February 13, 2008

Hotdogs, Rubick's Cubes, Gene Simmons, Will Smith and Mike Grehan, What More Could You Ask For?

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup It's been a few months since I've done a post highlighting some really great posts that I've come across while traversing this wonderful spans of the internet.  Thanks to stumbleupon as well, I find myself stumbling across even more great things.  So tonight I present a mishmash of videos, articles and blog posts for your enjoyment and even education.

Now, I have to share with you totally odd, funny or just plain out wierd sites and videos... come on now you didn't think I'd make you have to read all "Work" related sites did you? :)

January 10, 2008

Best Blogs of 2007 You're Not Reading | Quiet Blogs That Make Big Noise

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup Here at Search Marketing Gurus we have no fancy badges, nor polling going on, and no contests.  But what we do have is a huge boat load of admiration and respect for professionals in this industry and its fringes and the work they do.  I wanted to take some time out today to recognize some really great colleagues in this industry who have great blogs that just seem to be missed time & time again for recognition of the hard work and contributions they give.

There's a lot of great writing and information being shared out there, beyond the blogs that are constantly referred to, and linked to.  These folks are doing great things, sharing great insights and I'd like to give them a round of applause for their efforts and contributions, and I'd like to share the links to their blogs with all of you.

I can't take credit for every one listed here, I asked a few of my colleagues and some of the crew from SMG to pitch in with their "hidden treasures", but all of them are now in my reader, the few that I didn't have.

Continue reading "Best Blogs of 2007 You're Not Reading | Quiet Blogs That Make Big Noise" »

September 22, 2007

Web Analytics 2.0, Clean Scores, Monkeys Automating SEO, Human Donkey Kong and Much More!

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup I haven't done a link round up in a while, mostly because during the past few months, I wasn't enjoying search that much or reading as much as I use to.  *gasp*  Yes, it was true, my prior day job had me really not liking what I was doing anymore and I was avoiding my Google Reader like the plague.  But working for people who love search, are passionate about it, understand it and don't want to just use it as stop gap measure to later manipulate it into some commodity that should be sold to the highest bidder, makes a world of difference! :)

So, I've been gathering some links all week, that I wanted to share with the SMG audience.

  • Think_different_web_analytics_20jim Avinash has a great video out on his blog, not only that, he's got an awesome post to go along with it.  In both the video and the post Avinash talks about introducing the concept of Web Analytics 2.0

