The search landscape is changing so fast that half of what we knew this past year about internet search engine optimization and marketing is currently obsolete, reports Greg Jarboe in his SEO-PR Newsblog. Jarboe is a regular presenter at the Search Engine Strategies (SES) conference and web search versus vertical search (in search areas like news) was one of the new search trends featured at the San Jose SES.
The growth of the news search has only come about within the last few years. According to Nielsen/Net ratings, in June 2004 CNN.com was still the #1 online news source with Yahoo not past an acceptable limit behind. By January 2005 Yahoo rose to #1 with 23 million readers a month and by June 2005 they were taking out in-front with 29 million readers a month, dominating the web news ratings.
News search is playing a larger and bigger role in online marketing. Google includes a news search section, as does AOL, MSN and Alta Vista. Sites like Topix are drawing viewers searching for great local trend press news. Recent studies show that 77 percent of Internet users obtain news online and it's the main selection for news in the 18 - 54 year old age group. People go online and search the news engines by topic and keyword. The LA Times reported on the trend, saying that veteran journalists are seeking to the PR field for work, given that so many readers are reading their news online.
If you have a relevant and timely article in Google News, Google will help you up that news item in the Google 'One-Box' above the #1 position once you do a web search on a keyword or phrase. Yahoo News now indexes blog posts in reaction to the clear trend that early adopters check out blogs for news. Getting your message out in the news search has emerged being an essential part of one's internet search engine optimization and marketing strategy.
Optimizing press releases and news articles is no longer a 'nice-to-do one day' idea or 'something we ought to try.' It's an established strategy you should be implementing right now. Put these articles into an RSS feed and you'll start to exhibit up in probably the most unexpected places!