WebTrends Inc announced today its acquisition of ClickShift, an innovator in online advertising optimization. The acquisition brings leading edge technology and deep industry expertise to WebTrends. Rodkin and Chang, who previously founded Flyswat, subsequently acquired by NBCi, will continue to lead the team out of its current San Bruno, Calif. facility. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Interesting move of Webtrends. Clickshift recently figured out that cross-selling is an important part of PPC traffic. This means that an optimized landing page for a single product is often not the most efficient way to convert traffic. Funny thing is that Google Adwords introduced the Quality Score, which kind of requires the opposite, namely the landing page optimization for a single product. Maybe Yahoo with their new Panama rollout will do it better