I’ve always been a big fan of BMW and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of driving or owning one you know why. Last night I was watching TV and a commercial for the new BMW 3 series coupe came on, since I also had my laptop handy I decided to hop online to see more. I went to Google and searched for “bmw 3 series coupe” and this is what I saw…
Lately many bloggers have been making an extra effort to try and get on the [digg homepage](http://www.digg.com) so that they can increase the popularity of their blog. Many of the bloggers will do almost anything to accomplish this, some go as far as telling all of their friends on their AIM buddy list to digg their story while others go to the extreme of joining digging groups where everyone diggs each others story. If you really want to get on digg, here is how you do it.
One of the reasons I love trading emails is that I’m often inspired to blog about an idea that comes up. In a recent email swap with David, from the [Social Media Optimization blog](http://www.social-media-optimization.com/), we started talking about SMO strategies and how to target the different channels. With SEO it’s easy, you pretty much want to rank on every possible search engine there is, anytime someone performs a relevant search you would want to show up. Right? SMO is different, most social websites have their own unique communities. For example, if you’re a [“cooking” social network](http://www.bakespace.com/) then Digg is the wrong site to optimize for, [Chowhound](http://www.chowhound.com/) or some of the other recipe sharing websites might make more sense for you.
Social Media Optimization (SMO), if you haven’t heard already, is a term that was recently coined by Rohit Bhargava which refers to the process of ensuring that a website is easy to link to by utilizing the different social media sources including but not limited to, blogs, bookmarking websites and media sharing websites. There are a lot of similarities and differences between SEO & SMO. Because of this, and the idea that one cannot take over the role for the other, it is important to know when and why to use each optimization technique.
In the last couple of months more and more bloggers have been catching onto the power of [digg](http://www.digg.com) and [Netscape](http://www.netscape.com). Bloggers have realized that if they get their blog on the homepage of digg or Netscape thousands of visitors will flood into their blog within minutes. So the question is, how can digg and Netscape be leveraged for traffic, and what results can you expect from them?
As some of you may have noticed, I am addicted to stats. Every couple of hours I have to look at my blog stats or else I go crazy. Today I noticed that my Google traffic went up drastically and my referrers showed that I was getting traffic for terms such as “soesman”, so I decided to do a Google search and check it out. And lucky me, when I did a search I saw a newly designed Google search result page.
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with [Todd Malicoat](http://www.stuntdubl.com) at the [Search Engine Strategies conference](http://www.searchenginestrategies.com/sew/summer06/agenda.html#400-3) in San Jose. Todd is a well known expert in the field of Internet marketing who has worked both for himself as well as marketing firms. Because of his experiences and knowledge in Internet marketing, I decided to do an email interview with him.
Ask.com announced a new Germany research and development center to be headed up by Eric Heymann, former head of technology at Seekport, as director of global content acquisition today. The German R&D center will work closely with the Pisa, Italy, Campbell, Calif., and Piscataway, N.J. locations. Apostolos Gerasoulis, VP of search technology at Ask.com, said, “the expansion of our European research and development team will allow Ask.com to continue to develop and scale our world-class search.”
Have you ever seen the magic trick where a person is cut in half with a saw and then put back together? As you probably already know, it is just an illusion; the person may seem like they are being cut in half, but in reality the saw never even touches their body.
Although the [blogosphere](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogosphere) is a new space on the web, it is starting to become a crowded. Millions of bloggers are writing on a daily basis and many of them are writing on similar topics. Because of the sheer number of blogs fighting for the same eyeballs, it is becoming harder to become popular, so the question is how do you make your stand out from the rest?
Writing how to guides is a great way to educate people as well as a great way to build links. Last week Chanpory Rith from [LifeClever](http://www.lifeclever.com/) wrote a unique how to guide on [dressing like a Mac](http://www.lifeclever.com/2006/09/07/how-to-dress-like-a-mac/) which drew a lot of buzz.
[Steve Rubel](http://www.micropersuasion.com/) recently conducted a [study](http://www.micropersuasion.com/2006/09/study_wikipedia.html) that compiled the [top 100 advertisers](http://adage.com/datacenter/datapopup.php?article_id=110575) on AdAge, then he entered each of them in Google and tallied the results. What he found is that [Wikipedia](http://www.wikipedia.com) is showing up most of the time for brand searches, this will come as no surprise to any SEO or anyone else that spots trends in search results. But Steve finds a quite a few interesting things, one particular find is…
Have you ever wondered how popular a specific blog is? You might be able to tell by doing a backward link check in [Google](http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=link%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.pronetadvertising.com&btnG=Google+Search) or by looking up their [Alexa ranking](http://www.alexa.com/data/details/main?q=pronetadvertising.com&url=pronetadvertising.com), but that will not always give you a full picture. If the blog uses [FeedBurner](http://www.feedburner.com) you might be able to view their subscriber count to get another viewpoint on their popularity with a few simple steps.
A couple of days ago I was asked the following question; What do you see as the main obstacles that Social Media Optimization needs to overcome in order to become a more mainstream marketing strategy? Social Media Optimization is still very much in its infancy. Although most of the concepts have been used for awhile, the phrase was just recently coined and through the community, the rules and concepts are just beginning to take shape.
There are thousands of design resources on the web which can lead to an overwhelming experience when looking for inspiration or ideas, so I created a list of resources that I use on a regular basis. Here is a list of 50 design resources that can be helpful to any designer or marketer.
YouTube has taken a step in the serious direction of fortifying its management team and monetization efforts with the recruitment of Gideo Yu, Yahoo’s Treasurer. Yu is now the Chief Financial Officer at YouTube.
The Olympics is an event where you get to represent and support your country. Because of all the patriotism shown around this time and the millions of people glued to their television sets companies are sponsoring these events to keep their branding strong.
Have you ever wondered how many data centers the search engine giant Google has, or why it is important to know each one? Currently Google has around 39 or more data centers. They can tell us a lot about how Google works; such as giving us an indication of when they are doing an algorithm update or when they are updating pagerank.
Is your website getting no Google love when it should be getting a lot of love? In March 2004 the mysterious theory of the [Google Sandbox](http://www.softwaremarketingresource.com/article55.html) came about, which is when Google puts new websites through a probation period where they do not rank well.
Last week a guest speaker came to one of my marketing classes at [Cal State Fullerton](http://www.fullerton.edu). The college has guest speakers quite often and this time they brought in [Boris Bugarski](http://www.murgent.com/murgent-management.php), the CEO of an email marketing company called [mUrgent](http://www.murgent.com/). …