Google, The AJAX Killer

AJAX is not the page view killer some would suggest. It will suffer the same fate as Flash, and Google will be holding the smoking gun.

AJAX is the latest and greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s going to change the way we surf the web if you believe the hype.

I personally love it. The problem is search engines don’t and when I say search engines, I mean search engine. If you actually take a step back and look at the landscape, you will see it is Google who is in charge of deciding how we develop our websites. They tell us what other ads we can use if we want to run adsense. They dictate what links we must place nofollow tags on to stay within their guidelines. Their algorithm determines how we should link our sites if we want proper link weight distribution to obtain rankings. Google for the most part controls the flow of traffic and revenue on the web.

The Only List of Search Marketing Blogs You’ll Ever Need

If you’re too lazy to compile your own list of the best search marketing blogs out there, never fear. Lee Odden has compiled a list of over 250 blogs and is even kind enough to provide the OPML file.

Should keep you out of trouble for a while.

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SearchGuild Unknowingly Comment Spamming

I’m always curious as to the junk that gets caught up in my comment filter. Today, I discovered an interesting attempt to get a comment published.

It appears that comment spammers are taking advantage of a script at Search Guild, that allows you to use their domain for redirects.

Here’s an example of how it works…

 http://www.searchguild.com/redir/o.php?out=http://marketingpilgrim.com

Now imagine that but with a site suggesting I need some assistance in the growth of a certain appendage. ;-)

P.S. I’m in no way suggesting that Search Guild is behind this.

New Advertising Options on Marketing Pilgrim

Just a quick note to let you know we’ve added new ad options for Marketing Pilgrim. You can now pick ad formats in addition to the popular 125×125.

Still available is the 160×600 skyscraper ad in the sidebar (currently occupied by the Mozy affiliate ad), a 160×120 box ad and 5 exclusive text link ads.

If you’re interested in any of our ad options, or would like to discuss something customized to your business, drop me a line.

Google, Apple, Napster Sued for Video Patent Infringement

It’s a new year and a new law suit for Google. This time, the world’s largest search engine is joined by Apple and Napster as they face allegations of patent infringement from online movie distributor Intertainer Inc.

Intertainer, claiming it has suffered irreparable harm, asked the court for cash compensation and an order to prevent the companies from using its technology.

Intertainer’s patent was issued in August 2005 and covers a “digital entertainment service platform”. According to their web site, Intertainer counts Intel, Comcast and NBC among its investors, and this is not the first time the company has taken on the big guys.

In September 2002…

With Great Blogging Power, Comes Great Responsibility

Globe and Mail journalist and author, Hal Niedzviecki, takes an interesting look at the impact bloggers are having on the lives of, well…non-bloggers. It appears, like Hal, more and more people are waking up to the fact that they’re being discussed online and that even conversations that take place outside of the web, are fair game on a blog.

It’s a refreshing perspective – hearing from someone who’s only just discovering that bloggers tend to be critical, honest and often, insensitive…

Traditional Media Struggles to Monetize User-Generated Content

Reuters has details of a new report from Deloitte that looks at media trends for 2007. Part of the report focuses on how successful mainstream media will be at integrating user-generated content. The biggest problem appears to be how they’ll make money from user  content.

Howard Davies, a director of media strategy at Deloitte explains why it’s tough to make money from social media.

“There’s something about the social user … community that is absolutely not professional and so the community doesn’t want it to be commercialised,” he said about advertising around Web sites dedicated to the content.