A Free Zune or iPod to One Lucky MyBlogLog Community Member

>> Yes, if you win, you can select an iPod instead of a Zune <<

So, last month we gave away an iPod just for reading our RSS feed. The lucky winner simply spotted a secret message and took the prize. This contest is even easier!

Step 1 – Join Marketing Pilgrim’s MyBlogLog community.

Step 2 – Er…that’s it. We’ll pick one random member sometime before Feb 16th.

Easy enough? All we want you to do is join our MyBlogLog community and you’ll be entered to win a “shiny” (that’s for you Lisa!) new Microsoft Zune.

Bonus prize: If the lucky winner happens to have mentioned this contest in a blog post, we’ll also throw in a pair of Shure Sound Isolating Earphones.

New Advertising Options on Marketing Pilgrim

Just a quick note to let you know we’ve added new ad options for Marketing Pilgrim. You can now pick ad formats in addition to the popular 125×125.

Still available is the 160×600 skyscraper ad in the sidebar (currently occupied by the Mozy affiliate ad), a 160×120 box ad and 5 exclusive text link ads.

If you’re interested in any of our ad options, or would like to discuss something customized to your business, drop me a line.

Welcome New Advertiser – ABCSearch

As we kick off the New Year, we add a new sponsor to Marketing Pilgrim. Welcome ABCSearch.

ABC Search is a pay-per-click search network that connects thousands of advertisers with millions of consumers and offers a number of benefits including…

  • Geo-Targeting
  • Bulk Upload System
  • No Sign-Up Fee
  • Bids begin at $.05
  • Max Bidding Feature
  • Detailed Keyword Trends
  • Strict Click Fraud Protection
  • 2.5 Billion Monthly Searches
  • Listing Approval within 24 hours

ABCSearch is also offering Marketing Pilgrim readers up to $100 in free traffic!

Introducing "Pilgrim’s Picks" – the News Normally Lost Down the Back of the Couch

Before I head out to the finest (and authentic) french restaurant in Raleigh – Saint Jacques – for a New Year’s celebration dinner, I wanted to let you know about a new item you’ll find in the Marketing Pilgrim sidebar.

Pilgrim’s Picks is tied directly to my “shared” items in Google Reader. I read scan hundreds of blog posts a day and not all of them make it as a post on Marketing Pilgrim. Instead of letting all that great content go down the “mark as read” crapper, I’m going to start sharing the posts that I find interesting but didn’t quite get around to blogging.

You’ll be able to keep track using the sidebar widget or you can bookmark the shared links page (and even subscribe to the RSS feed here).

New Year’s Resolution – Be a Superhero

Ok, I’m only doing this because..

a. It’s a Saturday

b. It’s the end of the year

c. Everyone else is doing it.

I took the superhero test and it appears I’m Superman wannabe (with a concerning dash of Supergirl, Catwoman and Wonder woman)…

You are Superman

Iron Man
Green Lantern
The Flash
Wonder Woman
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Let me know which Superhero you are. ;-)

2007 Predictions

Mashable has “tagged” me to share my predictions for 2007. Here’s some brief thoughts…

  1. Digg will get acquired or die (maybe even both). I think Digg is very close to jumping the shark and is close to its maximum level of exposure. It will either realize this and sell or wait too long and decline.
  2. Yahoo’s new search interface and algo will be key in the revival of the company’s fortunes. Once they switch to a platform that includes a performance metric, they’ll see better average CPCs.
  3. Social media marketing (SMM) will find its place. There will be some marketing agencies who actually figure out how to show an ROI from SMM.
  4. We’ll see at least one company, offering search marketing services, go public in 2007 and more acquired than in 2006.

Marketing Pilgrim’s Top 10 Posts of 2006

I started compiling the Top 10 most popular blog posts of the year, back when authoring Search Engine Lowdown. Marketing Pilgrim is barely a year old, but we’ve already racked up some great scoops and informative articles.

Here’s the most popular posts of 2006.