This year we decided on merging two blog award categories together; Search Engine Marketing and Contextual Advertising. When we refer to SEM, we mean Paid Search, and since Google AdSense, Yahoo Publisher Network, Looksmart, Ask.com, MSN AdCenter and other contextual players are a huge part (wanted or unwanted) of paid search, we thought this a reasonable merge.
Search Engine Roundtable was ranked by voters this year as the top Search Engine Marketing / Contextual Ad Blog, and with reason.
Barry Schwartz does an excellent job of monitoring Yahoo Search Marketing, Google AdWords, MSN AdCenter and other paid search systems, their contextual counterparts, changes within the systems, and the occasional bugs and scandals within these properties.
A well deserving win for Barry, Ben, Chris, Kim & company.
Here are the total results of this category:
Marketing Pilgrim 3.38
Search Marketing Gurus 2.8
Small Business SEM 2.43
Shimon Sandler 2.41
Make Easy Money with Google & AdSense 2.15
SEM In House 2.04