We began to migrate this blog from Movable Type to Wordpress back in September I believe. What should had been an relatively easy switch turned out to be a nightmare. Now, some six months later, we have completed that migration (well almost) and along with a brand new blog design all sitting pretty under the Wordpress platform, we have a new site to boot!
I know it has been a little slow posting here lately. The slowdown occurred last week when I decided to move this blog out of Movable Type and into Wordpress. While setting up Wordpress is always a breeze and Movable Type allows you to export all blog content into a flat text file for easy importing into Wordpress, what followed was something I did not expect.
While I do not attempt to recap all the news that happens in the industry of search and social media here on this blog mostly due to the fact that there are many others that do it quite well, I have published a Weekly Rap-up for some time now. It has been a good way to highlight some of the top stories and blog posts that are put out each week. Now we are doing away with the Weekly Rap-up and in its place will publish a “Daily Finds in the World of Search & Social Media.”
I came across a disturbing report from The Raw Story about National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell’s plans for cyberspace spying that would make the current debate on warrantless wiretaps look like a “walk in the park,” according to an interview published in the New Yorker’s print edition today. The plan would give the government the authority to examine the content of any e-mail, file transfer or Web search.
It has been some time since we have heard anything regarding Traffic Power, a Nevada based “SEO” company that was responsible for offering shady marketing practices that eventually got thousands of their customers banned from Google. Since then, they went through a few name changes, attempted to sue SEOBook’s Aaron Wall and essentially faded away after that lawsuit was dismissed. That is until recently when Search Engine Watch broke the story (at least in our industry) that Traffic Power CEO, Matt Marlon, has been arrested and jailed, not related to anything regarding search, but rather accused of a foreclosure scam in Nevada.
I am speaking at the upcoming Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose on a panel entitled, “So You Want To Be A Search Marketer!” The session looks at ways budding SEMs can educate themselves plus get started in the industry. I am presenting on the angle of one who entered the field of search marketing after performing search marketing techniques on my own sites – in other words gaining hands-on experience before taking on paying customers.
I’ve finally decided to enable comments on this blog. I had decided not to enable them in the past simply due to the fact that I didn’t want to add an additional task to my already busy schedule. However, I’ve decided to go ahead and try it and see what happens. If it becomes too burdensome, dealing with blog spammers and the like, then I may turn them back off at a later date. As for now, feel free to comment away.
From The Business Journal, the town of Gilbert, Arizona is preparing to deploy citywide wireless Internet service, which will expand on the Tempe network, completed in February, and the Chandler network scheduled to be fully deployed by the end of September.
I have been compiling news related to the search engine industry since the beginning of 2004. Mostly I would provide an excerpt of a news story and then link to it. At the beginning of this year we began to change our news section into more of a blog style of format. However the blog was static meaning that it was not available as a RSS/XML feed.