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FEATURE: Matt Cutts on Nofollow and the Siloing Solution

At Search Marketing Expo - SMX Advanced in Seattle last month, Matt Cutts, head of Google's anti-spam team, said that nofollow-based "PageRank sculpting" was less effective than in the past. SEOs were left wondering how the change would affect their … [Read more]

Firefox Browser Makes Yandex Default Russian Search

This week Mozilla produced a new version of Firefox browser – version 3.5 - and made Yandex the default search for Russian Internet users.For several months the Mozilla company has been collecting opinions and learning the behavior of Russian … [Read more]

Russian Casinos Close Tomorrow Under New Law

The Russian law "About the State Regulation of Activities on Gambling" comes into effect tomorrow, forcing many casinos to shut their doors. .Although Vladimir Putin could not have foreseen the economic crisis when the law was proposed in 2006, … [Read more]

Microsoft Announces $300m Russian Expansion

According to the Moscow Times, Microsoft will be investing 10 billion rubles ($300m USD) in Russia over the next three years. The announcement was made on Monday by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at a press conference in Moscow.Aside from expanding … [Read more]

Counter The Crisis With Reward Programs

John Rose, CEO of Rose Creative Strategies, writes for the Moscow Times on the subject of using reward schemes to encourage sales during these dark economic times. Interestingly he suggests cross-overs from traditional marketing into the internet, as … [Read more]

Poker Officially Classified As Sport in Russia

Gambling companies have welcomed the news that poker is now officially classified as a "sport" in Russia following an order signed March 26 by the Federal Sports Agency head, Vyacheslav Fetisov. On June 26, 2007, Seven-Card Stud Poker, Omaha and … [Read more]

Bringing Sexy Back With Miss Atom 2009

Never one to shy away from accusations of sexism, the classic "beauty contest" is a reliable technique in the Russian marketer's toolkit. Even search giants such as Mail.ru have jumped on the idea with their Miss Mail.ru competitions.In an … [Read more]

Begun Release Book on Contextual Advertising

Begun.ru is the contextual advertising provider for the Russian search engine Rambler and other leading Runet portals. They have just released a book on the topic of "Contextual Advertising on the internet".The authors include several key … [Read more]

Kiev.com To Be Sold At DomainFest 2009

We don't often highlight domain sales on here, but this is an exceptional offer for anyone interested in the Ukrainian market. Kiev.com, will go on sale at the Domainfest Global 2009 to be held at the Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, LA, January … [Read more]

Firefox Drops Google For Yandex Search

Josh Catone over at SitePoint reports that Firefox has decided to drop Google as their default search option for Yandex. This will effect all the versions they release for the Russian market. According to Mozilla General Counsel Harvey Anderson, the … [Read more]