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Google Coming to North Carolina? Part 2

Just over a year ago, I pieced together a whole bunch of rumor and speculation to show reasons why Google could set-up office in North Carolina.

Thirteen months on and we learn that N.C. has offered Google $4.7m in incentives if it builds a server farm in struggling Caldwell County.

A company spokesman told The News & Observer via e-mail that the company is evaluating a number of sites, including the one in Lenoir, for an expansion that could bring $600 million in new investment and 210 jobs to a region socked by job and industry losses.

That sound you hear is the many techies in North Carolina updating their resume. ;-)

UPDATE: According to Lenoir resident, Mark S, there’s a lot of grading and preparation going on at the rumored Google site.

Google Faces Catch-22 With Deleted Gmails

TechCrunch has details of a developing story involving the Gmail accounts of 60 users who found all emails deleted due to a suspected breach in FireFox.

Now here’s the catch-22 for Google. Supposedly, once an email is deleted in Gmail, it is gone forever. That keeps the privacy conspiracy theorists happy.

If you’re not able to locate a message in your Inbox, Sent Mail, All Mail, or Trash, it’s been permanently removed from your Gmail account. Unfortunately, we’re unable to recover messages or Contact entries that have been deleted from your account.

Now, what if Google is able to restore the deleted emails of the Gmail accounts effected? Wouldn’t that prove that Google keeps a secret backup of all deleted data?

Google Expands Print Ads (again)

The Washington Post says that Google is set to further expand its print ad program soon, after a rocky start in March and one expansion in November. Google’s director of print ads, Tom Phillips, is naturally quite optimistic about the future of the program. Newspaper execs are less enthused, as the Post says it remains unclear how much the program will truly benefit newspapers.

The Post states:

Todd Haskell, vice president of business development at the New York Times Co., which is participating, said that the product has the potential to drum up new business from small advertisers but that the Times does not foresee letting go of its direct relationships with its largest advertisers.

(Did anyone think that they would? Was it unclear that Google was selling off excess ad inventory?)

Friday’s Internet Marketing News Roundup

This will likely be the last news post until after Christmas. Here’s what’s caught my attention today.

  1. Avinash Kaushik discusses the merits of javascript analytics over web log files.
  2. Robert Scoble has re-discovered banner ads. He explains how Texas Instruments’ banner ads managed to catch his attention.
  3. Mashable is reporting LinkedIn has secured new funding which suggests the company has a $250 million value.
  4. Social media expert, Neil Patel, explains why some SEO web sites are being banned by Digg. Digg just doesn’t like SEO. Maybe the social bookmark site is receiving cash incentives from Did-It.
  5. Is MSN inflating the conversion data at adCenter? Search Engine Roundtable takes a look.
  6. Wengo is offering an embedded flash player for bloggers wishing to share their good looks via their web cam.

Voting Begins for 2006 Search Blogs Awards

Voting is open for Search Engine Journal’s Search Blog Awards. The nominations are full of my favorite blogs and voting is going to be tough.

Thanks to the readers that nominated Marketing Pilgrim. We’re nominated in two categories, Search Marketing Blog and Best Agency Resource Blog. I’m not sure how we made it into the Search Marketing Blog and not the Search News Blog  category- after all, 80% of our stuff is news related – oh well.

For the Best Agency Resource Blog, we’re up against just one other nomination – Yippee!. It happens to be SEOmoz – oh crap! The only chance we have of winning that is if Rand uploads a post explaining why voting for us is the duty of every mozzer. ;-)

Google Shutting Out Tool Developers with API Removal

You may not have heard but Google has closed their Google Search SOAP API and replaced it with a new Google Ajax Search API.

What’s the big deal? The new API doesn’t easily allow third-party tool developers to utilize Google search results. So why in the world would Google take such a backward step? One reason, the new API allows them to better control how developers use Google’s search results.

Existing users of the API will still be supported.

9 Cost-Effective PPC Branding Strategies

Pay-per-click advertising can be very effective channel for increasing your brand’s reach but PPC branding campaigns are often cost prohibitive. Bidding to top positions for your industry’s core terms is an excellent way to expose your brand to new audiences but the “short term ROI be-damned” strategy is usually risky business. Below are 9 strategies to help you build your brand without burning through your spend.

  1. Start with the campaign structure and creatives. Separate your branded terms from your other terms so that your ads’ creatives can be more easily controlled. Searches for your branded terms should always trigger ads with strong brand-based titles and messaging instead of your more traditional ads for industry terms.