Google Simplifies Local Search Control

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: SEO, Search Engine News

Not even a week after Marissa Mayer was charged with handling Google’s location and local services, Google is rolling out its first change. Google will soon add a “Change location” link to the left panel on its search results pages, making it easier for searchers to find local businesses and provide an accurate location setting.

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Google Sites Account for 6.4% of All Global Internet Traffic

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News

Google is huge, and it continues to shatter records. This month, Google broke an Internet traffic record, and the search giant now represents about 6.4 percent of all global Internet traffic, according to Arbor Networks Security.

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Mobile Maps Usage Surges; Apps Trump Mobile Browsers

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News

ComScore report that for the three month period ending April 2010, that more smartphone users accessed maps via applications, than maps via mobile browser in a month.

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Google Search Market Share Hits 72 Percent in May 2010

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News

Experian Hitwise today announced that Google accounted for 72.17 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending May 29, 2010. Yahoo! Search, Bing and Ask received 14.43 percent, 9.23 percent and 2.14 percent, respectively.

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How to Optimize Web Design for Bing

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News

Over at the official Bing blog, Principal Group Program Manager Rajesh Srivastava is offering up some tips on how to conduct search engine optimization (SEO) for their engine.

Much of Srivastava’s advice is your basic SEO tips that you would apply for Google or Yahoo! But for you beginners out there, drill these SEO principles into your head:

  • Develop great, original content (including well-implemented keywords) directed toward your intended audience
  • Use well-architected code in your webpages (including images and Sitemaps) so that users’ web browsers and search engine crawlers can read the content you want indexed)
  • Earn several, high-quality, authoritative inbound links

Bing has a Webmaster Center, similar to Google’s Webmaster Central. Use it to help Bing index your site and improve your results even further. Here are tips for using Bing’s Webmaster Center:

  • Review the Bing official guidelines for successful indexing document for various recommendations on technical and content issues as well as known problems that can affect your site’s rank
  • Visit the Webmaster Center blog to keep up with the latest information from the team (you can even subscribe to our blog’s RSS feed to automate this process)
  • Register all of your websites with Bing Webmaster Center tools, where you can use our tools to see all sorts of data to your website pertinent to webmasters
  • Participate in our Webmaster Center user forums to ask questions and provide us with feedback


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Browser usage June 2009 – Firefox blazes on!

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News

Firefox is nearly at 50% market share!

Browser Statistics Month by Month

2009 IE7 IE6 IE8 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
June 18.7% 14.9% 7.1% 47.3% 6.0% 3.1% 2.1%
May 21.3% 14.5% 5.2% 47.7% 5.5% 3.0% 2.2%
April 23.2% 15.4% 3.5% 47.1% 4.9% 3.0% 2.2%
March 24.9% 17.0% 1.4% 46.5% 4.2% 3.1% 2.3%
February 25.4% 17.4% 0.8% 46.4% 4.0% 3.0% 2.2%
January 25.7% 18.5% 0.6% 45.5% 3.9% 3.0% 2.3%
2008 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
December 26.1% 19.6% 44.4% 3.6% 2.7% 2.4%
November 26.6% 20.0% 44.2% 3.1% 2.7% 2.3%
October 26.9% 20.2% 44.0% 3.0% 2.8% 2.2%
September 26.3% 22.3% 42.6% 3.1% 2.7% 2.0%
August 26.0% 24.5% 43.7% 2.6% 2.1%
July 26.4% 25.3% 42.6% 2.5% 1.9%
June 27.0% 26.5% 0.5% 41.0% 2.6% 1.7%
May 26.5% 27.3% 0.7% 39.8% 2.4% 1.5%
April 24.9% 28.9% 1.0% 39.1% 2.2% 1.4%
March 23.3% 29.5% 1.1% 37.0% 2.1% 1.4%
February 22.7% 30.7% 1.3% 36.5% 2.0% 1.4%
January 21.2% 32.0% 1.5% 36.4% 1.9% 1.4%
2007 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla Safari Opera
November 20.8% 33.6% 1.6% 36.3% 1.2% 1.8% 1.6%
September 20.8% 34.9% 1.5% 35.4% 1.2% 1.6% 1.5%
July 20.1% 36.9% 1.5% 34.5% 1.4% 1.5% 1.9%
May 19.2% 38.1% 1.6% 33.7% 1.3% 1.5% 1.7%
March 18.0% 38.7% 2.0% 31.8% 1.3% 1.6% 1.6%
January 13.3% 42.3% 3.0% 31.0% 1.5% 1.7% 1.5%
2006 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla N7/8 Opera
November 7.1% 49.9% 3.6% 29.9% 2.5% 0.2% 1.5%
September 2.5% 55.6% 4.0% 27.3% 2.3% 0.4% 1.6%
July 1.9% 56.3% 4.2% 25.5% 2.3% 0.4% 1.4%
May 1.1% 57.4% 4.5% 25.7% 2.3% 0.3% 1.5%
March 0.6% 58.8% 5.3% 24.5% 2.4% 0.5% 1.5%
January 0.2% 60.3% 5.5% 25.0% 3.1% 0.5% 1.6%
2005 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla N7 O8 O7
November 62.7% 6.2% 23.6% 2.8% 0.4% 1.3% 0.2%
September 69.8% 5.7% 18.0% 2.5% 0.4% 1.0% 0.2%
July 67.9% 5.9% 19.8% 2.6% 0.5% 0.8% 0.4%
May 64.8% 6.8% 21.0% 3.1% 0.7% 0.7% 0.6%
March 63.6% 8.9% 18.9% 3.3% 1.0% 0.3% 1.6%
January 64.8% 9.7% 16.6% 3.4% 1.1% 1.9%
2004 IE6 IE5 Mozilla N3 N7 N4 O7
November 66.0% 10.2% 16.5% 0.2% 1.2% 0.3% 1.6%
September 67.8% 11.2% 13.7% 0.3% 1.4% 0.3% 1.7%
July 67.2% 13.2% 12.6% 0.4% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
May 68.1% 13.8% 9.5% 0.6% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
March 68.2% 14.6% 7.9% 0.8% 1.4% 0.6% 1.4%
January 68.9% 15.8% 5.5% 0.4% 1.5% 0.5% 1.5%
2003 IE6 IE5 Mozilla N3 N7 N4 O7
November 71.2% 13.7% 7.2% 0.5% 1.6% 0.5% 1.9%
September 69.7% 16.9% 6.2% 0.6% 1.5% 0.6% 1.8%
July 66.9% 20.3% 5.7% 0.6% 1.5% 0.6% 1.7%
May 65.0% 22.7% 4.6% 1.0% 1.4% 0.9% 1.4%
March 63.4% 24.6% 4.2% 0.9% 1.4% 1.1% 1.2%
January 55.3% 29.3% 4.0% 1.2% 1.1% 1.7%
2002 IE6 IE5 AOL N3 N5 N4 IE4
November 53.5% 29.9% 5.2% 1.1% 4.9% 2.0%
September 49.1% 34.4% 4.5% 1.3% 4.5% 2.2%
July 44.4% 40.1% 3.5% 1.2% 3.5% 2.6% 0.5%
May 40.7% 46.0% 2.8% 1.2% 2.7% 3.4% 0.7%
March 36.7% 49.4% 3.0% 1.2% 2.4% 4.1% 0.7%
January 30.1% 55.7% 2.8% 1.3% 2.2% 4.4% 1.0%

