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How Stumbleupon’s Beating Google, Yahoo & MSN

Stumbleupon is one of may favorite social media sites, Not only can it drive traffic that matches or often exceeds that of Digg, stumbleupon users are much less critical/confrontation/judgmental than the typical Digg user.

MSN Revamps MSN India Portal
MSN India re-launches with a cutting-edge new design and new options and features. One of the new options include choosing either to view a narrow or a wide layout.

Relevancy Chagnes at MSN, Yahoo, & Maybe Google

MSN Search Update

MSN announced they are upgrading relevancy and coverage. The increased coverage likely means that more inbound link sources are getting indexed. From looking at rankings of a few of my sites it looks like:

Facebook To Expand Globally

Facebook has plans to translate its Web site into foreign languages as it attempts to capture a larger share of the global market.

Google Still at the Top

Who is the biggest search engine in the market?  That’s the one thing everyone agrees on: Google.  But beyond that, there are some significant differences in the data.  For instance, Nielsen says that Google accounts for 54% of US searches, whereas Hitwise says they account for 64%.  That’s a big difference, although part of it might be explained byNielson separating out Google-based AOL’s marketshare at almost 6%. 

MSN UK Homepage Redesign
For the past couple of weeks or so there’s been a flash page featuring a tour of what the new MSN UK Homepage will look like when it’s released. Well now The MSN UK Homepage Team have finally launched this new and improved redesign of the MSN UK Homepage Portal for all to see at http://uk.msn.com/

Microsoft Goes Local With AP

The first product of Microsoft’s aQuantive acquisition is a combination of MSN Video and Atlas AdManager to create a video ad serving platform for the Associated Press that will enable AP media-member and customer websites to serve up local advertising with local content.

MSN Video Gets Update

Microsoft has released a new version of MSN Video, offering users and advertisers a better experience by improving the ability to find premium and user-generated video content from the MSN Video library along with adding new sharing features, and introducing a new time-based advertising delivery model.

The Legal Liability of Keyword Metatags?

Nobody really debates too much about keyword metatags anymore. Google and MSN ignore them, Yahoo and Ask don’t, but go stuffing them or you risk search engine penalties. But rarely does anybody bring up the legal liabilities of what’s in your keyword tags.

Facebook Public Profile Resources
Yesterday’s news of the day was the buzz surrounding Facebook making profiles public to the major search engines. We did predict this enhancement by Facebook earlier this summer when Rumors of Google purchasing Facebook were flying around. Here’s the official word from Facebook:

Starting today, we are making limited public search listings available to

Top Web Sites Have Retention, Overlap

Nielsen//NetRatings has announced the leaders in three Web categories. Search, career development and multi-category travel have had high month- over- month visitor retention rates from June to July, but also had audience overlap with other competitors in their categories.

ClipBlast Partners With MSN Video

Video search platform ClipBlast, has formed an alliance with MSN Video. Under the agreement, ClipBlast will automatically index MSN Video content.

Internet Hurting Local Newspapers

News audiences are turning their backs on television and news papers and using the Internet as their primary source of information according to a new study from Harvard "Creative Destruction: An Exploratory Look and News on the Internet."

ChannelAdvisor Gets New Customers

ChannelAdvisor, a provider of ecommerce channel management solutions announced the addition of 30 new retail customers who have selected ShoppingAdvisor or SearchAdvisor to manage their paid search or comparison shopping engines.

Perfect 10 Tries Again, This Time With MSN

Google CEO Eric Schmidt once said that lawsuits were just part of doing business today. According to Perfect 10 Magazine, lawsuits are the only things that will save them, and have added Microsoft as the most recent defendant.

Meebo, Google Talk Gaining On AIM, MSN
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Though they have a long way to go (a really long way), instant messaging services that offer chat or multimedia chat functionalities are growing the fastest among IM providers, according to new numbers from Nielsen//NetRatings.

Will AOL Charge More Now?

Nielsen/Netratings has just started ranking Web brands.  It does this by measuring “engagement” by total minutes spent with the brand and unique audience.  Brands that had a large unique audience spending a long time engaged had the highest score.  AOL came in first, followed by Yahoo!, then MSN/Windows Live, with Google coming in fifth.

MSN Partners With Farecast

MSN has entered into a partnership with Farecast.com, an airfare prediction site.

Microsoft Offering Ads On MSN And Ask
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Participants in the Microsoft Office Live adManager Beta can fire up their search campaigns by purchasing ads for display on MSN and Live Search, and on Ask Sponsored Listings.

MySpace, MSN Collaborate In China

Well over a week ago, reports surfaced that MySpace China and MSN China would partner; Luo Chuan, the CEO of Myspace China, denied them.  Now – you guessed it – the partnership has been made official.

MSN Loses (Badly) In 301 Indexing Race

Moving a website can be intimidating, especially if it’s a bigger site. There will almost certainly be a loss of traffic, and much of that is due to the time it takes the search engines to recognize the new site. There are ways to dull the pain, but don’t count on Microsoft for it. 

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