Start a Blog, Get a Free House

Still not convinced that blogging brings rewards? How about a free house?

That’s exactly what blogger Kyle MacDonald managed to get by asking people to trade goods with him. He started off with a big red paperclip and, through a series of trades, ended-up with a house!

On that note, I have a slightly used post-it note and I’m looking to trade for a small Caribbean island, can anyone help? ;-)


Lucky Blogger!

Google Phone Service Coming?

Amongst all the shouting and sweating of stock guru Jim Cramer, you’ll often find some words of wisdom. It gets a little easier when he’s asked to put his speculation in writing. :-)

At TheStreet.com, Cramer tells us we can bank on Google launching its own phone service at some point in the future.

You have to be a believer about Google taking over your phone business…the company has bought a ton of dark fiber, and it has bought stakes in companies that do broadband over power lines and Wi-Fi…Google wants to be an Internet Service Provider (ISP) — it needs to do that just to grow, and I think that it is a natural to offer an all-in-one package.

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Google Plans Michigan Facility

According to the AP, Google has announced it will hire 1,000 employees in the Ann Arbor area, over the next five years.

…the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News said…said Google would announce plans to build an office for its AdWords unit, which handles “pay-per-click” advertising to users of Google’s Internet search engine.

Do you think this is big news on Michigan? It’s going to be bigger than “big”, it’s going to be…

“This is a huge, huge, huge, huge thing,” Gov. Jennifer Granholm told Free Press columnist Tom Walsh.

Cut Dell Some Slack With Their New Blog

So Dell has decided that it can no longer stick its head in the sand and pretend it’s not being flamed by bloggers everywhere.

Unfortunately for Dell, when it does finally decide to enter the blogosphere with One2One, it gets criticized by many of the same bloggers, such as Rubel and Jarvis.

I tend to agree with Andy Lark and Scoble. Give Dell some breathing room, let them find their voice, offer them advice. If they still suck in a couple of months, then have at them. In the meantime, think back to when you first started blogging and how nice it felt when people cut you some slack.

Google GDrive Testing Discovered

You’d think that if Google really wanted to keep the testing of its “GDrive” a secret, it wouldn’t make it so darn easy to find. Here’s how easy it was for Corsin Camichel to find it…

Okay, Writely accepts new users, no big deal here. And because I am a very interested person, I wanted to know on which system (programming language) it now runs. So I started to append index.jsp, index.py and so on at the URL. But when I entered index.html [GDrive shows up]

Wow, and this people is the company we trust to keep our Gmail information safe? They must have wanted someone to discover it.

Anyway, if this is legit, here’s what we can expect to get with GDrive (code named Platypus)…

Google AdWords Landing Page Standards Explored

ClickZ takes a closer look at Google’s tougher algorithms for AdWords landing pages. The changes are designed to filter out MFA sites aka “made for AdSense” which are designed to attract traffic for pennies and display AdSense ads that earn the publisher a profit.

For most AdWords advertisers, the changes shouldn’t be a problem, according to Fortune Interactive’s own Al Scillitani. He tells ClickZ…

Penalizing irrelevant sites helps advertisers that link to quality content, site publishers, and consumers by increasing the relevance of Google’s ads, according to Al Scillitani, search marketing manager at Fortune Interactive. “The changes Google has implemented so far, and continues to implement, are things that advertisers should be doing anyway: use targeted keywords, [run] relevant ads with a good call to action, and link to a well written, relevant landing page,” Scillitani told ClickZ. “The quality score measurement makes the advertiser increase relevancy. To me, it makes sense that a relevant ad/landing page with the keyword in it will rank higher than an ad that is not relevant, assuming they have the same cost per click.”

Fortune Interactive Is Now a Google Certified Company

Andy Beal is no longer associated with Fortune Interactive. View Andy’s consulting services.

I am very happy to announce Fortune Interactive is a Google Certified Company.

To become a Qualified Company in the Google Advertising Professionals program, a company must:

  • Have a billing and mailing address in a U.S. state or territory or in an EMEA country.
  • Employ at least two Qualified Individuals in the program. Individuals must be qualified under the main company-registered My Client Center account and not their own account.
  • Build and maintain at least US$100,000. (or your local currency equivalent) total spend per quarter for the company’s My Client Center account.

To become “qualified,�? you must pay a fee and pass an adwords 100+ question test. The test can cover anything discussed in the adwords Learning Center.