Yahoo Upgrades Maps

Yahoo has given Yahoo Maps a facelift and adds lots of new features

Aside from being far more interactive (click and drag!), there are some major differences we think you’ll like.

* Multi-point driving directions. Get yourself from point A to B and on to C all in one map.
* Integrated Yahoo! Local. Includes our local search, a browseable interface, easy access to business ratings, reviews, and events.
* The new overview map (in the upper-right hand corner) helps you get your bearings. The little grey box representing your big map is even drag-able. Use it to move around rapidly without losing context.

The Top Ten Blog Design Mistakes

Bill Ives points to Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox for a good list of usability factors to consider when publishing a blog.

Kim, Anything to add? :-)

A Look at New Google Patents

Over at Search Engine Journal, Loren takes a close look at recently filed patents from Google.

Google has applied for a patent, termed Personalization of placed content ordering in search results, to serve organic search results based on user profiles. Google has also applied for a similar behavioral targeting patent for its advertising network, but this seems to be a first from Google with plans to integrate user profiling into natural search results.

Designing Effective PPC Campaign Strategies and Tactics

By Ben Wills

As with any successful project, clear definitions of the overall strategy and the tactics necessary to achieve that strategy are essential. Given the nature of pay-per-click search marketing (i.e.: ideally you would put a dollar in, and get two dollars out) and how easily your ad spend can escalate out of control, clear strategies and tactics will become the impetus of your search marketing campaign.

Before I go any further, it would be prudent to digress in order to define the linguistic distinction between strategies and tactics, and how they will be applied throughout this article. I feel that this distinction could, obviously, be used outside of pay-per-click, and I encourage readers to reflect on other ways that this distinction may be applied throughout perceptions in their organization.

We’re going to AD:TECH and giving away a free cruise for two!

AD:TECH NYC is next week and the Fortune Interactive team will be there to showcase our search and blog marketing services. We’ll be providing a demo of SEMLogic and giving away a FREE CRUISE to one lucky winner!

Stop by our booth and pick up a Fortune (Interactive) Cookie. If your cookie contains the message “Free Cruise Entry” simply make your way back to our booth (#1804) on Tuesday at 3pm. We’ll be giving away a free cruise for two (which includes food, drinks, gratuities etc), to one lucky AD:TECH attendee.

You can read more details in our press release just issued. I’ll be at the booth, so please stop by and say “hi”.

WebSourced to Restate Lower Earnings; Acquires Web Diversity

Mixed news from my former employer…

The SEC is asking them to restate earnings. Hopefully, this will signal the end to the declining PPS and see a rebound…hopefully.

The parent company is picking up Web Diversity – a UK PPC management company that will work closely with Mike Grehan and Smart Interactive.

I’m often asked about my thoughts of WebSourced. I think the THK board is doing a good job of getting rid of the dead-wood and shaking up the structure of the company. I’m still a lot more excited about what we are doing at Fortune Interactive, but I don’t think WebSourced will stay down for too long.

VerticalSearch Launches B2B Search

At MarketingVox, you’ll find details of, a new B2B search engine.

Take a look at their interface, all they are missing is a smiling butler…wait, I know one that’s for sale.