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Google marketing update – Q4 2008

Google SEO tools

  • 16 free Google Marketing tools - my compilation of the best tools from Google to improve your search engine marketing
  • Google published SEO Starter guide. Published on 13/11/2008, this is a useful introductory guide for non-SEO specialists such as web designers and marketers. There are no surprises about on-page optimisation; it covers the basics well. Also useful for advice about internal linking and information archicture (IA) but zero on what really matters - link-building.
  • Google releases SearchWiki. Launched 20th November 2008.

You will only see this if you are logged in with a Google account. Searchers can promote or demote a site for a particular search and can comment.

It caused a minor furore due to speculation that many people would comment negatively and promote sites. In the first month, usage has been limited.

You can see activity for your brand through using the "see all comments link" at the bottom of the search results page or adding and "swm=2" parameter as follows. Examples (need to be logged in):

Google Analytics updates

Paid search advertising

YouTube has been refining it's video options. I'm seeing more use of Video Ads and InVideo and AdSense ads on You Tube.

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