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Help, My Competitor is Yelp! Is the Local Review Space Big Enough?

The local review space is increasingly relevant to the modern day consumer. Long gone are the days where the only way you were recommended a business was through your friend’s sister’s friend with the hair salon or by calling your one foodie friend who happens to know every type of cuisine within a 10 mile radius – although you should probably still keep that friend around. We decided to check

Search for a Cure: The Medical Problems that Worry Americans Most

Image from: Sven Hoppe/Shutterstock Some might call me a hypochondriac.  Check my medical history, and you’ll see that I have never had a life-threatening medical problem.  Check my Google history, and you’ll see that I’ve thought I’ve been sick, at some point in my life or another, with about half a dozen of them.  I would guess that I’ve Googled “which side of the stomach is the appendix on” for

Traffic Report: The Top 10 Growing Magazines Online

Here at Compete, we have compiled a Magazine category which encompasses both digital magazines and the digital forms of print magazines. While the category experienced a slight (and expected) seasonal dip of 3% in unique visitors, it is up 13% year over year, a much larger growth than the 4% growth from September 2009 to September 2010. As digital becomes more relevant and more crucial to a magazine’s success, we

Picking Blackberries Online: A Look at Smartphone Search

Lasse Kristensen/Shutterstock I once owned a Blackberry.  I liked BBM, that blinking red light and being able to tell everyone that my messages were “encrypted.” That was until I owned an iPhone. Now we have all heard the debate, Mac or PC, iPhone or Blackberry, Firefox or Internet Explorer… everyone has their reasons and I have mine. Each phone has their unique features, but no matter which device is actually

September 2011 US Search Market Share Report

As with any major web usage and activity online, there are seasonal trends that occur within search.  Summer vacations, back-to-school shopping, big news and events, and even new search features on the engines themselves – all these factors influence the level of search activity that consumers conduct. In the coming months, Compete will try to shed some light into what exactly is driving changes in consumer search activity and to

Gamers Today – A View Through Search

If search existed in 1980 when Pac-Man was released, what would gamers or potential gamers have searched for?  Surely Pac-Man, “the most famous arcade game of all time,” according to Wikipedia, would’ve had massive search volume?  Perhaps gamers would have looked to see where they could play, get cheats to help advance levels, find the cheapest retailer to buy t-shirts, or gather information on other games slated for release in

AT&T Still Top Carrier Destination for iPhone Searchers

There has been a lot of buzz around the office surrounding the next iPhone release – or, as everyone is referring to it, the “iPhone 5.”  As we near the launch, I thought it would be interesting to see where people were going for information on this next evolution of the iPhone. Using Compete’s Daily Keyword Destination report I looked to see where people searching on any term that included

August 2011 US Search Market Share Report

As search marketing and the major search engines continue to evolve, Compete is continually refining its query measurement methodology to ensure we are in alignment with the marketplace. The objective of our search share report remains the same – to accurately represent true consumer engagement with search. To that end we have taken the following key measures to enhance our search share reporting: Improve our search query collection methodology to

The SEO Book of Mormon

Type the word “friend” into Google, and you’ll get the Wikipedia article and the dictionary.com definition. Up next? LDS.org. Huh? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It shows up as the third and fourth result—even before Facebook. So what’s the deal? A couple of weeks ago I read a fascinating article by Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post about how the LDS is using SEO to keep

What’s Better Than an iPad? A Free iPad. And Possibly Other Tablets, Too.

About a month ago, I scored the chance to win an iPad 2 at a Web Analytics Wednesday in Boston.  [The event, sponsored by Acronym Media, also included a brief presentation, a chance to mingle with others in the business, and free food and beer.]  To be eligible to win the iPad 2, audience members only had to drop their business cards into a bucket and stay for the entire

Forget Anchovies, Hold the PPC! SEO Management Helps Pizza Company Deliver to Its Bottom Line

After traveling through Europe on vacation the past couple of weeks, nothing said I was home more than grabbing a slice of New York pizza! Deciding to do a blog post on the topic, I wanted to find out who the “big cheeses” were in the pizza world and see if I could find some insight into their web strategies. Using the Keyword Destination tool on Compete.com to get a