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Increase your visibility on blog search engines
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Increase your visibility on blog search engines

Blog search engines such as Technorati, sphere, and Ice Rocket are great ways to bring more people to your site. What I really like about blog search engines is the people who use them tend to be the early adopters and the social media crowd. This should be your initial target audience. They’re the ones that will spread your message, of course provided they like what they see.

Catchup – 6/16/06
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Catchup – 6/16/06

comScore Media Metrix released May’s monthly analysis of consumer activity of top online properties. The social networking phenomenon continued its stratospheric ascent, as MySpace.com reached new heights with 50 million visitors in May and YouTube.com nearly doubled its traffic from April, reaching 12.6 million visitors. It’s amazing how fast these sites continue to grow, now they just need to figure out how to monetize the traffic.

Optimize for people, not search engines
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Optimize for people, not search engines

Don’t you hate it when you click through to a search engine result only to find a site that has been overly optimized, without visitors in mind. We’ve all experienced it, you know, the sites that are so ugly you can hardly stand to look at them. The ones where the content is stuffed with so many keywords that it is clear that it was only written with the search engines in mind.

TechCrunch advertisers can get penalized by Google
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TechCrunch advertisers can get penalized by Google

Each one of the four premium ad spots on TechCrunch currently sell for $10,000 per month. That may seem like a lot of money at first but when you consider you the fact you’re reaching 3 million eye balls from a very targeted audience every month it’s not so bad. But before you pony up the 10 grand for one of these spots you better take a moment to consider the potential consequences.

How to: Robots.txt
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How to: Robots.txt

There has been some noise around the seo industry today about Google not obeying the NoIndex meta tag. Google is indexing pages that use this tag when they shouldn’t be. I have actually seen this first hand myself when our company received an email earlier this week asking for opinions on the seo of a website. We noticed this site was trying to keep pages from being indexed in the search engines by using this meta tag. However, when we searched through Google we noticed these pages were still being indexed.

Viral marketing for links
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Viral marketing for links

Link building was once the most tedious, labor intensive processes of search engine optimization. It’s funny because inbound links also happen to be one of the more important aspects to your search engine rankings. Fortunately, it’s not so tedious anymore. Thanks to the social web, link building through buzz marketing is now possible.

Catchup – 6/12/06
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Catchup – 6/12/06

Yahoo has launched a customized version of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2, which has Yahoo search built into the browser. It’s good to see that Yahoo still has some fight left in them, I was beginning to think they’d thrown in towel for the search war. With the loyal following that Firefox has built I’m not sure yet whether this is a good move or not. What do you think?

Should your business have a blog?
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Should your business have a blog?

There’s a lot of good reasons your business should have a blog if it
doesn’t already have one. In fact, I’m going to go as far as to say that you cannot afford not to have one. Big business or small, it doesn’t matter, they are simply to powerful of a communication tool that you can’t ignore them.

Are you tracking your company buzz?
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Are you tracking your company buzz?

Word spreads like wildfire within the social media scene. In just a matter of minutes your company’s reputation can be damaged. If criticism or nasty rumors about your company gets out in the blogosphere and you’re not paying attention, forget about it. Your brand will suffer a devastating blow.

Catchup – 6/2/06
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Catchup – 6/2/06

By leveraging the AdSense API, sites can now allow members to create AdSense accounts and earn cash for content contributions. Members will even be able to track earning through the sites. Giant step forward for the social web.

FeedBurner's count goes crazy
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FeedBurner's count goes crazy

Today I noticed what looks to be yet another glitch from FeedBurner. There was a serious overnight jump in the number of RSS subscribers on some popular blogs, and I do mean a serious jump. At least that’s what we’re seeing on the feed count chicklets, can’t say for sure if the back end stats are matching this.

Catchup – 5/25/06
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Catchup – 5/25/06

del.icio.us redesigned their homepage and added some new features. The homepage features a hotlist which is updated every hour to show the three most popular links at the moment. They will never show you the same link twice. So everytime you visit the homepage will see something new that’s popular.

Catchup – 5/18/06
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Catchup – 5/18/06

Google Notebook officially launched this week. With Notebook you can clip text, images, and links from the web. Notes are easily organized by creating multiple notebooks and dividing them into sections. Like most of the other services Google has launched lately, I personally think this one’s a dud. I am however a big fan of Google Trends…