Weekly SEO news: 23 December 2008
Welcome to the Christmas issue of the Search Engine Facts newsletter.

This week, we're bringing you our Christmas puzzle instead of the main article. Can you find the hidden message?

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May you enjoy peace, love, and happiness among friends and family.

In the news: Google leads in ad-serving share, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo might be similar to Ford, GM and Chrysler in the 40s, Google improves image search and more.

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We hope that you enjoy this newsletter and that it helps you to get more out of your website. Please pass this newsletter on to your friends.

Best regards,
Andre Voget, Johannes Selbach, Axandra CEO

Merry Christmas
1. Axandra Christmas puzzle

Find the hidden message:

2008 puzzle

Mark the following words in the picture above:


The words can be written in any direction (left, right, up, down, diagonally). As an example, we have marked the word "LINKS" in the image.

When you have marked all words in the image, read the remaining letters from left to right to see our hidden message. A printable version and the solution can be found here.

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2. Search engine news and articles of the week

Google leads in ad-serving share

"DoubleClick and AdSense are responsible for more than half of all online-ad-server calls, or 31% and 26% respectively, Attributor reported. The next closest was Yahoo, at 10%, followed by AOL and Revenue Science, both at 7%. Surprisingly, Microsoft, which owns the Atlas ad-serving system, had only 4% of the market."

GMGoogle, Microsoft, Yahoo as Ford, GM and Chrysler

"Could Google, Microsoft and Yahoo be the equivalent of Ford, GM and Chrysler more than 60 years ago? [...] The parallel with the auto industry? Buick, Oldsmobile and Chevrolet were the high tech startups industry of the 1940s. They were gobbled up to become GM."

New search-by-style options for Google Image Search

"Today we're pleased to extend [the style search options] to clip art and line drawings. To see the effect of these new options, let's take a look at the first few results for 'Christmas,' one of our most popular queries on Image Search right now."

Patrich PichetteGoogle's secret revenue weapon revealed

"All quarter long, Wall Street has been trying to figure out why Google has introduced a slew of new revenue-generating products and suddenly developed new religion with regard to costs. [..] A senior source at the company tells us the changes are the result of Google's 'secret weapon,' new CFO Patrick Pichette."

Google disguises capitalism as civil rights

"Google has an opinion on the matter. Network neutrality is necessary to keep the service providers from charging us [...]. We want to run our business how we please, but you should force the internet service providers to run their business how we please. It's just really convenient for us that way. Please, government, step in and save us."

Search engine newslets

  • Is the honeymoon really over for Google?
  • Chinese search engine Baidu opens R&D center in Shanghai.
  • Google improves ancient Rome 3D.
  • Snow conditions of Alpine skiing resorts in Google Earth.
  • Mozilla CEO: Ties with Google 'complicated' since Chrome.
  • ComScore: YouTube now 25 percent of all Google searches.

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3. Success stories

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High rankings on Google mean more website visitors, more customers and more sales. Watch the video for further information:

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"We do not need to spend a single penny on media advertising."

"I just like to say how great we think IBP is. Digital Wonder Lab is a web design company, and we have been using IBP ever since we started producing websites. All of our customers are now on Google's first result page.

Most of the time this occurred in only a few months. It really impresses our customers how quickly we can achieve this. Thanks IBP!"
Rob Good, Digital Wonder Lab

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Let us know how IBP has helped you to improve your website and we might publish your success story with a link to your website in this newsletter. The more detailed your story is, the better.

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