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Andy Beal

Internet marketing consultant Andy Beal has provided online marketing advice to thousands of companies including, Motorola, NBC, Lowes and Quicken Loans and is a trusted resource for The Washington Post, LA Times, Dow Jones, NPR and CNBC. Andy provides consulting services on search engine optimization, business blogging and online reputation management. Read his blog and request a free consultation at Marketing Pilgrim.

Signs You Need to Switch SEO Providers - Part 1: They Stop Talking to You

When you start working with a search engine marketing firm, most will be forthcoming with their strategy and tactics for improving your natural search engine listings. But what should you do, if the firm stops providing you with a clear outline of the steps they are taking on your behalf?...

Wink's Michael Tanne Discusses the Future of Tagging

Wink is a search engine that lets you find the results that others think are most relevant. It combines results from all the most popular tagging sites and then adds Google to fill any gaps....

Oodle's Craig Donato Discusses the Future of Online Classifieds

When Oodle burst on to the scene back in March of last year, it instantly became a hit among those looking for a more efficient way to search, scan and subscribe to classified ads....

Researching Blogs to Enhance Your Future Search Engine Audience

If you spend enough time looking at what bloggers (covering your industry) have to say, you ll be able to spot future trends that can help you adapt your search marketing campaign now, before the data starts showing up in your competitor s Wordtracker report....

What Lies Ahead for Local Search Engine Technology?

As part of Andy Beal's continuing look at "the future of search technology", Andy had a chance to ask Arnaud Fischer, previously AltaVista product manager from 1999-2001 and currently leading search product planning for InfoSpace's Search & Directory division, some questions about how local search will develop in the future....

Eurekster Discusses Combining Social Networking and Search Engine Technology

Eurekster makes use of its own SearchMemory™ technology which remembers the sites a user finds useful and presents them higher in the results the next time they search. Then, Eurekster lets a user and their friends share their searches and sites, so when they do a "hotel" search, for example, they'll see the hotel sites their friends also found useful, moved up in the results and marked with an icon....

Jim Lanzone, Ask Jeeves' VP of Products, Discusses the Future of Search

Anyone connected with the search engine industry probably shares my excitement that the future holds some great advances in technology. While the spotlight may currently be on Google, Yahoo and MSN, Ask Jeeves has quietly improved their search engine to ensure a user experience that is second-to-none....

Microsoft's Robert Scoble Discusses Search Engine Technology

For Internet searches, I see social behavior analysis tools like Technorati becoming far more important. Why? Because people want different ways to see potentially relevant results. I also see that search engines that search just specific types of content (like Feedster) are going to be more important....

The Future of Search Engine Technology

Instead of looking at what will happen this year, perhaps we should look at what must happen in the search engine space if Google, Yahoo and MSN are truly able to revolutionize search and enhance the user experience....

Optimizing Content to Improve Search Engine Positioning

Remember the user experience. While your SEO efforts will help improve your search engine rankings, don't sacrifice the usability of your web site. Ensure that it is easy to navigate and that all of your keyword-rich text still makes sense to the average visitor....

Lycos InSite Re-Launches With New Look and Easier Submission Interface

Lycos has listened to feedback from search engine marketers and, with this re-launch, hopes to steal a significant share of the paid inclusion market. I recently sat down with Adam Soroca, group product manager for Lycos InSite and took a look at the revamped service....

Inside Search Engine Strategies, San Jose – Day Four

The most important topic of the day for any search engine marketer had to be Converting Visitors into Buyers. While some marketers concentrate on simply obtaining top rankings in search engines, those more experienced SEM’s know the importance of actually converting that valuable traffic. An impressive panel of speakers provided the audience with ideas and solutions to increase a website’s conversion ratio....

Inside Search Engine Strategies, San Jose - Day Three: A Chat With Sergey Brin

Day 3 of Search Engine Strategies, San Jose included a wide range of sessions covering broad topics such as 'Meet the Crawlers' and the more targeted 'Google API'. However, there was not an empty seat available when Danny Sullivan sat down with Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, on the eve of his 30th birthday, to chat about the past and future of the world’s most famous search engine....

Inside Search Engine Strategies, San Jose - Day Two

Day Two of Search Engine Strategies, San Jose promised to step up the pace with the offering of three separate itineraries for search engine marketers to choose from. While many attendees were recovering from the Google Dance the night before, they soon got down to business when Danny Sullivan took to the podium....

