When I first started going to SES conferences Google gave out $300 vouchers, but some vulchers would loot them.
Google has since
lowered the coupon amount to $100
stated that the coupons are only good for new accounts
watched the coupons more closely
I still like trying to grab the coupons for the game of it. Its the same reason people who already read my ebook try to win the free ones I give away in my newsletters.
A friend of mine tried grabbing a few and got caught. He went back later when that girl had her back turned and another girl caught him and remembered him as being the same guy. I went back 4 times and never got caught or questioned.
If you are new to AdWords and would like to give it a try be one of the first two people to email me with "Free $100" as the subject line. I will also give away some coupons in my next newsletter.
Here are some more current AdWords coupons for $75 to $100 in free ad clicks. You can get a free $75 AdWords coupon here (or here or here or here) ... many options linked, as some of their coupon offers expire over time & we update this page periodically. The Google Partners Program also offers coupons to consultants managing AdWords accounts.
Have not tested it out myself yet, but a buddy found a link for a free $50 AdWords credit for new Google AdWords accounts at adwords.google.com/select/main?cmd=Login&sourceid=Yh91503. Here are some more recent AdWords coupons
You can get a free $75 AdWords coupon here (or here or here or here) ... many options linked, as some of their coupon offers expire over time & we update this page periodically. The Google Partners Program also offers coupons to consultants managing AdWords accounts.
Update: in addition to this AdWords coupon we recently came across a coupon for Microsoft adCenter, which has since rebranded as Bing Ads.
Bing Ads: get a free $50 Bing coupon today.
Are you from the United States? Use this $50 coupon.
Malcolm is also going to be at the South by Southwest festival, which is looking rather appealing. I am thinking of going and seeing if I can snag is autograph on my copy of The Tipping Point or Blink. Anyone ever went to South by Soutwest? What did you think of it?
Version 3 of the software also lets people automatically check their spelling in Web forms; translate words in English into several languages; and add Web links to certain plain text. For example, an address could be enhanced with a hypertext link to its location on a map, with the click of a button on the toolbar.
With the recent February update Google has also decided to open up a feedback channel. If you have comments about the update you can mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am still only a couple years into the web, but I don't think it is something Google has really done much of before, and Danny Sullivan stated that it is something new.
is evil. Nick W has some tips on how to cold call. My personal goal when people cold call me is to ensure I drastically increase the likelihood they will have a bad day, and to hopefully lead to eventual attrition at their work place.
Recently Google updated their index and relevancy algorithm with Update Allegra.
The update was believed to be related to latent semantic indexing.
Beings that my own rankings just dipped, it would be easy for me to take things overly personal and perhaps be a bit biased about the situation. Then again some of my other sites are now ranking way better than they were, and I also pointed out this problem before it ever had any significant effect on me.
In doing this update the search results are in many areas less than stellar. Understandable that shuffles will occur as they must to consistantly improve relevancy, but on more than one occasion Google has seemed to have lost focus on their official mission statement.
They tell you to design content for the user. Link to quality resources. Act if search engines are not even there. Generally this is good advice for many webmasters.
What they do not tell you is that they do not follow their own guidance.
Sure trying to rank for a term like "SEO" or other generic terms may be a bit unrealistic for many and only a few sites can rank well for such a term. I am not particularly saying that I believe I deserve to rank #1 in Google for "SEO" because it is a generic term and they owe me nothing.
On another front there are brand names that people work long and hard to build. Sure the search results are just informational pages about a topic, and maybe Google doesn't give a shit about my brand, and that is fine too.
Where the real problem exists though is that since I have worked so hard to build that brand it gets a ton of traffic and people expect to see my site there.
When people search for stuff like "seobook" and 10 out of 10 of the front page results reference me but I am not listed that provides a poor user experience for Google's users.
To try to prevent their results from being manipulated they have often thrown the baby out with the bathwater. But maybe in the hopes of achieving their longterm goals Google realizes they have to take short term hits.
What if Google is wrong in their desires though? What if their desire to fight off commercial manipulation is so great that they fail to accept commerce as part of the web, and too often show informational results when people want to shop? Would that eventually cause people to stop using Google? Would accepting markets for more of what they are without trying to bias them away from marketing and toward aged sites or information dense pages potentially create a more efficient market?