Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all you Marketing Pilgrims have a great Thanksgiving.

Hat-tip to the original Pilgrims.

Free iPod for MarketingPilgrim.com RSS Subscribers

How would you like to win a shiny new iPod, just for subscribing to Marketing Pilgrim’s RSS feed?

Yep, by simply adding our RSS feed to your favorite news reader, you can take part in a new prize giveaway. You’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest marketing news AND have a chance to win a new Apple iPod.

Why are we giving away an iPod just for subscribing? Well, to be honest, some of you are still trying to use the old Blogger RSS feed, while others still simply try and just “check in when I can”. We want to ensure that everyone is kept up to date with the very latest marketing news, so we thought we’d add an extra incentive.

Here’s how to enter.

Speeding up WordPress with WP-Cache

One annoying thing I’d noticed after switching to WordPress, was the increased time it took to load each page.

I’ve just installed the wp-cache plugin, and it’s very much helped to speed up the site. If you’re running WordPress without it, you might want to give it a shot. It effectively caches your pages and reduces the load time and server strain. You’ll also likely want to fix one minor bug with wp-cache, but it’s so easy to do, even a caveman can do it.

So with all that said, I’m now ready to be slashdotted or dugg. So if you could just help me out with a test, that would be great. ;-)

Finally Heading to Vegas

After a one-day trip to NYC yesterday, I’m now ready to head to PubCon Las Vegas. Blogging may be light for the remainder of the week.

If you’re at PubCon, please stop and say hi. :-)

Update: Stuck at the airport! My flight was delayed and I now won’t get to Vegas until after 7pm. If you’re there, leave a comment with details of any parties tonight. Cheers! :-)

Thanks to our Pilgrim Partners

Every blog has “sponsors” these days, but only Marketing Pilgrim brings you Pilgrim Partners. These are more than just companies that help pay the bills – although that helps – but great companies that we recommend our readers check out.

Here’s the current Pilgrim Partners:

  1. TextLinkBrokers – if you looking to buy links – for traffic or SEO – TextLinkBrokers has a vast network of link partners and great pricing.
  2. 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.
  3. GoTo Meeting – I’ve used WebEx many times, but for ease of use and affordability, my vote goes to GoTo Meeting – I use it with all my client consultations!

Practical Feedback for our Scholarship Entrants

Robin Nobles, one of our SEM Scholarship judges, took the time to provide some feedback on the articles submitted.

She provides some interesting suggestions for article writing including:

Is the title captivating? Does it make your reader want to read the article? Does it use muscle words? Does the title reflect the content of the article? Article titles are as important as titles of Web pages, so please give them as much time and consideration.

She also points out why entrants should focus on appealing to the judges:

Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship Winner Announced

The judges have deliberated, the votes have been cast and we have the final winner of Marketing Pilgrim’s Search Marketing Scholarship contest.

And the winner is (drum roll please)…

Ben Wills with The Five Pillars of Social Media Marketing

Tell him what he’s won, Bob!…

Congratulations to Ben who received four votes from the nine judges and wins the $6,000 scholarship prize, which includes…

  • Full conference pass to the Search Engine Strategies conference held in Chicago this December. (courtesy of Incisive Media)
  • A 2-day pass to an upcoming SEO Workshop with the choice of "Beginner" or "Advanced" training levels. (courtesy of Search Engine Workshops)
  • A one-year subscription to KeywordDiscovery.com keyword research tool. (courtesy Trellian)
  • A copy of Aaron Wall’s "SEO Book". (courtesy SEOBook.com)