Feedburner Acquires Blogbeat

Popular RSS feed distributor, Feedburner, has snapped-up Blogbeat, a company offering user-friendly statistics for blogs.

Mark Evans has tested Blogbeat

…it’s a good service. That said, Blogbeat has been plagued recently by performance issues – perhaps caused by the growing pains of heavy traffic. As well, I’m not sure how successful Blogbeat’s subscription service ($24 a year) has been faring. With FeedBurner’s financial support, Blogbeat should have the financial resources it needs to improve.

As Mark suggests, this could be the start of a new trend of smaller acquisition deals.

I love the way Feedburner and Blogbeat are explaining the deal on the Blogbeat site.

Judge Dismisses KinderStart’s Google Claims

KinderStart.com’s attempts to convince a judge that Google had unfairly lowered its PageRank, were dismissed last week. However, the judge did leave the door open for KinderStart to amend its case and clarify some of its claims.

The site got a chance to amend its case on several other points, including on a complaint that Google is a ‘common carrier’ and as such is banned from discriminating against the services that it transmits.

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YouTube Serves Up 100 Million Videos a Day

YouTube has revealed that more than 100 million videos per day are watched at the site.

Other interesting YouTube factoids…

YouTube has come to hold the leading position in online video with 29 percent of the U.S. multimedia entertainment market

YouTube videos account for 60 percent of all videos watched online

In June, 2.5 billion videos were watched on YouTube

Meanwhile, JupiterResearch analyst Nate Elliott looks at some of the reasons why YouTube is trouncing Google Video.

Add Bookmark Options to Spread Word of Your Blog Posts

Considering the amount of “diggs” we received recently, it seemed only sensible to update the social bookmark options for each blog post at Marketing Pilgrim.

Thanks to a great list found at 3 Spots, I was finally able to get the codes I need for just about every social network there is.

Digging Out from the Google Aspirin Blog Storm

So much for Friday being a quiet day at Marketing Pilgrim. ;-)

I wish I could take the credit for the post that generated such a buzz on Friday, but Fortune Interactive’s Search Marketing Manager and Marketing Pilgrim contributor, Al Scillitani, deserves the credit.

Who would have thought that Google sending us a packet of pain-killers would cause such a stir? Interest ranged from those who thought the story was great; those who thought it showed Google’s sense of humor; those that thought it was made-up and some even thought we should sue Google for sending us medication. Even Chris Pirillo called me to discuss the incident for his upcoming podcast. Crazy stuff!

Dr. Google Sends Pain Relief

By Al Scillitani

Added 3:45 est July 14, 2006

WOW! Digg.com is going crazy!!! For those “unbelievers,” here it is, the actual scanned letter. I am sure new comments will appear that I wrote it, but I am not sure how I can prove I did not. I guess you are going to have to take my word for it :) Al

UPDATE 2 (from Andy): Google has emailed me to confirm the letter was from them. The sender is Adam Lasnik, one of Matt Cutt’s search evangalists. Google certainly knows how to keep good relations with search marketers, and it just proves that Google thrives on word of mouth.

UPDATE 3: We told you! ;-) Google’s Adam Lasnik confirms he sent Al the stuff he needed to ease his headache.

ExactSeek Releases Search Beta

ExactSeek has released a beta of their new search engine. The company says that it has set up a public testing phase so end users can test the system to provide their feedback. The index contains over 100,000,000 documents and ExactSeek claims to be indexing content from trusted sources to minimize index spam.

Mel Strocen, CEO of ExactSeek said, “This beta release is a culmination of over 12 months of work. It took a heavy investment of time, knowledge, and money to make it possible. Like any beta software it’s certainly not perfect. However, this is why we decided to open it up to the public. We want to gauge reaction and gather suggestions on what we need to do better. Our goal is to fulfill the needs of search users. Their feedback will play a pivotal role in our new technology’s development.”