Archives for November 2007

Special Offer From Search Marketing Standard

The folks who publish Search Marketing Standard approached me with a special offer for you readers. If you subscribe between now and December 10 2007 you can get a 1 year subscrption for $4.95 (yep that’s $5) if you use the following code when you subscribe: coupon code: HOLIDAY67 In addition for every person who does subscribe with that code … [Continue reading Special Offer From Search Marketing Standard]

How to Ruin an Excellent Piece of Linkbait, and Why Someone Should be Fired

Here’s a prime example of how to ruin an otherwise amazing piece of linkbait. It’s hot, it’s fresh, it’s easy to get, but where are the damn pictures! A huge component of social media is the eye candy! You need it especially if you are playing the celebrity space. If someone produced this for me they’d be fired … twice … [Continue reading How to Ruin an Excellent Piece of Linkbait, and Why Someone Should be Fired]

Making Google Reader More Social

I know Google’s been trying to get more involved in the social game, but here are a few suggestions on how they can make the integration a little more seamless, and I’m totally name dropping Mihai Parparita so he catches this one ego surfing.

Why is Everyone Connected With Google So Creepy

Anne Wojcicki wife of Sergey Brin who is in charge of 23andMe.com (sorry no link love for you) is set to bring the company live this week. Here are the details via techcrunch: 23andMe will offer a genetic screening service for $999. The short story is that 23andMe will administer a test (presumably a swab or saliva test) that will … [Continue reading Why is Everyone Connected With Google So Creepy]

Google Reader Indexes Really Fast

I’m not sure if it’s some synergy between google reader and feedburner but damn google reader is picking up new posts in like 10 minutes, that totally rocks! I still get the dupe thing occasionally, but latency was one of my primary concerns when I switched, and now it’s a total non issue.

Is Matt Cutts Pulling the “I Did You a Favor” Card

C’mon Matt you either do things because they are the right thing to do or don’t do them at all, I don’t think you want to get into the Google’s did you a favor, now stop bad mouthing us card at all. Bringing up stuff like this just makes people question your motivation … Why get into a back-and-forth? It … [Continue reading Is Matt Cutts Pulling the “I Did You a Favor” Card]

Site Links and Search Volume

One of the things that I admire about the Google algo is it’s ability to “learn” and “adapt” based on incoming data. For example when search volume for a certain keywords reaches a certain volume words that were originally mis-spellings become real words. Today I came across an example of this logic being applied to site links.

Compete Still a Bit Wet Behind the Ears

I actually like Compete I think it’s quite a bit more accurate than Alexa or other competing services, however when I see comments like this on their blog it makes me question some of their conclusions: Every search query we see in our data is a query performed by an actual person. via compete blog

Testing how Much Google and YouTube chat behind the Scenes

There’s nothing in this video or this video that will make much sense unless you follow me compulsively, but we’re doing some testing, remind me in a week if you want to know how it turned out.

Site Links are Ephemeral

When I see things like this I have to admit I’m fascinated about the inner workings of the Google Borg Anybody think they aren’t using user/toolbar data? Want to do a nice experiment repeat this search every 15 days and watch for changes …

Do You Subscribe to Your Own Blog

Seems a silly question to ask but I can’t believe that the people who run Trendspotting are subscribed to their blog and haven’t yet noticed that their blog is published without a title or haven’t done anything about it

Jason Calacanis & Michael Gray

Probably pretty high on the list of pictures you never thought you’d see but there’s a picture of me with Jason Calacanis last night after dinner.