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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.
Make Your Own Reddit

Digg fans have always had the option of creating their own version of the site, thanks to Pligg.

Now Reddit fans are going to get the opportunity to create their own personal version of the popular social voting site.

Pownce Leaves Beta

I know that Pownce doesn’t care much for the comparisons to Twitter, but now that it’s come out of beta–and opened-up to all–the comparisons will surely follow.

Delicious Results from Yahoo

I’m a recent convert to the benefits of social bookmarking site del.icio.us.

Sure, as an internet marketer I’ve always had a del.icio.us account, but that was only to be used when trying to promote web content. :-) Mid-way through 2007, I actually started using del.icio.us the way it’s supposed to be used, and I love it!

Layoffs and the Yahoo Brand

The ’sphere is buzzing with “anonymous” tips that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang will soon be faced with the tough decision of firing up to 2.500 employees.

Things You May Not Know About LinkedIn

Do you use LinkedIn? OK, you’re all savvy marketers so perhaps the better question is; how do you use LinkedIn?

Internet Marketing Stories Buried by Digg Editors?

OK, if Valleywag’s revelation–that Digg employs editors to bury certain stories–is news to you, welcome to the nightmare.

Scoble Leaves PodTech, Joins Fast Company

We’ve known for a few weeks that Robert Scoble would leave PodTech this week, but we didn’t know where he’d end-up. Until today.

Top blogger, social media guru, and video podcaster, Scoble will join Mansuetto Ventures–the company behind Fast Company and Inc. magazines–and create a new video channel called FastCompany.tv.

Ways To Recover Your Online Reputation

It has been an interesting week for blogger faux pas. Search Engine Land found itself taking flak for it’s sensational post about obtaining links from Wired’s wiki.

Rumor: Facebook Acquiring Plaxo?

Facebook is “one hundred percent” buying Plaxo, we’ve just heard from a source.

Wow, starting your story with that sentence certainly grabs your attention, doesn’t it? VentureBeat’s managed to make a statement of "fact" without actually saying that it has confirmed the story. Nice!

What Did YOU Think of Zuckerberg on 60 Minutes?

I didn’t watch Mark Zuckerberg’s 60 Minutes interview.

On the Agenda Today

Today is a unique day. Do you know why? Simple, when else will there be a January 14th, 2008? See, unique isn’t it? ;-)

Here are today’s unique picks:

Are the Online Video Rise and Writers Strike Really Related?

There’s just something not quite right about the suggestion that online video watching is growing rapidly because of the US writers’ strike.

The BBC has data from Nielsen Online and Pew Internet Project which points to an unusual jump in online video viewing in the past two months.

Network Solutions to Change Front-Running Practice

As we reported yesterday, Network Solutions has been in a lot of deep-water after many people discovered the company was guilty of "front-running"–the practice of registering a domain name after someone has checked on its availability.

CBS Partners with Digg on Election Coverage

Now here’s a strange partnership. CBS Interactive has announced a partnership with social bookmarking site Digg for online coverage of the 2008 election. Through the deal, Digg buttons will be added to CBS stories and Digg’s election related headlines will be displayed on CBSNews.com.

1.2 billion Reasons for Microsoft to Acquire Fast Search & Transfer

It’s been almost a year since I asked whether Fast Search & Transfer was the “comeback kid.”

Google & Panasonic to Launch Web-Enabled TVs

At some point you will have to concede that the YouTube video of a hippo singing will be better than anything that’s on the 200 gazillion cable or satellite TV channels. And, when you come to that realization, Google and Panasonic will be there to fill the void.

Yahoo Unveils Mobile Developer Platform

OK, forget what we said about 2007 being the year for mobile content. 2008 is where the mobile action is at!

Hot on the heels of Google’s Android initiative, Yahoo is announcing its own developer platform. The Yahoo! Mobile Developer Platform will provide tools for developers to code and launch mobile widgets for a wide range of cell phones. Here are the details from Yahoo:

Google, DoubleClick Get FTC Approval

UPDATE: No sooner had I hit “publish,” I get an email from Google confirming the deal has been approved by the FTC. The announcement reads in part…

Bloglines Beefs Up

Before we had Google Reader, the biggest kid on the RSS reader block was Bloglines. While Google has taken that title, away from the Ask.com owned service, Bloglines has been back to the gym recently and added some bulk.

Bloglines has rolled out a slew of new features today, including:

Search Engine Vanity Percentages

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little obsessed with online reputation management. :-)

Google Tests Displays in Sidebar

It’s always fun whenever someone discovers one of Google’s many experiments with their search interface. 99% of the time, the discovered tests never materialize as a major rollout for Google, but it’s still worth noting.

New Google Analytics Features Showing Up

There’s no official announcement from Google, but we’re seeing new features showing-up in Google Analytics.

It appears you’ll be able to compare different data points…

“Passionate” Customers & Apple’s Reputation

Reading Tom Krazit’s excellent article on Apple’s hard core fans reminded me of my own recent experience. In my attempt to explain why I thought Apple could no longer rely on its evangelist users, I was attacked, mocked, and abused by the very same group I was discussing.

Ask’s AskEraser Release

I’m not sure what is more impressive. Ask.com’s official launch of its privacy protection called AskEraser, or all of the press coverage the company is getting from the announcement.

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