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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.

Yahoo Messenger in Mail and Google AJAX News Bar

Yahoo has started integrating Yahoo Messenger into Yahoo Mail, just like Google did with Gmail over a year ago. Because of Yahoo’s cool tabbed IM interface, the IM window is full size, supersized even, making for lots of room for avatars, rich text editing controls, and timestamps.

Analyzing Flickr

The Future of Communities Blog — Social browsing vs. technology-enabled navigation – The future of communities points us to an interesting academic research paper done analyzing behavior on Flickr.

The paper, written by Kristina Lerman at USC and Laurie Jones at Mills College, looks at how views, faves, and comments are generated at Flickr.

Their conclusion?

Latest WordPress Bugfixes

If you upgraded to or installed the new WordPress version 2.1 that was released last month, you’ll be interested in a major bugfix released today:

[…] Version 2.1.1 includes about 30 bug fixes, mostly minor things around encoding, XML-RPC, the object cache, and HTML code. It’s available for immediate download on our download page.

Microsoft Diggs with MSN Reporter

Microsoft has set foot in the social media sector with MSN Reporter which is a Digg style social news site. According to LiveSide, it was created by the Dutch MSN team and has been avialable in beta since October 2006.

Google Analytics Help

Keyon Hedayati over at the Google Analytics Blog has posted about a useful option for a Google Analytics Resource: The Google Analytics Forum.

What Does Carson Daly Know About Social Media?

I have no idea, but he’s on the speaker lineup at the EconSM (economics of social media) conference put on by Paidcontent.org, being held on April 27th in Beverly Hills.

Adbrite’s InVideo Ads

AdBrite recently introduced  their InVideo Ads. Here are some of the feartures (excerpt from their site):

* Fully customizable video player, easy-to-use, and 100% free

* Brand your videos with your own custom logo "watermark"

* "Split-screen" ads engage users without interrupting viewing experience

* Sharing features promote your site when your videos get "viral"

Has Blogger Been Hit by an Autogenerating Account Bot?

Over the past few days I’ve been receiving a wave of blog spam from SEO lab – all of it to blogspot accounts – and all built around hyphenated money keywords ending in a seemingly random 2 or 3 alphanumeric characters.

For example:

college-loans-zet.blogspot.com
free-slots-lol.blogspot.com
flexeril-huf.blogspot.com

AdWords CPC Price Gouge Bug Fixed?

Search Engine Roundtable has reported the fixing of Google AdWords CPC Price Gouge Bug. The bug pushed up minimum bids to unnatural highs for some keywords. Webmasterworld members have reported relative normalcy over the weekend.

my accout is 75% or more back to normal.

Downtime Can Get Sites Deindexed By Google

It seems that sites with considerable downtime can be deindexed by Google. In fact, a member at Google Groups has reported that his site has vanished from a previously third position for many searches. The reason could be downtime.

Vanessa Fox has responded by saying:

Arrington to Interview Ozzie at Mix

Nick Hodge reports that Mike Arrington, of TechCrunch, will interview Ray Ozzie on stage at Mix07.

Steps to Cultivating a Blog Community

Andrey Milyan has graciously accepted my contribution’s to SearchMarketingStandard.com and I am proud to be a contributor on such an up and coming Search oriented magazine.

For my first post I decided to talk about cultivating a blog community and how to set yourself up for success in 10 easy steps.

Print Books and Contextual Advertising

A little off topic, but it’s still interesting to note that book authors are starting to learn a trick or two from marketers. The WP looks at a new book that includes a contextual ad for Lexus

Google Allowing Misrepresented Result Snippets

I’ve asked Google if it’s a "sneaky redirect" per their webmaster guidelines to send some users to a registration page that does not contain the words available in the search results page snippet (the words you searched for).

Pausing AdWords

Google has now enabled pausing of ads and keywords. The AdWords blog announced that you can pause certain ads and keywords when your inventory was low or have you ever wished you could temporarily stop serving image ads on certain sites during the weekdays.

Brand New Link Building Methods

Link baiting is getting new methods everyday. The latest to be added to the list are Rockets, Sleepers, Late Bloomers, Duds, Honey Pots, Screwdrivers and Pubs. Most of us have never heard of them before and that is why it’s such a lovely linkbait itself.

Larry Page Talks AI

Larry Page talked about artificial intelligence [Video] at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (keep in mind that Google wants to build the world’s top AI lab, according to their internal goals):

Instant Messages and Digg Spam

Have you ever submitted a story to a social site like Digg and then messaged a few of your friends through AIM and told them to vote for it? There is nothing wrong with this but they probably know what you are up to, here’s why.

Usually when users vote on stories, they go to the homepage of a site such as digg.com, roam around, and then vote on stories they like. But when you spam your AIM buddy list and get people to click on a direct link to a Digg story URL it shows up in Digg’s logs that they came directly to that URL.

Analytics – Distributed or Centralized

Bella posted an interesting comment today – here – on my post about the opportunity for analytics in which she commented on Tom Davenport’s POV in Competing on Analytics.

Mobile Search War Heats Up

Business Week looks at the battle to dominate the mobile search space and its estimated $11.4 billion ad spend by 2011.

While Google has the lead, Yahoo is making a strong challenge and there are a many white-label providers out there.