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Hello my friends, and happy Monday! Welcome to another installment of a Smattering of SEO News! The last week was light on Google news, but had a good deal of news from other sources. Let’s take a look!


Google News:

Other News:

  • Report: Ask.com Boasts Online Higher Ad Clickthrough Rate than Google, Bing or Yahoo – In a recent report by online ad network Chitika, they discovered that Ask.com had the highest clickthrough rates for online ads after viewing tens of millions of clicks through their network. Bing had just 28% of the clicks that Ask.com had, while Google only had 17%. On the other side of the coin, however, Ask.com only represents 2% of North American search engine traffic, according to the same report.


  • LinkedIn Adds Company-Focused Showcase Pages – LinkedIn has enhanced their Company Pages and made them into Showcase Pages, allowing companies and brands to segment their content for specific audiences and hopefully make their pages more relevant overall as a result.
  • Pinterest Adds Place Pin Maps – Pinterest has added a new feature called pinterest-logo-220Place Pins which allow users to add maps to new or existing boards, and the Place Pins can then be accessed through a browser or smartphone. Pinterest claims more than 750 million destinations are now pinned on their site, and these maps can be easily shared as well.
  • Referral Traffic from Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter up 54% Year over Year – In a recent report by Shareaholic, they revealed that Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter shares grew by 58.81%, 66.52%, and 54.12% respectfully over the last year. Facebook alone made for over 10% of all social sharing. On the flip side, StumbleUpon and Reddit saw declines of 27.47% and 35.16% respectfully.
  • Facebook Claims to Have 25 Million Active Small Business Pages – At thefb-business recent Dreamforce conference, Facebook announced that they have now 25 million active global small business pages on their social network, up from the 20 million they announced just a few weeks ago. The increased number accounts for changing the definition of what a small business page is rather than adding 5 million new pages. Regardless, this is a massive number of small businesses that Facebook likely hopes will turn into active advertisers.

That’s it for this week, stay tuned til next Monday for more SEO Internet News!


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