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Citysearch Reviews Deal For Insider Pages

A reviews-based local search company that had not fared well in the battle for eyeballs will become part of IAC’s Citysearch.

Insider Pages will be on the move, as they give up their Redwood City offices in favor of IAC’s four walls. Citysearch will plug in Insider Pages’ user reviews of local businesses, and have over a million of them to offer visitors.

Manufacturers and Product Reviews

Last year I talked about the Three R’s of Web Marketing, to be real, relevant, and responsive. But the truth is that being real is challenging. Let’s take a real-life example—do you expect product manufacturers to post product reviews?

We’ve all seen customer-posted product ratings and reviews on retail Web sites. Amazon’s got ‘em. Shopping comparison engines do, too. And customers love to read them.

Google’s Policy on No follow and Reviews

I’m not exactly sure what caused all this secondary fuss about no-follow and reviews lately but I think it’s time someone pointed out that Google is being extremely hypocritical about the entire thing and using fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to corral web publishers to their way of thinking.

GoodSearch.com A Good Search Alternative
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In the spirit of the season, one search engine deserves some special consideration. For every query made through GoodSearch.com, a small donation will be made to (more or less) the charity of your choice.

High Quality Editorial Links?

Editorial links are…well, editorial links.

Mossberg Reviews Vox Private Blog Tools

Walter Mossberg takes a close look at the new private blog tools available from Vox.

How Did Zune Get Its Name?

The SF Gate has an article where David Placek, founder and CEO of Lexicon, disusses how his company came up with the name Zune. Some bullets:

Adobe Announces Acrobat 8 Software
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Adobe Announces Availability of Acrobat 8 Software to Rave Reviews from Customers! It’s a great new release (we’ve been using it internally for a while and I am very impressed with this new version).

Blog Reviews: Sharing Other Blogs

Blog reviews have enormous potential as blog posting ideas. Book reviews are already a popular topic for bloggers. Reading and writing about books and authors is a mainstream, and widely accepted blog posting idea.

Putting A Face On Consumer Product Reviews

Web 2.0 is an honor system where everyone expects the crowd to be noble and then becomes angry at the reality of honor systems. Anonymity is a ski mask for drive-by commentators. Though a rude blog comment is often nothing more than cursing behind the windshield, when the road-raged driver becomes a crusader outside your storefront, it’s serious.

AOL Execs: These Are Our Darkest Days

The year 2006 is not one AOL will forget, if it survives. It’s only August and already the company has been yanked in front of legislatures, slammed by activist groups, embarrassed by its own customer service, and, most recently, tainted by “the data Valdez.”

activeCollab Looks Promising

I’ve never been very good with project management tools. Most I’ve used seem too complex for my taste and never that easy to understand and use.

AOL’s PR Is Broken

Just when it seems things can’t get worse for AOL, it appears they have a mole leaking information to Consumerist.com. The Consumerist has been on AOL like a boxer pup on a meatloaf since the “cancel my account” snafu, digging up internal memos and employee manuals. The public relations nightmare continues.

Sampa Beta Builds Sites

Former Microsoft employee Marcelo Calbucci wants you to have a website. And he’d like it very much if you use his new product, called Sampa, to build it. Although it denies simple classification, Calbucci speaks of Sampa as a “blog on steroids.” It’s for home or business use.

The Last Windows OS?

Sometimes the game is over even though somebody on the losing team is still running like mad toward home plate.

Decoding Web Hosting Reviews: From Java to Windows
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In an earlier article, we explained how web hosting reviews identify web hosting companies by the services they offer.

Employee Performance Reviews Dealing With Disagreements

What do you do when an employee disagrees with something you’ve written on their performance review? How can you prepare for this and deal with it effectively?

Decoding Web Hosting Reviews: ASP to FrontPage

Web hosts come under many names: ASP Hosting, Cold Fusion Hosting, Java Hosting, PHP Hosting; and as such, so must web hosting reviews.

Podcasting for the Masses

Pete Cashmore reviews Evoca.

Google Finance Launches with Blogs

Charlene Li reviews Google Finance, the latest from the big G. The most notable feature?

Google Base Launches Seller Rating System

Google Base is becoming more like eBay each day.

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