Google Third Quarter Profits Up 23% on 2009

Yesterday, Google announced their financial results for the third quarter of this year, ending September 30 2010. Here is a summary: Revenues – Google reported revenues of $7.29 billion for the third quarter, an increase of 23% compared to the same period of 2009 ($5.94 billion). Google Sites Revenues – […]

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An Instant end to Google? Bing, HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9

Tweet Further to Microsoft’s recent release of Internet Exporer 9 and their drive to establish a new search “experience” through Bing, we can now observe the effects of the HTML5 enabled browser on their search engine. View the demonstration below: Google Instant The recent release of Google Instant search has […]

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About the Twitter 'URL Injection' Attack

Tweet Yesterday Twitter was subject to being ‘hacked’ for a number of hours – see Twitter Mouseover Hack. I don’t follow very many people on Twitter and didn’t directly experience this hack myself, but the way it worked was very interesting and so simple that anyone with a little experience […]

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How has search changed in 1 year and 15% discount code for Pubcon 2010

In a couple of months I will again be speaking, moderating and (for the first time) sponsoring Pubcon in Las Vegas. Last year I was interviewed by Vanessa Zamora and gave away some useful advice (at the time) on Link strategies, URL shorteners and the Future of Search. The result […]

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Craigslist Stops Adult Service Ads in the USA

One of the biggest internet classified ad providers has put a stop to the “adult services” section of its US website. Apparently this stoppage is in response to criticism from prosecutors that they had become a tool for prostitution. Last year, the site increased screening of adult ads after authorities […]

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Google Images Add Find More Sizes Option

As Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Land pointed out in a blog post today, Google have taken one out of Microsoft Bing’s book and added the option of Find More Sizes when searching for images in Google Images. While their Barry showed a boring example of a cow as his […]

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How to Pass Your Google AdWords Fundamental and Advanced Search Exams

After successfully completing the AdWords Fundamental and the Advanced Search exam, I thought I would share my experiences. Passing your AdWords exams is all part of making you a certified AdWords professional, and the knowledge gained is fundamental to maintain successful Paid Search campaigns. The qualifications will earn you a […]

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Google Transcribe Audio Fail: Matt Cutts %uh

Google’s attempt to introduce subtitles on YouTube videos is somewhat impaired. The audio transcribe option on most videos which involve talking brings up subtitles for the video, supplied by Google. Unfortunately, their audio transcribing has produced a number of howlers in the videos I’ve watched. A good example is in […]

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How to redirect and keep referrer data for web analytics

As many will have heard, Cool URIs Don’t Change, but in the course of the life-cycle of a typical website it invariably happens. And when it does, the only reasonable solution is to redirect users to the new location for content. Best practice is to use a server-side 301 (permanent) […]

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PPC Account Re-Structure

"Having used Google Adwords profitably for a number of years, our account had grown considerably and managing our campaigns was becoming increasingly difficult. We approached Receptional to review the structure of our account with a view to improving the management of our adspend and increasing our ROI. Within no time, […]

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