Pay Per Click Universe – May 2007 – Vol. 4, No. 5

Welcome to the May 2007 issue of the PayPerClick Journal, the official monthly newsletter of PayPerClickUniverse, your source for free, unbiased, pay-per-click (PPC) information. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions for the newsletter.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank
our newest sponsor -
Yahoo! – for their support:

Give your marketing campaign a boost with Yahoo!
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Search Marketing Standard Summer 2007 Edition Is In The Mail 

The Summer 2007 edition of Search Marketing Standard magazine has gone to press and should be arriving in your mailboxes (the real ones, not the cyberspace versions) by the middle of the month (or closer to the end of the month if you live outside of the U.S.). This issue is chockful of information on search engine marketing training and certification and should provide you with plenty of ideas on how to keep your skills in the area up-to-date and cutting edge. Some nice layout changes in this issue too!


Recent Pay-Per-Click News and Announcements

Google Makes Search More Personal – May 5, 2007

Google last week gave its Personalized Homepage a new name–iGoogle–as part of its effort to promote a new vision of search. Personalization, Google says, is what will make its core product better. That’s a significant admission for a company that’s put so much effort into automated, machine-driven search.

To do this, Google has turned to its users to improve search relevance and the overall experience. “We can’t go around designing products for the average person,” says Sep Kamvar, technical lead for iGoogle. “We have to be taking the person who is doing the searching into account. Read the entire article here.

Microsoft Acquires European Mobile Ad Firm – May 4, 2007

Microsoft has snatched up European mobile ad firm ScreenTonic with the intention of integrating its capabilities into adCenter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We want to deliver a platform that helps advertisers buy across all digital mediums,” said Joe Doran, GM of Microsoft’s digital advertising solutions. “As we build out the breadth of our platform, we are continuing to invest against that vision.” Read the entire article here.


Local.com Enhanced With Drill-Down Search Capabilities – May 3, 2007


IRVINE, CA, May 3, 2007 — Local.com Corporation (NASDAQ: LOCM), a leading local search engine, today announced the launch of powerful new site navigation and a refined user interface. The enhanced Local.com interface offers a more streamlined look and feel on the search results page, with fewer advertising units. The site now exhibits a three-column design to provide space for the intuitive navigation panel, which provides advanced features that enable users to easily:

• Sort search results by rating, distance, business name and category
• View search results within a defined radius
• Filter results by related categories and nearby cities
• Sort by star ratings and read user reviews
• Access recent searches, which are now automatically saved for easy reference 

Read the entire press release here.

LookSmart Reports First Quarter 2007 Results – May 3, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, May 03, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — LookSmart, Ltd. (NASDAQ:LOOK) (ASX:LOK), an online advertising and technology company, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007.

“We continue to be encouraged with the results achieved during the first quarter of 2007 as we execute our strategy focused on the customer groups of consumers, publishers and advertisers,” commented Dave Hills, President and Chief Executive Officer of LookSmart. “During the first quarter of 2007, we continued to invest in the critical areas of research and development, as well as sales and marketing. We meaningfully added to our executive sales team with the addition of two highly experienced sales executives to focus on publishers and advertisers, as well as opening an East Coast operation. We also continued critical development of our AdCenter platform, providing publishers with market leading capabilities which benefit advertisers as well. We made progress with our consumer sites as our consumer audience increased 23% year-over-year to over 15 million unique visitors for the first quarter. The recent announcement of our partnership with Blinkx, the world’s largest video search engine, demonstrates our commitment to enhancing and growing our consumer proposition.” Read the entire press release here.


GenieKnows.com Launches Genie Shield – May 1, 2007

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GenieKnows.com (www.genieknows.com), a privately held, Halifax-based search company part of IT Interactive Services Inc., has released Genie Shield, a new product designed to eliminate fraudulent traffic and to protect advertisers from Pay Per Click (PPC) fraud. Genie Shield, a proprietary technology developed in-house at GenieKnows.com, consists of a suite of applications used specifically to deal with fraudulent traffic sources, assuring that advertisers receive traffic that converts.

“With the ever-increasing problem of fraudulent traffic, GenieKnows.com advertisers can feel comfortable because they are provided with effective Pay Per Click management,” said Barbara Manning, president and chief executive officer, GenieKnows.com. “Genie Shield will prove invaluable to companies who desire a higher ROI on their advertising investment.” Read the entire press release here.

Special Offers Available for PPC Users Through PayPerClick Universe

Visit our Special Offers page to view all our current specials. As a reminder, we have an offer available from ABCSearch for up to a $100 match of your initial deposit here. It’s a great way to get you started!


Blog Feature on PayPerClick Universe and SearchMarketingStandard.com

Our latest blog posting by Joe Whyte has just posted features his take on the explosion of social networking sites and what that means for those looking for a job and the more traditional online job sites. Stop by and check out the blog, and do leave us a comment if you have a moment. We’re interested in knowing what you think about what’s going on in the SEM world and our take on it.

Rapid Growth in Social Networking Sites Means New Job Acquisition Avenues

Blog Archive


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We would like to take this opportunity to thank
our sponsor -
Findology - for their support:

  • network of partners which generates more than 2 billion searches each month
  • free instant messenger service and access to searchable research database
  • portal provides variety of content at your fingertips – news, weather and more!
  • minimum bid of only 3 cents per click
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Preview of the Upcoming June 2007 Issue

Watch for next month’s issue, which will arrive in your emailboxes on June 3rd. Check out our expanded news archive section if you need to catch up on all of May’s news or find out the first news items of June.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank
our newest sponsor –
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