    No that isn't exactly saying analytics on web 2.0 technologies, it's more of a concept of how web analytics is evolving.  He also talks about his book, which by the way is another great read.  If you don't have it, go out and get it, Avinash even donates the proceeds he makes to charity when you buy the book through his site.  (and yes, that's Jim Sterne in the image, I loved it and wanted to share with this link info)
  • Speaking of videos, my buddy Mike Grehan was interviewed by Ralph Wilson of Web Marketing today.  Mike put the video interview up on his site, so you can watch it from Mike's post.  Ralph emailed me right after SES with a slew of videos including some really funny ones asking SES attendees some really funny questions, unfortunately until now I didn't have the opportunity to really share them.  Ralph's got a Web Marketing Today channel out on you tube, that is easy to subscribe too.  He's got interviews with Catherine Seda, Andrew Goodman, and John Marshall just to name a few, so go out and check them out.
  • Not great with Photoshop?  Is attempting to draw stick figures is a major catasrophe?  Oils & Acrylics just not your thing?  So you think making your own logo is out of the question?  Not anymore! Sean P. Aune over at Mashable has put together a list of 20 sites that can help you create logos, avatar and even fav icons.
  • Alright I might be just a little biased, but two great articles I want to share, one from my co-worker, and one from my boss.  Bill Slawski's got a neat article on his SEO By The SEA blog entitled "20 More Ways the Search Engines May ReRank Search Results".  Christine Churchill's asking on Search Engine Land's Small is Beautiful Column, is it "Time for a Site Redesign".  Both articles are very thought provoking and well worth the read.
  • Business2_magazine_front My favorite magazine, the one that I actually bought, you know a real magazine (glossy pages and all), printed it's last monthly run.  Business 2.0 has folded up.  There's been a lot said about why, but I think Mark Glaser of Media Shift says it best in his post "Business 2.0 Closed Due to Corporate Neglect, Ad Woes". This magazine put out some really great stuff, it's why I was a subscriber, and when I wasn't I'd buy the magazine on the new stands.  Luckily the staff still have jobs, most are being moved into Fortune's staff.  However, one person isn't.  Erick Schonfield is taking a position at Tech Crunch as its co-editor with Michael Arrington. Rest in Peace, Business 2.0, you'll be missed!
  • Along with Loren asking if SEO can be automated, both Lisa Barone with "You Can't Automate Search Engine Optimization" and David Wallace with "SEO So Easy a Monkey Can Do It, or Can They?" have chimed in with excellent articles.  I'm with both Lisa and David's frame of mind when it comes to this subject.  Despite what's been said in the comments on Loren's post about what was meant by the page Loren quoted, the idea and pursuit of automating SEO is in part the major reason for leaving my last position.
  • Clean_cores_logo This one if for those germ-a-phobes, neat freaks and white glove wearers out there.  CleanScores, is the site for you.  CleanScores rates restaurants on their cleanliness.  It bases it's score card on the inspections each restaurant gets from the government 2-3 times a year.  The goal of CleanScores is to help decrease illness caused by food.  Currently though, it's only available in San Francisco.  I'm sure hoping it comes to Philly soon, maybe the Bill and the crew at PhillyFoodGuys could hook up with them?!
  • Human Donkey Kong GameAnd last, but by no means certainly least - see I leave the really funny stuff for last.  If you think Johnny Knoxville has it all going on with Jackass, think again!  Jesus Diaz, over at Gizmodo found a treat for us, a real life, Donkey Kong game. No, I'm serious, really I am, they even made the dude dress up like Mario.  And yes, I laughed when the guy got hit on the head with a barrel or two.  Go on, you know you wanna watch, it's just like a "train wreck" that you can't help but watch happen.

So that's it on the links folks, at least for this time around!  If you didn't know, I share links from my Google reader with the SMG audience, and also have a OPML list available of the blogs I do read (yes, I am reading them again!), so check them out on occasion if you are interested in what's going on not only in search, but in the tech world too.

April 20, 2007

Can You Afford Ponch, Search Engine Crabs or Hitwise?

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup It's one of those days where everyone seems to have a lot more to say than I do, and also has a lot better articles and posts than me, so I'm going to let their articles speak for themselves.

