I have recently seen a site under a month old rank for some rather short query sets.
New SEO / SEM Blogs:
maybe not new, but at least new to me. Got Ads? - seems to be more focused on the ad / ppc side of the search game. have not read it a ton yet but have seen John contribute many good posts on Andrew Goodman's SEM 2.0 Wolf Howl - should have mentioned and found this one a while ago as multiple friends have recommended it to me. his most recent post references Flatland, so it must be a cool blog :)
the conference I am at:
ended today. I could blog about a bunch of stuff but now find myself headed toward the closing party, which I suspect may give me more stuff to blog about.
How to Be a Consultant:
Create The Warm Fuzzy Feelingâ„¢. Reading it certainly takes much longer than 10 minutes, but it is well worth it if you are considering becoming a consultant.
The list is great, but on the web / marketing front I would also add create affiliate and content sites to help build a stable income stream when down periods occur.
Even when you have few clients you help shore up your technical understand by creating things. If you create great sites then they will make money and you will be able to better filter what work you are willing to take on. If you create lousy sites then they will make for great research and will help you identify symptoms of a lousy site when prospective customers contact you.
As stated in that article, it can't be overly stressed
how important it is to be easily available; &
how amazingly well syndicated articles act as sophisticated salesmen
Of those consumers who converted on a trademark keyword, 91 percent did so after starting with a different term type. A full 80 percent started with a generic search term. Trademark searches, meanwhile, accounted for 20 percent of all online searches.
As for conversions, an estimated 92 percent of all computing and consumer electronics purchases occur offline. Meanwhile, 7 percent of conversions occur in the form of latent conversions. Only 1 percent of conversions occur in the same session online.
Terrar for Sale
My Buddy Chris Ridings is selling off Terrar, his RSS search engine.
If I were more technically inclined I would really want to buy it. I think it could be used as an amazing PR tool used to track what various people are saying about other people in real time...similar to Web Fountain but at a much lower cost.
Yahoo! still has an ongoing relationship with CitySearch but will be using Yahoo! data to power this beta release. If it does well enough Yahoo! may replace Yahoo! Get Local with the new Yahoo! Local product.
CitySearch Finds Ask Jeeves
Ask Jeeves just announced a partnership with CitySearch for the new Ask Jeeves city guide product.
Ask Jeeves on Monday also added a new feature to its results for queries on cities, called a city guide unit, which displays local information such as weather on metropolitan areas. The company also introduced a service that lets people call up local maps and driving directions. Ask Jeeves' upcoming service will complement its "Smart Search" feature by letting people retrieve a box of information on locally relevant search queries, such as "Manhattan Thai restaurants" that would include address information for a business and user reviews or ratings.
Ask Jeeves signed an exclusive multiyear deal with CitySearch and intends to start serving the CityGuide ads in September.