Here are some great and newsworthy posts I came across today including a post from friend Stoney deGeyter pointing out the fact that sometimes fixing a site with SEO means breaking it first, Google and Microsoft prepare to battle to see who will acquire Digg, Matt McGee provides an update to the 2009 SEMMY Awards site and asks for some help form the community in making it happen, and finally, page load time is confirmed as part of AdWords quality score.
Sometimes Fixing a Site Means Breaking It First (Search Engine Guide)
Stoney deGeyter writes, “It would be great if every time a change was made to a site that the result was positive. Unfortunately, that’s not the real world. Sometimes in SEO you make a change hoping to help, but it ends up hurting. What worked somewhere else won’t necessarily work everywhere.”
Google & Microsoft Preparing Bids To Acquire Digg (TechCrunch)
Social news site Digg has been working with influential investment bank Allen & Co. for a few months now, and pitching big tech and media companies on a sale. Despite a number of false starts, this time a sale looks like it might actually happen, and soon. TechCrunch says that a source very close to the deal revealed that four companies are in heavy due diligence with Digg – two media/news companies, and two big Internet companies – Google and Microsoft.
Update: Digg CEO Jay Adelson is calling this post “completely inaccurate.” Lets see how this plays out.
2009 SEMMY Awards: Planning is Underway – Wanna Help? (Small Business SEM)
Matt McGee, creator of the 2008 SEMMY Awards, is beginning to plan for next year’s awards. In this post he provides an update on what’s going on secondly calls for help from anyone interested in making the next year’s awards happen.
Load Time Confirmed As AdWords Quality Score & New Category Exclusion Feature (Search Engine Land)
Barry Schwartz writes, “Google has confirmed that they will be adding page load time as a quality score metric in the near future. The feature will go live in the ‘next few weeks’ but it won’t impact your quality score right away.”