Time to crank out one more post before the year ends. Rather than put together a list of resolutions as many do, I thought it would be fun to look back and highlight some of the top posts on this blog. Posts were selected from a combination of those that received the highest number of backlinks, those that went popular on Sphinn & Digg and this author’s personal favorites.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including Wikia Search launches in private beta with public launch to occur by January 7th, Tamar Weinberg puts together a list of over 250 best Internet marketing posts of 2007, Wal-Mart is now offering “cheap” SEM services after their movie download service fails, and finally, R.I.P. for the Netscape Browser as AOL announces they will no longer support it.
It is the end of the year which typically brings out many online contests that look to define the best of the best, whether that involve products, technology, blogs or something else. One such contest is Search Engine Journal’s Search Blogs Awards of 2007 which aims to define the best blogs in a variety of categories. There are 18 categories in this year’s contest, one of which is the “Best SEO Blog of 2007.” This blog (SearchRank Blog) has won a nomination for that category. In fact, we are among 11 other blogs competing for the best SEO blog of 2007.
Earlier this month, Mike Blumenthal put decided to put together an awards contest to find the funniest search engine marketing posts of 2007. Our post, “10 Signs That You May Be a Blog Addict,” published in April of this year made the initial nomination list and now has made its way into the top ten.
Okay so I’m officially on vacation this week and trying my best to stay away from the computer. However I thought I throw a quick post up announcing a nifty little quiz Matt McGee put together of Small Business SEM. The quiz is called 2007 Search Marketing Quiz and includes 11 multiple choice questions related to the “industry” of search marketing, meaning it is not necessarily a test to test your knowledge of SEM but rather how familiar you are with the news and people related to the industry.
I’m really starting to like Mixx, a social news site that operates in much the same way Digg does but is so much better in my opinion. Just in time for Christmas, Mixx has added some new features. Features include the option to make groups public, daily email digests, address book importer, the ‘on deck’ circle, and improvements to the duplicate checker.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including T-Mobile blocking Twitter updates to cell phones was a technical glitch rather than on purpose, Ask-owned Bloglines unveils three new features, Microsoft has secured a $500 million advertising deal with MTV owned Viacom, the FTC gives the green light for the Google / DoubleClick deal to go through, and finally, Danny Sullivan and Barry Schwartz launch as Search Engine News application for Facebook.
There are times where it can be difficult to almost impossible for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) to compete in the paid search environment. As the cost of targeting keywords on venues such as Google AdWords continues to increase, many small businesses are finding it difficult to keep pace. They either have to accept the fact that they can afford only a very thin slice of the pie or abandon paid search marketing altogether.
Twitter is scheduled to be offline tomorrow from 10am-10pm PST – 12 whole hours. That is a half a day folks! What are hardcore Twitter addicts to do with their time? Here are seven things that certainly won’t replace the Twitter experience but are sure to help you get through the downtime.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including Microsoft to be the exclusive third party ad provider for CNBC.com, Ask launches AskEraser privacy feature, Mahalo, the human powered search engine has added social networking features, Movable Type releases open source version of their blogging platform, Flickr pro users now have the option of seeing statistics of how their images are being accessed and used, and finally, Google is private testing a new knowledge sharing service called Knol.
This is one of the reasons why I don’t use GMAIL – Google Accidentally Bans Hundreds of Users from Gmail. Barry Schwartz reports on a Google Groups thread where many users have complained that their Gmail accounts were all of a sudden disabled. The problem began late on December 5th. The following day, Gmail Guide replied saying that this was an error on Google’s side and they are fixing it.
A summary of search related news items that occurred this week including advertisers are bailing ship over privacy concerns with Facebook’s Beacon advertising program, Digg adds new Images section, new taxonomy and more, The Los Angeles Times has taken a small equity take in new start-up, Mixx and integrates Mixx features into the LATimes.com web site, JetBlue to test in-flight email access and instant messaging, and finally, Google will begin to treat sub-domains like folders meaning, no more than two results will appear for any given search query.