Yahoo and Microsoft Extend Search Partnership

YahooBingLogoIn a joint release issued today, Microsoft and Yahoo announced that they will be amending and extending the strategic search partnership they originally signed in 2009.

The renewed partnership has two major amendments:

1) Yahoo will have increased flexibility to provide search functionality to other platforms, on both desktop and mobile search as the partnership is non-exclusive. Yahoo will continue serving search results and Bing Ads to desktop search audiences.

2) Microsoft will become the exclusive sales force for ads delivered by the Bing Ads platform, while Yahoo will continue to be the exclusive sales force for Yahoo’s Gemini ads platform.

The revenue split of the original partnership appears to remain unchanged. Yahoo will continue to receive a share of the profits delivered to Microsoft via Bing Ads displayed within Yahoo search results.

The partnership extension clearly indicates the joint venture has been a profitable one for both companies and a tactic that continues to help each of the companies compete with the market Goliath that is Google.

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Intro to Search Engine Optimisation: Auckland Workshop

google-keyFor the past several years, I’ve been running digital marketing training workshops in conjunction with the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) here in New Zealand.

Our first round of workshops for 2015 kick off this month, with the first topic for the year being Introduction to Search Engine Optimisation.

These full-day training workshops will show you step-by-step how to optimise your or your clients’ web sites to get noticed by Google and other engines. It will be a fun day, with some group activities, random audience questions for chocolate and (if time permits), live analysis of the web sites of willing attendees.

Whether you’re an IT manager, marketer, programmer, website coordinator or business owner, getting well placed for your key terms on search engines is hugely valuable and important.

At the end of the course attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how Google and other search engines rank pages.
  • Understand what makes a web page search engine compatible.
  • Understand what type of content search engines love.
  • Research and select appropriate keywords to target.
  • Successfully integrate search keywords within web site copy.
  • Create effective and optimised web pages.
  • Learn why social media can improve their search rankings.
  • Monitor their search positions and report meaningful data to stake holders.

Below are the details and booking links for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch events, so please share with anyone you know who might benefit from attending:

Introduction to Search Engine Optimisation – Auckland
Date: 20 April 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: CBD Office
Executive Boardroom
Level 4, 17 Albert Street
Auckland City

Introduction to Search Engine Optimisation – Wellington
Date: 21 July 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: NZICA
Meeting Room 4
Level 7, Tower Building
50 Customhouse Quay
Wellington

Introduction to Search Engine Optimisation – Christchurch
Date: 26 October 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
45 Roydvale Ave
Burnside
Christchurch

Thanks for your support.

 

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April is Certification Month at Search Engine College

SEC-laptop-2014-colourAfter receiving several emails from students who missed out on our Study Month promotion last year, we have decided to introduce a new promotion for April 2015, based around Certification.

Several of you liked the idea of Study Month, but as existing subscribers, couldn’t really take advantage of it. You suggested that we should offer a discount on our Certification Upgrades, so that existing subscribers wouldn’t feel left out.

We heard you! After negotiations with our staff and stakeholders, I’m thrilled to announce that during the month of April 2015, you can purchase a Certification Upgrade for just USD 147.50 per course – that’s 50 percent off!

The best news is that the discount will apply regardless of whether you upgrade one course or several to Certification. So if you’ve been thinking about switching over to Certification, NOW is your chance.

Just as a reminder, Certification is for current subscribers who want to benefit from tutor supervision and receive formal, industry-recognized certification following completion.

If you wander over to our Swipe Checkout, you can beat the crowds and sign up for the discount right now. If you prefer to use our 2Checkout / PayPal shopping cart, you’ll need to enter Coupon : 50OFFCERT to get the discount.

Once you sign up, we’ll shoot you an email to confirm the course you are upgrading. Remember, the promotion ends 30 April, so don’t postpone and miss out. Add a reminder to your calendar if you’re forgetful like me :-)

See you in class.

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Common Questions Asked at SEO Job Interviews

hiring-staff2Based on conversations I’ve had recently, many of my students and blog readers are either seeking a new job in the SEO field or looking to switch existing SEO gigs this year.

Inevitably, the subject of potential interview questions will arise. How exactly should you prepare for a SEO interview? What type of questions can you expect to be asked? Will they be highly technical? Scenario-based? Or will they be all about your past experience? In a nutshell, how will you know the type of SEO knowledge benchmark a new employer is expecting you to meet?

Well, wonder no more, because online training provider EDU Pristine has collated a series of the 13 most common SEO interview questions (and answers!) to help you brush up before you walk into that nerve-wracking interview panel.

The questions are pretty solid, apart from Q9 — most SEO pundits agree that the Google Sandbox has failed to be a thing since the advent of Everflux indexing — and Q10 which is ambiguous, depending on your personal interpretation of the term Search Engine Marketing.

So study up and go get that new SEO gig.

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2015 Digital Marketing Workshops Announced

IITP-logoAs most of you know, I run a series of face-to-face training workshops in conjunction with the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) across various locations in New Zealand.

The current topics include:

  • Introduction to Search Engine Optimization (full day)
  • Social Media Marketing for Business (full day)
  • Using Google Analytics to Increase Website Traffic and Conversions (half day)

The IITP have recently published their 2015 Workshop Schedule, so if you are based in New Zealand and want to book a place at one of these events, now’s your chance. I’ve got 14 workshops scheduled so far, but more are in the pipeline, so it’s going to be a busy year!

I’m aware that a number of you missed out on a workshop last year due to logistical reasons. Keep in mind that if your location or preferred date isn’t listed, you can contact the IITP directly via the “Available other times On Demand or In House” link listed under each workshop and request an event to suit you.

If you would prefer a tailored training session and/or have a large group of staff wanting to take the same course, the IITP can also arrange in-house workshops to suit your particular requirements.  These training sessions allow staff to focus on specific internal web site issues without revealing intellectual property or commercially-sensitive information to other attendees.

We are also testing demand for running a Gaining More Conversions from Google AdWords style workshop. If this is something of interest to you, please let me know in the comments so we can add it to this year’s line-up.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of you at one or more of these workshops in 2015.

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