A very warm welcome to Skyline Marketing, Internet Marketing and SEO Company in Exeter, Devon. Shares in Search Engine provider Yahoo! have fallen for a third day in a row after the argument between the Search Engine and its Chinese partner Alibaba deepened.
This all stems from Alibaba transferring it’s major internet asset – Alipay to chief executive and Founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma. The Search Engines share price finished 3.6% down.
The shares fell due to the news that Alipay is now out of the grasp of Yahoo! A bitter standoff appears to be growing now between the two parties, as Yahoo! says that the transfer went ahead in August 2010, but were only told in March 2011. Contrary, Alibaba says this transaction in question was discussed in a board meeting back in 2009.
During Friday, Alibaba made a statement saying that Yahoo! would have been fully aware of this deal, as they have a seat on the board.
Up until now, Yahoo! had had control over Alipay as it has a 43% private stake in Alibaba (having invested £600m in 2005), however there are now growing fears that Jack Ma may cause further trouble for the Search Engine by spinning off Taobao – China’s largest online shopping site, which again would put a valuable asset out of Yahoo!’s reach.
The last few days in the World of Technology & the Internet has seen a lot of pressure on Apple to comment on rumours their devices are recording details of their locations and sharing this data elsewhere.
Apple has now come out denying that either the iPhone or 3G iPad have ever tracked their owners locations and that they have no plans to in the future either.
The tech giant has now released a question and answer statement, which can be viewed online.
Apple claim that any devices that were currently or previously had stored data was merely a “bug” (a raised eyebrow smiley there), and that a fix will be shortly issued to correct the problem.
Apple have been praised though for their open and honesty about the problem and what they do with the information, so perhaps this will now put users minds at rest.
In other recent Search Engine news, Google was fined £3.2million by a Texan Court for a patent infringement of the Linux kernel.
Google use the software as part of its server platform, and want to possibly extend it to their mobile Android platform too. We will not know the full fallout of their ruling, however the “kernel” is at the centre of all operations when it comes to an open-source operating system.
More Internet Marketing & Technology news soon!
Good Evening from Skyline Marketing, Exeter Devon. It has been an interesting week for SEO and Internet Marketing companies in the UK. Googles recent “Panda” update was unleashed on UK websites and search results.
At this point, yes we are going blow our own trumpets… For a domain that is just over 3 months old, we had another boost to our ranking, up to 3rd now for “SEO Exeter”.
Yes rankings move up and down, perhaps it is a coincidence that this happened the same day as the Panda Update arrived in the UK. It does however show, that keeping to white-collar Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) techniques is the best way to move a site up the search engine results.
The Panda update has punished a lot of UK price comparison sites, including Microsofts “Ciao” website. The cynic would say this is because of Microsoft’s “anti-trust” suit against Google in Europe, I personally think however that when put into context with other sites that have lost traffic and rankings, that simply this is another case of Google redressing the balance, showing how quality links and content (and not just quantity) are some of the most important factors of a successful SEO campaign.
All of the recent hype surrounding Google’s new “+1″ feature has got us all talking about the future of SEO, and Internet Marketing, here in the Skyline Marketing office. For those of you who have happened to have had your heads buried in the sand for the past few days, Google has launched it’s own version of “Facebook Like” – but for Search Engine Results. Users who are logged into their Google account can “vote” for results with the aid of the new “+1″ button. The data will be shared between your social circles.
For now, this is only available as a “trial” for those wishing to partake via their Google account, however if this is to be extended Worldwide, then what future for organic Search Engine Results? Google claims at this time, it will have no effect on organic results, however the “Search Team” are very excited about the potential it could bring – what’s that? – Spammers selling +1 links? Cannot wait for that one.
Is Google beginning to treat people with such disdain that it thinks we need our friends to recommend sites to us? I ran a search on Saturday for a client, and the second most popular result went to a domain that had expired! The website was gone and yet Google thinks this is relevant to me? Why won’t Google focus on getting the basics right, and let users decide for themselves if they think it’s relevant or not?
Another client wanting to rank on page 1 for a certain search term. After a lot of work, we got them to page 1. However, on Rob’s computer they ranked 2nd and on mine they ranked 9th. Rob cleared out all his personal cache and they dropped to 9th. How is this helpful to anyone?
Does a day go by when you don’t hear the words “Google” and “anti-trust” in the same sentence? Perhaps Microsoft, the US Government and many others now raising an eyebrow in Googles direction will at last get them focussed on putting their house in order and make their Search Engine work, and stop trying to copy Facebook fads.
There are a lot of hardworking SEO & Internet Marketing companies out there stick to best practises and do a good job, have our lives been made more difficult or do you think this will help us further in the long run?
During last month we were one of the first to break the news that Google had launched a new “add-on” for their popular Internet Browser, Chrome – “Block Sites from Googles Search Results”.
Now here we are again to announce that it seems Google has now added the same feature to all of you lucky Google Search Engine users, regardless of browser choice. (Good news for Rob, the “anti-
Christ Chromer” among us).
Once again, the long-and-short of things, is that via a link, you can quickly remove and ban individual search results. The only requirement is that you are logged into your Google account, so the questions begging to be asked, is this going to be a popular tool? Is Google that bad at its job that it cannot display the appropriate content to start with? Is this going to open the door to further abuse if Google starts taking action on the results?