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New Trends in Search Engine Positioning

By Judy Camp
(c) Paradox Productions, Inc.

Search engine optimization and positioning is a science that is mysterious even to those who do it well, primarily because the rules keep changing. It's hard to keep up with the best way to raise your way up in listings

Have you ever wondered which search engines are the most popular among users? Well, a recent study of more than 60,000 home and work surfers by Nielsen/NetRatings, has provided these findings, as reported by Search Engine Watch.

The top five search engines were as follows:
Yahoo, 29.8%
MSN, 29.5%
Google, 27.9%
AOL, 18.5%
Ask Jeeves, 11.4%

The numbers above may be misleading though, according to the study's own reports. Each person was only counted one time for each engine, so if John Smith used Yahoo once and Google 30 times, the numbers would give Yahoo and Google each one point.

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Another part of the study provided data on "time spent on site." This provides a clearer picture on the actual amount of usage of each engine, which would actually reflect all 30 times John used Google. Here are the results of the time spent analysis.

Average Minutes Spent Searching per Visitor
Home and Work Users:
Google, 26.7%
AOL, 11.3%
Yahoo, 10.2%
Infospace, 9.5%
Alta Vista, 9.3%

As you can see, this clearly changes the numbers dramatically, showing Google as the all out winner in the search engine wars.

Here are a few of the important considerations Google uses to rank a page:
* Keywords found in title and in text of page
* Number of quality links pointing to the page. The number of links on the page pointing to yours should be fairly low, and the page should have fairly good positioning in Google itself.
* The wording of the text of the link pointing to the page should be fairly relevant to your page's subject matter

I can't promise the rules won't change again in a few months, but these are the latest findings, from a reliable source. Everything about the web, including search engine positioning, is a continuous learning process, always evolving as it grows. As marketers, it becomes our job to keep up, and to change and grow with it.

Judy Camp has been a writer and marketing manager for twenty years, and has focused on web marketing for the past five years. Her web site http://www.ourbusinessoffice.com provides resources for web businesses.

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