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Weekly SEO news: 19 December 2006
Welcome to the latest issue of the Search Engine Facts newsletter.

This week, we're taking a look at the most important search engine optimization news of 2006.

In the news: The Google Zeitgeist archive 2006 is available, Microsoft launches a new global ad site and more.

Table of contents:

We hope that you enjoy this newsletter and that it helps you to get more out of your website. Please pass this newsletter on to your friends.

Best regards,
Andre Voget, Johannes Selbach, Axandra CEO

1. All you need to know about search engine optimization in 2006

The year 2006 has been full of news about Google and the way it ranks web sites.

If you need information about Google's ranking algorithm and if you want to know how to get high rankings on Google, then our newsletter archive offers valuable information for you.

If you want to know more about official Google statements about search engine optimization, if you're interested in how to avoid search engine spamming or if you want to learn more about search engine optimization then our newsletter articles will help you.

Here are the most important articles of the year 2006 sorted by topic:

Articles about Google ranking algorithm and high rankings on Google:

Articles about search engine spamming:

Official statements from Google employees:

Articles about link popularity, linking and inbound links:

Articles about general search engine optimization topics:

Articles about other website promotion topics:

Our newsletter archive is a valuable resource if you want to get high rankings on Google, Yahoo and other major search engines.

2. Search engine news of the week
The Google Zeitgeist 2006 is available

"A year’s worth of search speaks to our collective consciousness, and 2006 is no exception. To compile these year-end lists and graphs, we reviewed a variety of the most popular search terms that people typed into Google."



Google's Vanessa Fox talks about using images on your web site

"Don't put the bulk of your text in images. It may sound simple, but the best thing you can do is to put your text into well, text. Reserve images for graphical elements. If all of the text on your page is in an image, it becomes inaccessible."



Microsoft launches new global ad site

"The site, available in 15 local languages, will contain advertiser information for MSN, Windows Live, Live Search and Microsoft Office Online. It will also shows the new opportunities available to advertisers through its recently formed Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions network."



Search engine newslets

  • The best Yahoo Answers of 2006.
  • The most popular search terms on Lycos in 2006.
  • Microsoft will display Baidu's paid ads in China.
  • The top searches on Live.com in 2006.
  • Google adds information about ad quality and performance in their help center.
  • Yahoo's publisher network has new ad blocking options.
  • Google now offers domains for $10/year.
  • Google fixes Adwords security flaw.
  • Google Finance gets an update.
  • Google releases a patent search engine.
  • German economics ministers reveals move away from ‘Quaero’.
  • NASA and Google to bring space exploration down to earth.
3. Articles of the week
Can Yahoo catch Google?

    "The real online race is the one for ads, with everybody struggling to catch up to Google. You may think of Google as a search company, but selling and deploying ads is the business that drives its stratospheric stock price."



The elusive click fraud issue: Google's side of the story

"Yes, this is Google's side of the story, but as the mainstream press seems to be more interested in focusing on a couple of egregious cases rather than providing a realistic picture of the issue across the entire network, I think it's important to pass it along."



Search results get safer; AOL edges Google

    "Search results posted by Google, AOL, and Ask.com are less likely to lead to dangerous sites than they did six months ago, a report published Monday said. MSN's and Yahoo's results, however, send users to more risky sites than in May."

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4. Recommended resources

Axandra milestones in 2006

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