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Old 12-30-2008   #1
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Predictions for 2009

Okay folks everyone has an opinion - what in your own opinions do you see happening in our industry this coming year. Could make for some lively conversation.

Will Google keep growing market share?

Will Yahoo be bought?

Any new widgets in the near future... new methods of marketing?

What gets hot in 2009?
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Old 12-30-2008   #2
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Re: Predictions for 2009

Hope Google stop updating page rank each and every month, PR still holds a value and would like to see SEO efforts at every three months rather than every month.
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So this is something you would like to see happen... have any ideas of things you see happening
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I see a lot more browsing and shopping done from iPhones and other mobile devices with full Internet browsers.
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definitely see use of mobile getting a big push this year
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IE has some serious security issues, because of this people moving towards Google chrome and FF3...
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Re: Predictions for 2009

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Nah, I think they really missed the boat on this. Even with the share price now down around 12 bucks, the market cap is still $17 billion; with no financing out there it would seem that only somebody with buckets of cash could pull it off -- and MSFT says it's out of it.
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Hope Google stop updating page rank each and every month, PR still holds a value and would like to see SEO efforts at every three months rather than every month.
right now r they updating once a month?
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right now r they updating once a month?
No, major toolbar PR updates are still at about four times per year. Though lately some folks have reported intermittent data dumps, these appear to be not at all widespread one-off anomalies, maybe to address specific situations.
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Re: Predictions for 2009

Google will continue to climb. Yahoo won't sell. Facebook will get hotter. Twitter will make money, probably going up for bid.
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Re: Predictions for 2009

Interesting thoughts Dan - think Yahoo sells some part of itself if not all
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Somebody will sue yahoo for changing their keywords
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Re: Predictions for 2009

yeah that has been tried - and the reason for the email to the users with warnings
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Re: Predictions for 2009

Google is planning to launch Mobile search marketing which will open new doors of SEO marketing.

There are more mobiles in this world as compared to the computers therefore mobile search marketing can become popular in 2009-2010.
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Re: Predictions for 2009

They have had adwords for mobile for some time http://services.google.com/adwords/mobile_ads
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Re: Predictions for 2009

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Interesting thoughts Dan - think Yahoo sells some part of itself if not all
We'll have to wait and see... There seems to be heated discussions for selling/acquiring and not. But yeah, it looks like the majority are betting on them selling...
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am personally vested plus talked sister into getting on board - guess kids are going to state colleges
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Re: Predictions for 2009

I think what is going to get hot in 2009 is people's tempers....

The barrier to entry in the big 5 was reduced to the big 3 Google, Yahoo, MSN... and now they are tightening the belts and spinning up the money machines. They are done with the big changes and now are focusing on what can be tweaked to make the most without causing the public to either jump ship or cancel advertising, yet still saves face if need be.

I think we are going to see everything become easier for the laymen and increasingly difficult for the seasoned vet. The pie that was so easy to control will be lowered into the hands of the newbs and the common majority through growing tools offered by each entity as well as more support from real people offering to "do the work for them".

I think all of the combined changes will mean that everyone is going to have to sharpen their pencils and really boil their efforts down to the nitty gritty. This will typically mean less spending as a percentage, but since the doors are opening up wider to the public, the market will grow, showing a total growth in the industry.

I see more work to maintain my same levels of productivity as I have to fight the same tedious battles over again, against each newcomer-competitor as they learn what is and is not effective in our combined space.
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Re: Predictions for 2009

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Will Google keep growing market share?

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Google will move even more into applications than it was in 2008. So far this year they've offered their apps to be reskinned by resellers. Chrome 2 will be more feature rich. The Google OS will emerge out of Chrome. You'll start seeing Google push Chrome very hard - I wouldn't be surprised to start seeing them advertising it.

Yes Yahoo! will! be! bought! I'm sure the Google competitors will want to consolidate on their position - so they'll start snapping up AOL, Yahoo! or anyone else that they can buy. I've been surprised that Amazon haven't got involved in this area - they have the data centres, and Marketplace is going from strength to strength - just imagine if they owned a Search Engine outside of Amazon as well.

Widgets - I expect the Facebook connect to take off big style. But that problem will mean that Facebook 'own' all your customer details. And just wait for some data issue or hacking incident before it all collapses.

I think we'll see enormous rationalisation due to the World financial crisis. eBay's traffic is heading downwards. So are many of the non-Google Search Engines. The companies with the cash will see the current crisis as a great way to buy old competitors at a discount price. Q. What will be hot? A. AmericaAmazonBayOnLine!
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Re: Predictions for 2009

I bet google will lop off some of its older labs work to make room and to focus on the low hanging fruit!

Oh wait, this just in.....

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Hello,

Our records indicate that at some point you have submitted your catalogs to Google for digitization and display, and we wanted to let you know about an important development to the Google Catalog Search product.

After a long run as one of our first digitization efforts, we're saying goodbye to Google Catalog Search -- effective tomorrow, http://catalogs.google.com will no longer be accessible. We designed Catalog Search to help merchants bring their catalogs and products online, and to help Google users to find them. We hope to continue helping merchants and users use our technology to make buying and selling products on the Internet a better, easier experience, and as a merchant, you still have a number of great options to display and sell your products through Google: Google Checkout, Google Product Search and Google Base, which lets you upload your products quickly and easily so people can find them when they search Google (http://www.google.com/base).

Thanks for participating in this initiative, and for helping to build up Google Catalog Search. We do ask that you stop any future shipments to Google of catalogs for digitization. Any catalogs we receive will not be scanned, and will be recycled.

You can read the official blog post regarding Google Catalogs at: http://booksearch.blogspot.com/2009/...og-search.html

If you have any additional questions about this change, please feel free to email us at catalog-support@google.com.

Sincerely,
The Google Team
Maybe someone piped up and said, "How are we making money from this again?"
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