Directories that accept free submissions are quickly disappearing and paid ones are getting more expensive all the time. A recent forum discussion at High Rankings prompted me to revisit and update an article I authored in April last year entitled, “Directories: Love ‘em or Leave ‘em” The article remains the same for the most part – it is the list of directories and pricing that has changed a bit.
A new search engine marketing print magazine is due to be release this summer entitled The Search Marketing Standard. I first came upon this news at Search Engine Roundtable. The official press release states the following:
“It was announced today that a brand-new publication — “Search Marketing Standard” — has been launched to cover the search industry. This magazine will be the first and only periodical completely devoted to the world of search marketing.”
Ask Jeeves has recently launched a brand-new image search service, using some innovative techniques to identify high-quality pictures on the web. How does it stack up against Google, Yahoo and MSN? Chris Sherman of SearchDay takes a closer look in Searching For a Better Image.
In case you missed it, Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch was recently featured on ABC’s Nightline in a story about Google’s refusal to hand over search data to the Bush administration. I actually heard about it after the fact but was able to see it via subscribed feed through the ABC News web site. Danny got some great air time and of course did an excellent job giving his views on the situation. We also get a peek into Danny’s home office where three huge screens dominate his desktop space.
I was visiting Small Business Ideas Forum today as part of my daily routine and came across the following article written by Stoney deGeyter – SEO is Dead. My first thought was, “Is he serious?” Now Stoney is an SEO himself and fellow moderator with me on this forum so I had to take a look at the article.
Yahoo’s free submission form has been down for about a month now as originally
reported by Barry Swartz at Search Engine Roundtable. Danny Sullivan posted today that it is still down. There is even ongoing threads about this at both Search Engine Watch Forums and Webmaster World.
Jennifer Laycock, editor of Search Engine Guide, has authored a new eBook entitled “Small Business Guide to Search Engine Marketing” specifically for small business owners. Jennifer has been involved in Internet marketing since 1995 and with search engine optimization (SEO) since 2001. Although I have not reviewed the eBook yet, I am sure it is packed with valuable information that will help any small business owner understand more about the benefits and “how-to’s” of search engine marketing.
Nick Wilsdon, also known as NickW on many forums, shares with us what information Google might have access to as a domain name registrar in an article entitled, What does Google know about your domain names? When Google became a domain registrar back in February 2005, people began to wonder what they were up to. Were they going to sell and maintain domain names such as GoDaddy, DirectNIC and others do, or was there another motive up their sleeve? Possibly their interest lies in the additional information they have access to as a registrar?
I came across an interesting thread over at Search Engine Watch Forums today entitled “Do Designers Hate SEO?” Forum member glengara questioned whether all-Flash sites should be used in the commercial web. An “all-Flash” site typically does not have any html text associated with it and many times is all contained within one file so that the site does not even contain sub pages. The problem with this type of site is that they are not very search engine friendly. Search engines cannot read the contents of the Flash file or files so they have difficulty understanding what the site is all about.
A Midwest internet service provider was recently awarded an $11.2 billion judgment against a Florida man for sending millions of unsolicited e-mails advertising mortgage and debt consolidation services reports Wired News. That’s right – billions! The judgment was issued against James McCalla of Florida on December 23rd. He has also barred from accessing the internet for three years.