Lee Odden

SES San Jose Exhibit Hall Photos

I have to say, when I walked into the exhibit hall this am for a quick look, I was impressed! Lots of space and lots of exhibitors. Incisive Media has done a bang up job. Here are a few candids:

SES San Jose
Google Booth

SES San Jose
Yahoo Booth

SES San Jose
Microsoft adCenter Booth

SES San Jose
Ask.com Booth

SES San Jose
Daron Babin and Greg Hartnet

SES San Jose
SEMPO Booth

SES San Jose
Mick Jolly and David McInnis of PRWeb

SES San Jose
Fionn Downhill and a co-worker from Elixr Systems

SES San Jose
Giving away a car?

SES San Jose
An animated Rand Fishkin

Lee Odden

Yahoo Webzari and Weather Report

Some interesting info from Yahoo recently including an updated “Weather Report” announcing that a new and improved (Slurp) is in action. So now Yahoo has a new look and feel and a new and improved spider. I don’t use Yahoo much more than I used to, maybe a little more. Old habits are hard to break. I was checking my Yahoo account and see that I’m coming up on my 10 year anniversary. Long live Yahoo.
Yahoo Search Blog posted about a modification of the very useful Yahoo Site Explorer tool that Yahoo Korea put out called Webzari, a visual representation of your link neighborhood. It’s only in Korean now, but hopefully Yahoo will publish versions in other languages or at least English.¬† Here’s the Online Marketing Blog link universe. (via Barry)
You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words, right? Personally, I like graphic representations like Webzari. Some other cool visual search tools you might like include: The Google related tool over at Touchgraph, that slick new tool at Digg labs called Swarm or trusty visual search engine Kartoo.

Lee Odden

Interview with Laura Lippay of Yahoo

Spotlight on Search Interview with Laura Lippay, SEO Program Manager for Yahoo

We’ve been on a bit of a “Spotlight on Search Interview” hiatus the past few weeks, but I can assure you this one is worth the wait. Today we have a very nice interview with Laura Lippay, SEO Program Manager for Yahoo Media Group. I first became aware of Laura’s SEO wisdom via her animated stick figure avatar in Jill Whalen’s High Rankings SEO forum. Dispensing excellent advice to newbies and old timers alike, Laura has gone from circus performer extraordinaire to Flash-superstar-wannabe to a dream gig as an in-house SEO for Yahoo. I want to say thank you to the exceptionally thorough legal and marketing folks at Yahoo for letting Laura do this interview. Now on to the good stuff.

Lee Odden

Yahoo Updates MyWeb

Yahoo MyWeb

Yahoo SearchBlog has announced the update of the Yahoo MyWeb service. The MyWeb blog also offers feature details including:

  • Top Tags and Interesting Today
  • Finding Friends
  • Searching
  • Export

Yahoo continues to push further into the realm of “social search” and the implications for search marketing is significant.¬† The editorial relevancy that comes with the links as well as tags from the web at large promises to make searching a much different experience than it is now. Hopefully quality is one of those characteristics. But how will search marketers change what they do to help clients take advantage of the changing nature of search relevancy?

Lee Odden

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.

Lee Odden

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.

Lee Odden

YPN Party – Boston Pubcon

Yahoo threw an invite party at “Saint” in Boston last night and it proved to be a good time. It was a good thing they were letting in “guests” of people on the list or I think there would have been only half as many people there. Good for you Yahoo in doing this as Microsoft has really shot itself in the foot at SES conferences by being uber strict with their “invite only” events.

LOTS of great conversations at this party. Thomas and I got there around 7pm and it was a nice, cozy little event with an open bar, (extended to 10pm) and a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres. Many familiar faces too: Todd Malicoat, the super cool guys from BOTW.org, Mike McDonald of iEntry and Jeremy Zawodny, my co-presenters for this morning’s PR session Robin Liss and Lawrence Coburn, Brandy and Daron Babin, Roger aka Martinibuster and many others I cannot remember right now because I’m supposed to be practicing my presentation. 🙂

TopRank Marketing Editor

Yahoo Site Explorer Firefox Extension

TopRank Marketing Editor     Online Marketing, SEO, SEO Tools, TopRank Agency News, Yahoo

Thomas here and I just wanted to let you all know that I’ve released a Firefox extension called yExplore to quickly access the Yahoo Site Explorer.

Back in September Yahoo released their site explorer and it’s quite a handy little tool. However, I wanted quicker access to the tool so I created the yExplore Firefox extension. It simply allows you to right click on any web page, select yExplore and it’ll open Yahoo Site Explorer in a background tab with the URL already submitted.

A few more details are available at my yExplore Extension page or you can get yExplore from the Mozilla site.

TopRank Marketing Editor

Five things to consider when changing websites.

TopRank Marketing Editor     Google, Microsoft Bing, Online Marketing, SEO, Yahoo

Every year or so, companies decide to go and update their website. Not just a few pages, but usually the entire design and structure. This can be a big factor in search engine optimization and whether it’s positive or negative depends on how you do it.

There are lots of things everyone has to keep in mind when changing websites. Most things need to be thought of before hand, not after, and any issues should be addressed before a new site goes live.

Here are five things to keep in mind.

• URLs
URLs are very important. Not only are search engines referring you traffic, but what about links from other peoples‚Äô sites, bookmarks, press releases or social bookmarking sites? You could have hundreds of links out there and you don’t want to forget about them or else your visitors may be coming to a ‘Page Not Found’ error instead of an information page.

TopRank Marketing Editor

How to create Google & Yahoo Site Maps – Easily

TopRank Marketing Editor     Google, RSS, SEO, SEO Tools, Yahoo

At TopRank we’ve been building Google & Yahoo site maps ever since each search engine debuted the service. However, recently I’ve been focusing on how to better automate the process and optimize my time spent creating site maps. I’ve researched and tried tool after tool until I came up with one that worked well for us.

It all started at Google. Google actually lists out a bunch of third party resources. How convenient! You can see them here: http://code.google.com/sm_thirdparty.html

Ones listed under Programs/Code Snippets appear to be code that you add to your website to create your own sitemaps. What I was looking for is a program to create site maps for client sites, so those were out.

TopRank Marketing Editor

WordPress – Heading into 2006 at high speed.

TopRank Marketing Editor     Blog Marketing, Online Marketing, Yahoo

WordPress is arguably one of the best blogging packages out there. From it’s full list of features to its many themes and plugins, it seems to have it all.

The past few weeks were big for WordPress and they are starting the new year with a bang.

On November 21st they opened up WordPress.com to the public, meaning that now anyone is free to sign up for a WordPress blog without having to install the software. I feel the free hosting was added to compete with Blogger, however, WordPress.com blows Blogger’s free service out of the water with better usability and more features.

On December 20th, it was announced that WordPress is now available on Yahoo! This time targeting businesses. Yahoo offers complete setup and maintenance of a WordPress blog as part of its Small Business hosting packages.

Lee Odden

Yahoo Mail Beta

Lee Odden     Yahoo

Finally!  I thought I would never get a chance to check out the new Yahoo’s Beta Mail system. Today when I logged in there was an offer to check it out. I’ve had a Yahoo email account since 1997. I was hoping to get a chance to try this out sooner – oh well.

Yahoo Mail Beta is a bit like Outlook in the layout. I can say my very first impression was that it looked too similar. I liked that Yahoo mail looks very different that Outlook because I have both open at the same time and it’s easier to quickly distinguish them. Now that I’ve been using it for a little bit, I’m used to it.