Silicon Valley Watcher (SearchWatch)

2015
January
29,
2015
| 02:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google's costly smashed handset strategy.Take a look at the most recent quarterly financial reports from APPL and GOOG. Apple's quarterly revenues of $75 billion were $9 billion larger than a full year of Google's revenues: $66 billion.Apple's quarte...
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2014
September
18,
2014
| 12:24 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google's run-ins with European regulators have become a never ending marathon with no signs of an end. In the latest development, Robert Thomson, the CEO of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is lobbying the European Commission to hold Google accountable f...
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July
03,
2014
| 06:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
After 15 years as head of the webspam team at Google, Matt Cutts says he is taking a long break, to spend more time with his wife and family.It's the same language that senior executives often use when suddenly departing their employer. I wouldn't bl...
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January
29,
2014
| 04:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google’s handset strategy lies smashed. Google sells its handset business at a huge loss and helps Lenovo finance the deal. It ends an expensive chapter in Google’s attempts to diversify from publishing ads. Lenovo agrees to buy Google’s Motorola han...
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January
29,
2014
| 02:58 PM America/Los_Angeles
AdSense is the red line and it's been plunging for three quarters.Googgle's [$GOOG] fourth quarter 2013 financial report is due after close of markets tomorrow (January 30) and the numbers I'll be looking at will be for its AdSense advertising networ...
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2013
October
31,
2013
| 02:52 AM America/Los_Angeles
The mystery Google barge in San Francisco Bay that's  stacked high with containers over 4 stories high is an invitation-only "luxury showroom" reports CBS KPIX.Google's Secret Revealed: Barge To Offer High-End ShowroomsGoogle's mysterious barge in Sa...
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October
18,
2013
| 05:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google's latest quarterly financial report shows problems in its AdSense network, which was responsible for 29% of last year's $43.7 billion in revenues. It means a lot less money for Google's network of publishing partners, such as the New York Time...
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October
09,
2013
| 10:58 AM America/Los_Angeles
Fortune Senior Editor Dan Primack recently returned from a visit to Silicon Valley and he reports new details on the Calico Google venture that is funding research into extending human life spans.He reports that Calico, co-founded by Bill Maris, mana...
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September
10,
2013
| 02:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
Infographics have become a popular way for companies to produce quality content that is easily shared and in the process, it is assumed, it is a good thing for the company.However, Google sees infographics in a much different way. To Google, it is du...
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July
18,
2013
| 07:14 PM America/Los_Angeles
Revenue growth for Google's ad partners slowed sharply for a second consecutive quarter as the search giant reported quarterly results that missed Wall Street estimates.[Please see full Q2 earnings report: Google's Q2 falls below expectations with EP...
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April
30,
2013
| 10:06 AM America/Los_Angeles
The above comment is from Aaron Wall's excellent SEOBook.com -- my go-to source for understanding search engine optimization and the algorithmic games that Google [$GOOG] plays with hundreds of thousands of businesses the world over.Few journalists u...
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January
14,
2013
| 03:28 PM America/Los_Angeles
Long time Google [$GOOG] watcher Scott Cleland has floated an interesting strategy that Microsoft [$MSFT] could adopt in the wake of its failed attempt to have the FTC pursue anti-trust prosecution of the search giant: exit the search business.Micros...
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2012
December
24,
2012
| 06:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
This is shocking and it's a direct result of Google's algorithm changes. Here's a case study of a web site being prepared for launch and how a competitor managed to get it flagged as a scam site -- before it was even launched.From SEOBook: "A case st...
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November
28,
2012
| 03:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
SearchEngineLand has a very good, long look at the recent fake press release announcing Google's $400m acquisition of WiFi company ICOA.PRWeb distributed the press release and said it slipped through its internal tests for "integrity."Danny Sullivan ...
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August
29,
2012
| 05:14 PM America/Los_Angeles
My recent post about Google's battle with spammers seems to have confused some people in the Search Engine Optimization industry.There's a perception that I'm advising web sites not to improve the quality of their content. I'm not advising anything, ...
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August
28,
2012
| 01:42 PM America/Los_Angeles
I've always advised people not to worry about search engine optimization (SEO) with the explanation that it's the job of the search engine to optimize its performance -- not yours.Over on SEOBook, there's a great article pointing out how Google is no...
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April
18,
2012
| 02:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, wrote that his comments about Internet freedom made to The Guardian Newspaper needed some clarification.He begins by re-stating his original premise: "I believe the internet has been one of the greatest forces for g...
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February
02,
2012
| 12:52 AM America/Los_Angeles
I always pay attention to Aaron Wall, who runs SEOBook, because he is always on the money. He is one of the very few Google Watchers that is consistently insightful and isn't afraid of writing hard hitting articles critical of Google -- if it's calle...
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January
23,
2012
| 11:40 AM America/Los_Angeles
Which industries and companies were Google's top spenders in 2011? Did you know that "Self Employed Health Insurance" cost $43 per click? Here's a fascinating infographic that breaks down the $38 billion that Google made in 2011:...
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January
20,
2012
| 01:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
Larry Page, CEO of Google, said at the analyst call on Thursday that G+ has 90 million users and that 60% are active daily.Many observers have questioned those numbers but I know for certain that they could be larger by at least 1 -- if my account wo...
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January
17,
2012
| 01:17 PM America/Los_Angeles
Last week Google introduced search results heavily influenced by relevant signals from people's social circles and promoting G+ content in its search results.The move is an attempt to boost its nascent G+ social network, which has had a rocky start. ...
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January
10,
2012
| 02:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
This looks like a way to drive traffic to G+, which has lost some traction. (Click image for original story.)Google assumes people sharing links etc will unlikely be spammers but the SEO benefits from the integration of G+ into search will undoubtabl...
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January
05,
2012
| 01:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google is trying to push pout affiliates in key verticals. After all, why let affiliates make money on Google traffic?SEOBook has produced an interesting infographic explaining Google's affiliate strategy....
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January
03,
2012
| 01:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
Here's an excellent infographic from SEOBook explaining the world of search engine optimization, a somewhat "dark" art......
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2011
December
14,
2011
| 01:55 AM America/Los_Angeles
Aaron Wall over at SEOBook, has put together an infographic explaining how Google has made the organic link irrelevant. It's ironic that Google's actions have largely devalued the search rank benefits of a link from another website. Yet this "Page...
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December
01,
2011
| 11:28 AM America/Los_Angeles
Google has been focusing search results on brand names as a quick and easy way of trying to distinguish between "quality" content and not. The idea behind this is that brands are owned by large organizations who produce the best, or at least the most...
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November
30,
2011
| 01:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google has been boosting large brands in its search rankings as part of a deliberate strategy to take business away from thousands of third-party affiliates -- small businesses that make money selling larger brands.This strategy has managed to genera...
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September
19,
2011
| 12:52 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google has adopted an aggressive program of stuffing its search pages with paid listings as the financial quarter draws to a close — a risky strategy as the US Senate holds hearings on its industry dominance.Google's search pages are being flooded wi...
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September
13,
2011
| 02:22 PM America/Los_Angeles
US internet users spend more time on Facebook than any other website. That's according to the latest findings by media research house Nielsen.By Stuart ThomasNielsen's "State of the Media" report for the third quarter of 2011 tries to capture a snaps...
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August
24,
2011
| 10:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
I've been writing about Google's Panda algorithm change and the huge amount of pain that it's caused for content websites since it was introduced in late February. Before the launch of Panda Google spent months bad-mouthing "content farms" and how th...
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