421750

Gary Price notes that the Google Catalogs service seems woefully out of date. For more about the service, see http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/2164461

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Have your Google people talk to my ‘googol’ people
Baltimore Sun, May 16, 2004
http://www.baltimoresun.com/technology/bal-as.googol16may16,0,1939718.story

Google is a play on the word “googol,” which mathematician Edward Kasner coined (or really, his nephew) in 1940 for 1 followed by 100 zeros. Kasner’s relatives now believe Google the search engine has made financial gains by capitalizing on the name. It’s understandable. After all, so many people went to Google thinking, “Aha, that’s funny — it’s just like that word for that large number.”

All will apparently be forgiven if Kasner’s relatives can participate as insiders on Google’s public offering. No news if the person who operates Googol.com also has any perceived obligations to Kasner’s relatives. That site is a bit less commercial than Google, to say the least.

Meanwhile, see the excellent Boston Globe article exploring the issue more, from the fact that googol was never used to describe a commercial product or service and that Google as a word existed in the English language back to about 1380: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2004/05/09/feelin_googly/

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Yahoo to boost search
San Francisco Chronicle, May 14, 2004
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/05/14/BUGKK6L0L91.DTL

Yahoo tells analysts to expect great things in search, saying it has 50 different search projects in the works though gave few details.

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Contact-ual Search
ClickZ, May 14, 2004
http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3354611

Those using Plaxo with Outlook or Outlook Express will now be able to search against Yahoo from within their email software.

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Behead Berg Ad On Google
Searchblog, May 14, 2004
http://battellemedia.com/archives/000662.php

Now it’s gone, but for a short time, Google was sadly carrying an ad for someone selling a video clip of Nick Berg being beheaded. As spotted by Gary Price, with screen capture from John Battelle.

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Yahoo takes Google’s spot on CNN
News.com, May 13, 2004
http://news.com.com/2100-1025_3-5212248.html

Yahoo outs Google as CNN’s search partner.

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Canadians search Web more
The Globe and Mail, May 13, 2004
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040513.wsearch0513/BNStory/Business/

Figures from comScore say Canadians seem to search slightly more often than Americans and that Google has a larger margin of popularity over rivals in Canada than in the United States.

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Search engines take the stand
News.com, May 13, 2004
http://news.com.com/2100-1032_3-5211658.html

An excellent, scary look at how courts are becoming more reliant on search engines as legal proof in cases. Scary? How about using search engine counts to decide if secondhand smoke is an issue to order a mother not to smoke near her child. The sheer number of web pages listed is hardly medical testimony. While it’s unlikely, it is even possible that a large number of those pages were saying secondhand smoke isn’t an issue. A count alone mean nothing.

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Advertisers Bid, You Click, They Pay
Washington Post, May 12, 2004
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22435-2004May12.html

No revelations here for readers — a look at how paid placement listings work. But some nice anecdotes from large companies that are using them.

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Scaling Google’s peaks
News.com, May 11, 2004
http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/software/developer/0,39020469,39154272,00.htm

Interview with Google’s director of technology Craig Silverstein. Google, he says, was in the right place at the right time to succeed in search. PageRank, he says, will remain part of the Google ranking system but new ideas will obviously be integrated. He hopes concerns over Gmail will subside, when many people can see the final product. And more.

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Mobiles take on Net search engines
Reuters, May 11, 2004
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/040511/80/eta9n.html

Any Question Answered is a service that lets people send SMS messages and receive answers back — perfect for those pub quizzes.

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Google preps new tool to juice revenue
News.com, May 11, 2004
http://asia.cnet.com/newstech/personaltech/0,39001147,39178745,00.htm

Google’s apparently looking at ways to automatically create paid listings for companies by crawling the pages in their web sites. Several search engine marketing firms already offer this to their paid listing clients.

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SEM and Online Publicity
ClickZ, May 10, 2004
http://www.clickz.com/experts/search/results/article.php/3351131

Publishers, journalists and PR firms — take note. Keep search engines in mind before you make your edits, and you might get rewarded for retaining copy that reads well and also pleases crawlers.

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Verizon Launches Self-Service Tool
ClickZ, May 10, 2004
http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/3351641

Now you can buy local paid placement listings on Superpages.com via an online program.

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Maintain Your Rankings After a Redesign
SearchEngineGuide.com, May 7, 2004
http://www.searchengineguide.com/whalen/2004/0507_jw1.html

Redesigning but afraid the change will cause you to lose rankings? Some tips from Jill Whalen.

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Web Search: On to “Sense-Making”
BusinessWeek, May 6, 2004
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/may2004/tc2004056_8496_tc_168.htm

A few interesting anecdotes on how IBM’s WebFountain is being used to analyze web content to report on company reputations and competitive intelligence. I just wish the companies in the anecdotes had been named, so that you could test how revealing an ordinary web search might be in comparison.

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Why Writing Your Own Search Engine is Hard
ACM Queue, April 2004
http://www.acmqueue.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=143

Want to run your own search engine? Here’s a look at issues ranging from hardware, bandwidth, file systems, crawling and indexing. Now finish and do your IPO.

