Removing Snap Link Preview Pop-up

You should have noticed that a few weeks back I added the Snap link preview tool – the one that gives you a handy pop-up preview of any external link.

I have been meaning to ask you whether or not you found it useful or annoying. It looks like Darren Rowse asked the same thing of his readers and most of the comments are negative. So, assuming that you might think the same, I plan on removing the feature this week.

If you happen to love the feature and would like it to stay, please leave a comment. If your reaction is “good riddance”, I’d like to hear from you too!

Watching Blog Tag Spread

SoloSEO’s Michael Jensen (disc) has put together a page that is tracking the spread of Blog Tag thru the search marketing community. It seems some bloggers are so eager to play, they’re getting involved without first being tagged – it’s just that much fun!

In case you missed it, here’s my entry.

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What Did You Learn From Our SEM Scholarship Contest?

I must admit, putting together the Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship contest was a lot of fun, hard work too, but mostly fun. There’s a lot of talented up and comers out there, and I believe many who entered the contest will become more familiar names in 2007.

During dinner at SES Chicago, David Temple suggested it would be good to hear from each entrant and see what they learned from their efforts to win. I asked David to put together a quick summary of his idea and what he learned. Here it is…

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?

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.