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AlmondNet Is No Joy

A company called AlmondNet, run by Micha and Roy Shkedi is unveiling a new advertising program that teams up with users ISP’s and a network of website partners to deliver relevant advertising. Now search engines and other companies have been using cookies to track users movements within a website for ...

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Amazon’s New Tool is Virtually Amazing

Amazon has just unveiled its own search engine, which is aimed at businesses and intends to compete with the online Yellow Pages industry. One of the coolest features is something called “Block View”, which shows the surrounding streets and businesses at a given location. According to The Denver Post online ...

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Did You Hear, LookSmart is Still Here?

One of the former search engine leaders, LookSmart popped its head up to announce that its still here even when its year-end financial results are still sliding. LookSmart’s market share has been sliding for the last several years since they decided to convert all listings to paid listings whether those ...

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Sponsored Link from a Hole in the Ground

The Pew Internet and American Life Project has reported that 82-percent of Internet users don’t know the difference between a sponsored link and an organic listing in the search engines. These 82-percent do not know that “sponsor” means advertiser in search engine lingo and that sponsored links are paid advertisements ...

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Google and Yahoo! Video Search Unveiled

Google and Yahoo! have both rolled out their new video search capabilities. Google Video Search is in beta and Yahoo! Video Search is live as a tab on its front page but does carry the beta tag as well. So, immediately I had to run to Yahoo! and do a ...

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MSN Beta Goes Live

MSN Beta has just become MSN Search going live and its not even Saturday night. Results from MSN Beta have been filtering over to MSN Search since January 16, 2005 and now it is official. The search engine wars heat up again as MSN Search is no longer dependent upon ...

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Make the Google Sandbox Your Playground

Much as been said about the so-called “Google Sandbox” which penalizes newer websites by putting them in a sort of holding tank for several months until they can prove they are a legitimate business and not just some fly-by-night operation. This has caused great frustration for the legitimate businesses who ...

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AOL Search – Extreme Makeover

This week, AOL Search is set to roll out and enhanced version of their search portal. The organic results say they are “Enhanced by Google” which means their results are the same as the Google results. One search engine news portal exclaims that AOL Search is aiming to compete head-to-head ...

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Right to Privacy But Not Anonymity

I just heard about a data mining company that stated that in the United States we have a right to privacy but not to anonymity. In other words, you can never just go off, get lost and be alone if this is what you’d like to do. Their business model ...

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SEO and SEM Trends for 2004

SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization) recently released its “The State of Search Engine Marketing 2004” report, summarizing trends in the SEO industry for last year. According to the survey, online advertisers spent over $4 billion for search engine marketing in 2004. Of this amount, $3.3 billion was spent on ...

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