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.

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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.

Thanks to our Pilgrim Partners

Every blog has “sponsors” these days, but only Marketing Pilgrim brings you Pilgrim Partners. These are more than just companies that help pay the bills – although that helps – but great companies that we recommend our readers check out.

Here’s the current Pilgrim Partners:

  1. TextLinkBrokers – if you looking to buy links – for traffic or SEO – TextLinkBrokers has a vast network of link partners and great pricing.
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Practical Feedback for our Scholarship Entrants

Robin Nobles, one of our SEM Scholarship judges, took the time to provide some feedback on the articles submitted.

She provides some interesting suggestions for article writing including:

Is the title captivating? Does it make your reader want to read the article? Does it use muscle words? Does the title reflect the content of the article? Article titles are as important as titles of Web pages, so please give them as much time and consideration.

She also points out why entrants should focus on appealing to the judges: