Archives for August 2005

Yahoo! Publisher Network Beta Launched

Yahoo has formally announced on the Yahoo Search blog that they are rolling out a beta of their Yahoo Publisher’s Network (YPN).

“Yahoo! has launched a beta network in the U.S. for small- and medium-sized publishers. Currently available through invitation only, as Yahoo! tests and refines the new platform, small- and medium-sized publishers can easily sign up online and access new revenue sources and enhanced Yahoo! content through our new self-serve platform. Our goal is to extend the beta to more publishers by the end of the year.”

This news was initially leaked yesterday morning by Stefanie Olsen on as, “Yahoo to launch blog ad Network“. This is some pretty important news as it puts forth a significant effort by Yahoo to compete with Google’s AdSense program that offers a self serve service for publishers to monetize content rich web sites.

Jupitermedia sells ClickZ, Search Engine Watch, SES

According to news reported by MediaPost, Jupitermedia has sold the Search Engine Strategies trade shows and the Network of Web sites, including for $43 million in cash to London-based trade publisher Incisive Media.

“Incisive Media indicated it plans to use the acquisition to expand into the U.S. B-to-B publishing market, and to expand the search engine strategies conferences into other markets.”

Chairman-CEO of Jupitermedia, Alan Meckler will use the proceeds to make more acquisitions of stock photography and digital images companies.

This is pretty amazing. I’ll post updates as I see them.

Update: Danny Sullivan posts about the acquisition on the Search Engine Watch Blog

Tags: Jupitermedia, ClickZ, SearchEngineWatch, Search Engine Strategies

Search Engine Strategies San Jose

Next week it’s the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose. I am very much looking forward to it.

Thank you to those companies and individuals that have contacted me for meeting times. I will be attending quite a few sessions and will get to as many social activities as time allows. Definitely the Yahoo Search Day off on Monday and Google Dance on Tuesday. There are others as well.

I will be covering the sessions that I attend on the Search Engine Smarts blog over at I will also be posting conference observations and any interviews I do on this blog as well as Lockergnome’s Internet Marketing channel.

To contact me regarding setting up a meeting time or an after hours event, please email seo at toprankresults dot com.

Yahoo offers SEO Tips

In the recent Yahoo Search Marketing newsletter, they offer a link to a basic site optimization article.

Yahoo’s Small Business Resources page also offers several other useful, basic search marketing articles. The only one that’s missing is the article about why companies should hire TopRank for organic search engine optimization! Oh, that’s us at #1. I guess we’ll take the Google ranking instead. 🙂

Tags: Yahoo, search engine optimization, search marketing articles

Meta Blog Search Engine – Talk Digger

therssweblog reports on a new meta blog search engine called Talk Digger that reports results from Bloglines, Technorati, BlogPulse, PubSub, Icerocket, Feedster, BlogDigger, MSN Search and Google. It also offers basic trend information.

TalkDigger somewhat reminds me of the Online Marketing Blog UrlTrends tool for tracking linking trends to a web site.

Monday Search Engine News

Lowdown on the New Ask Jeeves PPC Program – via SearchDay

The Birth of Google – Excerpt from John Battelle’s new book on Wired

Blogs are default search for and BlogScour may, or may not become a separate blog search engine according to Ice Rocket CEO Blake Rhodes on SEJ site defaced over the weekend. Not due to being “hacked” but a “bug” in the system according to the development team. via TW

Gigablast launches – via SEW

Props to Bob Mutch for an excellent list of

Another SEO interview – interviews WeBuildPages CEO,

Tags: Ask Jeeves, John Battelle, Gigablast