WebProNews PubCon Video Coverage

You have to love WebProNews new video blog. It’s well done, with some slick video graphics that make it look like CNN!

My inner vanity would commit suicide if I didn’t at least point you to the video of me talking about reputation monitoring.

But don’t let that put you off, there’s plenty of other fine people interviewed there too!

This one of Rand, Lee and Todd, is one of my favorites. I feel for Lee – he spends the first 2 minutes waiting for Rand to take a breath! ;-)

You’ve Got to Digg Neil Patel

I had the pleasure of meeting Neil Patel, of ACS, for the first time at the recent PubCon, he (and Cameron too) is a great guy and very smart. He also happens to be an expert on Digg and other social media.

You can catch Neil on ShoeMoney’s radio show and even Guy Kawasaki is a fan of Neil’s guide to Digg.

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Marshall Kirkpatrick Leaves TechCrunch

I always enjoyed reading Marshall Kirkpatrick’s posts over at TechCrunch, so I am sad to hear he has left them.

The good news is that he is back at his own blog, and has left us with a post that talks about some of the ways to track news, using RSS. I’m often asked how I am able to post so often and so quickly after news breaks – RSS my friend, RSS!

Best of luck Marshall! If you’re interested in writing for Marketing Pilgrim, I’d be honored to have you contribute a post or two.

Nick Denton Takes Valleywag to New Lows

So much for Nick Denton’s plans to direct Valleywag into a more upscale news site. There’s been much talk that Nick’s jealous of TechCrunch’s success and hence his attempts to refine Valleywag.

Well, let me tell ya Nick. Posts such as..

Google baby’s first words…We learned today that Sergey Brin’s first word was golova, which means head in Russian.

hardly convey an image of a site that wants to be taken more seriously. Why not just accept what Valleywag is? If you really want to compete with TechCrunch, create a site that conveys that image. I tell you what, drop me a line and we’ll chat about it. ;-)

Search Engine Strategies Chicago

Next week SES rolls into Chicago for the last event of the year. I’ll be there, speaking on Reputation Monitoring & Management (which is getting old, must remember to speak to Danny about a different topic).

Barry and his entourage will be blogging many of the sessions, so if you can’t make it, you won’t miss out.

Stay tuned for another SES announcement, later this week, that will involve free drinks from Marketing Pilgrim!

Reminder – Subscribe to the RSS Feed for a Chance to Win an iPod or Zune

If you’ve not already subscribed to our RSS feed, now would be a good time. We’ve not yet posted the secret message – available only to RSS subscribers – that will see one lucky winner receive an iPod or possibly a Zune.

Full details of the contest can be found here.

Here’s that feed again – http://feeds.feedburner.com/marketing-pilgrim

P.S. For those of you reading this message in your RSS reader, this is NOT your cue to enter, this is just a reminder for those who have yet to subscribe. ;-)

Microsoft bCentral Directory Closes

Could it be? Have we just lost one of the three valuable directories (Yahoo, DMOZ and bCentral) - recommended by many when launching a new site?

It appears Microsoft has shutdown its Microsoft Small Business Center, including the bCentral directory. Users trying to sign-up from this page, are greeted with the closure announcement.

As of November 15, 2006 Microsoft will no longer accept new sign-ups for select Microsoft Online Small Business Services.

These services, previously marketed under the bCentral™ brand, include Appointment Manager, Banner Network Ads, Commerce Manager, Customer Manager, FastCounter Pro, List Builder, Sales Leads, SharePoint®, Submit it!, Traffic Builder, and Web Hosting Packages.

While the services appear to be re-branding as Microsoft Office Live, the new site has no mention of a directory. Yikes!