Lee Odden

SES Chicago: Q&A on Links with the Search Engines

I had some distractions earlier in the day and did not get to blog any of the pre-lunch sessions. So here’s the first post-lunch session:  Links Q/A with Search Engines moderated Detlev Johnson from PositionTech.  This session is a combination of short presenations followed up with Questions and Answers.

Speakers include:  Kaushal Kurapati – Ask Jeeves, Charles Martin – Google, Tim Mayer – Yahoo, Ramez Naam – MSN.

Detlev announces a part this evening sponsored by WebmasterRadio, Bruce Clay, PositionTech, TrueLocal and NY Times.  This is kind of funny: Tim Mayer takes a photo from the podium of Barry Schwartz blogging from the front row.

First up was Kaushal Kurapati from Ask Jeeves to talk about how links work with Ask Jeeves.

Links from high quality pages are best.

Lee Odden

Search Engine Thanksgiving

Here’s a very happy online marketing Thanksgiving to you. Here are a few logos from search engines:

Google Thanksgiving

Yahoo Thanksgiving

I guess MSN Search isn’t in the Thanksgiving spirit, or they just don’t get into the seasonal logo changes.

Happy Thanksgiving to Online Marketing Blog readers!

Lee Odden

Lee Odden

Pubcon X Wrap Up

The conference portion of Pubcon ended yesterday. Exhibitors pulled down their booths promptly at about 5pm. It would be great if there was more time in between sessions to visit the exhibit hall though. Overall, it was a great show and opportunity to connect with many of the leaders in search marketing.

Yahoo drew a lot of attention to the Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) program and seems very committed to building a great program for publishers and advertisers.

Yahoo also announced the availability for blog publishers that are participating in the beta YPN program to place ads in their RSS feeds. That’s something that I will be testing with this blog very soon. Feedback is welcome.

Lee Odden

Matt Cutts Coffee Talk at Pubcon

Matt Cutts presented at Pubcon a very good Q/A. Barry Schwartz and Aaron Wall have very good posts on the session as I missed much of it. Instead, I had breakfast with Amanda Watlington, Eric Ward and Heather Lloyd Martin.

Here’s an interview Aaron did with Matt Cutts that’s a must read.

With about half of the audience being first time conference attendees, the questions were less about how to not get caught spamming, and more about Google in general. Cutts says Google going public has not affected people at the Googleplex, too much at least. Also that having Google stock explode in value has not changed him that much. Just that now he buys books whenever he wants.

Lee Odden

Google Base

Lee Odden     Google, Marketing Industry News

The launch of Google Base today is being covered to death today.

Details from Google Blog:

“Today we’re excited to announce Google Base, an extension of our existing content collection efforts like web crawl, Google Sitemaps, Google Print and Google Video. Google Base enables content owners to easily make their information searchable online. Anyone, from large companies to website owners and individuals, can use it to submit their content in the form of data items. We’ll host the items and make them searchable for free. ”

This afternoon here at Pubcon in Las Vegas, Google has a meeting about an unannounced topic. Perhaps it’s about Google Base?

Lee Odden

Pubcon X Keynote: Robert X. Cringley

The first session at Pubcon 10 started out with a keynote presentation from Robert Cringley.

Robert Cringley has been on the internet since 1977. He was a war correspondent in ’77 in Beiruit and had enough and went back to CA and started working for Steve Jobs. Apple offered him stock but he regretably, took cash. Cringley taught at Stanford University. Came back to Apple for work on Apple Lisa user interface.

Claim to fame: He invented the trashcan icon, which he created as an experience he had when writing a book. He accidentally deleted 8000 lines of text – 96,000 words. So he was resolved to create the trashcan functionality and make delete a two step process. Shared other anecdotes regarding trashcan.

Lee Odden

Urchin is Now Google Analytics and it’s Free

I’ve been raving about Urchin to clients for quite a while at only $199/mo and now Google has decided to change Urchin over to Google Analytics and offer it for free. Wow.

The Urchin site is now redirecting to http://www.google.com/analytics/

According to Digital Inspiration blog, “the free version is limited to 5 million pageviews a month but the limit is is removed if you’re also an active AdWords publisher.”

Also, Google Analytics is said to intergrate very well with Google AdWords to better measure paid search ROI and you can track up to 50 profiles.

Online sign up is easy and only requires a Google account. Once signed up, just paste a snippet of JavaScript code into your web pages and that’s about it.

Lee Odden

Google to Pay $1 for every Firefox Download

Lee Odden     Google, Marketing Industry News

But who cares about that, when Google will pay $100 once you sign up a publisher on AdSense that makes their own $100.

Google is certainly bumping up it’s referral program. If you have an AdSense account, login and click on the referrals tab, you get code for Google AdWords and FireFox with Google Toolbar referrals.

Google AdWords Referral Ads
AdSense Referral Ads

FireFox with Google Toolbar
Firefox Referral Ad

Lee Odden

Search Engine Updates

Looks like Tim Mayer of Yahoo has announced a “fourth weather report” about an imminent update to their index.

Matt Cutts of Google also posts on Jagger3, referencing recent changes made with Google’s ranking particulars as “coming along”.

Not only are there names being given to these updates, but iterations – 1, 2, 3, etc. I suppose this is akin to software updates: Version, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.

Web site owners, don’t need to “do” anything in reaction or proactively to these kinds of updates. They should know something is happening though, should site rankings fall or fluctuate dramatically and then persist.

One thing I’ve found is that the less “dramatic” the SEO tactics implemented on a site, the less “dramatic” the fluctuations these types of updates will have on a particular web site.