Google Page Creator Gets New Features

Google’s Justin Rosenstein just announced some nifty new upgrades to Google Page Creator – the “so easy, even a caveman can do it” web design tool.

Here’s what users are getting…

Image editing (see image):  Now you can make a picture look just right in the context of your web page. Once you add a picture, crop, rotate, lighten, darken, and add crazy special effects to it right from within your browser.

Multiple sites: When you first sign in to Google Page Creator, we automatically give you a site with the same name as your Gmail address, so you don’t have to worry about choosing a name when you’re just trying to get started. But because not every site is a personal site, starting today, you can create up to five sites with different URLs.

Are You an A-list Blogger?

If you’ve ever wondered whether your blog is on the “A-list” or “D-list”, Kineda has put together a delightful piece of linkbait that tells you exactly that.

Using the number of links in the last 6-months at Technorati, the tool calculates whether you’re the shizzle or not.

Of course, it could be rigged to show everyone as an “A-lister” just to get bloggers linking (like me). Anyway, I make the A-list..

A-List Blogger

Does this mean I can start telling the whole world how they should blog? ;-)

Via Nathan.

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Short Video Ads Less Annoying

A couple of weeks ago, we reported how 80% of video viewers find video ads to be annoying. PodZinger, a video ad network, obviously has a lot to lose based on that report, so they commissioned their own.

According to ClickZ, PodZinger’s research revealed viewers will tolerate 10- to 15-second ads, as long as they are not bombarded with ads and the content is targeted.

Of course, that’s like Philip Morris telling us their study reveals most young smokers enjoy cigarettes. PodZinger has skin in the game, so I’ll sit on the fence until an independant study reveals the same findings.

Yahoo Signs Classifieds Deal with 150 Newspapers

Yahoo won’t be able to avoid the scrutiny a leaked memo will receive this week, which is a shame, because they’ve just announced a deal to allow 150 newspapers to sell ads on its HotJobs service.

The companies that have signed on with Yahoo include Cox Newspapers Inc., Belo Corp., Hearst Corp., the E.W. Scripps Co., MediaNews Group Inc., Lee Enterprises and the Journal Register Co…The Yahoo program will enable advertisers who list jobs in any of the consortium’s newspapers to post their jobs on Yahoo! HotJobs and throughout the Yahoo network. Advertisers will be able to use contextual, streaming and interactive media.

Google Testing Embeded Map Links in Search Results

Graywolf noticed that Google is testing embeded map links when serving up certain search results. Matt Cutts confirmed that this was indeed one of the many UI tests Google is running. Here’s how it looks…

Free iPod for MarketingPilgrim.com RSS Subscribers

How would you like to win a shiny new iPod, just for subscribing to Marketing Pilgrim’s RSS feed?

Yep, by simply adding our RSS feed to your favorite news reader, you can take part in a new prize giveaway. You’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest marketing news AND have a chance to win a new Apple iPod.

Why are we giving away an iPod just for subscribing? Well, to be honest, some of you are still trying to use the old Blogger RSS feed, while others still simply try and just “check in when I can”. We want to ensure that everyone is kept up to date with the very latest marketing news, so we thought we’d add an extra incentive.

Here’s how to enter.

Speeding up WordPress with WP-Cache

One annoying thing I’d noticed after switching to WordPress, was the increased time it took to load each page.

I’ve just installed the wp-cache plugin, and it’s very much helped to speed up the site. If you’re running WordPress without it, you might want to give it a shot. It effectively caches your pages and reduces the load time and server strain. You’ll also likely want to fix one minor bug with wp-cache, but it’s so easy to do, even a caveman can do it.

So with all that said, I’m now ready to be slashdotted or dugg. So if you could just help me out with a test, that would be great. ;-)