Archives for October 2005

Apply for MSN AdCenter Pilot

From MSN Search’s WebLog:

“If you know a business-owner who would be interested in advertising their business on MSN Search, please forward this email to them and encourage them to apply to participate in the US Pilot by completing our online registration form at http://advertising.msn.com/adCenterPilot/89620.asp.”

Tags: MSN AdCenter, , AdCenter Pilot

Dead in the water

Most times when I have computer problems or when internet goes down, it’s like being dead in the water. Like yesterday the motherboard on my Dell Inspirion 5150 started to go wacky, intermittently causing the screen to go black, requiring a reboot each time until I get a replacement. Then today our internet was down for about 5 hours. All I needed next was for the phone system to go on the blink.

So what happened? A ton of new business inquiries, a speaking engagement, interviews with Inc Magazine and US News & World Report and we signed a new client. Not so dead in the water after all. I did miss eComXpo though, but I can blog about that next week since they provide access for 90 days.

Internet Marketing Resource Upgrades

topseos.com, a directory of internet marketing services has gone through a major re-design and services upgrade. Previously, the site was focused as a directory of search engine optimization firms with a listing of the top 30 SEO firms based on interviews with clients, performance, customer service and distinguishing services.

A new design has launched offering a wider array of services related to internet marketing listed in the directory encompassing search engine optimization, hosting, email marketing, press release distribution and paid search marketing.

“The task of selecting an internet marketing company can be very confusing. Our goals are to make it easier for companies to locate the right internet marketing vendors and to provide a credible marketplace for service providers to present their services.” said Bill Peden from topseos.com.

National Arbitration Forum Rules in Favor of Yahoo

The National Arbitration Forum announced today that a ruling has been issued in favor of Yahoo! regarding the rights to 54 Internet domain names, including homepageyahoo.com, yahoocalendar.com, and fantasysports-yahoo.com, among others. This is the latest in a series of claims that Yahoo! has won in defending its brand and name.

Yahoo’s law firm filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum on August 5, 2005. via National Abritration Forum blog.

Tags: Yahoo, National Arbitration Forum, Domain Disputes

Blogs and Public Relations

Pitching bloggers and journalists directly is often times hit or miss unless you have a long term relationship. Even so, here are some good guidelines for pitching blogs to follow.

There’s a good Media Relations with Bloggers article from Media Metamorphosis that presents some alternative ways of reaching bloggers and journalists. The just of it is, find out what blogs the journalist reads and using a combination of relevant comments and trackbacks, gain visibility and start a conversation.

One interesting tool for discovering what blogs/sites your intended audience reads is Rollyo, a service that allows you to build your own search engine of sites you want to track.

Open Content Alliance

Yahoo Search Blog posts that Yahoo has partnered with several public and private organizations inclusing Adobe, Internet Archive and University of California to create the Open Content Alliance.

“the collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content.”

In light of the controversy over Google print regarding copyright, the press release announcing the Open Content Alliance addresses copyright concerns:

“In order to respect the rights of copyright holders, content under copyright will be made available through the OCA only with the copyright holders authorization.”

There’s a good overview at ResearchBuzz where it’s suggested that Google Print and the Open Content Alliance could exist as compliments to each other rather than as competitors.

GoogleNet Plans for San Francisco

Google is one of several companies including Earthlink that have responded to a RFP asking for free Wi Fi access in San Francisco. Google has been testing Wi Fi in certain spots in San Francisco and New York this year. If accepted, the program would be supported by Google ads. Despite the attraction of free 300 kilobits per second, there have been some concerns regarding privacy. Lots of buzz on this over the weekend.

Tags: Google, Wi Fi, San Francisco

RustyBrick uses Ask.com to Ask Girlfriend to Marry Him

Happy news from Search Engine Roundtable: Barry proposes to his girlfriend Yisha using Ask Jeeves.

“I proposed via Ask Jeeves. I brought Yisha to my office, ask her to search on her name. While she was doing that I kneeled behind her with the ring and flowers. She typed in her name into Ask Jeeves, full name, and up came a special Smart Answer (thanks to Jim Lanzone and team) with the proposal.”

You know you’re a search geek when you propose using a search engine! Congratulations Barry and Yisha.

Yahoo Blog Search to Launch

Back in July Steve Rubel posted about Yahoo testing RSS search and I was able to visit the url at the time to check it out. But by the time I opened my screen capture program to use for a blog post, the url started to redirect to Yahoo Advanced search. So I posted this about Yahoo Testing a Blog Search Engine.

Today Business Week’s Blogspotting Blog mentions that Yahoo’s director of tech development, Bradley Horowitz has said Yahoo will be launching some sort of Blog or RSS search early next week. Rubel has picked up on that news again.

The Google Blog Search tool recently released has had mixed reviews which means an opportunity for Yahoo to gain a leg up if indeed it’s RSS or Blog search tool really performs.