Google’s new content spam detection may have kicked in

31 01 2011
  • WebmasterWorld thread has a bunch of SEOs and Webmasters complaining about a recent and significant drop in traffic from Google. These reports all come from webmasters who have had stable rankings in Google and stable traffic from Google for years. There is some speculation that Google’s new content spam detection and prevention techniques have kicked in Read the rest of this entry »

Groupon loses ground

28 01 2011
  • A few months back Google made an offer to buy Groupon, a fast growing coupon site primarily based in the USA, the figure was said to be about 6 billion which Groupon turned down. Now over the past week Groupons main competitor Living Social has shot up by 80% traffic while Groupon has declined 20%. The result is that Google and Facebook are both now expressing interest in Living Social, so I bet that 6 billion dollar offer is looking pretty good right now. Head over to Bill Tancer‘s article to see the stats Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook wants you to buy the same stuff as your friends

27 01 2011

Facebook’s new Buy with Friends program is going to help you keep up by offering you a chance to purchase everything your friends bought and you might even get a discount.

Deb Liu of Facebook Commerce Product Marketing announced the roll out of the new program at the Inside Social Apps InFocus 2011 Conference.

Buy with Friends is an attempt to make social commerce more social and it could be both a boon and a bust, depending on which side of the dollar you’re on. Read the rest of this entry »

Twitter to triple revenue in the coming year

25 01 2011

eMarketer is taking a swing at ad revenue predictions for Twitter and they think that 2011 will be a good year and their magic 8 ball says 2012 should even better.

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Google improves spam detection and Eric Schmidt cashes out

24 01 2011

Matt Cutts recently made a blog post on the official Google blog, which highlighted changes in relevancy ranking factors to come:

As we’ve increased both our size and freshness in recent months, we’ve naturally indexed a lot of good content and some spam as well. To respond to that challenge, we recently launched a redesigned document-level classifier that makes it harder for spammy on-page content to rank highly. The new classifier is better at detecting spam on individual web pages, e.g., repeated spammy words—the sort of phrases you tend to see in junky, automated, self-promoting blog comments. Read the rest of this entry »

Google gains ground in China

20 01 2011
  • Despite all the conflict Google has faced in China, they are reporting a respectable gain in market share in that area while still remaining well behind of Baidu which holds 77 percent of the local market. Michael Kan wrote earlier today, “The search engine giant’s share of Chinese search advertising revenue rose to 23.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, a 1.5 percentage-point increase from the third quarter, Analysys International said Tuesday.”  Read the rest of this entry »

New YouTube homepage in the works

19 01 2011