Welcome New Sponsor – Handy Recovery

If you’ve ever accidentally deleted content from your computer or suffered at the hands of a virus attack, you may want to visit our latest sponsor – Handy Recovery.

This great little tool will recover files – even if deleted from the Recycle Bin – and allow you to browse the content on your hard disk and find deleted files and folders that can be recovered.

On a technical note, Handy Recovery works with most Window’s OS’s and can even recovers lost images from CompactFlash, SmartMedia and other cards – just in case you lose little Timmy’s birthday photos.

Handy Recovery will hook you up with a free 30-day trial version and if you like it, it’s only $39! A bargain!

Marketing Pilgrim’s Plugin List

Jeremy Luebke emailed me to ask if I would care to share the plugins used on MP. The site was fully custom built, so there may be some modified things, but here’s the list…

Akismet - Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web serivce to see if they look like spam or not.

Gravatars - for those cool photos next to comments.

intouch - for the contact form.

No Self Pings - prevents WordPress from sending pings for stuff I link to from my own site.

Social Bookmark Links - the drop down menu for bookmarking a post.

Subscribe To Comments - lets readers get email updates on comments.

Google Sitemaps - to help Google find all the new pages.

WordPress Reports - adds my Google Analytics and Feedburner stats to the WordPress dash.

SEM Scholarship Week 3 Winner Announced

Week 3 of our SEM Scholarship contest has concluded and we have our third finalist.

Congratulations to Jordan McCollum who wins the third round with her entry – “SEO is Pointless (But You Don’t Have to Tell Your Clients)“. Jordan’s entry carried the most unique views of all our entries in week 3, with a total of 633 unique views to his page, winning by just 3 unique views! It was a close battle this week, with many entrants getting creative in their efforts to promote their entry – some even using PPC!

Jordan wins a copy of “Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day” and “Please Ring Bell for Service” and qualifies as one of four finalists, who will face our expert panel of judges, to determine who will win the $6,000 grand prize package.

Week 4 entries are now published
and entries have now closed.

Search Engine Marketing Scholarship Contest Entries – October 30th

We’ve uploaded the final round of our SEM Scholarship Contest entries and the procrastinators finally came thru. :-)

The following 20 entries qualified for the week and we’ll track the traffic to each article over the next week. The most popular post of the week will secure the author one of four finalist positions for our grand prize giveaway.

Here’s the full list of article entries:

The Golden Rule of SEO

By James Bowden

Everything you need to know about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) you learned in kindergarten. Really. You may already know much more than you think.

The armies of programmers that create search engines work very hard to get computers to do a bad job of what you do in the blink of an eye: make a judgment about a web page that makes sense – common sense.

This article introduces the basic ideas behind Search Engine Optimization (SEO), using concrete examples to reinforce these principles. It also aims to teach you the information needed to make informed SEO decisions on your own.

In the beginning…

10 Shortcuts for Successful SEO

By Ahmed Bilal

If you were given the task of summarizing the whole wealth of SEO knowledge in 10 concise tips, what would you come up with?

Here’s my list:

1. Buy / rent an old site

The benefits are well-documented, but an important factor often overlooked here is time. Yes, you can spend 6 months, put together all that content, get all those links, then wait for another 3 years while the site ‘matures’…but you don’t have that much time, do you?

Buying the ‘right’ site gives you a fantastic head-start in any niche,

You’ll always find ‘potential sites’ with owners who don’t have the time to tend to their website. There’s a growing awareness online on the value of websites, but in most niches you can still get good bargains.

2. Optimize Title tags

Are You Making These Costly Mistakes with Your Search Marketing?

By Y.M. Ousley

Every day, lots of search marketers make easily correctible mistakes that cost them time, traffic and conversions. This mistake is usually summed up in one of two ways: “I don’t bother with _____” or “______ is too expensive/time consuming/difficult to understand.â€?

Depending on your area of preference, that statement might conclude with PPC, SEO or Social Media. If you’re a whiz at managing paid search campaigns, an expert at obtaining top rankings in natural search results, or a MySpace marketing maverick, I’m not suggesting you change your primary focus – that would just be foolish. Even more of a mistake than abandoning your area of expertise for the hot new marketing trend though, is developing tunnel vision and ignoring the impact other marketing trends can have on your work.