About Jim Hedger

Jim Hedger works with Metamend Search Engine Marketing as a SEO Consultant, lead copywriter and head blog writer. Jim has been involved in the SEO field since the days of the dinosaurs and felt he had lost a personal friend when Disney went "ol' Yeller" on Infoseek. Over the course of his career, Jim has gotten drunk with Jeeves the Butler, tossed sticks to that sock-puppet dog from Pets.com and come out of a staring contest with Googlebot confidently declaring a tie. When not traveling between conferences, Jim lives with a perpetually annoyed cat named Hypertext in the Pacific techno-outport of Victoria British Columbia.
Are Google SERPs Entirely Organic?

Google has made another alteration the Google Help Center , this time removing the assurance that Google’s results are completely automated.

Lycos Turning Search Lights Out?

A rumour is circulating that says Lycos has laid off most of its search team and is retaining a skeleton crew to keep its beleaguered services operating.

Google Snags A9 Chief, Amazon Replaces Him with Intel VP

Google has added another search engineering superstar to its talent roster snagging Udi Manber, the suddenly former CEO of Amazon’s search engine A9.com.

Google Shows Large Q4 Revenues Yet Stock Falls Overnight

Google released its forth quarter results Tuesday, posting revenues of $1.919 billion for the three month period ending December 31, 2005.

Redefining the Search Scenery

As expected, the roll out of change in the world of search is proving to be highly disruptive.

Who’s Got the Biggest Ego?

Mirror, Mirror, on the Web, Who has got the biggest head?

Unified Theory of Google

If someone were to ask you to name the core business of General Motors, chances are you would naturally respond, “automobile manufacturing”.

SEO Tips In a Sea of Change

Waves of change have cascaded over the search marketing sector in the past year prompting changes in the methods, business and practice of search engine optimization.

Reporters Without Borders Want Your Help

Reporters Without Boaders is a public interest group established to protect the right of reporters, journalists, and bloggers to witness and report on events.

Google Takes “Overseas” Market from Yahoo
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Fortune Magazine reports Google has overtaken Yahoo in Europe and other “overseas” markets, according to an advisor’s note to Bear Stearns clients.

MSN Speculation

Microsoft wants to continue to be the biggest thing ever and to do that; it needs to remain the operating system of choice in a rapidly changing world.

Yahoo Speculation

The year opened with two major items regarding Yahoo. The first involves Microsoft, the second, MTV.

State of Search Marketing 2006

Happy New Year everyone! After a two-week slowdown, the North American business world is gearing up to its general terminal velocity.

Year Opens with Google Speculation

It all starts with a rumour. Someone said something to someone else and that someone told another person and before you can say, “cheese-doodle”, a wrong-story rumour grows out of control as speculation spreads it far and wide.

Search Related Philanthropic Foundations

This happens every year. The Yuletide holidays leave a massive hole in the world of search engine news. To be blunt, practically nothing major is happening at this time.

2005 Search Engine Journal Blog Awards

Many thanks to the readers and responders who nominated our blog as one of the top search engine optimization related blogs of 2005.

2006 Predictions

It is that time of year again. Between the extra helpings of turkey soup and sandwiches, writers of every stripe are making lists of predictions for the coming twelve months.

Essential Venues for Small Business in 2006

Search engine marketing has displaced every traditional media with the exception of television in relevancy and importance in the eyes of ad-buyers.

Alexa Allows Personal Search Development
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Alexa is a little-known search company owned by Amazon, which is primarily used by search marketers as a basic statistics provider.

The Greased Pig of Search is About to Get Caught

The greased pig of the search world is about to get caught. Apparently the pig is a prized ham after all.

Google’s Ten Golden Rules

Google gets lots of news coverage as it has grown into the behemoth it is today and has been fighting a corporate image problem.

South Korean Fine Sends Microsoft a Message

Anti-trust regulators in South Korea fined Microsoft a megre $32 million after ruling it had abused its dominance of the software market by using the unfair business practice of tying certain software packages to the Windows OS.

NYTimes to Relaunch the About.com Network

Nine months ago, the search and advertising world was surprised to learn the New York Times was purchasing About.com for $410 million.

Microsoft Fremont Appears Based on Google Base

Microsoft coders have been working quietly and steadily over the past few months to create a classified advertising system.