About SEW

Search Engine Watch provides tips and information about searching the web, analysis of the search engine industry and help to site owners trying to improve their ability to be found in search engines. The links below provide more information about the site and its operation.

Commenting Policy

SEW encourages readers to comment, both positively and negatively, on our articles and columns. As you make your voice heard, please keep in mind we encourage posts that:

  • Are on topic
  • Advance the conversation
  • Treat others with respect
  • Allow for further discussion among readers

We do monitor comments. We discourage and will remove comments:

  • That are spam
  • That are libelous
  • That contribute little to the conversation other than to the poster’s search rankings
  • That are off-topic
  • That use abusive language or excessive foul language
  • That are ad hominem attacks

Qustions about our policy? Please contact SEW.


Where do I send general questions, feedback & comments?
Not certain who to talk to? Want to ask about something? Got a comment on something we’ve written? Found an error? Send us your feedback. If you: wish to contact a specific editor, are a member of the press, are looking for coverage, want permission to reprint or want to advertise, the options below are likely to elicit a quicker response.

How do I contact a specific SEW editor?
The Contact SEW page lists everyone on the SEW staff.

How do I sign up for newsletters?
Use the “Updates” box at the top of the sidebar.

Press Request

Our editors are happy to answer questions from the press regarding search engines and the search industry in general. Contact SEW.

Writing, Speaking & Consulting Requests

SEW editors may also be available for speaking engagements or consulting requests. Contact SEW.

Permissions Requests

SEW receives many requests for permission to use materials from the site. Information on how to make a request is below. Answers to some common questions are as follows:

Can I link to the site? Yes. You do not need to request permission to link to the site.

Can I frame the site? No. You need to request permission to present pages from the site within frames on your own site.

Can I copy pages and post them online? No. Pages from the site cannot be reproduced.

Can I copy pages and distribute them offline? No, unless you have received permission to do so. Permission is commonly granted, especially for non-profit use.

Need to make a request? Please see our Reprint Policy. Provide as much information about your request as possible, such as who will read the material, how many copies you need to make (if applicable) and the purpose of your request.


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