It’s offical! As of July 1st, Yahoo! Sponsored Search (Overture) ads will no longer appear on MSN or Windows Live. They have been slowly phasing the ads out anyway but tomorrow is the official end to the agreement between the two companies. Now if you want PPC exposure on MSN, you’ll have to us Microsoft’s AdCenter itself.
On Friday, Google will try to convince a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the heart of the company’s business: its methods for indexing and ranking Web pages. KinderStart.com originally filed suit against Google in March alleging that it suffered crippling financial harm after its Web site got dropped from the search engine’s index. This is not the first lawsuit of its kind as I recently wrote about another similar lawsuit filed over positioning in Google’s index.
I will be heading out for vacation this Sunday for about 10 days. My destination – Hawaii! First time for me believe it or not. Actually it is my lovely wife who is dragging me off. Her idea of a vacation is relaxation while mine is riding roller coasters. This being Hawaii however I’m sure I am going to enjoy it. I need a break from the daily routine anyway and what better way to do it then a relaxing vacation on the little island.
Arizona has some of the worst drivers I have ever seen. However, these take the cake. This week’s pic of the week features a top ten list of some of the worst drivers you’ll ever see. If you enjoyed these, please feel free to pass them along.
Google has release another feature into their AdWords controls – dayparting. You can now choose not only the days but the times that your campaigns run. Want to turn ads off on the weekend? No problem. Do you only want to serve ads a certain time of the day? No problem
I have been practically living on Craigslist and eBay for the last couple of days searching for a couple of vehicles for my son and daughter. This experience has lead me to ask the question over and over again, “Do people really want to sell this?”. They either do not provide enough information or do not include a way to contact them. If you are able to contact them, they don’t follow through. It all makes me evaluate my own company and how we display our services as well as how we respond to existing and prospective clients. Do you really want to sell your products and services. Then read on to discover what not to do.
Another show has been added to the already great line-up at Webmasterradio.fm. The show entitled “NetIncome” features Jeremy Schoemaker (aka ShoeMoney) and is scheduled for Tuesdays at 6pm EST.
Google has fended off a lawsuit filed by a California man who claimed his Web site rankings precipitously and unfairly dropped. The plaintiff, Mark Roberts, who runs two protein drink sites (including MrProtein.com), sued Google for breach of contract. Huh? What contract? In other words, because Google would not consistently list his sites on the first page of their results, he decided to sue them over it.
Many webmasters have noticed that since the full implementation of the Big Daddy software update to the Google algorithm, that fewer and fewer of their pages have been finding their way into the index. What could be causing this? Is Google finally cleaning up the quality factor of their index, riding it of pages and even sites that don’t meet new quality standards? Aaron Wall of SEOBook has written a lengthy and excellent article on the subject entitled, “The Google Crawling Sandbox.”
Another email spammer gets slapped on the wrist! Ryan Pitylak, an individual who is know as the world’s fourth most-prolific spammer, has settled a lawsuit with Microsoft and the state of Texas which accused him of sending up to 25 million e-mails per day. The settlement cost Ryan Pitylak 1 million dollars, as well as the seizure of many of the assets he accumulated during a short-lived career as one of the world’s worst spammers. No jail time? No lifelong banning of access to the Internet?
What happens when you get real good at using Adobe Photoshop and you have a little spare time on your hands? You manipulate photos – that’s what. The following “pic of the week” is actually a set of pictures sent to me by a client that I found most interesting.
In the U.S. Government’s continual quest to battle terrorism and child pornography, they have recently asked Internet companies such as Microsoft, Google and AOL to preserve records of customers’ Web activity. Brian Roehrkasse, a Justice Department spokesman, states that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller made the request last week at a meeting with industry executives. This latest move of course does not go unnoticed by privacy advocates who are complaining that the government may be intruding on the rights and privacy of law abiding citizens.