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! :-)

Reuters Buys Stake in Pluck

Reuters has announced they’ve invested $7 million in to Pluck which operates the recently formed BlogBurst distribution network for blogs.

[BlogBurst] connects newspapers and other media sites to 2,800 selected blogs, helping traditional media supplement their journalism with blog viewpoints…Reuters plans to offer Pluck’s BlogBurst blog syndication service to thousands of its media customers worldwide, the London-based company said.

Plucks decision to shutdown its RSS reader now makes a little more sense. Reuters obviously wants the company to focus on BlogBurst and the deal gives them a stake in consumer generated news.

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Blog Queries Now Showing in Google Webmaster Tools

If you use Google’s Webmaster Tools, you’ll be please to learn that you can now view top performing keywords via blog search.

Hat-tip to Rubel.

New Look and New Focus for Valleywag

Nick Denton’s not too pleased with the path Nick Douglas was taking Valleywag, so he’s kicked him out, changed the look of the site and announced a new focus on more hard-hitting news.

Personally, I liked the old look better and traditional valley reporters are abundant on the web. Oh well, I guess it’s all about the greenbacks.

Google Closes YouTube Deal

TechCrunch has news that Google’s closed the acquisition of YouTube. The final deal appears be worth $1.775 billion and the YouTube founders get $15 million in cash, to buy their Ferraris now.

The final price included $15 million in cash, 3,217,560 shares of Google Class A Common Stock, along with an additional 442,210 shares of restricted stock and warrants. The number of shares was determined by dividing the acquisition price, $1.65 billion, by an average value of Google stock over the last thirty days (this is a standard way of handling public company acquisitions). 12.5% of the stock is being held in escrow for one year.

Google Apps for Your Own Domain Name

Google has announced Google Apps for Your Domain, which allows you to add custom logos, colors and your organization’s own content, in addition to Google gadgets, to your own domain name.

21 Link Bait Ideas for Realtors

I’ve been working with FamousAgents.com, providers of SEO and blogging services to real estate agents, and they’ve put together a great article called 21 Keys to Link Bait Success.

It’s the first of a two-part series, designed to help Realtors attract visitors to their web site, and it’s jammed full of great ideas anyone can benefit from.