Entrepreneur Magazine interview

January 9th, 2004

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Originally published in Entrepreneur Magazine

When it comes to search engines and search marketing, what are the major engines for consumers these days? Of course there are quite a few search engines in existence but at this time the big players are Google, AOL, Yahoo, and MSN. These control 94% of all search.

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Webcast Questions and Answers

January 1st, 2004

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Q: If you want to use the Google Directory to find out your PageRank score, how do you know what category Google has put you in to start this process?
A: Simply start at the Google Directory home page at http:/directory.google.com and conduct a search for your company name or brand name. If you are listed in the Directory, you’ll see the Category you’re listed in as part of your search listing. Click on that category name to go directly to that category page of the Directory.

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The Ruby Slippers of Search

December 1st, 2003

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Originally published in MarketingProfs

If consumers find ecommerce appealing because it helps them find and buy products easier and in less time, then your web site is no longer the shortest distance between points A and B; Google is. During the past few years the Google search engine has emerged to dominate the land of Oz that is the search engine market space. Google’s deals to distribute search results to the likes of AOL and Yahoo! have established a breathtaking critical mass worth more than 80% of all Internet search.

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King Hit

April 1st, 2003

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Originally published in Unlimited

Why does Montana Wines appear on the first page of Google’s search results for “New Zealand wines,” while Matua can’t be found until page two? And why does Trelawn Place come up number one in a Google search for “Queenstown bed and breakfast”, whereas competitor White Shadows Country Inn is number 11?

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The Invisible Edge

December 23rd, 2002

by Stephan Spencer and Brian Klais

521,000 people were searching across the entire Internet last week for the 21,200 products you sell, and that since 99.3% of them did not know that you sold those items, they did not visit your site. And this cost you, $5 million in missed sales opportunities. Oops!

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Happy Googling

October 1st, 2002

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Originally published in Unlimited

Google, with over two billion documents in its search database, is the most popular search engine on the planet. Here’s how to get the most out of it.

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The Search is On…

June 1st, 2002

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Originally published in Catalog Age

Van Dyke’s Restorers is pretty happy with the results of its site redesign. With a 450% increase in traffic within three months and a 500% leap in revenue, why wouldn’t the Woonsocket, SD-based cataloger be happy? What’s more, the redesign didn’t involve major changes to the Website offering. All that the marketer of woodworking and furniture restoration supplies had to do was …

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Driving Traffic to Your Website (Part 2)

July 1st, 2000

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Originally published in Building Online Business

The Internet’s top engines and directories account for more than 95 percent of all search traffic. Yahoo! alone commands more than half the market, and a Compaq study found that 68 percent of 500 million users only looked at the first page of results. For a top 10 search results position, the focus must clearly be on the big players. A company should start with its existing website.

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Driving Traffic to Your Website (Part 1)

June 1st, 2000

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Originally published in Building Online Business

What’s the point of spending money on a great website if no one visits it? In part
one of this two-part series, the basics are covered: making the most of domain names, directory listings, and search engine rankings to improve a website’s traffic.

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