Archives for May 2006

Defining Tagging

This is a re-post, with minor edits, from my blog, Blog on a Stick. I felt that it was worthy of posting here too.
-Thanks Thomas

For those that are just jumping into the blog world, or the Web 2.0 world for that matter, there is a new idea out there called tagging. Much like folders or categories, it’s a way of keeping things organized.

Lets start out simple with folders.

On your computer you have folders. Maybe a documents folder for paperwork, pictures folder for pictures and so on. You’ve probably even created your own folders. “Christmas 2005” or “Work Documents” The idea is to keep your files organized on your hard drive. Simple enough.

Wed Linkorama

Actually, some of these were from yesterday, but I didn’t get a chance to post about them.

Aaron Wall interviews Seth Godin

Mike Grehan interviews Matt CuttsPodcast Part 1, Podcast Part 2

Danny Sullivan chats up Matt Cutts on SEO Rockstars – via TW. Show was live last night, and should be available in the archive in a few days.

Google indexing timeline – Matt Cutts

Here we grow again

I am pleased to announce the addition of Melinda Cayetano and Anna Kummet to our team. Anna joins us as a Public Relations Associate and Melinda has joined the team as a Search Marketing Specialist. Both have a background in public relations.

We’ve also added several new SEO and PR accounts including: Naterra Land, Bonanza Sports, Home Sweet Home Equity, Rational Recovery, Smart Kit, Blogging Systems and Onsite Chicago.

What a great time to be in the search marketing industry!

Web Analytics Demystified – Interview with Eric T. Peterson

Spotlight on Search – Interview with Eric T. Peterson

When you think of authorities on web analytics, one person that should be on your list is Eric T. Peterson. Eric is currently Vice President with the Visual Sciences division of web analytics firm, WebSideStory, is the author of several books on web measurement and moderates several popular discussion lists on analytics. He also manages an excellent site on web analytics called Web Analytics Demystified. He previously worked as an analyst with JupiterResearch and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Business 2.0 and others as an expert on the topic.
Eric will be speaking at a MIMA event tomorrow evening here in Minneapolis so I thought I would check in with him and do a little interview.

Interview with Daron Babin of WebmasterRadio.FM

Spotlight on Search – Interview with Daron Babin of WebmasterRadio.FM

Daron Babin
Photo courtesy Strikepoint Blog
There are many success stories on the web and one of the most interesting is WebmasterRadio.FM. The brainchild of Old, Old School SEO Daron Babin and his partner Brandy Shapiro, WebmasterRadio.FM has become the “go to” resource for live streaming radio and podcasts on all things related to search and interactive marketing.

After threatening Daron with sex, fame and a nice hangover, he succumbed to answering a few questions about how he got into the SEO game, what’s up with New Gen Media and his evil plan for a multi media search engine and delivery platform.

Tell us about your background, how did you get involved with search marketing?

The Power of the Link

Last night a PR manager from the New Yorker emailed me about the Terry Semel interview, so I watched it and put up a link to the actual video. I emailed a few SEO related bloggers about it and thought nothing more. (other than the interview being great insight into Yahoo).

While the bloggers I emailed did not mention the video, a few other sites did link to the blog post I put up about it including Digg.com (front page right now) and the Financial Times.

While I’ve had other things hit Digg and grow traffic as part of a SEO program, this was 100% natural. There was no suggested email to a large network of friends with digg accounts or anything like that. Not that I would ever do THAT.

Yahoo CEO Terry Semel Interview Video

Terry Semel
New Yorker writer Ken Auletta interviewed Terry Semel, the chairman and C.E.O. of Yahoo! today, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker. Semel covers everything from how Yahoo got into search to what’s in store for the future of search.

More coverage on this over at mediabistro, BuzzMachine and of course, Barry.

MIMA Web Analytics Seminar

Members of the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association and the local interactive community in the Twin Cities will be getting the lowdown on web analytics next week. Eric T. Peterson from the Visual Sciences division of web analytics firm, WebSideStory and author of several books on web measurement will be presenting, “Making Your Web Analytics Work. Hard”.

From the press release:

‚ÄúFew organizations fully realize the potential of their investment in web analytics technology,‚Äù said Peterson. ‚ÄúWeb analytics applications provide truly actionable data that can be used to positively impact an organization‚Äôs bottom-line but companies need to treat web analytics as a business process, not simply an ad hoc endeavor. My work at Visual Sciences, and my MIMA presentation, revolves around how companies can treat web analytics as a business process and dramatically improve the return on investment.”

Live from the GooglePlex Danny Sullivan and Matt Cutts

Next week there will be a “must listen” SEO Rockstars and Daily SearchCast show on WebmasterRadio.fm. The show will start out with Todd Friesen (oilman) and Greg Boser (webguerilla) and then cut to a 45 min Danny Sullivan interview with Matt Cutts at the GooglePlex and back to Friesen and Boser. The show airs Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

If you can’t wait and just need an audio fix of Mr. Cutts, then point your iPod over to Mike Grehan’s recently posted clip of a podcast interview he did with Matt Cutts at the GooglePlex last week. Of course there’s also this podcast interview with Matt Cutts that Chris Pirillo did at Search Engine Strategies NYC.

New Features in KeywordDiscovery

Customers of Trellian’s KeywordDiscovery service received an announcement today:

1. Increased Keyword Database from 26 Billion to 32 Billion
2. New Keyword Importer and Keyword Filter
3. New Thesaurus Search
4. Dutch Keyword Database Release

Additional features that will be included in version 2 beta of Keyword Discovery include:

– New user interface – easier navigation
– KeywordDiscovery v2 Beta (Faster, Bigger and Better)
– Increased speed and search response times
– Advanced import features
– Advanced competitor analysis
– New projects interface

My SEO consulting firm changed all of our keyword research and analysis over to Keyword Discovery recently. David Warmuz and his team have done an exceptional job at listening to their client base and enhancing product features accordingly.

Interview with CEO of PRWeb David McInnis

Spotlight on Search – Interview with David McInnis of PRWeb.

Undoubtedly one of the companies that has had a major impact on the convergence of public relations and search engine optimization is PRWeb. David McInnis and his talented team have created more innovations surrounding press release distribution than any other wire service.

While I’ve used PRWeb in one way or another since 1999, it wasn’t until 2003 that my company implemented press release optimization for both our SEO and public relations clients. In the past 2 years PRWeb has grown immensely and has led the way as a Web 2.0 wire service. Many new online wire service companies have sprung up trying to emulate the services of PRWeb and a good number of “old school” wire services have added the kinds of services to their mix that were originally pioneered by PRWeb.

WebAwards Judge and Call for Entries

WebAward

I am happy to congratulate our very talented blogmaster and SEO designer, Thomas McMahon for being selected by the Web Marketing Association as a judge for the 2006 WebAwards competition! This is impressive as employees from companies ranging from Disney to Organic to Warner Brothers have participated as judges for this program over the past 10 years.

You can be sure Thomas will bring a very unique perspective to his judging with his deep web design, SEO and blog experience. In fact, there is a new category for blogs this year. Maybe next year they can add a category for search marketing web sites!

The Web Marketing Association’s call for entries will continue until May 31 and winners will be announced September 20th, 2006. To see the kinds of prominent agencies and corporations that are involved, here’s a list of WebAward winners from 2005.