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Scaling a Tag Cloud

Like many of you I’m using tag clouds (or related navigation concepts) on a couple of sites, like CoverBrowser.com.

Sometimes I run into the problem of scaling the cloud, when the page is about to get too large and complicated to serve as an overview.

Global Link Authority & Subscription Data
Search engines, especially Google, place a lot of trust on Global domain authority when computing their relevancy scores. If a page is on a trusted site it automatically gets a boost in relevancy scores. Premium content providers know that Google needs them so they take advantage of their market position.

Yahoo, Google Ace Reliability Test

How the mighty have fallen – for a combined total of 2 hours and 52 minutes.  That interval is the amount of “downtime” experienced so far this year by the top three search engines, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of, considering we’re over 2,000 hours into 2007.

Operational BI – An Oxymoron?

Amit Chembukar and Prasanna Keny of Tata Consulting wrote Trends in Operational BI in BI Review. It’s a nice article and they make some good points about the characteristics of the kinds of systems they discuss:

AOL’s Advertising.com to Handle YouTube Rival Ads

We have some news and then a big ‘ole mess to bring to your attention.

First, the news. AOL has announced that it’s Advertising.com unit would manage advertising sold on the new online video site being built by NBC and News Corp.

Service Modeling Language Submitted to W3C

Service Modeling Language has been submitted to the W3C.

Clicky vs Performancing Metrics vs MyBlogLog

Having previously discussed Performancing Metrics as being a little bit of a "Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing", I decided to sign up directly with Clicky. I also removed any Performancing affiliate links from the article.

Microsoft Lobbying For Data Privacy Laws

A growing concern of today’s average citizen is the security of their data. With so many consumers making purchases online, as well as search engines looking to become more personalized by tracking a user’s web history and search trends, ensuring user privacy and protection is becoming increasingly important to a fast growing segment of the population.

More Link Data From Google Webmaster Tools

Have you been using the link data Google now provides through Webmaster Tools? Do you wish Google provided even more information? I know I do. Well Google hasn’t made any changes to the tool, but thanks to Joost de Valk you can now pull a little more data from all those links Google is reporting.

Census Data in Google Earth

A student at Stanford has come up with a  cool app for Google Earth called gCensus. 

Currently, only the US Census 2000′s Summary File 1 (displaying population characteristics such as race and age) is available for mapping but there’s no doubt the developer and others will mashup more Census data in the near future. 

Bid Management Tool Leaks Adwords Data

Ulco from Netters.nl has written a post on bid management tool from Search Works leaks Adwords data

Yahoo – Can it Catch Google?

I was asked by Business Week to provide an opinion piece on Yahoo’s new search marketing platform.

As an opinion piece, I was asked to pick one side and provide supporting evidence to back up my stance. As I’ve already stated how impressed I am with Panama, I went with the positive.

Have a Business Plan for Your Sites

The First Age of The Internet is fast coming to a close, and with that comes the removal of early opportunities and low-hanging fruit.

That means if you have a serious plan for a website, you need to push on getting it out now, and fast.

If you have a website without a business plan, you need to push on getting one drawn up now, and fast.

I’ve been at this conclusion for a while, but the issue of urgency is speeding up.

Fox Acquires Strategic Data

Fox Interactive Media (FIM), a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., has acquired interactive advertising-technology company Strategic Data Corp (SDC).

SDC’s system automatically optimizes the selection of creative for each impression to maximize profitability by combining sophisticated statistical and predictive algorithms, demographic and geographic segmentation, and performance tracking.

Using Feeds And Subscriber Data From Google

The Google Webmaster Central blog has a post "Tips on using feeds and information on subscriber counts in Reader." The post talks not just about the blog feeds, it talks about many sites, which have frequently updated content, resorting to feeds. If you have a feedreader for your site, you can get the number of Google Reader and Google Personalized Homepage subscribers.

Larry Page, Google Look Into AI
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Larry Page spoke before the Annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference on Friday, and he made some fairly standard remarks about working harder to solve humanity’s problems. One mildly interesting thing popped up, though: Page mentioned that Google is developing artificial intelligence.

The Analytics Opportunity

Final interesting article in DM Review this month – Dealing with Data: Data Analytics: A Huge Opportunity by Shari Rogalski. She does a nice job of summarizing the research and makes some good points. A couple of things I wanted to highlight:

* You must move to a predictive mindset, not an analyze-the-past mindset. Check out my predictive analytics FAQ if you are not sure what this means

Yahoo Sheds More Light On Quality Score

Last week, Yahoo launched its new Panama search platform amidst much buzz throughout the blogosphere. As part of the new model, Yahoo will be implementing a scoring system to determine ad quality, which will in turn have an influence on bid prices for keywords.

We’re less than two weeks into Panama, and already Yahoo has been more forthcoming with information concerning its quality score calculation that Google was within the first two months.

Google Finally Provides Decent Backlink Data

Ever since Google stopped showing accurate backlink (aka incoming link) counts to websites webmasters and SEOs have been forced to turn to other, more accurate tools like Yahoo.

This hasn’t really been all that bad in my opinion but it is refreshing to hear that Google has finally launched a new backlinks analysis tool within Google Webmaster Central.

Why We Can’t Trust Click Fraud Numbers
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Back in December, I caused a little bit of a ruckus when I posted information from Google that suggested click fraud rates were a fraction of a percent.

A Universal Data Type Checker

In many different scenarios we need to check if a string can be converted into an integer e.g.

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