Google Can’t Keep Up With Feedburner AdSense Requests

Saying "I told you so" often smacks of smugness, but it appears we were right about Google’s decision to make the AdSense for Feeds migration a manual process.

Google will soon provide a self-service process to migrate from an account on the original FeedBurner website to a Google Account. We have temporarily paused processing of new manual migration requests; we are working doggedly through the initial queue of requests and will re-open account migration services as soon as the first batch is completed.

(If you have already submitted a migration request, please look for an email response from Google once your migration has completed).

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Barack Obama Picks Joe Biden–the Worst Google Reputation of All VP Choices

Back in June of 2007, we conducted an in-depth analysis of the search engine reputation of the presidential candidates in contention. As part of our report, we noted that of the Democratic hopefuls, Barack Obama had zero negative search results–the best of all Democrats. Who had the most negative search results?

Joe Biden.

Yep, the newly anointed running mate to Barack Obama had more negative search results–across Google and Yahoo–than any of the 8 candidates, vying for the Democratic nomination.

Before you rush off to review Joe Biden’s search results in Google today, keep in mind that the freshness of Google’s results mean that Biden’s naming as Obama’s vice president, will skew the current sentiment.

My SES San Jose Presentation: Twitter for Marketers

I don’t normally share my presentations online, but I thought some of you might want to take a look at the presentation I gave recently at SES San Jose.

It’s an intro on using Twitter as a marketer and covers the basics and a few advanced tips. There’s no audio, so some of the information (and gags) are missing, but hopefully it’s still useful.

Twitter Tips for Marketers

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Pilgrim’s Picks for August 22

I’m back from SES San Jose. I wish I could have spent more time at the conference, but alas, work called and it wanted its one, and only, employee back. ;-)

Still, I had a lot of fun and made some great new friends–and met with some great old friends too. If you’ve not had a chance, check out the SES San Jose photos I took.

OK, on to today’s picks!

Google Makes AdWords Quality Score “Improvements”

Update: A Google spokesperson sent us this clarification:

Some reports have stated that all inactive keywords will be eligible to run and that advertisers will see increases in traffic and spend on those keywords. While it’s possible that some keywords may start accruing impressions once the changes go into effect, a keyword and
its corresponding ad, landing page, etc. must still merit a high enough Quality Score and have a competitive CPC bid to be eligible for placement. We will evaluate Quality Score on a per-query basis, but
our quality measures remain, such that even if a keyword is technically considered active, the system still will not deliver poor quality ads to our users. The key change is that the decision to show
an ad will be made at the time of the query, rather than by assessing the keyword’s active/inactive status once per day.

A Nip & Tuck for Yahoo Site Explorer

I’ll admit, I only ever use Yahoo Site Explorer when I want to check out a web site’s backlinks. If you’re not aware, YSE will show backlinks in pretty much the order of authority (unlike Google).

Well, it appears I may soon have reason to use YSE for more than just snooping.

Today, we launched a new look and feel for Site Explorer ( that provides a more dynamic interface to accommodate future feature roll-outs. The new interface also includes a new Site Summary page to provide statistics for authenticated sites. On top of this, we’re also increasing the number of rules for Dynamic URL Rewriting that you can enter from 3 to 10.

Google & Verizon Becoming Frenemies?

I’ve heard of "keep your enemies close" but Google and Verizon are rumored to be taking that to the extreme.

While Verizon has been a little frosty to Google’s Android, the WSJ suggests the two companies are about to get cozy–at least as far as mobile search is concerned.

The deal under discussion, which would make Google the default search provider on Verizon devices and give it a share of ad revenue, is aimed at dramatically simplifying what is now a confusing set of search options for cellphone users. Today, users have to go to different places to look up services such as ringtones, restaurants and Web pages. Verizon wants to create a new search platform that would be a one-stop shop.