Youtube surpasses Yahoo Search Engine

Youtube.com has more searches than Yahoo! Video search on YouTube accounts for a quarter of all Google search queries in the U.S., according to the latest search engine numbers from comScore. Its monthly qSearch report, which was released on Thursday night, breaks out the number of searches conducted on YouTube. If it were a standalone site, YouTube would be the second largest search engine after Google. More searches are done through YouTube than through Yahoo, which has been the case for the past few months. – From TechCrunch Wow, Yahoo! has certainly fallen from those halcyon days when they ruled the Internet. But this news is really more important because it tells the SEO community that you should not be overlooking the video world of YouTube.com. Big Oak SEO has been stepping up its efforts into the video marketing world and this is a sure sign that it was a good move on our behalf. Are you using the power of video for your product or service? It would be a mistake not to and it is a lot more affordable than you think. And lest you think your videos would only show up if someone is searching on Youtube.com, take a look at the screen shot below. I did a search for cheap wine (don’t ask) and the screen shot shows the last results on page 1 of Google’s search results. Yes, you see two videos from Youtube.com. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your video there if you are a wine seller. I have also seen video results in the #4 position on Google’s search results and...

Big Oak SEO Christmas Party

Big Oak SEO is now five years old and to celebrate our success and the Christmas season we had our Christmas dinner on December 13th. We rented out a facility at a local restaurant, Shacklefords and had a wonderful party for our employees, some of our closest vendors. Many of our clients are not in our local Richmond, Va area and therefore have never seen us in person. So, if you are a client or intend to become a client, here are some of the only pictures of our wonderful staff available on the Internet. George may have more candid photos on other mature sites, but that is none of my business. 😉 All kidding aside, my partner Chris Alexander and I started Big Oak on January 1, 2004 with the two of us working from our home offices. Little did we dare hope or dream we would be a successful SEO business with 7 employees just 5 years later. We both feel very blessed and fortunate to have a business that is thriving, especially in this tough economic environment. Of course we have great employees (Alyssa, George, Will, Eric and Bradley) who have helped us become the company we are today; excellent partners and vendors (Julia, Charlie and Tom) to support us and we have some of the best clients you could hope for that continue have faith in us. So thank you from Chris and I for a great year; we are already excited about the possibilities for next year. Of course, we do need to take off a week or so to ready. Enjoy these very...

Twas the night before Google

Twas the night before Google Twas the night before Google when all through the net the users and SEO’s were all upset, Search Wiki, and GMail Themes were rolled out in style Lively was nuked and GOOG sat with a smile. Matt Cutts and the Spam team were out on the prowl, with visions of Black Hatter’s on a moonlight howl. Comments and Blog post were active indeed Tweets and Diggs until some fingers did bleed. Pushing the Chrome, the browser of GOOG Collecting the data of the unknowing newb. Signed into Google for a Search Wiki rating Seeing spammers explode like a round of speed dating. Knowing that Search Results are the victims of Change, Exploring the options and manipulating the range. There is a way to succeed with out a Adwords Budget Social Book Mark Me Please for a Link Back, Nudge (it)! Webmaster tools now showing me data, my info is delayed come, back Later. The Capcha’s not working on Signups for things, Google Local Maps verification not giving me rings. Twas the Night before Google and Tool Bar Page Rank still not Updated the Indian outsources were on alert for some projects we stated. The Ranked Hard Seo Comic issue explains it all well It’s all Will‘s fault,  What the… So Digg me, Tweet me, This Link Bait attempt At humor towards Google et al,  I am feeling a little...

Fluent in Google? DeepDyve is Rather Shallow

In the past few weeks, a new search engine hit the market. As one would expect, several members of the techno-press hailed this new search tool as a Google Killer, albeit with one large caveat – DeepDyve was not designed to kill all of Google. It wasn’t even designed to kill most of it. In fact, DeepDyve was lining up with surgical precision to take out just one area where Google showed advancements years ago, and then seems to have let languish – the “deep web.” Yes, the collection of academic, medical, and technical journals and databases that are used heavily for producing more academic, medical, and technical journals, and completely ignored outside of those fields. Honestly, there’s a reason why Google was ignoring this part of the web. And there’s a reason why each and every SEO specialist will completely overlook DeepDyve – because you probably should. But, I tend to like to do a lot of research for my writing, so I signed up for the private beta for DeepDyve and waited. The interior pages of DeepDyve are rather sparse. They aren’t sparse in the typical airy Web 2.0 style, but rather, in white board about to be jammed with data fashion. The site itself gives you the feeling that the data is indeed right around the corner. The problem is that actually getting to that data. And that’s where the big SEO lesson came into play. As I started plugging in short, targeted, keyword-rich phrases into the DeepDyve search box, I realized that I was using the engine incorrectly. DeepDyve doesn’t rely on the matching of...

Protecting the Value of your Brand Name

We live in an information society with the internet at our fingertips though broadband, DSL and mobile phones. We also live in a society that is comprised of consumers that have the ability to publish their words, thoughts and ideas in seconds through websites, blogs, and web 2.0 resources including micro blogging platforms such as Twitter. Understanding and realizing that our customers are more tuned in and wired in than just a year ago is vital to protecting our name brand as well as tapping into the evolving consumer base we are attempting to persuade. Over the weekend a valuable lesson was learned by a Fortune 500 company, and will soon be adapted across all channels of business relationships. You see on Friday November 14, 2008 several wired in mommy bloggers took offense to a video advertisement that was on the Motrin website. The ad was geared toward “Baby Wearing Moms” and was rather insensitive to say the least. A viral ground swell of disgruntled opinion towards the advertisement was fueled on the Twitter Micro blogging network. The Tweets continued and bloggers voiced their opinions. By Saturday Night and into Sunday AM, 100’s of blogs and 1000’s of twitter accounts were active in their dismay of the Motrin websites and it’s marketing message. A viral and virtual boycott was formed and the public perception of the Motrin Brand sank lower the President W’s approval ratings. By Sunday night and into Monday afternoon, the Motrin website was taken off-line to attempt damage control.  As of this post the site is back up with a Public Apology. The lesson that should...