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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.
PubCon – Day 2 Pics

Alrighty then. I’ve added photos to Flickr from day two of PubCon. Here are a sample.

PubCon Pics – Day One

PubCon is great excuse to test out my new digital SLR camera. Here are a few photos from my Flickr account–there are 70+ photos in total from day one.

Digg Adds Images Category

It seems like Digg users have been asking for–and Kevin Rose promising–a category for images and photos forever. Well the long wait is now over and you can finally uploaded your favorite lolcats image.

At the Digg blog, Kevin Rose announces the launch of image support and also better organization of existing categories. Here’s what Digg users are waking up to today:

Google Teams up with State of Florida

Google has teamed up with the state of Florida to help residents find information buried deep in local government web sites.

Reputation Management & Legal Threats

When a company’s reputation comes under attack, it can be tempting to bring in the company attorney and fire off a "cease and desist" letter. Unless you’re responding to something that is clearly libelous, trying to cover up your mess by threatening the messenger usually backfires–in a big way.

What’s Ahead for Google Apps?

Andrew Miller’s getting a whole lot of link-love for his notes from a recent Ann Arbor Chamber event hosted by Google. Scott Johnston, the former VP of Product Development at JotSpot and new Googler shared some snippets on what’s coming down the pipeline for Google’s online office suite, Google Apps.

Google OpenID Trials

What with social network APIs and mobile phones, Google has gotten all open and loving all of a sudden. It’s next step in taking over the world is the trial of OpenID for Blogger in Draft (it’s testing area for Blogger).

With the adoption of OpenID, commenters on Blogger blogs will be able to use their “one login fits all” username and password when leaving a comment.

The Interns are Taking Over the Googleplex!

The interns are taking over the Googleplex! Seriously, if you want to know why Google is so intent on reaching geniuses at an early age, you need look no further than today’s upgrades to Google Reader.

Google Being Investigated for Tax Evasion in China

Here’s a warning for Facebook–before they dive into China’s market–make sure you have your books in order. Google is allegedly being investigated for tax evasion by the Chinese Inland Revenue Department.

Facebook Offers $85m for Zhanzuo

Have you noticed how whenever we discuss Friendster these days, we can’t help point out that most of its traffic comes from Asia?

SEM in Australia Dominated by a Silent Google

Internet companies down under are in a sticky situation. They’re handing Google about 80% of their search marketing spend, using Google for 82% of all online searches, and spending around AU$399 million a year. They’re playing nicely with Google, but Google refuses to play nicely back.

Why YouTube Needs to Offer Hi-Res Videos

CNET has word from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen that the online video company is testing streaming videos at higher resolutions.

BlogWorld: CPM Rate Discussion

There were two interesting things–among many–that I learned from attending Leo Laporte and Justine Ezarik’s session at BlogWorld.

First, from Justine, I discovered a new video player from Viddler that has the cool feature of allowing you to tag and comment on segments of a video.

Random Musings from BlogWorld

Yesterday saw the real first day of BlogWorld–the previous day was an extra entrepreneur and corporate day–and 1500 bloggers descended on the Las Vegas convention center. Despite a few teething problems–poor audio at the keynote, not enough session moderators, and few microphones for audience questions–the conference was a success.

Blogworld Session Summaries

The opening day for Blogworld was a great success. While aimed mostly at corporate attendees–the real geeks get here today–there was still enough of a buzz surrounding the inaugural conference.

I spoke on two different panels.

Gas, Air, Clean Windshield, and Now Google Maps

Today is a big day for my brother-in-law David. Today is the day that he officially becomes a Google expert.

Ad:Tech – Snap.com Launches Snap Shots Ad Network

Snap.com will today announce the launch of its Snap Shots Ad Network. You may recall that Snap offers the link mouse-over pop-ups–briefly tested by us last year–designed to show you the location of a link before you actually click on it.

Ad:Tech – BuzzLogic Launches Conversation Ad Targeting

It seems that BuzzLogic has found another use for all of the conversation mining and sentiment analysis it conducts in the blogosphere.

Ad:Tech – MySpace Ad Network

There are a lot of announcements expected at today’s start of Ad:Tech, so let’s kick off with MySpace.

IAC Splits; HSN, Ticketmaster, LendingTree Spun Off

InterActiveCorp (IAC) has just announced that it will divide up the media conglomerate into five businesses.

Reuters reports IAC will keep Ask.com, Match.com, Evite, Citysearch, and Excite, while spinning off its HSN home shopping network, Interval time-share business, Ticketmaster ticket service, and its mortgage referral business LendingTree.

Google Finally Announcing Cell Phone Project Today

UPDATE: The announcement is now confirmed, please see below.

NYT Adds Blogrunner; Mainstream Media Fail to Mention it

If you want to see evidence of why blogs continue to grow as a source for news, while mainstream media (MSM) sites appear stagnant, you need look no further than the latest announcement by the New York Times.

Why “Do Not Track” is Dumb

Reuters reports that a group of privacy and consumer organizations have asked the FTC to create a "do not track" list for internet users who want to opt-out of any ad-behavior tracking.

The $199 Google Computer

If you’ve been waiting for Google to launch its own computer and operating system, that day is here.