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AOL’s publishing division MediaGlow said its sites saw record growth in January, with page views up 47 percent year-over-year to reach 7 billion and total minutes increasing 39 percent to 4.9 million.

AOL says its redesigned homepage grew 5 percent in page views, 12 percent in unique visitors, a record 33 percent in total minutes and 6 percent in total visits year-over-year.

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AOL’s publishing division MediaGlow said its sites saw record growth in January, with page views up 47 percent year-over-year to reach 7 billion and total minutes increasing 39 percent to 4.9 million.

AOL says its redesigned homepage grew 5 percent in page views, 12 percent in unique visitors, a record 33 percent in total minutes and 6 percent in total visits year-over-year.

Online Radio Grows 37 Percent
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Online music radio and track play listening hours increased 37.6 percent to 6.67 billion in 2008, while in-stream audio sold against ad -supported cumulative hours rose by 46.1 percent to $74 million over the 12 month period, according to a report by AccuStream iMedia Research.

The report, "Online Music Spins and Media Spend: 2003 – 2012," found that AOL’s Shoutcast platform remains the most popular destination for online music, accounting for 52.5 percent of total time spent listening, followed by Clear Channel sites with 7.8 percent.

Google Asks Time Warner For Money Back

Roughly three years ago, Google bought a five percent stake in AOL for $1 billion.  AOL then went down the tubes, and more recently, the economy has done the same.  So everyone’s favorite search giant has now put Time Warner into a position where it may have to offer something of a refund. 

AOL Names Former Yahoo Exec To Run Its Ad Business

AOL has named former Yahoo sales executive, Greg Coleman President of its advertising business Platform- A.

"Greg Coleman is perfectly suited to build on the foundation we created at Platform-A and drive branded display sales across our fast-growing MediaGlow programming network," said Randy Falco, AOL Chairman and CEO.

AOL Announces Round Of Layoffs, Pay Freezes
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The company that introduced many people to the Internet has gone into bunker mode.  AOL’s chairman and CEO, Randy Falco, announced layoffs, pay freezes, and another couple of drastic responses to the recession in a memo yesterday afternoon. 

AOL Sites Saw Solid Growth In 2008
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AOL has announced that its sites saw significant growth in 2008 with page views increasing to 71 billion from 48 billion, up 47 percent for the year.

Unique visitors grew from a monthly average of 70.4 million to 73.4 million, and total minutes increased from 40 billion to 47 billion year-over-year, up 17 percent, according to comScore.

AOL Mail Opens Up To Gmail, Yahoo Mail
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AOL has introduced new features to its Web Mail that allows users one-click access to Gmail, Yahoo Mail and other third-party sites directly from its mail page.

The new version is available globally in 38 countries around the world and is the company’s latest effort to make it more open to third-party content while offering more opportunities to advertisers.

"Web Mail is an integral part of the AOL experience and at the heart of our product offerings," said Ted Cahall, President, AOL Products and Technologies.

iPhone Gets Updated Video Search App From Truveo

AOL has updated its video search engine Truveo with a new application for the iPhone that includes new features and additional videos.

The new features for the iPhone application includes "Intelligent Query Completion" which assists users by suggesting keywords or television shows. Users can also search for videos by length.

AOL Launches MediaGlow
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AOL announced today the creation of a new business unit, MediaGlow that will centralize the company’s publishing efforts, with the goal of expanding its global reach in 2009.

MediaGlow joins AOL’s advertising platform, Platform-A along with its social media effort, Peoples Networks to become the third core business of the company.

AOL says over the past year its page views have increased 40 percent, engagement increased 20 percent and its audience grew to 70 million monthly visitors.

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AOL’s Platform-A said Monday that the new AOL.com homepage is bringing advertisers record performance on their homepage advertising and is also driving increased user reach and engagement.

Since AOL redesigned its homepage in September, advertising click-through rates on the primary 300 x 250 ad banner increased 30 percent, according to internal tracking.

AOL Trying To Monetize Bebo

I know I have been tough on AOL in the recent past. Unfortunately, they make themselves such an easy target that you almost feel dirty taking shots.

Bebo Opens Up With Social Inbox

The AOL owned social networking site Bebo, has launched a "Social Inbox" that allows users to aggregate all of their social media into their profiles.

The Social Inbox aggregates feeds and updates from Twitter, Flickr, Delicious, YouTube, and AIM. Users will also be able to access Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and AOL Mail in one-click. The new mail feature allows users to see previews of new email messages.

Users of AOL and AIM will now be able to log directly into Bebo using their existing screen names.

Top Mobile Searches, Viral Videos of 2008
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Tis the season for top ten lists and year-in-review reporting. Not to be left out, AOL released an extensive list of Internet chart-toppers, this one focusing on mobile search and Web video in addition to top overall searches.
Top Mobile Searches, Viral Videos of 2008

Google Increases Internet Search Share
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Google continues to dominate the U.S. search market share and in October it accounted for 63.1 percent of all searches, up from 58.5 percent in the previous year and up slightly from 62.9 percent in September according to comScore.

Yahoo landed the second spot with 20.5 percent, a decrease from 22.9 percent a year ago but up from 20.2 percent in September.

Microsoft ranked third with 8.5 percent in October, the same percentage it had in September but down from 9.7 percent from October 2007.

Userplane Opens Up Chat
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AOL’s social software provider Userplane updated its Chat App so that users can access it from any open platform social network. In English, that means users can chat across social networks like MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, Ning, Bebo, and others.

PurchasePro Founder Gets 9 Years
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The founder and CEO of PurchasePro, Charles E. "Junior" Johnson has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stock fraud.

PurchasePro Founder Gets 9 Years

The sentence was less that what federal prosecutors were seeking, who recommended Johnson spend 16 to 17 years in jail for defrauding investors in his now defunct software company in 2001.

AOL Still Reaching Record Numbers

AOLYou would think that the growth of broadband usage would take away from AOL’s business. That and the fact that they’ve been closing down services like mad.  Despite these things, AOL has managed to hit an all time high when it comes to traffic numbers, and has experienced year-over-year growth for unique visitors for the 21st month in a row.

The following AOL sites reached all-time high page view numbers in October:

Pubcon: SEO Strategies Various Companies Have Employed

This session had the various speakers highlighting the SEO/SEM strategy their companies have employed, the challenges they have faced in the field as well as the areas that need to be worked upon.

Moderator:

  • Joseph Morin

Speakers:

Google: We’ll Take The AOL Journals Users
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AOL has recently decided to go for a more open and social approach, not unlike Yahoo. They’ve opened up their homepage to third party content, and are allowing users to update social network profiles right from there as well. 

AOL Launches New Homepage

AOL has introduced a new homepage that allows users to access social networks directly from the site.

Users are now able to post status updates to a number of social networks at once along with keeping track of profile activity, friend requests, status updates and mail alerts from Bebo, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.