Google & Baidu Considering Video Options for China

Reuters reports both Google and Baidu.com are considering their options for expanding online video services in China.

…Google is considering whether to simply translate its global YouTube site into Chinese or build up a brand new “YouTube China”, possibly through the acquisition of a local video-sharing Web site, which may cost more time and money.

I wish I knew more about the search market in China and whether there’s the same demand for online video as there is in the U.S. Maybe I can entice China-SEO expert, David Temple to stop by with his thoughts.

How Big Will Social Media Marketing Be in 2007?

Social media strategist Jeremiah Owyang is hearing more and more companies allocating budgets for social media marketing (SMM) in 2007.

Many companies are contributing a few thousands to tens of thousands per month on developing programs that are designed to reach out and join the online communities.  I don’t know in all cases where this budget is coming from, but I do know that old world print advertising dollars are shifting to ‘new’ media, and Social Media is part of this.

There’s no doubt that including outreach to online communities is key to any internet marketing campaign, but is SMM really going to hit big-time in 07?


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Madcap SES Comic Strip by SEOmoz

Rand and Rebecca have come up with a comical way to share their photos from SES Chicago – creating literally a comic.

It’s a hilarious read, with a cast of familiar characters. I get to make a cameo, playing the part of the godfather…

How Long is a Google "Moment"? – 18 Months

Remember back in February of 2005, a big fuss was made over Google becoming a domain name registrar. There was lots of speculation that Google would start selling domain names, until they declared they just wanted a better insight on domain names and they had no plans to sell domain names “at the moment”.

Well, a Google “moment” is approximately 18 months, as we learn today that the company will start selling domain names for ten bucks through their Google Apps for Your Domain service.

Now you’ve got one-stop shopping for all the services currently on the Google Apps for Your Domain platform — just find a domain, buy it, and get started. We’ll do all the behind-the-scenes configuration work for you. For now this is available for .com, .net,.org, .biz, and .info domains, but we’re working on bringing it elsewhere soon. We’re also constantly working to introduce more cool new features to this service, so be sure to check back for updates.

Playing Blog Tag – 5 Things You Don’t Know About Andy Beal

OK, so when I first heard about “blog tag”, it sounded like one of those chain-emails, you know the ones – “Pass this on to someone else and you’ll receive good luck.”

After being tagged by blogging-buddy Avinash, I figured it might be fun to share the requisite five things you don’t know about me. So here goes…

  1. Not many people know that I didn’t go to college. Growing up in England, there’s not quite the pressure to get a college degree. Even so, I just couldn’t stand the thought of sitting still in a classroom over a 4 year period. So I grabbed my A-levels and scarpered.
  2. You can trace my ancestors back to Sir Christopher Wren – he being the famous architect who designed England’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and helped rebuild London after the great fire.

Searching Patents Now Easier Thanks to Google

Patent searching has always been a pain, but Google’s hoping to make it a little easier with their Google Patent Search.

According to ZDNet, the service…

…is designed to sift through the approximately 7 million U.S. patents by a variety of parameters including filing date, issue date, patent number and inventor.

It’s not exactly at full speed yet, as Google’s still working on some functionality.

…software engineers are still working on functions that allow patent searchers to easily save and print the patent information that they look up…In addition, Google’s site does not currently include patent applications, international patents, or U.S. patents issued since mid-2006.

Who knew that lipstick was patented?

Do You Know Your SEO Myths From Your Facts?

SEO guru Lee Odden must be getting tired of hearing the same old objections to implementing an SEO campaign, as he has posted five myths of SEO.

Here’s the list:

  1. “Search Engine Optimization is a collection of tricks to fool search engines“.
  2. “People in our market don’t use search engines.”
  3. “SEO is a single event”
  4. “SEO is a function of IT”
  5. “Our site doesn’t get a lot of visitors, so SEO wouldn’t work for us.”

Read the full article for detailed insights to each myth and some bonus stuff too!