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Lee Odden

Related Post Links for Better Search Engine Indexing

Lee Odden on Sep 29th, 2006     Blogging

Possibly Related PostsMany search engines have stated time and time again that they crawl pages they can get to easily. Basically, if it takes more than three steps to get to a page, it won’t get indexed as easily or or re-indexed as often. By adding related posts to your blog, you are now allowing a search engine spider to easily get older posts easily.

Related posts are just links to posts that were made in the past. Some may have been posted in the last week, others maybe last year. These posts have a much better change of getting updated in search engines then if they were buried in the archives.

Lee Odden

Jill Whalen Search Marketing Seminar Hits Dallas

Lee Odden on Sep 29th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

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Debra Mastaler, Christine Churchill, Jill Whalen at SES San Jose

I got a ping from another old school SEO, Jill Whalen recently about her next search engine marketing seminar. Jill’s group of instructors include: Scottie Claiborne, Karon Thackston, Christine Churchill, Debra Mastaler and Matt Bailey (who is also going to be doing one of the modules for the DMA SEM Certification.

Here’s a fun, short video of Matt from SES San Jose this past summer. (sorry Matt, you crack me up)

Jill and company are very focused on practical, takeaway tips for company marketers:

“Each speaker will build upon the info provided by the previous speaker, giving you a cohesive plan of action you can begin to implement as soon as you’re back at your office.”

Lee Odden

Eric Ward Launches Link Building Newsletter

Lee Odden on Sep 29th, 2006     Link Building, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing

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The PG SEO (pre-Google) and master linker, Eric Ward has recently launched a new newsletter on link building called, The Ward Report.¬† I’ve seen the initial free-trial issue and it’s pretty good with topics including:

  • Linking Fact, Fiction and Your Inbound Link Profile (INLP)
  • Social Linking and Tagging
  • Linking for Search Rank
  • Linking and Publicity Opportunity Watch
  • RSS To The Rescue

It’s a paid subscription and well worth it. Subscribers will have access to discounted training, how-to Podcasts, video training modules and other resources as well.¬† You can sign up for the Ward Report here or request the trial version.

Lee Odden

Monetizing with Feedvertising

Lee Odden on Sep 28th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blog Optimization, Blogging, Blogging News, Online Marketing, RSS

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For the past week I’ve been beta-testing a new product from Patrick Gavin and Andy Hagans of Text Link Ads called Feedvertising. Other beta testers include Jim Boykin, Phillip Lessen, Brian Clark and several others. This is a service that allows you to monetize your RSS feeds with ads. Text Link Ads will sell the ads for you, or in my case, I just put in ads for some things I’m doing with Marketing Sherpa. You can do it either way or both.

Not only is Feedvertising a potential money maker, but it’s also a clever way to cross promote other areas of your blog, company web site or other web sites that you publish.

There’s a very good tutorial on Feedvertising over at Tubetorial or you can check out the Feedvertising site.

Lee Odden

Where’s Wallop?

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2006     Online Marketing, Social Media

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The Microsoft Research Labs spinoff has launched their Flash based, social networking service, Wallop to compete with MySpace, Facebook, Yahoo 360, etc.

I reviewed Wallop in June of last year. At that time, I don’t know what the official plans are but I would not expect to see Wallop open up as more than a research project.

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So many social networking sites, so little time.

Lee Odden

All Your Google Base Are Belong to Us

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2006     Google, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing


“Google to Jump Head-First into the Long Tail of Commerce”. Google Base will be incorporated more into regular Google search results in a move that will put it in direct competition with eBay. via Micropersuasion.

I’ve seen examples of Google Base within regular SERPs already with certain phrases such as, “search engine optimization services” where a “refine your search” box appears with drop down menus for skills and service type above the regular search results. Greg Niland mentioned seeing this earlier in the year, “Google Base Added to SERPs“.

I’ve heard that in the coming months, Google Base will appear much more often in natural search results and that the line between Google’s various services and the search engine will become more fluid.

Lee Odden

Future of the Internet Part II

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2006     Online Marketing


The Pew Internet and American Life research project has issued another report on the the future of the internet with predictions that by 2020:

  • Virtual reality will enhance worker productivity
  • Tech ‚Äúrefuseniks‚Äù will emerge as a cultural group, living “off the network”
  • People will continue to disclose personal information unknowingly, albeit for some personal benefit

There are other insights as well including the continued social inequalities and 46% agreed that the benefits of greater transparency of organizations and individuals would outweigh the privacy costs and 49% disagreed.

Here’s a video clip of Lee Rainie from Pew discussing the findings on the Lehrer NewsHour show.

Lee Odden

Battelle on Cutts on Webspam

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2006     Google, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing

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John Battelle has posted an excellent interview with Google’s Matt Cutts on the subjects of webspam and human influences to search quality. Regarding “human contribitions” to search quality, for some reason, lately I’ve been wondering if Google will acquire or implement something like StumbleUpon?

In other Matt Cutts’ news, does he have an evil twin? via Barry at SEW

Lee Odden

Happy 8th Birthday Google!

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2006     Google, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing


Wow, Eight years! That’s an awful long time in internet time. I wonder how many PG SEO practitioners there are out there? By PG I mean, “pre-Google”.

Lee Odden

Business Wire to License PRWeb Platform

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization

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David McInnis of PRWeb dropped me a quick note this a.m. about a new strategic partnership between PRWeb parent, Vocus Communications and Business Wire that includes the licensing of a private label version of PRWeb for use by Business Wire clients.

“Vocus will create and host for Business Wire a co-branded version of the PRWeb direct-to-consumer and SEO service. Business Wire members may disseminate press releases so they will be indexed by major search engines, distributed to thousands of news sites, including Google News and Yahoo News, and delivered through more than 20,000 RSS feeds that collectively reach tens of millions of consumers and thousands of journalists daily.”

Lee Odden

Facebook Opens Up

Lee Odden on Sep 27th, 2006     Online Marketing, Social Media

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I received my “Join Facebook” email today and registered. You can join one of three networks: Regional, College or Work.

While several employees at our firm, TopRank have Facebook accounts and we may (or may not) have done some things with clients, this is the first time “playing around” with my own account. There’s quite a difference between Facebook and MySpace in terms of layout, customization options and functionality.

For more info from the source, check out this very interesting video interview by Bambi Francisco with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg earlier this month after their little redesign fiasco. They discuss whether Facebook is hitting a ceiling, the deal with Microsoft and about opening up Facebook to regional networks.

Lee Odden

DMA Announces SEO SEM Certification

Lee Odden on Sep 25th, 2006     DMA Annual Conference, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Search Marketing, SEO

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The Direct Marketing Association has officially announced their Certification Program in Search Engine Marketing today. The first modules are being offered at DMA06 in San Francisco in October. There will be two levels of certification focused on agency and in-house marketers:

  • Level 1: Designed for individuals able to work under the direction of an advanced search engine marketer. These individuals would know and be able to employ current best practices in organic or paid search marketing.
  • Level 2: Designed for individuals who are capable of devising, creating, and managing effective search engine marketing programs within agencies or as lead members of in-house marketing teams. At this level, individuals can seek advanced certification in organic or paid search.

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