Holiday Spending Is Up! A Sign Of A Good Things To Come?
2009 has been an interesting year for all us. With all the news of the economy being down it was hard for many us to stay positive. Well the news has been singing a different tune lately and we’ve been hearing more and more good things about a turn around.
I want to give you some good news about the numbers we’re seeing for this holiday season.
According to the analytics firm comScore, online spending in the U.S. alone was up 11% over Black Friday weekend!
Even offline “brick-and-mortar” spending is up this year from last year.
We even had a new record where spending reached $887 million in one day just in the U.S. alone.
The holiday spending has shown no signs of slowing down either and if the current numbers are any sign of what is to come this is going to be a great holiday season for online business owners!
I think this is a great sign for us all as we get ready to start 2010. There is so much money already flowing back and forth online, you just need to get in front of a small percentage of it. We want to help you do that!
Other Noteworthy News:
Yahoo! and Facebook Are Teaming Up.
As most of you already know, Yahoo and Bing joined forces recently to bring you a better search experience. Now they are joining forces with Facebook to provide an even better experience. We don’t know everything that will come of this yet, but we do imagine that we will see improved search results with ‘live’ Facebook and twitter updates…
I do like the fact that Yahoo and MSN are working hard to catch up with Google. This just gives us online money makers more opportunities to advertise and get traffic. If you haven’t started using Yahoo and Bing for traffic, this may be a good time to start…
Search Engines Now Using Real Time Twitter Results?
Yep, now when you search Google on certain subjects that are hot like “Tiger Woods” you will see a feed box in the results showing the latest social media posts from Twitter, Google news, Stumbleupon, Facebook, etc. These “feeds” are displayed in real time and continue to scroll up like a social media news ticker.
What does this mean for us? Well, if you are not involved in social media for your business, it’s time to get involved. And if you are involved then this is just something else that can help you – so keep on posting new information – it may just end up on the front page of the search engines.
Google Implementing Personalized Search?
Google is now changing how it provides search results. Rather than everyone seeing the same 10 results, now the results will be different for each person. Rather than just having your site ranking based on website results, it will also be based on your personal search history as well.
Since no two users have the same search history then no two users will have the same search results…
What does this mean for SEO?
This does change your ability to rank on the first page for a keyword. It used to work that if you were the third result for the keyword “web hosting” on one persons computer you would be the third result on everyone’s computer. This has changed. So what do we do now? Well, this doesn’t mean that SEO is dead, it just means that you have to do what we’ve been saying the whole time: focus on the fundamentals. As long as you continue to build up relevant content that adds value to your prospects and customers than you will be OK. The web is changing and is becoming more and more personalized and transparent. If you understand this, you can use it to your advantage and make even more money with it…
Let’s make 2010 the best year yet!
I want to make sure you guys are up to date with what is going on in our industry. It will only help you to make money. If any of this stuff is over your head right now, don’t worry, we are going to teach you everything you need to start making money for yourself online.
We have some awesome stuff coming for you so stay tuned.
Let’s make 2010 a remarkably profitable year!
To your unlimited and never-ending success!