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.
  2. Handy Recovery – if you’re like me, you’ve accidentally lost a file or two in your time. With Handy Recovery, you can recover files lost due to accidental deletion or a virus.
  3. GoTo Meeting – I’ve used WebEx many times, but for ease of use and affordability, my vote goes to GoTo Meeting – I use it with all my client consultations!

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:

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Search Marketing Standard Winter Issue Coming

If you’re a subscriber of the Search Marketing Standard, you can expect to receive your Winter issue next week. In this month’s issue:

This issue focused on covering major new trends in SEM, such as Social Search, Mobile Search and targeting the Hispanic market. We’ve had great contributors this time around, including Garrett French, Eric Ward, Kevin Gold, Rand Fishkin and several other terrific leaders in the field.

Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship Winner Announced

The judges have deliberated, the votes have been cast and we have the final winner of Marketing Pilgrim’s Search Marketing Scholarship contest.

And the winner is (drum roll please)…

Ben Wills with The Five Pillars of Social Media Marketing

Tell him what he’s won, Bob!…

Congratulations to Ben who received four votes from the nine judges and wins the $6,000 scholarship prize, which includes…

  • Full conference pass to the Search Engine Strategies conference held in Chicago this December. (courtesy of Incisive Media)
  • A 2-day pass to an upcoming SEO Workshop with the choice of "Beginner" or "Advanced" training levels. (courtesy of Search Engine Workshops)
  • A one-year subscription to KeywordDiscovery.com keyword research tool. (courtesy Trellian)
  • A copy of Aaron Wall’s "SEO Book". (courtesy SEOBook.com)

ReviewMe Goes Live

Looks like ReviewMe has gone live with their pay-per-review service (first mentioned here) that connects advertisers with bloggers.

I see some familiar names have already signed-up.

TechCrunch has more details.

Do You Know Where Your Ad Traffic is Coming From?

ComScore World Metrix has released a study revealing just how much of Google’s, Yahoo’s and MSN’s traffic comes from outside the U.S.

According to the findings, Google gathers a whopping 79.8 percent of unique visitor traffic and 89.1 of pageviews from non-U.S. users. Yahoo sites receive 75.9 percent of uniques and 67.2 percent of pageviews from outside the country, while Microsoft sites get 79 percent of uniques and 75.4 of pageviews from beyond the U.S. Ask Network derives 57.4 percent of uniques and 39.6 percent of pageviews from other locales.

So, be sure to be specific with your geographic targeting!

From ClickZ.

Google Wants to Put the Web on Speed

CNET has various quotes from Marissa Mayer – taken from this week’s Web 2.0 Summit – that suggest Google’s working to speed up their services.

  • They acquired YouTube, because videos posted faster than Google Video.
  • They tested showing search users 30 results instead of the standard 10, and discovered the extra half-second it took for the pages to load, annoyed users.
  • Finally, they put Google Maps “on a diet” and reduced the page size by 30%.

Internet users want to see results right away or they will leave the Web site, she said. Speed–the ability to interact with software and content, and see immediate results– is a key aspect of Web 2.0 applications, she said.

Look for cans of Google Red Bull in a store near you! ;-)