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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.
Frost & Sullivan’s Study On Data Leaks

A new study from Frost & Sullivan suggests companies have a new enemy to face, in their battle to protect their online reputation–their own data leaks.

According to CNET:

Indeed, three-fourths of the information security professionals around the world surveyed by Frost & Sullivan say they now consider avoiding reputation damage to their organizations as a top priority.

Google Earth Upsets Iran

We no longer have to worry only about what President Bush will say to provoke the nuclear-arms seeking Iranian government. Google’s thrown its hat into the ring too!

Yahoo’s 1 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Reuters may well report that Yahoo’s paid search performance is growing faster than Google’s, but a new $1 million law suit might negate any such gains.

The Web Never Forgets….Ever

If you watched the news over the weekend, you probably couldn’t escape news of eight teenagers accused of viciously beating a 16-year-old girl, with the intention of posting a video on YouTube.

Search Engine Geared Towards African-Americans, Good Business Or Bad?

Last week, IAC introduced a new search engine, Rushmore Drive, aimed at the roughly 12.4 million African-Americans online in the US.

My question for any African-American reader–and anyone else who has an opinion–do you really want such a search engine?

Yahoo/Microsoft Daytime Soap Opera

Daytime soap opera writers need to take a long look at the Yahoo/Microsoft acquisition drama–you can’t make this kind of stuff up! Today, there are two interesting plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Let’s check in on today’s episode:

Blogging 24/7 Not Required For Success

You can’t blame the NYT for its weekend piece entitled "In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop." The article isolates a couple of unfortunate deaths in the blogging community, then selects a handful of juiced-up bloggers to prove it’s theory that blogging can lead to bad health, or even death.

Google Looking To Buy Expedia?

I guess it’s not enough to have a rumor that Google might want to take Skype off of eBay’s hands. Now comes a rumor that Google might have an interest in buying travel company Expedia.

Why in the world would Google want to buy Expedia?

Children On Social Networking Sites

Image Credit: BBCPssst. Hey kid! Want to earn a quarter? Tell your friends about this cool new video game, and it’s yours.

Silly? Not really. Not when you consider a new survey out of the UK that suggests 49% of kids aged between 8 and 17 have a social media profile.

Google Calendar Criticized For Problems

Whenever Google’s services don’t quite work the way they’re supposed to, we typically accept it as the downside of getting so many great services for free, right?

Well, what about the Google services we actually pay for? Shouldn’t we hold Google to a higher standard for such services?

Mozilla’s CEO Has Problem With Apple’s Safari Download

It’s been a few months since Apple has done anything to mark its

Google Loses Wireless Spectrum Battle, But Wins The War

While it would have been interesting to see what Google would have done, if it had won some of the new wireless airwaves, the company’s satisfied with it’s role as disrupter.

As Reuters reports

Google Maps Come Under Military Fire

OK, not literally, but Google’s Street View mapping crew could face the might of the U.S. military–should they ever try to take photos of its bases again.

According to the LA Times, Google’s vehicles were allowed on to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, provided they didn’t take any video or photographs.

Pilgrim

"Live from London, it’s Sat"….wait, that doesn’t quite work. Oh well, you get the idea.

While I’m busy hobnobbing (which means we dunk incredibly crumbly cookies in our cups of tea) with marketers at SES London, please enjoy these picks.

Pilgrim

"Live from London, it’s Sat"….wait, that doesn’t quite work. Oh well, you get the idea.

While I’m busy hobnobbing (which means we dunk incredibly crumbly cookies in our cups of tea) with marketers at SES London, please enjoy these picks.

Pilgrim

"Live from London, it’s Sat"….wait, that doesn’t quite work. Oh well, you get the idea.

While I’m busy hobnobbing (which means we dunk incredibly crumbly cookies in our cups of tea) with marketers at SES London, please enjoy these picks.

Pilgrim

"Live from London, it’s Sat"….wait, that doesn’t quite work. Oh well, you get the idea.

While I’m busy hobnobbing (which means we dunk incredibly crumbly cookies in our cups of tea) with marketers at SES London, please enjoy these picks.

Newspapers Herd Together for Protection

Have you ever watched a herd of buffalo or deer?

Ever seen hundreds of small fish school together and move in one fluid movement?

As you may already know, they do that in order to protect themselves from a single large predator. It often works, as the predator will mistakenly believe the prey is too large to consume, or get’s blocked out by a massive wall of bodies.

Twitter Trying to Reach the Teen Market

I’m not quite sure how a NYT piece on Twitter ended-up in the “Fashion & Style” section, but it’s an interesting read nonetheless.

Podcasting Numbers Under Delivered?

I know that eMarketer’s numbers on the growth of podcasting should make us all feel warm and fuzzy, but I just can’t shake the feeling that the channel has severely under delivered.

The good news is that US audience numbers should grow from a total audience of 18.5 million in 2007 to a whopping 65 million by 2012. Also good news, the amount spent on podcast advertising should grow from $165 million to $435 million by 2012.

Microsoft Not Down on Poor Yahoo Performance

Well, maybe there’s some good news to come out of Yahoo’s recent poor financial performance after all–Microsoft wants to buy it for $44.6 billion.

Google Docs Going Offline?

Back in October, we shared news that Google Calendar was requesting permission to use Google Gears to provide offline access. We’re still waiting on that.

Now it appears Google Blogoscoped is seeing something similar with Google Docs.

Create Your Own Blog Version of Twitter

It seems Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg and team have gotten the Twitter bug. In fact, they love the idea of micro-updates so much, they’ve launched a new WordPress theme that lets you create your own blog version of Twitter.

They’ve named it Prologue.

Here’s how it looks:

Has Target Learned its Lesson?

Last week I watched the blog storm surrounding Target’s decision not to talk to a blogger, because it only focused on traditional media outlets.