Cuil fail: traffic nearly hits rock bottom
"Cuil isn't performing well any way you look at it, and I can only imagine how nervous the startup’s management team and investors must be by now. Based on the numbers and graphs we gather from Google Trends, Alexa, Compete and Quantcast, you could even say search engine traffic is nearing rock bottom."
Google's Matt Cutts says that the bounce rate is not a ranking factor
"I'll just say that bounce rates would be not only spammable but noisy. A search industry person recently sent me some questions about how bounce rate is done at Google and I was like 'Dude, I have no idea about any things like bounce rate. Why don't you talk to this nice Google Analytics evangelist who knows about things like bounce rate?'"
Google now features blog thumbnails
"I noticed that Google is running a little thumbnail alongside the first links. I have verified that this is not an experiment but rather a new mini feature. When I logged out of my account I was able to replicate it."
Why online ads are weathering the recession
"In most media, 2009 will bring unkind cuts, and Madison Avenue will never be the same. But Internet advertising seems to be holding up. [...] The only bright spot this time is online advertising, which, despite a series of downward revisions, is still expected to grow between 6% and 10% next year over 2008 levels."
Would you rather Google than think?
"Earlier this year, researchers at University College London dispelled the myth that young people are qualitatively different - in aptitudes, attitudes and expectations - from the rest of us when it comes to mining the Internet for information. [...] Do having 'facts at our fingertips' and a surfeit of information come at the expense of creative and independent thinking?"
Search engine newslets
- Yahoo India hiring plans on.
- The Top 10 health search engines of 2008.
- Google Alerts sometimes seems to send false alerts.
- Google 'set to launch Street View service in the UK in spring'.
- Paid click growth will benefit Google.
- Big brother Google?
- Internet overtakes newspapers as news source.
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