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February 2012 US Search Market Share Report

Even with leap day, overall search activity declined nearly 7% across all the engines. The overall picture and trends remain the same – Google Powered engines (Google and AOL) decreased slightly in their market share; while the Bing Powered engines (Bing and Yahoo!) picked up the 0.7ppt’s share the Google Powered engines lost. Google Powered now represents 68.8% of the market and Bing Powered has 33.2% of the market. Bing

msnNOW Finds Popularity with Younger Audience and May Drive Growth for Bing

Image from: mnsNOW Late last Wednesday on 2/15/12 Microsoft launched their newest addition to its MSN services, called msnNOW. This service enables people to get real-time information on what people are talking about, sharing, and searching for from one centralized place. It’s available on multiple screens – on the PC at now.msn.com, the iPad, mobile devices, and even as a social reader app on Facebook. Who are the early adopters

January 2012 US Search Market Share Report

Both Bing and Yahoo gained market share this month, while Google’s share declined. The overall picture and trends remain the same – Google Powered engines (Google and AOL) continue to slowly lose traction monthly; while the Bing Powered engines (Bing and Yahoo!) continue to gain momentum.  Google Powered share declined 1.2ppt, while Bing Powered increased its share by those 1.2pppt’s. Google Powered now represents 68.3% of the market and Bing

Google Social is Exploding Online!

Image from: J Corey Davis Now that the dust has settled from the initial launch of Google+ it is time for some analysis of the social network’s functionality and popularity. No doubt people are extremely excited with the new release of Google’s social platform, which links together personalized search, a customizable social network, and the ability to add value to any page on the web with the new and highly

Bing Is #2 and “Bing Is For #Doing”

Image from: Smart Boy Designs Bing ended 2011 as the second largest search engine in the US.  While Google is still the top used search engine for core web searches, Bing gained the most traction year over year and grew its share of the market by 4.4ppt’s to 16.3% while Google experienced a decline of 3.7ppt’s and now stands at 67.9% of the market. What is driving Bing’s growth? Bing

Seamlessly Searching for Food Online

Image from: Stephen Coburn / Shutterstock I recently saw an advertisement on the train for much-hyped, new kid in the online food delivery space, Seamless.com. As an online and mobile food ordering company, users can browse over 7,000 restaurants throughout the U.S. and place their order online for free. Now, ordering take-out is no new phenomenon. But what Seamless offers is the ability to craft your meal from a variety of

ModCloth search strategies cut from a different cloth

Image from: ModCloth From mp3 players to custom shoes, we’re a culture obsessed with being different. This is apparent in the success of companies that have harnessed crowd sourcing techniques for women’s fashion. The community around ModCloth is clutch because the pictures and comments they add under the product descriptions make you feel more comfortable with buying clothing online. Community aside, the simple fact that a clothing manufacturer actually cares

12 Link-Bait Techniques to Help Maximize Your SEO

The following post is a guest post, written by Megan Marrs of WordStream. The term “link-baiting” has a negative tinge to it, and I can’t help but think of some dastardly fisherman violently yanking a giant metal hook through some innocent fish’s face (I’ve never imagined fishing as such a dark sport). But in truth, link-baiting doesn’t have to be a shameful endeavor. Link-baiting is as much about creating wonderful

The 6 People Twitter Should Bring if Stranded on a Desert Island

Image from: Andrew Doran / Shutterstock As a brand who seeks out any way to engage with our customers, friends, and other our industry experts, we openly admit that we need Twitter. We might even go so far as to say that we are addicted to it. It seems that in this day and age if a company does not have a social media presence they are not only outdated, but also

Sites Thankful for Thanksgiving

No holiday beats Thanksgiving in my book—you just can’t top family, food and football. Of course, having the resources of compete.com at my disposal, why not take a minute to check out which sites get the spike from turkey day traffic? After looking up the keyword “thanksgiving” on compete.com, which sites are most thankful for the holiday? Cooking sites, apparently. While retail sites all see that boost from the upcoming

Tis’ the Season to Up the Ante on Your iPad SEO

Now I have been on the Apple bandwagon since my first iPod in 9th grade and while I often Shazam a good tune via my iPhone 4, right before downloading it on my Macbook, I lack one Apple screen that any tech saavy digital native should have… An iPad. Recently, I opened up an email from Apple and was greeted with a catchy phrase, “The best gifts surprise people long