Welcome Jeremy Luebke and Scott Woodard!

I told you to expect some fresh faces at Marketing Pilgrim. We’ve already announced Jordan will be adding her expertise to the blog - even Ben Wills is threatening to come out of retirement – and today we announced the addition of Jeremy Luebke and Scott Woodard as contributing bloggers.

Both Jeremy and Scott entered our SEM scholarship contest and both bring strong experience and writing talent. Jeremy has his own blog, so is not new to blogging and I’ve known Scott for years (we worked together at WebSourced).

Here’s a little about them…

Jeremy Luebke

Pilgrim Partners Shout-out

Before we wind-down for Christmas, I wanted to take the opportunity to once again thank our fantastic Pilgrim Partners for the support of Marketing Pilgrim.

TextLinkBrokers – if you looking to buy links – for traffic or SEO – TextLinkBrokers has a vast network of link partners and great pricing.

Handy Recovery – if you’re like me, you’ve accidentally lost a file or two in your time. With Handy Recovery, you can recover files lost due to accidental deletion or a virus.

My Interview with Lee Odden

Lee Odden has an interview with me posted on his blog. Lee know’s how to ask some interesting questions, and one question in particular got me fired-up…

Competition is increasing in the search marketing industry and despite some questionable analysis (Marketing Sherpa) and characterizations (Dave Pasternack) what are some of the most significant opportunities for companies that still have not yet embraced SEO into their marketing budgets?

iPod Winner Announced

Congratulations to Kevin Henney who wins an iPod Shuffle for spotting our secret RSS-only message last Thursday.

Thanks to all of you who subscribed to the Marketing Pilgrim feed. We hope you’ll keep your subscription due to the great content, but just in case you were about to hit the “unsubscribe” button, you’ll be pleased to know we’ll be running another contest in the New Year.

Welcome New Contributor Jordan McCollum

I’m delighted to announce that Marketing Pilgrim is adding some new contributing authors, starting with Jordan McCollum. Why does that name sound so familiar? Jordan was one of the four finalists of our SEM Scholarship contest, beating out other entrants with her article “SEO is Pointless (But You Don’t Have to Tell Your Clients)“.

Jordan impressed me with her entry, and also won high praise from our judges, including this endorsement..

“Jordan’s is instructive and focused on where SEO techniques can be expanded on to bring long term value by becoming more intimately involved with the design of a site itself.”

With talent like that, we couldn’t resist asking Jordan if she’d be interested in bringing her expertise and solid writing to the readers of Marketing Pilgrim. Jordan was excited to join us, and you can expect to see 2-3 posts per week coming from her, starting this week.

Join Marketing Pilgrim’s MyBlogLog Community

If you’re curious how you too can have you photo appear on each comment you leave and in the “pilgrim readers” sidebar, you should consider joining our MyBlogLog.com community.

MyBlogLog tracks blog communities and their readers and is a great way to connect with other readers, discover new blogs, and even build some traffic for your own site.

Joining is quick and easy, and soon, we’ll all be able to enjoy your mugshot, alongside your words of wisdom! ;-)

Removing Snap Link Preview Pop-up

You should have noticed that a few weeks back I added the Snap link preview tool – the one that gives you a handy pop-up preview of any external link.

I have been meaning to ask you whether or not you found it useful or annoying. It looks like Darren Rowse asked the same thing of his readers and most of the comments are negative. So, assuming that you might think the same, I plan on removing the feature this week.

If you happen to love the feature and would like it to stay, please leave a comment. If your reaction is “good riddance”, I’d like to hear from you too!