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Building Nutch: Open Source Search
ACM Queue, April 2004
http://www.acmqueue.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=144

Interesting read especially for the efforts that are involved to defeat spam. The argument is that though Nutch is open, revealing secrets won’t hurt because spammers will batter down any defenses, no matter how tightly protected. OK, so what will stop spam? Nutch hopes that an open, public discussion may reveal new methods. Perhaps. But the real test will only come if Nutch is deployed by a major, highly-trafficked site. Spammers aren’t going to bother trying the defenses of other places. It’s not worth the time. That’s also a positive for those considering Nutch. If you operate a small, vertical site or just want Nutch to be used on your own content, then spam concerns are much less an issue.

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Search Engine Resources
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Yahoo Toolbar With Anti-Spyware Removal
http://beta.toolbar.yahoo.com/

Want to remove spyware? Try the new Yahoo Toolbar just out. It will be interesting to see if it detects and removes Claria (formerly Gator) and WhenU — companies that some consider spyware (a claim the companies stridently deny). Why so interesting? Both companies have deals to carry paid listings from Yahoo-owned Overture.

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DonkeyDo.com
http://www.donkeydo.com

Nice — do a search, and get the top results from Yahoo, MSN and Google side by side. Wish it included Ask/Teoma results, as well. Oddly, you get the top 10 from Yahoo and MSN even though they display more than this on their first pages — and you get the top 20 on Google, though it normally only displays 10 results per page. (permalink)

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CampaignSearch.com
http://www.campaignsearch.com/

Looking for audio/video content related to the US presidential campaign? Here’s a new web site designed to fulfill that need, a showcase for multimedia search company StreamSage. (permalink)

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Ujiko
http://www.ujiko.com/

From the makers of visual meta search tool KartOO, this is a really slick service to try. Do your search, then scroll through the list. See something bad? Click the trash can icon, and the listing goes away. It’s a great way to prune your results — even better would have been if everything trashed brought up something new to look at. That would be a help for those who simply refuse to go past the first page of results.

See something you like? Click the heart icon and you can rate the listing. This information is memorized, to help ensure the sites you choose to better in future searches. Unlike KartOO, Ujiko uses results from only one search engine: Yahoo. It also offers many more features I haven’t even yet explored, but you can learn more about them here: http://www.ujiko.com/en_htm/. Gary Price also gives a rundown here: http://www.resourceshelf.com/archives/2004_04_01_resourceshelf_archive.html. The only downside? Flash is required. (permalink)

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PubSub
http://www.pubsub.com

Enter the search terms you are interested in, and PubSub will find and monitor relevant blogs and web feeds for you, for free. You can also monitor newsgroups and US financial filings. The Link Ranks page lets you discover which domains are doing well in terms of being discussed in blog and web feeds. (permalink)

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Juvio
http://www.juvio.com/

New family-friendly web directory where all sites are supposed to have been reviewed for appropriateness. It’s based off Open Directory information, though you might not realize this because the standard Open Directory attribution required at the bottom of category pages only appears after a screenful of white space. (permalink)

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Objects Search
http://www.objectssearch.com/

Object Search is another service making use of the Nutch.org open source search engine, like MozDex that I wrote about last newsletter: http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/3350871#resources. Objects Search claims to be the first to make use of Nutch’s technology. Aside from ordinary web searching, you can also have results clustered into groups and seek images or news. News results appear powered by long-time news search site Daypop. Relevancy of web search results seems fairly poor. If you dare, try a search for “britney” and compare to Google or Yahoo to see this. Be aware that the site’s been up and down in the past, though it appears more stable now. (permalink)

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Semantic Web Search
http://www.semanticwebsearch.com/

Lets you search through RDF, RSS, web feed and XML content from across the web and provides the ability to narrow searches to within specific meta data fields. (permalink)

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MyVasco Google Date Range Filter
http://world.myvasco.com/daterange.htm

Google’s advanced search page lets you narrow results to those updated within the last three months, six months or a year. This lets you easily be more specific with your date restrictions on Google. (permalink)

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eSpew
http://www.espew.com

New web-based MP3 search engine.

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WWW-VL: History: W3 Search Engines
http://www.ku.edu/kansas/search/

Recently revitalized, this entry of the WWW Virtual Library provides links and resources on the history and operation of web search engines.

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Prog (formerly Proogle)
http://www.webmasterbrain.com/prog/

Last newsletter, I mentioned the very cool tool of Proogle that showed Google PageRank values next to pages listed. That’s since closed, apparently because Google blocked it (see http://forums.seochat.com/showthread.php?p=74271). Prog is a replacement by the same company that is working, though it perhaps tempts fate by not only taking Google’s results but running its own ads alongside them (http://www.webmasterbrain.com/ads/) (permalink)

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BlogPulse
http://blogpulse.com/

From long-time search player Intelliseek, this new site covers over a million blogs, providing analysis, trends and keyword-searching. Check out some interesting visualization tools in the Showcase area.

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