December 28, 2006
You’ve gotta love the blogosphere for being so open. A lot of search bloggers are posting their traffic stats for 2006. I’ve closely guarded my stats since starting ComparisonEngines, but wanted to open up the doors a little bit.
Here are my monthly visitor reports for 2006. Thanks for reading!
December 21, 2006
There’s a little game of tag going around the blogosphere. Jeff Pulver started it and through about 10 degrees of separation (part of the chain being: Greywolf’s SEO Blog –> Lisa Barone –> Small Business SEM –> me) , the ball has finally fallen in my court.
I’m supposed to tell you 5 things you don’t know about me…
1. I studied Japanese and Chinese in college – until my English got really bad
2. My favorite drink is freshly squeezed orange juice
3. I performed improv and sketch comedy in LA for 3 years
4. My favorite quotation: Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream things that never were and say, “why not?”
5. I love to bake desserts, and I’m pretty darn good at it. Chocolate Souffle and Creme Brulee. Yummm.
Now I’m supposed to tag 5 other people:
Justin Kitch – CEO Unplugged, Blog Maverick, Frank Addante’s FounderBlog, Ejove Nuwere, Recognizing Deven
December 19, 2006
Yahoo! Shortcuts must be working for searchers and for Yahoo! Starting last week, I noticed Yahoo! prompting me a lot more to search for coupons, flights, hotels, and movie showtimes. While shortcuts have been around for a while, this is the first time I can remember Yahoo! teaching me use them.
I’m used to getting this after a generic search:
But these showed up when I went to search.yahoo.com or my.yahoo.com:
If you want to learn more about these vertical search results creeping into the main results, check out the series I wrote for SearchDay: Yahoo! Shortcuts, Google OneBox, Microsoft Instant Answers, and Ask Smart Answers
December 19, 2006
You run a great group for Google Base. I get daily updates and appreciate it when you jump into the conversation. However, I think it would be beneficial to you
December 18, 2006
Google Base seems to be having some trouble keeping up with merchant (and other) uploads this holiday season. Merchants are used to feed (bulk upload) processing taking about 30mins, but for most accounts processing time now seems to be more like 2-3 days.
While frustrating, things like this happen. And Google Base is in Beta.
Unfortunately, though, this delay in processing causes other problems. Back in October, Google removed its upload limit, allowing feeds to be uploaded more than once per hour. Well, processing latency plus no upload limit causes more headaches for uploaders who can’t update their products. And because Google Base doesn’t have a robust customer service staff, I have a feeling a lot of merchants are not too happy right now as they can’t figure out what they’re doing wrong (nothing).
December 11, 2006
In a Google Base blog post entitled Plastic Surgery:
“You can now view some types of information in a table — or a grid, if you prefer. We updated the sorting and refinement user interface to be cleaner and faster. (The more technical among you may notice we’re using the fun and friendly Google Web Toolkit for the AJAX features.)”
The same Google Base blog post also discussed the new ability to rate Base items and write reviews. Will check out the changes in more depth tonight.