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  • by Eric Ward
    "Link Bait." Man I hate that term. Like your site's users are nothing more than fish to be hooked. Dangle a tasty little piece of content, any content, and BAM, got another If you haven't heard the term yet, you may be shocked to see over 20,000 references to Link ... more
  • by Sara Holoubek
    This week Business Week reported on Google's slow offline ...in particular, the Google Publication Ads program, where marketers can bid for print media slots. Having both an agency and search background, this comes as no Picture Google makes the announcement that the Publication Ads auction is open for business. What ... more
  • by Eric Ward
    Last week's Link Whore really made me re-think At what point does a link-building tactic make the leap from acceptable to not? When does white hat become black hat? Or gray hat? Or And who is to say what is acceptable and what isn't? What works is what's acceptable, and ... more
  • by Jim Kukral
    Value. It's such a subjective What you consider valuable, others may not, and vice versa. The only way to really level the playing field is to agree upon a decided definition of the term. Easier said then In this case, , the 800 lb. gorilla of search wants you to ... more
  • by Wil Reynolds
    Google recently launched Google Trends, a tool that allows you to view keyword search trends by year and month. You can also view trends by news mentions and by region/country of searchers performing searches. Here are some real-world ways marketers can use the data in this truly useful tool to help ... more
  • by Stephan Spencer
    Are you confident that the tactics you, your web designer, and your SEO all employ won't get you slapped by the search engines? If you can't say with absolutely certainty that you're squeaky clean, then you'd better study the following list of black hat tactics to avoid. more
  • Lessons in Experience Marketing: The 'Sideways' Wine Club
    by Dave Chambers
    Imagine a California wine club modeled after the movie "Sideways"? Sure, it sounds cool. But there are many inherent challenges -- the decay curve on the "Sideways" recall, for example, and the fact that marketing a sensory product online is always a challenge. Read the details in this case study. more
  • by Gerry McGovern
    Do you base success on measuring the volume of visitors and page Such measures may in fact reflect the failure--rather than the success--of your Web I recently was looking to rent a recreation vehicle to drive down Route 66 in the United States this summer. A friend recommended Cruise , ... more
  • by Eric Ward
    I received an RFP from a company that ought to know better that wanted to know how much I'd ...to get their site 500 one-way Pagerank 2 or better links. Another company wanted to know how long it would take me to seed 1,000 blogs with a link to their ... more
  • by Eric Frenchman
    In Saturday's Wall Street Journal, there was an article called the Kos . It is about Ned Lamont trying to get into the Connecticut Democratic ...to challenge seating Senator Joe Lieberman. Now, I'm not going to try and politicize this article because most of the Kos Celeb article has to ... more
  • by Eric Ward
    As more and more online marketers realize the importance of links to their Web success, services selling bogus and useless linking related services I get at least five inquiries a day from mostly off-shore firms offering to "Turbo Boost My Link-Building Some sell packages of links. Give them $2,000 and ... more
  • by Sara Holoubek
    For 4 years the results of shoddy contractor work have been staring me in the face. That is, until I employed a handyman last The gentleman was extremely polite with a candor and general mechanical knowledge that one rarely finds in the city. (He, in fact, hailed from Iowa.) Throughout ... more
  • by Lee MarcStein
    I'm sitting in the living room listening to Sinatra singing "Where or When" and think I'm in the perfect place at the right time to enjoy it. If I were working out in the gym, neither time nor place would be right for Sinatra. All the good folks at MarketingProfs ... more
  • by Stephan Spencer
    Blogging is one of the hottest trends on the Web. Whether yours is an individual blog, a group blog, a character blog, or a CEO blog, there's no doubt that, done right, a blog can position you as a thought leader, bring your Web presence to life, and help you ... more
  • by Gerry McGovern
    You need to decide whether the value of having search on your Web site is greater than the cost of making sure that you do it About 2,700 visitors carried out approximately 5,500 searches on my site in 2005. In total, there were 124,692 visitors and 1,232,773 page views during ... more
  • by Eric Frenchman
    My friend Art beat me to the punch this week by a Washington Post on a suit by Newark, NJ-based Crafts by Veronica against Yahoo. I was originally going to reference the Star article but a combination of the two will work It seems that Crafts by Veronica brought a ... more
  • by John Federman
    With click-to-call, it's now possible to bridge the gap between the online and phone channels, and track the effectiveness of both. more
  • by Eric Ward
    I type this from a Web conference in Boston, where everyone remains obsessed with search engine Those of you who know me or have read my columns over the past 12 years know I'm not a big fan of search engine rankings obsession.... In fact, for me the mark of ... more
  • by Todd Miechiels
    Too often, companies ignore search optimization simply because senior management does not understand it well enough to provide the necessary leadership and support. And if top management does not view it as priority, marketing and sales people are disinclined to pursue it. They will apply traditional, "accepted" tactics, shying away ... more
  • by Seth Godin
    That was the phrase that got my I was talking to an exec at a 1999 new media company... one of those anchor tenants on the web, a big content website. She said something that, in retrospect was obvious, but so shocking it made me sit up "Google doesn't help ... more
  • by Jonathan Kranz
    It's amazing, sometimes, how a little piece of information can be just what you need to take your next That's why the Web can be so powerful .... it's just chock-a-block with information that could be useful to you. I say "could" because there's a you have to find it ... more
  • by Ignacio Hernandez Jr.
    Last week, we ended the first part of this two-part series with a discussion of the perceived entry barriers to marketing to Hispanics. Now, we take a brief look at the tactics that marketers use to reach the Hispanic market, and discuss in depth Search Engine Marketing as an optimal ... more
  • by Eric Frenchman
    Not sure if you saw this, but Google recently settled a $90 million lawsuit over click The search business of Yahoo!, Walt Disney Co., Lycos Inc., LookSmart Ltd. and Findwhat.com Inc., which is now known as MIVA Inc. were also included in the lawsuit. As defined by Google, click fraud ... more
  • by Nick Usborne
    Nothing gets the adrenalin pumping quite like an AdWords campaign that delivers a strong ROI. Success brings a big grin on your face when you realize you can invest more in the campaign, expand the base of keywords, and make even more money. The more you spend, the more you ... more

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