Pilgrim’s Picks for July 28

I feel sorry for any tech company trying to announce any news today–just about all focus is on Cuil. Still, these brave souls decided to take the plunge:

Cuil.com Claims to be Bigger, More Private than Google; Can’t Find its Own Page Though (Doh!)

If you thought it strange that Google would all of a sudden start talking about the size of its search index again, today we know why.

Cuil.com.

The stealthy start-up search engine launched last night with both arms swinging, and Google in its sights. Cuil’s “about us” page makes the bold claim:

Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.

But, that’s not the only attack Cuil is making. The new search engine claims to be better than Google et al in a number of ways, including:

  • More than just PageRank – Cuil claims to rank pages based upon content and relevance, not just inbound links.

Comcast Says FCC and Internet Access Principles Don’t Apply To Them

While we go about our daily mission of trying to make sense out of internet marketing–and make a few bucks while we are at it–there are some things happening in the background that we should keep an eye on. Recently, there have been discussions in high places about online privacy and there continues to be legal wrangling over who truly controls access to the internet.

Here’s one for the “taken for granted” section of our internet existence. As internet marketers it goes without saying that we want (and actually need) unfettered access to the internet by everyone. When I say unfettered I don’t mean free because we know that most free models don’t work over the long term (regardless of the product or service). What it means is simply that if we are legally gaining access to the internet then there should be no one or no thing that restricts us in any way. That is crucial to getting our messages across to everyone else who has that same freedom.

Congratulations to Jordan McCollum – Baby Rebecca Arrives

Considering Jordan continued blogging up until just this Friday, you probably had little idea that she was about to give birth to her second baby.

Well, the very next day Rebecca was born. Isn’t she a cutie?

If the doctor’s had let her, Jordan would have probably live-blogged the birth! Instead, her husband Ryan was coached through his first blog post. You can read the details here.

Jordan will–hopefully–take a few weeks off and spend time with her new daughter, but we know she won’t be able to stay away for too long–how can anyone resist the lure of Linky Goodness?

Please join me in congratulating Jordan.

Online Reputation Management Workshop – Discount Ends this Week

You have only until the end of day Thursday to register for my Online Reputation Management Workshop and get the discounted rate of just $997. After July 31st, you’ll pay full price to attend.

Whether you work for an online marketing/PR firm, or handle the branding for your employer, you’ll want to attend the workshop.

Heck, if you’re an SEO, you should attend if only to learn how to manage a client’s Google reputation. If you’re not offering Google reputation management services, you’re missing out!

Expert training, a small class size, and a free Trackur account are just a few of the reasons you should attend.

I hope you’ll join me on August 7th, in Raleigh, NC!

Thank You July Sponsors

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1,000,000,000,000

I just had to publish a post that I could title “1,000,000,000,000″ (1 trillion) and Google gives me the perfect opportunity with news that its spiders have discovered that many web pages.

The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we’ve seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even our search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days — when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!