Calling Ex-MarketSmart Interactive Employees

Guys/Gals, I’m working on a better way to put you in touch with prospective employers (stay tuned). In the meantime, I have a few opps to pass on.

Email me : andy.beal AT gmail.com

Please include, areas you have expertise in. For example copywriting, PPC management, SEO, sales etc. A resume is even better. An attached photo helps me remember you too! (I’m great with faces or URLs, not so much names) ;-)

I’ll then send you the opportunities that have been sent to me.

MIVA Launches New Ad Solutions for Publishers

Publishers and bloggers, looking to monetize their site, have a new option to consider with today’s launch of MIVA MC. Any publisher in the U.S. or U.K. can apply for a MIVA MC account, and if accepted into the program, can display a wide array of ads on their site, including:

  • Content Ads: keyword or contextually targeted Pay-Per-Click Ads displayed in fully customized implementations beside site content.
  • MIVA InLine Ads: Pay-Per-Click Ads that appear when users mouse over hyperlinked keywords within actual site content.
  • Search Ads: Pay-Per-Click Ads displayed in response to specific typed-in search queries.

Channel Sponsors

North Carolina Desperate to Lure Google

Yesterday’s print edition of the Raleigh News & Observer has a huge piece on what NC is doing to try and convince Google to build a server farm in Lenoir (which is located in the west of the state).

Lenoir and Caldwell County are in dire straits, especially since they relied heavily on a now defunct furniture industry. It’s so bad there that Caldwell County Economic Development Commission and Duke Energy have bought up 150 acres just in case Google selects Lenoir. In addition, state and local governments are willing to forgo real estate taxes for 30 years, worth $100 million, in a desperate effort to attract the $600 million operation and the 210 related jobs.

Busy Morning, Lots of News

I had the pleasure of grabbing coffee with PR diva Cindy Akus this morning. She’s the one who helped us get many media mentions for WebSourced and Fortune Interactive, and is now available for your company via Crossroads PR.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for blogging this morning – maybe this afternoon I’ll have time. So, in the meantime, here’s what’s hot on Pilgrim’s Picks today:

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Acquisition Timeline

Pete Abilla has put together a neat timeline of acquisitions by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft using Ajax.

SEO Gets Its Own Rock Song

You know you’ve been in the SEO industry too long, when you decide to perform a rock song about the topic.

It’s definitely time to get out, if you find yourself tapping your foot and singing along to the lyrics. :-)

Google, Yahoo Gain Market Share; MSFT, Ask.com Decline

According to new comScore data, both Google and Yahoo have something to celebrate today, they each gained search engine market share – Google up 0.4% to 47.4%; Yahoo up 0.3% to 28.5%.

Bad news for Microsoft and Ask, they both slid this time around. It was only yesterday that we reported on MSFT’s search engine woes, now they’ve dropped half a point to 10.5%. Meanwhile, Ask.com can’t afford any dips, it it wants to gain ground on the others. A slide of 0.1% is not a catastrophe, but doesn’t help either.