Blog Tagging Is Too Much Work

Elizabeth Albrycht is crying out for someone to make “tagging” blog posts a little easier.

I want a cheat sheet sidebar I can drop onto my blog with pre-coded tags I can simply click on. Or maybe a drop down menu built into TypePad I can populate with my favorite tags. I’d like others to be able to tag my own posts (hey, share the workload). Until I have at least one of the first two, my tagging will always be sporadic and half-hearted.

I’d just like to see Blogger offer the ability to categorize my blog posts. I’m a loyal Blogger user, but com’on guys, time to deliver.

MapQuest Founder Enters Local Search Space

I was just think to myself that eWeek hadn’t really published a good search engine article since Matt Hicks left to join a PR firm. Then low and behold, Ryan Naraine pops-up with this interesting story on Local Matters, a 150-employee start-up that hopes to become the dominant player in the local search space.

Using partnerships with directory listings services around the world, the Local Matters platform combines nifty online mapping technology with a comparison-shopping engine for local businesses, even those without an online presence…By returning search results for small businesses that do not have Web sites, Evans argues that his company can outperform local search services from Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp., America Online Inc. and Amazon.com’s A9 engine.

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Google to Enter Classified Market?

Lot’s of evidence points to Google preparing a search engine for classified ads.

Need a Few Good Men (and Women)

We’re just a few days past the launch of Fortune Interactive and things are humming along nicely. We’ve eight full-time employees and have just taken on nine contractors…that’s a lot of mouths to feed.

Anyway, we’re not done hiring. We’re looking to fill a number of positions including Sales Executives. If you have experience in selling to Fortune/Internet 1000 size companies and are in the Raleigh area, I’d love to hear from you. andy.beal@gmail.com.

We’re also looking for Client Services Managers and SEM Technicians (especially those with PPC management experience).

Caveat: I know a lot of friends at WebSourced read this blog. Guys/Gals – you’re all fabulously talented but I’m not looking to “raid the kitchen” here. Out of complete respect for Mr. L, we can’t accept any of ya. Sorry.

Compile Your Own Search Index with Rollyo

Steve Rubel is liking Rollyo a new product that lets you compile your own search index.

Rollyo is a very smart idea. Any individual can set up a custom searchroll that searches within anywhere from one to 25 different sites.

Very cool if you’re interested in compiling your own index of topic-specific sites. Look for Google to steal the idea soon. ;-)

Speaking at eComXpo October 6-8

It took a lot of coffee to get my presentation completed in time for next week’s eComXpo. On one hand, the timing is great – what with the launch of Fortune Interactive. On the other hand, the timing sucks – what with the launch.

Anyway, I’m excited to be part of my first virtual trade show and I enjoyed preparing my session “Understand Your Future Audience Now – How Blogs Can Help You Refine Your Search Marketing Campaign”.

The event is sure to be a hit and a bargain at just $29.95. You don’t even have to change out of your Pooh-Bear pyjamas – I know I won’t be. ;-)

Blogging and Podcasting Not Yet Reaching the Masses

According to a new Reuters story, “blogging” and “podcasting” are not yet common vocabulary for most people.

A survey of British taxi drivers, pub landlords and hairdressers — often seen as barometers of popular trends — found that nearly 90 percent had no idea what a podcast is and more than 70 percent had never heard of blogging.

Should we be concerned? Depends on who your target audience is. For me, I’m not exactly trying to reach taxi drivers, pub landlords or hairdressers with my marketing.