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Technorati CEO Talks State of the Blogosphere
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Update 2: Here is our exlcusive interview with Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra from the BlogWorld Expo this past weekend:

 

 

 

Is Twitter Smart to Ditch the Suggested User List?
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Twitter CEO Evan Willams made some comments at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco that have some Twitter enthusiasts in debate. He reportedly said that he wants to retire the Suggested User List (SUL) as the company prepares to launch its highly anticipated "Lists" feature.

Comedy and Alcohol at BlogWorld

The closing keynote of the BlogWorld Expo this past weekend was set up like The Late Show. Guy Kawasaki came out and told some jokes in David Letterman fashion (complete with Late Show-like desk and chairs), then he introduced the audience to actor/comedian Kevin Pollak.

Jermaine Dupri, Anthony Edwards on New Media for Celebs
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The BlogWorld Expo out in Vegas, which wrapped up over the weekend, attracted some major star power. One session in particular included Anthony Edwards (whom you may remember from films like Revenge of the Nerds and Pet Sematary 2, as well as the television program ER), and Jermaine Dupri, the man who brought us groundbreaking hip hop acts Kris Kross and Da Brat.

Can New Media and Old Media Get Along?
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An interesting topic was discussed at the BlogWorld Expo in a session called the "Death and Rebirth of Journalism," which WebProNews attended.

Email Marketing in a Mobile, Social Media World
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It is an interesting time for email marketing right now. Though it is still a quite effective medium for marketers, there are many challenges to deal with. This was the subject of a session moderated by David Daniels of Forrester Research at the Shop.org summit in Las Vegas this week.

Redbeacon from Former Googlers Takes Top Prize at Tech Conference
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The 2009 TechCrunch 50 conference was held this week, and 50 start-ups each had a chance to make a presentation, and then the judges picked one grand-prize winner at the end of the whole thing to win $50,000.

The winner this year, was a company called Redbeacon, which just happens to have been founded by three ex-Googlers – Ethan Anderson, Yaron Binur, and Aaron Lee, who were product managers and engineers with the Internet giant.

7 Steps for Creating a Web Analytics Culture
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You may recall Feras Alhlou, who chatted with WebProNews earlier this year after contributing a guest post to Google’s Analytics Blog about using advanced segments in Google Analytics. Alhlou is the president of E-Nor, and he presented at an analytics session at SES this week.

Rank in Image Searches and Get Valuable, Untapped Traffic
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One aspect of search that doesn’t get discussed often enough is image search. It’s such a huge part of search and the daily habits of web surfers all over the world, it’s amazing how little attention is actually paid to it when it comes to marketing and optimization. Have tips for optimizing for image search? Share them here.

Successful Social Media Implementation Comes with Motivations

It’s interesting to look at how the web has evolved and continues to do so. Social media (at least in its current incarnation) is still relatively young, yet we have seen a lot of evolution just within this aspect of the web itself. This is highlighted today especially, as we see competition in the real-time search arena really stat to heat up.

Microsoft Has Lots to Say About Future of Search

Today, the 32nd annual ACM SIGIR (Special Interest Group for Information Retrieval) Conference kicked off in Boston. The five-day event is taking place in Boston.

The Microsoft Research Group is showing off some "future-looking innovations" at the event, in the search and information retrieval field, naturally.

Bing Search Summit Reveals More About Bing
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You could learn a lot from a #badabing hashtag. If you search that on Twitter, you’ll find all kinds of tweets from those in attendance at Microsoft’s Bing Search Summit.

It is interesting to see some of the things people are talking about with regards to Bing, and as the search engine is still in its infancy, everybody wants to know all they can. If you dont’ feel like wading through tons and tons of tweets, relax. I’ve done it for you (although I’m sure there will be plenty more since the time of this writing).

Juice Up Your PPC Quality Score from the Get Go
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Abby Johnson of WebProNews had a nice chat with FindMeFaster’s Matt Van Wagner about PPC campaign strategies and ad copy at the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle this week. For one, they discussed how to get a good quality score right from the beginning. Talk about your strategies for achieving a good quality score.

How to Avoid Google Penalties with AJAX and display:none
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As you may have read about by now, Google’s Matt Cutts participated in a fairly lengthy Q&A session at SMX Advanced in Seattle. One interesting question that Matt got was about how webmasters should deal with display:none and AJAX without being penalized by Google.

Cutts recommends making sure that whenever you write your own mouseover code that you don’t roll your own custom solution, which he says might do some really weird things that nobody else has done before.

Are Those Old Keywords Still Performing?
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WebProNews is of course attending the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle, and Abby Johnson spoke with Christine Churchill, President of KeyRelevance, about the effect the economy has had on keyword usage. Have you noticed differences in keyword trends? Share your experiences here.

Google Talks About the Links-for-Money Spectrum
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In a Q&A session at SMX Advanced in Seattle, Google’s Matt Cutts talked at length about paid links. He was asked several questions about this.

Google recently announced it is now reading javascript and acting upon it. In the past, the advice given out has been if you have paid links, you should either nofollow those paid links or use javascript because Google didn’t read it.

How Google Handles Google Bowling
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In a Q&A session at SMX Advanced in Seattle, Google’s Matt Cutts was asked the following question:

How does Google look at the issue that I can buy suspect links and point them to my competitor? How does your algorithm track that?

Things a Lot of SEOs are Missing
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Bruce Clay, who has been in the search engine optimization game since 1996 (before Google), sat down with WebProNews to discuss how the search industry has evolved over the years. Discuss search industry changes with WebProNews readers.

Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Interviews to Come
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The SMX Advanced conference is coming up next week in Seattle, Washington. It will take place on June 2nd and 3rd, and WebProNews will be there to cover it both days.

A Less Familiar Corner of Social Networking

We all know that social networking is where it’s at these days, but it’s not all about the ones everybody knows – the Facebooks, the MySpaces, the Twitters, etc. At the recent Social Media Club gathering in Louisville, Chris Brogan discussed what he calls "velvet rope" social networks. Have you ever participated in an exclusive social network? Discuss your experience.

There’s Gold in Your Social Media Profiles
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WebProNews attended a recent Social Media Club gathering in Louisville, KY. Among the speakers at this event was the famous Chris Brogan, who talked about (among other things) Friendfeed, and why your social media profiles have value. Do you agree with the things Brogan says in the following clip? Share you thoughts.