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Kevin Ryan says tagvertising is bunk… “But to my mind tagvertising has about as much chance of providing value to the searching public or advertisers as I do of becoming the next Pope”.

FlickradsenseOK, fair enough. But it might be too late. Flickr is already showing Google Adsense ads to non-members who access tag pages. See image at left. My bet is that these will become Yahoo sponsored search ads once Flickr has been fully integrated into Yahoo.

Additional excerpt added by WPN Editor:

From Kevin’s article … SearchTHIS: Daddy, What’s a Tagvert?:

Smart companies like palmOne and Microsoft have created or recommend moderated discussion boards for consumers to exchange information about their products and services, but these discussions have quality controls in place. Some complain this type of moderated discussion limits posting freedom. I think it frees consumers from having to wade through tons of adult content, nonsense sales scams and other miscellaneous garbage before finding what they need.

Bottom line? People, that is to say the tagging public, are not going to be controlling a “new” ad platform any time soon. As to tagging being the next generation of search advertising? Let’s get content targeting right before we tackle tagvertising.

Additional resources:

Tagvertising = Blogging 2.0… Already?

Search This! Content Works?

In the New Game of Tag, All of Us Are It (MSNBC)

Steve Rubel is a PR strategist with nearly 16 years of public relations, marketing, journalism and communications experience. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President with Edelman, the largest independent global PR firm.

He authors the Micro Persuasion weblog, which tracks how blogs and participatory journalism are changing the public relations practice.

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