Have you noticed that the hottest ad format for blogs is now those little square 125 x 125 ads? Sites like [TechCrunch](http://www.techcrunch.com), [Mashable](http://www.mashable.com), [Read/WriteWeb](http://www.readwriteweb.com), [GigaOm](http://www.gigaom.com), and [Marketing Pilgrim](http://www.marketingpilgrim.com), just to name a few have them plastered on the top right side of their blogs. So, what’s wrong with these ads?
Lately it seems like more and more Digg users are trying to be in the [top 100](http://digg.com/topusers). As time goes on it will get harder due to Digg’s phenomenal growth. If you are looking to become a top 100 user here is how one user ([aaaz](http://digg.com/users/aaaz/profile)) did it in 30 days.
Last week I noticed that MyBlogLog had a [bug](http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=4168) which allowed people to comment on behalf of other MyBlogLog users and create communities that do not belong to them. This week it seems like the hijacking has begun…
Happy holidays to everyone, from all of us here at Pronet Advertising. For the next few days kick back, relax, and have some fun. Spend some time with your friends, family, and colleagues, but don’t get too carried away with those Christmas corals.
Over the past few months more and more marketers have been catching on to the whole social media scene because it can do wonders for a business when it comes to anything from marketing a product or service to increasing search engine rankings. Getting on sites like [Digg](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-digg.html) can drastically improve a website’s traffic and link popularity. If you are a marketer trying to get on Digg here are some of the things you should know.
We need your support. We’ve been nominated for the best social media optimization blog in the 2006 Search Blog Awards that are put on by Loren Baker from Search Engine Journal. We are up against some very tough competitors and could use every vote we can get. Our blog has been around for less than a year now so this is our first nomination for any kind of award and we are very flattered. It is great to be recognized for all the hard work and hopefully this is the first nomination of many to come.
[Anheuser Busch](http://www.anheuser-busch.com/) recently did an advertising campaign on [YouTube](http://www.youtube.com) in the hopes of turning around their Rolling Rock beer brand.
Last week in a post I wrote about some YouTube viral campaigns I highlighted the “Holiday Wishcast” from Coke. In the article I mentioned how I didn’t like that Coke was using actual Coke commercials and I didn’t think it would have success because of the blatant promotion of Coke. Today I came across another holiday campaign from OfficeMax called “Elfyourself”. The purpose is to paste your picture on the body of the elf; the elf will then dance around and sing. You can then send it off to your family or friends.
We’ve had an overwhelming response to the Pimp My Links series that we announced last week. We have had over 75 submissions and more are trickling in everyday. We were originally only planning to do this series once a week. However, depending on the success we may do it a couple times per week.
Today I wrote my first article for Search Engine Land, “[The new Digg features plus, a Submitter’s Perspective](http://searchengineland.com/061218-163537.php)”.
Have you ever seen a commercial thinking that it was sexual orientated, but it actually was not? People naturally jump to conclusions especially when there there is a suggestion of a sexual context which is why it creates such a memorable moment. So the next time you think about using sex in one of your marketing campaigns, have fun and tease people with it.
[Andy Beal](http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2006/12/blog-tag-5-things-about-andy-beal.html) recently tagged me to share 5 things that most people don’t know about me. So here goes…
StumbleUpon’s social browsing application has been such a big success in the past couple years they decided expand. They just launched [StumbleVideo](http://video.stumbleupon.com/) which recommends videos based on what others voted as thumbs up and thumbs down.
A few days ago the number 7th Digg user, Karim ([supernova17](http://digg.com/users/supernova17/profile)), got banned from Digg for [submitting a story for money](http://themulife.com/?p=412). With Digg becoming a popular social news site that is becoming increasingly attractive to companies, it seems that more and more top users are being offered money for submissions and with all the talk from Jason Calacanis about [top Digg users getting paid by PR firms](http://www.calacanis.com/2006/12/11/digg-users-are-getting-paid/) it appears that yet another Digg user’s account just got banned.
So far this week we’ve received news that two major companies have partnered with YouTube to create viral video campaigns. The first was Coke who has partnered with YouTube in a promotion called “Holiday Wishcast” that lets users send holiday video greetings to their friends.
So, if you don’t pay the people you have working for you, they’ll find ways to pay themselves. […]
We are going to be starting a weekly series here on Pronet Advertising where we pick one site every week and provide a few linkbait / viral ideas for it. Anyone is welcome to submit a site to us; we will randomly pick one that we feature every week. These posts will be public so if your site is selected it will be shown along with a few ideas for linkbaiting. We will not post your name or any personal information.
One of the most commonly used feature on [Digg](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-digg.html) is [Digg Spy](http://digg.com/spy), most people are using it as a way to see what stories people are submitting, digging, burying and commenting on. Digg Spy is great for all of those things, but it can do a lot more for you.
As more people become aware of [MySpace](http://www.myspace.com), it’s becoming less of a place for teens and has been developing more of a grown-up atmosphere. In an attempt to capitalize on the mass number of users, a lot of companies are dipping their toes into the MySpace waters, but the results aren’t always good. It’s a tough place to sell a product or a service and although companies in niche industries have had some success, it’s not always easy for a company to find the right tone when it comes to creating and promoting their profile.
Linkbaiting is a relatively new term in the SEO world that’s been on fire over the last year or so. One of the arguments that I have heard a lot lately is that linkbaiting is nothing new; it just has a buzzword attached to it now. Well that’s partially true, the idea of creating remarkable content (credit: Andy Hagans) for the purpose of attracting links is by no means anything new. It’s been around since before most people even knew what SEO was or realized why they needed it. So, the question remains, why is linkbaiting all of a sudden so popular and effective? Two words: social media.