Inside Search Engine Strategies, San Jose - Day One

Day One of the conference had been designated as a 'pre-conference' day with the sessions taking on two distinct tracts. Danny had decided to move all the beginners SEM sessions to this day and additionally take the opportunity to provide an annual update on the economics of the search engine industry....

Have You Started Your Christmas Search Engine Campaign?

While Christmas may well seem like a long way off, search engine marketing contains a lot of research, implementation and patience (as you wait for search engines to spider and index your site). By starting your search engine campaign in August, you hopefully won't need my last-minute articles come November....

Search Engine Optimization Basics Part 4 - Submissions

So now that you’ve started to optimize your website, how do you make sure it reaches its target audience? No doubt, you can name the most important search engines and I would hazard a guess that you could name many of the smaller ones too. Which ones are important and how should you submit to them? Let’s take a look....

With One Sweep, Yahoo Regains Search Engine Dominance

With the acquisition of Overture’s pay-per-click technology, Yahoo can now offer it’s own advertisers a PPC model that many suspect will ultimately mimic that of Google’s Adwords....

Search Engine Vanity

Many businesses now seek to ensure that when the average Internet user searches at Google, it is their website that sits at the top of the pile, proudly announcing 'Look at me, I am number one'....

Search Engine Optimization Basics Part 3 - Meta Tags

As part of the continued series 'Getting Back To Search Engine Optimization Basics', Andy Beal takes a closer look at Meta description and Meta keywords tags. Do you still need them and what benefits do they bring?...

Search Engine Optimization Basics Part 2 - Title Tags

Not only is the structure and content of the Title tag used by the search engines when calculating your webpage's relevance, but it is also displayed in most search engine results pages. It therefore needs to be carefully constructed in such a way that it influences your website's position in the SERP, but is also attractive enough to encourage a surfer to click on your link....

Search Engine Optimization Basics - Keywords

In the same way traditional advertising agencies survey their demographic audience, search engine marketers must ensure that their SEO campaign targets the correct keywords or search phrases....

Getting Back to Search Engine Optimization Basics (again)

While I will still endeavor to write articles that touch on complex issues, I want to make sure that those of you looking for the basic information are not overlooked....

Last Minute SEO Christmas List

If your company hasn’t already made plans to make the most of this years predicted, recording breaking Internet growth, then it may be too late. Most of your competitors have already implemented some kind of search engine strategy and are one step ahead. So what can you do?...

Google and Yahoo Renew Their Vows

What does this change mean for anyone looking for high positioning on Yahoo? Well, the biggest question centers on the benefit of paying $299 to be listed in the Yahoo directory....

The Doorway to Optimization Disaster

Using doorway pages to enhance the search engine ranking of your website, will not benefit your company in the long-term. While it is tempting to use doorways to gain quick results, inevitably the search engines discover the pages and ban them from their index....

What Exactly are META tags?

You probably know that META tags are important for search engine optimization and that they need to be included on your Web site. But what exactly do they do? What is their purpose and how exactly do the search engines interact with them?...

You're #1 - Now Stay There!

Back when your site wallowed in search engine obscurity, none of your competitors worried about who you were, or what you did. But your rapid rise to the top of the search engine results has stirred the vipers' nest -- and now, your competitors are rattled! You can bet your life they'll come after you with a vengeance....

Search Engine Spiders Like to Read

While a good domain name and targeted META tags can help improve search engine rankings, they alone will not help a Web site if it does not contain relevant text on the page being optimized....

The Art of Selecting Good Keywords

Generic terms do indeed receive a lot of search requests each month, but they also have the lowest sales conversion rate. That's because search engine users are becoming more Net savvy and know that they need to be more specific with their keyword searches....

Is Your Domain Name Optimized?

When first setting up a business, most people will register a domain name that mirrors exactly the name of their company. While this is certainly important for directing people to your Web site, many Web site owners do not realize that a good domain name can help with their search engine ranking....

The Key to More Sales?

If you own a web site, you have no doubt tried various methods to promote your business. Unfortunately, as you may well have discovered, few approaches provide sufficient return on investment. So, as a frustrated online business owner, what is the answer?...



About the Author

Internet marketing consultant Andy Beal has provided online marketing advice to thousands of companies including, Motorola, NBC, Lowes and Quicken Loans and is a trusted resource for The Washington Post, LA Times, Dow Jones, NPR and CNBC. Andy provides consulting services on search engine optimization, business blogging and online reputation management. Read his blog and request a free consultation at Marketing Pilgrim.

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