Job Trends

Indeed.com has a tool similar to Google Trends called Job Trends. Basically, Indeed.com goes through its job postings and figures out how frequently a word / phrase appears. You can put in a single word or multiple words, and the tool graphs “% matching job postings” along a time scale starting from February 2005.

There are many ways this tool can be used. For example, what’s the popularity of a particular tool? What’s the relative market share for several competitors in a space? For the second question, I entered several key business intelligence tool vendor names, and the result is shown here.

PayPerPost now requires disclosure on paid blogs

PayPerPost announced earlier this week that it is requiring bloggers to disclose payments they receive for their blog posts. Even though I don’t have any moral issues with this type of practice, I do like this decision, as it brings more transparency into people’s recommendations. I believe such disclosure will not necessarily cause less credibility to the post simply because the blogger received a payment. If the post is detailed and thorough, the information there is still going to be valuable.

Adsense testing with PHP

One advice people always give for webmasters in the Google Adsense program is to test ad placement, color scheme, etc. A common test is the A/B test. There are several articles talking about how to set up such a test using either Javascript or PHP, and they invariably involve the use of a random number generator to determine whether a visitor would fall under the control group or the test group. Even Google’s official Adsense blog talks about it.

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Microsoft started to distribute IE7 via Windows Update

Microsoft has said that distribution of IE7 will happen through Windows Update soon, but it never specified the date. Well, just now my machine was trying to install IE7 as a Windows Update, so we know now it’s starting.

It’ll be interesting to see how much of an effect this have on the % IE7 to total IE for this month. Recall that in October and November, the adoption of IE7 was much slower than the adoption of Firefox 2.0.

Browser Market Share, November 2006

Here’s the browser market share, based on traffic to my two highest trafficked sites in November 2006:

  • IE: 68.2%
  • Firefox: 28.2%
  • Opera: 2.0%
  • Safari: 0.7%
  • Mozilla: 0.5%
  • Netscape: 0.3%

This is virtually unchanged from the Octboer 2006 numbers: IE remains the same at 68.2%, and Firefox gained slightly, at the expense of the less popular browsers.

We also found that IE7 now comprised 11.5% of all IE traffic, about doubling the October level of 6.4%. Firefox 2.0 comprised 38.2% of all Firefox traffic, about quadrupling the October level of 9.1%. This shows that the Firefox community is much more willing to upgrade to the latest version, while people using IE are less willing to do the same.