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.

Pretty marketing
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Pretty marketing

For years companies have been using sex appeal to sell their products. Depending on your target market, sex appeal may work wonders for you. GoDaddy has used sex appeal

Marketing with fear
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Marketing with fear

Fear is an interesting thing, it can affect the way you think and react. When y2k was coming around, people had a fear of computers going wrong so everyone started stacking up on basic supplies such as dried food and water.

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.