AdWords Competitive Analysis:
I while ago I mentioned AdGooroo...recently they created a business model where you can get competitive analysis by the word for $2 a month per word. If you have a few exceptionally competitive AdWords words perhaps this can help you gain a broader view of the competitive landscape at a cheap price. I do not believe this system is endorsed or approved by Google in any way, but it may help provide you some useful data at a good price.
Bruce Stone (of Wow Directory) decided to create another directory that focuses on professional business websites. Currently Wow Yellow Pages is offering free submissions, so submit your site today.
You heard it here folks, MSN Ebay is here! Buy and Sell within social network, also list wants and share recommendations. List items you want to sell, things you are looking for, and your recommendations. Your buddies notice new items you’ve listed when they login. They can either buy, sell or refer you to one of their buddies. It is like eBay except with people that you already know and trust directly (or a few degrees out). source (via Greg Gilden)
Favorite SEO Quote of the Day:
"Some people have tried to say that Google gives less weight to unreleated content, but this is a load of shit." - Snowblind
The 6: Myths of Creativity... Few people are creative ...not true. Placing arbitrary awards or other distractions in people's minds makes them more creative...obviously not true. (found on ThreadWatch)
Christmas Site Tips: The Twelve Tips of Christmas, by Christine Churchill, who recently stated she will be stepping down from SEMPO's board.
or maybe not... Google's Picasas hacked. if you have PHPBB installed make sure you upgrade to a new version and have the server admin check for shady stuff. If you have been hacked you will want to change your MySQL passwords and whatnot.
Next 2: Yahoo! Next Yahoo! Next is a new Yahoo! prototype playground. My Yahoo! Search Beta offers many similar personalization services to what Ask Jeeves recently rolled out.
How to Build / Kill a Forum my first ThreadWatch post. Sorry for announcing Threadwatch too early Nick. We can make up for it if a bunch of people go over and read it & post at ThreadWatch about cool threads.
Branded Search ROI
Google exec David Scacco spoke at the ChannelAdvisor summit. Among Andy Beal's notes of his speech were the following #s
28% of Google searches are for a "product name", 9% are for a "brand name" and 5% are searches for a "company name". "Brand" keywords also have a 8x higher ROI than generic keywords
New Yahoo! Search Functions
Greg R. Notess updated his Yahoo! Search review to include the new Yahoo! search features... stem:, domain:, feature:homepage, feature:index, feature:meta, and the region: limits.
(thanks to Dodger)