Cyber Monday
So how big was Cyber Monday? I took a look at the search traffic on a handful of our retail customers' sites and compared their search traffic on Monday November 27 to their average search traffic for the 3 months before Thanksgiving. On average there were 90% more searches on Cyber Monday compared to the [...]
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Alexa vs Search traffic
Lots of people criticize the reliability of the Alexa toolbar - see the comments on Matt Cutts' blog or more recently from Om Malik. I would like to offer some qualified support for the Alexa toolbar - with some data to back it up. At SLI we run the site search for lots of sites [...]
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Searching for search on Technorati
Stephan Spencer sent this through to me. You've got to laugh - a search for "Internal Search" on Technorati returns a Search Error :). It is working now - but it is amazing how useless the results are.
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Ajax Search
There is growing interest in using Ajax with search. Google is experimenting with it at Searchmash.com. Microsoft are using it on Windows Live Search and Amazon are using Ajax on A9. Eurekster are using Ajax to allow users to change the search results on Swikis and Snap are using it to display search suggestions. Ajax [...]
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Grid vs List view for search results
We continuously try to improve our best practices around site search. Recently we've been looking at layout options. Specifically, which is the best layout grid or list. The grid view is more compact and so allows you to show more products above the fold. It is potentially easier to browse through many results using this [...]
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More on site search vs web search
Following on from my earlier post speculating that there are way more site searches than web searches. Why is it that we hear so much less about site search? Both site search and web search are important for a site owner - web search helps drive people to the site, while site search helps people [...]
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Site search vs web search
What type of searching is more common: web search (using Google, Yahoo, et al) or searching within a site? The number of web searches done daily is approximately 200 million. Google gets about half of those about 90 million. At SLI we serve site search for only a tiny fraction of all web sites but [...]
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Danny Sullivan leaving search engine watch
Danny Sullivan announced that he was leaving search engine watch this week. The main reason was that Incisive Media, the owner weren't letting him share in the wealth he was creating for them. This is a major blow for Incisive because, although Danny has built up a great team he is the soul of Search [...]
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Conversion rates for broad match vs exact match
Google and the other search engines allow you to specify different matching options in paid search campaigns. I would like to share some data we have collected on the different conversion rates. When people discuss these matching options they consistently say that you'll get more traffic from broad match than exact match but you'll get [...]
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Internet Retailer 2006
It's been a while since my last post. I've been busy travelling and trying to get on top of things since I got back. Part of my travels included the Internet Retailer show in Chicago. We went to this show last year and it was great. This year it was best show we've ever had. [...]
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