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British scientist to launch Google killer?

Stephen Wolfram, a British scientist, is set to launch a new search engine in May 2009 called Wolfram|Alpha. Utilising Wolfram’s Mathematica and NKS inventions, Wolfram and his helpers created a system that “knows a lot and can figure out a lot”.
“With Mathematica, I had a symbolic language to represent anything, as well as the algorithmic power to do any kind of computation. And with NKS, I had a paradigm for understanding how all sorts of complexity could arise from simple rules,” according to Wolfram’s blog.

“Armed with Mathematica and NKS I realised there’s another way: explicitly implement methods and models as algorithms, and explicitly curate all data so that it is immediately computable.”

The system supposedly understands natural human language queries. But then didn’t Ask Jeeves promise that back in the day? We’ll see if it works in May! Could this be a Google killer? The last search engine claiming this title Cuil seems to have fallen off the radar of late until it announced a makeover recently along with some technical tweaks like ajax page turning, also trialled by Google recently.

All about bounce rate

The official Google blog has posted the first in a series of articles aimed at helping you understand your website performance, mainly through the use of Google Analytics. The first article by Avinash Kaushik, entitled “Stop bouncing: tips for website success” is up now and offers a simple insight into Bounce Rates and how to use it identify which of your visitors are bouncing, where they are being referred from and some tips to improve your site’s Bounce Rate.

Wordtracker launches Keyword Questions tool

Wordtracker have launched an extremely useful keyword research tool, Keyword Questions. If you’ve ever wondered what questions people are asking in your industry on search engines then this tool has the answers. Simply type in a keyword for your industry, for example: “safety” and the tool will return a list of questions people have entered into various search engines containing your phrase. For our example word “safety” the tool returns such questions as “why is internet safety important”, “why is safety important”, “what is the meaning of safety”, “why is workplace safety so important”, “health and safety what you need in the workplace” and many more. Obviously the more obscure the phrase the less results you’ll get.

This tool could easily take some of the guess work out of keyword research and if you’re looking for articles to write this could give you the title you need to get started.