Internet Marketing News Update #237, May 15, 2015 >>

Google mobile search results shift away from displaying URLs.
Google has announced that in order to make its search results more user-friendly on mobile screens with limited space, its mobile search results will no longer use the web page's URL to identify it. Instead, these search results will use a more descriptive form of identification, including the name of the web site and the subject matter of the specific page.
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Internet Marketing News Update #236, April 15, 2015 >>

Yahoo's search gains from Firefox may prove short-lived.
When Yahoo began a five-year deal to be the default search engine on Mozilla's Firefox this past December, it got an immediate boost in search share. According to analysis from comScore, Yahoo's share of search that month jumped to 11.8% of the desktop search market, its highest share since 2009. However, after peaking at 13% in January, Yahoo's share has started to move in the other direction, dropping to 12.8% in February.
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Internet Marketing News Update #235, March 13, 2015 >>

Facebook challenges industry standard for counting ad impressions.
While it is common for advertising figures to tally ad audiences according to the number of served impressions, Facebook has announced that it is only counting viewed impressions. The difference is that a served impression counts an ad whenever a user visits that page, whether or not the ad would be visible on the user's screen; viewed impressions count only those ads that appear on the user's screen at some point.
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Internet Marketing News Update #234, February 13, 2015 >>

Search engines now seen as a more trusted source than traditional media.
A global survey found that 72% of people said they trust search engines as a source of information, compared with 64% for traditional media - despite the fact that search engines are basically compiling info from other sources, often traditional media. The preference for search engines is even greater among young adults.
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Internet Marketing News Update #233, January 15, 2015 >>

Hack attack leads Google to block infected WordPress sites.
The introduction of malware into a plug-in often used on the popular blogging platform WordPress has led Google to block infected sites from its search results in an attempt to thwart the further spread of the virus. So far, 11,000 sites based on WordPress have been affected by the malware, which causes visitors to be redirected to a site which will infect their computers as well.
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Internet Marketing News Update #232, December 15, 2014 >>

Marketers still view technology through traditional lens
When asked by a survey which marketing technologies they find useful, marketers most frequently cited tools that help with traditional strategies. These tools included CRM software, analytical tools, and e-mail marketing software. Tools related more directly to digital marketing, such as content marketing, social media, and SEO software, were well down the list.

Internet Marketing News Update #231, November 14, 2014 >>

Google unleashes Penguin 3.0 on search results
Google announced the latest update to its search algorithm. The company estimates that it will affect less than 1 percent of U.S. English search results, but marketers using linking strategies should pay special attention, since several tweaks address those strategies. Also, people should not assume they are unaffected just because they don't see an impact right away - Google advises that this is to be "a slow worldwide rollout."
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