Thank you w3schools for the stats


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Google Updates to Flash Indexing

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: SEO, Search Engine News, Web Design

Google has just updated the way Flash files are Indexed in their Search Engine.  External content sources will now also be indexed when used in SWF files.

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Bing Already Stealing Market Share from Google

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: SEO, Search Engine News, Web News

Early stats from Statcounter show Bing taking off in a big way in the United States. As of yesterday, Bing was at 16.28% marketshare while Yahoo! hung out at 10.22% marketshare.

Meanwhile, Google’s market share has dropped about 6 points from 78.07% to 71.99%.

Of course, Bing has only been live since Monday. It could just be curiosity. But if people are truly liking Bing, these numbers will be corroborated by comScore and Nielsen data. If that’s the case, Bing may be a decision Microsoft got really, really right.

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h/t TechCrunch


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Google AdWords Editor 7.5.1

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News, Web News

Google has released a new version of its AdWords Editor and there are some new features to look forward to.

CSV import has been added. Google says this was requested by many advetisers. Making changes on a spreadsheet or custom app can now be imported.

Next is the ability to download selected campaigns. You no longer have to endure long waits while your entire account downloads. Just select the campaigns you wish to download and go about your business.

The Keyword Opportunities feature has been updated. You can now sort by topical category. Also, when you export or copy keywords, the Keywords Opportunity column is now included.

Sort data by up to 3 columns.

A new Keyword Count column allows you to sort by number of keywords.

Resume account download prevents download progress from being lost is a download is interrupted for some reason.

A progress bar will let you know where you are at in the process of a given task in AdWords Editor.

You can select duplicates in order of appearance.

Usage tracking gives you the opportunity to share anonymous data in order to improve AdWords Editor.

New languages in this version include:

  • Thai
  • Arabic
  • Romanian
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Greek
  • Vietnamese
  • Bulgarian
  • Croatian
  • Lithuanian
  • Estonian
  • Slovak
  • Filipino
  • Slovenian
  • Serbian
  • Catalan
  • Latvian
  • Ukranian
  • Hindi


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Google AdWords to Allow Trademarks in Ad Text

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News

Google is issuing a significant update to its policy on Trademarks in AdWords ad text. Trademarks will now be allowed in ad text, in the U.S. only, under the following circumstances:

  • Ads which use the term in a descriptive or generic way, and not in reference to the trademark owner or the goods or services corresponding to the trademark term.
  • Ads which use the trademark in a nominative manner to refer to the trademark or its owner, specifically:
    • Resale of the trademarked goods or services: The advertiser’s site must sell (or clearly facilitate the sale of) the goods or services corresponding to a trademark term. The landing page of the ad must clearly demonstrate that a user is able to purchase the goods or services corresponding to a trademark from the advertiser.
    • Sale of components, replacement parts or compatible products corresponding to a trademark: The advertiser’s site must sell (or clearly facilitate the sale of) the components, replacement parts or compatible products relating to the goods or services of the trademark. The advertiser’s landing page must clearly demonstrate that a user is able to purchase the components, parts or compatible products corresponding to the trademark term from the advertiser.
    • Informational sites: The primary purpose of the advertiser’s site must be to provide non-competitive and informative details about the goods or services corresponding to the trademark term. Additionally, the advertiser may not sell or facilitate the sale of the goods or services of a competitor of the trademark owner.


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