Here\’s a nice summary by CNET of 17 products offered by Google that each have significant revenue potential and will likely be distruptive to traditional companies in these markets.
Piper Jaffray estimates that the total online advertising market will reach $55 billion in 2010. That\’s a 27% CAGR from 2005 levels.
SG Cowen says companies will spend $17.3 billion in paid search and $12.4 billion in other forms of online advertising.
So this is a huge growth industry.
A professor of entrepreneurship once told me that while most start-up companies go out of business in the first five years, he claimed that 80% of businesses started in an industry whose growth rate exceeded 10% annually would be in business after five years.
Yahoo is now issuing \”weather reports\” to update all of us when they are doing major reindexing of the web, or reordering of their search engine rankings. They post updates on their Yahoo Search Blog at ysearchblog.com. I am glad Yahoo is so open about their index updates.
Yahoo search relevancy seems to be improving a lot. I just did a number of searches on keywords for industries that I have worked in and consulted in, and the results are very good.
It\’s a long story, but i\’m putting together a new blog this weekend. Just ignore any strange posts – other than this one.
You can browse my old blog here.
It was only a matter of time. Today Google launched its Blogsearch
engine at http://blogsearch.google.com. It is fast, but reviewers say
it is not comprehensive enough. It looks like they started indexing my
blog RSS feed a few weeks ago, but my early posts have not been
crawled. When they start spidering all the old blog posts, and have the
most comprehensive index in addition to their fast search, then they
will be the most formidable blog search engine, in my opinion.
I was glad to see 92 hits on the search \”paul allen internet
The founder of LinkedIn.com recently complained that the cost of a good
engineer in Silicon Valley is skyrocketing because Google\’s demand for
top talent is creating a shortage for everyone else and wage inflation.
Now Google has hired Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf
who helped develop TCP/IP. He is going to be Google\’s Chief Internet
Evangelist. (I guess that relegates me to the role of chief unpaid
google evangelist. For an example of my enthusiasm for this company,
Finally, the Google Maps API is here so that web developers can overlay all kinds of data on top of the best online mapping system in the world. Soon worldhistory.com
will have tens of thousands of historic sites available to view on top
of Google Maps. It\’s currently being developed. I can\’t wait for this
Google\’s gaggle of Ph.D.s has added another yet intelligent twist on search engine marketing. Google\’s new Budget Optimizer will manage your keyword bids in order to get the highest number of clicks possible given your AdWords budget.
When Jeff Bezos introduced Amazon\’s A9.com search engine\’s OpenSearch project, he mentioned Koders.com. I checked it out. Koders.com claims to be the leading search engine for open source code. It\’s Alexa chart shows it is rapidly gaining in popularity. I think this will be a great resource for developers and entrepreneurs.
NetIQ is selling WebTrends, one of the older and more popular web analytics applications, to a SF-based private equity fund for $94 million in cash. This surprised me, since NetIQ acquired WebTrends in 2001. Then again, their 5-year stock chart doesn\’t look so good.
But far more interesting is Google\’s acquisition of Urchin, one of the well-known low-cost web analytics solutions. The price was reportedly $30 million. I haven\’t used Urchin for a few years. I helped a client switch from Urchin to SiteCatalyst, a far better commerce-oriented web analytics solution. But in September 2004 Urchin launched a hosted solution in version 6, which represents a major step forward.