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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Google’s Matt Cutts

Over at the 10e20 blog, Chris has taken all of the available information on Matt Cutts and compiled 20 real facts about him.

Marketing Pilgrim is located in Wolfpack country, so we’ll defer judgement on the fact that Matt went to UNC. ;-)

Images Explain Google Radio Ads

Donna Bogatin has screenshots from Google that show how it plans to serve Google Audio Ads.

Here’s one…

See them all.

Play the SEO "Guess Who" Game

David Wallace wants to test your skills in identifying SEM stars, when presented with just a snippet of their photo.

The first one is easy, but they get more difficult…

Do you know who owns these shoes? Let David know.

WebProNews PubCon Video Coverage

You have to love WebProNews new video blog. It’s well done, with some slick video graphics that make it look like CNN!

My inner vanity would commit suicide if I didn’t at least point you to the video of me talking about reputation monitoring.

But don’t let that put you off, there’s plenty of other fine people interviewed there too!

This one of Rand, Lee and Todd, is one of my favorites. I feel for Lee – he spends the first 2 minutes waiting for Rand to take a breath! ;-)

You’ve Got to Digg Neil Patel

I had the pleasure of meeting Neil Patel, of ACS, for the first time at the recent PubCon, he (and Cameron too) is a great guy and very smart. He also happens to be an expert on Digg and other social media.

You can catch Neil on ShoeMoney’s radio show and even Guy Kawasaki is a fan of Neil’s guide to Digg.

Search Engine Strategies Chicago

Next week SES rolls into Chicago for the last event of the year. I’ll be there, speaking on Reputation Monitoring & Management (which is getting old, must remember to speak to Danny about a different topic).

Barry and his entourage will be blogging many of the sessions, so if you can’t make it, you won’t miss out.

Stay tuned for another SES announcement, later this week, that will involve free drinks from Marketing Pilgrim!

Microsoft bCentral Directory Closes

Could it be? Have we just lost one of the three valuable directories (Yahoo, DMOZ and bCentral) – recommended by many when launching a new site?

It appears Microsoft has shutdown its Microsoft Small Business Center, including the bCentral directory. Users trying to sign-up from this page, are greeted with the closure announcement.

As of November 15, 2006 Microsoft will no longer accept new sign-ups for select Microsoft Online Small Business Services.

These services, previously marketed under the bCentral™ brand, include Appointment Manager, Banner Network Ads, Commerce Manager, Customer Manager, FastCounter Pro, List Builder, Sales Leads, SharePoint®, Submit it!, Traffic Builder, and Web Hosting Packages.

While the services appear to be re-branding as Microsoft Office Live, the new site has no mention of a directory. Yikes!