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About Andy Beal

Andy Beal is an internet marketing consultant and considered one of the world's most respected and interactive search engine marketing experts. Andy has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies such as Motorola, CitiFinancial, Lowes, Alaska Air, DeWALT, NBC and Experian.

You can read his internet marketing blog at Marketing Pilgrim and reach him at andy.beal@gmail.com.
Google to Launch UK Mobile Network?

How can you not trust any rumor that starts with: “We’ve heard from a good source…”?

Rumor: Google to Buy FeedBurner?

It’s Friday, which must mean it’s time to crank up the rumor mill to “11″ and get speculative. :-)

Click Fraud Higher than Search Engines Suggest

Fair Isaac is dipping its toe in the click fraud tracking waters, with the release of its own study into fraudulent search engine clicks.

Google Makes a Deal with Fairfax Digital

Fairfax Digital, the online arm of Australian mega-publisher Fairfax Media, has announced an advertising and content syndication deal with Google.

Microsoft to Acquire aQuantive

Microsoft has finally found its online advertising partner, with news that it will acquire aQuantive. After missing out on DoubleClick to Google, watching Yahoo pick up Right Media and WPP buying 24/7 Real Media, Microsoft decided to go “all in” with a $6 billion cash deal, paying $66.50 a share!

WoM the Most Influential for B2B Execs

Over at eMarketer, they’ve compiled some recent reports that suggest executives in business to business industries rely heavily on referrals and word of mouth, when making buying decisions.

Judges Call for Fair Use of Porn on Google

If you’re one of the many Google Image users that have not turned on safe search, you’ll likely be glad to know that the U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned a previous ruling that would have forced Google to remove thumbnail images of porn taken from the Perfect 10 web site.

WPP Buys 24/7 Real Media

It looks like Microsoft has lost out again, in its quest to buy an internet advertising firm. This time, UK advertising company WPP Group has snuck in and picked-up 24/7 Real Media – a company MSFT had reportedly been in talks with – for $649 million or $11.75 a share – 45% premium on TFSM’s share price two months ago.

AOL Purchases Mobile Ad Network

Monitoring 200 RSS feeds, you’d think we would have caught earlier news that AOL has acquired Third Screen Media, a mobile advertising network – let’s just say it was one of those “did we cover this already” moments.

What Happened to Oodle?

Just days after Facebook announced a partnership with online classifieds aggregator, Oodle, the social networking site has rolled-out a seemingly different classified solution.

Yahoo Plans New Name & Features for MyBlogLog

When MyBlogLog first launched, the service brought promises of connecting blogging communities, and cool tools to make our blogs more visitor-friendly.

Google’s Press Meeting (censorship)
There’s a lot of great reports coming from Google’s annual press and shareholder meeting, held yesterday at the Googleplex. To make it a little easier to digest, we’re going to break it down into three parts for you. Here’s part four, you can also read part one, part two and part three.

Yahoo Launches Contest for Small Businesses
Yahoo wants to help small business owners grow their business and reach new customers. To that end, they’ve launched their “Ultimate Connection” essay-writing contest, giving away three $25,000 prize packages and expert mentoring.

Digg Founder Looking at Instant Messaging?

Don’t you wish you had “sources familiar with the company”, so you could speculate on new products and acquisitions?

Social Networks All About Me.com

Well, if you’re going to launch a service that lets you build your own social network, having the name me.com is a great start.

Why Mobile Content is Slow to Grow
I just finished reading a NYT article on the frustration being felt by Hollywood because they can’t get advertising dollars to support their mobile content.

Yahoo Keyword Inventory Tool on Life Support

If you’re a fan of the YSM Keyword Selector Tool (aka Overture Inventory Tool), I have good news and bad news for you. Yahoo Search Marketing is no longer supporting the tool, but the company is planning an update to the information.

Here’s part of the email I received from them…

YouTube Expands Partnership Program
Google’s YouTube has announced the expansion of their partnership program to include many popular video content creators. The move seeks to offer a way for popular videos to monetize their popularity, by sharing in some of the revenue YouTube collects from AdSense ads.

Charity SEO Contest
When “the Lisa” emails you and (ever so) politely asks if you’d mention their contest on your blog, it’s hard to say “no”. Her blogging wit is razor sharp and you don’t want to find yourself on the wrong end of it. :-)

Yahoo’s oneSearch Expands to 6 New Countries
If you live in the UK, Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany or France, I have good news for you. Yahoo has announced the expansion of their oneSearch mobile search service to your country!

Email Sharing Added to Google Reader
I know this is going to freak you out but, did you know that some of your friends and family don’t actually use an RSS reader? I know, I was shocked too – next we’ll learn that some people still have newspapers delivered!

45% Europeans Watch TV on the Web
It’s hard to believe, but according to a Motorola study, discovered by TechCrunch, almost half of broadband users in Europe, watch TV online.

2,500 people were interviewed with 45% saying they were watching some television shows online, with the French leading the way.

Rose Hands Over Digg Control

If you read our coverage of the Digg revolt yesterday, you already know that users were fighting Digg’s decision to remove a story that contained a decryption code for HD-DVDs.

Search: Del.icio.us vs. Google
I’m not sure if Rand was hoping to start a debate on this (if he did, it’s crafty linkbait) but he’s making the claim that the search results at Del.icio.us are better than those of Google.

Here are some of the examples Rand gives…