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Unofficial SEO Blog Gets Best Blog Nomination

Dec 21, 2006 | 148 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The final nominations for the most prestigious Search Blog Award 2006 are out in the open. Loren baker over at Search engine Journal has published the much awaited list of final nominations for the awards.

Tagometer The New Badge By del.icio.us

Dec 21, 2006 | 148 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Tagometer is a new badge started by del.icio.us which can attract more visitors to your website. Through this badge it becomes simpler to show number of saves as well as tags which will give an idea to visitors of how exciting or fascinating you are. Tagometer has a button through which readers can bookmark your page on del.icio.us. The badge is powered by JSON and will have  an updated count of people who have  bookmarked the page and also an updated lists of top tags. Not only this visitors can get more details such as time of bookmark  and the person who bookmarked the page including how they tagged it. Visitors will get to know why your page is fascinating, by the lists of tags. Visitors will be taken to same sites on del.icio.us by a click on a tag.

Ebay Join Hands With Tom Online In China

Dec 20, 2006 | 13,093 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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China did not prove to be a profitable market for EBay Inc. but since China is a promising market, EBay Inc. has now partnered with a local firm of China, Tom Online. Tom Online is an Internet portal and wireless services firm based in Beijing. In an interview to Reuters, EBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman said “One thing we've learnt operating here for three or four years is that actually we are going to be better served by tapping into a local partner who has local knowledge.”

Ask.com Experimenting A New Search Interface

Dec 20, 2006 | 148 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Ask.com is busy experimenting a new search interface which is called Ask X. The interface is loaded with several features. A steel background dons the homepage and for your search you will be transported to a page which is divided into a three-panel interface laden with various search features.

Full Disclosure Needed By PayPerPost

Dec 19, 2006 | 148 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The second part of the full disclosure model of PayPerPost has been made public. According to the new Terms of Service participating bloggers will now have to reveal their sponsored status. Ted Murphy, chief executive officer of PayPerPost said “The mission of PayPerPost has always been to be the top marketplace connecting bloggers and marketers. We have always believed that the marketplace will naturally evolve based upon needs of the marketers and bloggers participating in the market. Proper transparency for WOM marketing has been an ongoing balance for our members and an issue with little legal precedent. Although the FTC was petitioned and recently declined any formal action against buzz marketing practices (e.g. Proctor & Gamble Tremor, BzzAgents), we believe the marketers and bloggers in our marketplace will benefit from today’s Terms of Service updates. We will undoubtedly lose some marketers and bloggers in the process, however we believe this measure serves our marketplace participants long term.”
PayPerPost has also increased the minimum price for every post by $1 to $5.

dotAsia Domains Hurled By ICANN

Dec 15, 2006 | 148 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN has finally set afloat the dotAsia Domains. The news was made public in a press conference by ICANN in Brazil. For the domain there has been an agreement between dotAsia Organisation Ltd and ICANN. The highlight of this launch is that dotAsia will be the top level domain (TLD) and will not be associated to any particular country. The registry agreements for dot-org, dot-biz, and dot-info TLDs have been given the nod by the board of directors of ICANN and will have caps of 10% on price rise by operators of registry.

AOL Discloses Top Searches Of The Year

Dec 14, 2006 | 148 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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AOL is out with their top searches for the year 2006. They have categorized the searches into three classes namely 'overall search', 'people search' and 'video search'. Top three searches in 'overall search' category are weather, dictionary and dogs. American idol was the flavor of the year, on small screen as well as online, as it has successfully grabbed the fourth position in the 'overall search' category.

How To Get Into Local Search?

Dec 13, 2006 | 148 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Matt McGee at Search Engine Guide provides some simple steps to make a page more local. The tips would be useful if you're a small business that relies on local search traffic, as then you must make sure 'search engine crawlers have a good sense of where you're located.'

NY Times Articles Now On Social Bookmarking Sites

Dec 13, 2006 | 1,423 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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You must have time and again appreciated articles in the third largest newspaper in the U.S. – The New York Times. Would you like to see those articles on social networks? The newspaper has a "Share" dropdown box with which you
can submit the articles to three social networks" Digg, Newsvine, and Facebook. A permalink button allows users to refer to the articles in blogs and other social media.

2006 Search Blogs Award Goes To……..?

Dec 11, 2006 | 148 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Last year Search Engine Journal inaugurated Search Blogs Award in Decemeber. That time of the year is here again. The nominations for blogs to be included in Search Blogs Awards 2006 are:

* Best SEO Blog
* Best SEM Blog
* Best Search Agency Resource Blog
* Best Link Building Blog
* Best Social Media Blog
* Best Search Engine Corporate Blog (owned by the search engines)
* Best Contextual Advertising Blog
* Best Affiliate Marketing Blog
* Best Search Engine Community/Forum Blog
* Best Web 2.0 Blog
* Best Search Linkbait of 2006