  • Let's take a walk on over to Matt McGee who's pointing out that it's National Look Alike DayIn honor of that day, Matt put together a pretty funny comparison of some Search Professionals and their celebrity look-a-likes.  All I have to say is thank goodness it wasn't D.B. who I looked like, and I still want the Antonio Banderas look-a-like for a hubby!
  • Speaking of celebrities, it seems there was quite a bit of news on that front.  "Ponch" got his star on the Hollywood walk of fame, and btw he's now a real cop too.  If I have to explain who Ponch is, I'll just cry, but before I do, I bet Ireland Baldwin wasn't smiling when she got a tirade phone message from her father Alec Baldwin a week ago.  The 30 Rock star went ballistic on his daughter for missing his call.  Apparently that's not the end of the issue either, the notoriously bitter custody feud for Ireland between Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin is now being played out on TMZ.com.  Grab your popcorn and pull up a seat, there's plenty of pictures and video!
  • Now onto stars of another sort!  Loren Baker has a great analysis of Digg vs. De.licio.us in the realm of popularity and subscriber base.  In the end, it's all about who gets the face time, and Googleanswerswho's the "internet rockstar" - that'd be Kevin Rose, if you didn't know.
  • Barry put together yet another great collection of picture of life at the search engines.  Just remember "there are some questions that can't be answered by Google" (I think maybe that might be Answers.com or even Yahoo *Answers* that does).  Yes, that was the daily does of snark for the day! :)
  • Kim Krause Berg asks where are "The Women in Tech and Women in Search".  She makes several great points, and also points out something Shari Thurow states "So maybe the SEM field as a whole is well represented for gender. But SEO? I don’t think so. We need more women with technical skills."  As a former programmer and database programmer turned SEO, I couldn't agree with that sentiment more.  Finding the women that love the "technical" end of this industry is definitely a tall order.
  • Joe Dolson points out how embarrassing it can be to mispronounce someone's name.  Add on top of all of that language choices and cultural difference, it can really make for a tall order to get the pronunciation of someone's name who's got an odd spelling correct.  Yes, I know this from 1st hand experience. Liana is tough a tough name, do you know how it was in elementary school on the first day each year in each grade?  I should have recorded, no my name is not "Lie-Een-Ah", now you all know why I go by "Li" (and that's Lee not Lie). :)
  • Remember that "speculation that Hitwise was for sale" near the end of last year?  Speculation no longer - Experian bought Hitwise for $260 million.
  • Muhammad Saleem points out how SEO's are Part of the Problem, when it comes to Social Media, pointing out the recent promotion of the Steven Colbert "Greatest Living American" bomb going on.
  • Kid Disco has a great find - a cartoon of the Search Engines as Crabs.  No, really, it's funny!
  • Jessica Bowman explains Why You Can't Afford Michael Jordan, but she might be able to help you find your in-house SEO Leader.
  • Lastly, there'll be a poll coming on Search Marketing Gurus (I did warn you Cameron).  Although for the fairer of the sexes mostly, I want to know who you all think is the sexiest/cutest SMO. I'm partial to this guy, but then there's this guy too, and this guy who's as cute as Malcom, of course there's a pretty princess too!

And that's it for this link round-up!

March 08, 2007

International Women will Ask for Directions but will Yahoo! hold the Answers?

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup_5 It has been a while since I did a Search Marketing Gurus Link Roundup, and from the crazy title, that's what I've got for you tonight.  I've been saving posts in my bloglines, but I just haven't had the time to put these all together.  So tonight I've made it a point to sit and share the great posts I've been reading and highlighting, waiting for a night to include them in a link roundup.

And that's all I got for the evening! Enjoy!

January 29, 2007

Roxanne There's A Bump(ing)Zee Party In The Works, You Just Gotta Search For Your SuperBowl Tickets!

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup_6 It seems that my Monday evenings are usually spent catching up on my every increasing RSS subscriptions.  So tonight I've got a lengthy list of links in the SMG Link Roundup.  From Supebowl tickets and AFC trophies to 15 minutes of fame that is way too long for all of America, I've got a nice list of links for you all to check out.

January 22, 2007

Do You Know if Your Audience Likes Klogs, Godfathers, Digg or Oneboxes?

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup_4 Yes, another crazy title, but when I do a link round up, it usually about a lot of different things!  Check out what I'd like to share with you all tonight.

January 14, 2007

iPhones and Bubble Baths and Burning Man - Oh My!

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup_3 A lot of news happened this week, especially in light of the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas and MacWorld in San Francisco. In light of my past few days of watching both a "nearly" four year old (as my nephew likes to say) and a 8 month old (my niece has yet to comment on this), it's left me sparse on the time to write (apologies to the audience for that!), so here's a SMG link round up of some goodies I'd like to share.

Hope that keeps you busy reading while I get caught up on some writing, now that the Eagles lost (*insert little sad sigh sound here*), my Sundays are free.

December 29, 2006

Zeitgeist Data, Frog Princes, Free Laptops, & The End of Social Media?

By Li Evans

Smglinkroundup_2 There's been a lot brewing in the Internet Marketing world the past few days, so much that I throw up my hands and wonder what to really look at and analyze.  While I sit and ponder what in-depth knowledge to relate back about some of these subjects, I'll give you a link round up to read up.

Whew... that's a lot of news and a lot of links!  Enjoy!

December 20, 2006

All I Want For Christmas Is a Toad Stomping Elf?

By Li Evans

Heatmeiser_1 Yeah, odd title but I thought it might catch you by surprise!   Tonight I bring you a link round up because so many people are bring the internet lots of neat things, and well I got sucked into watching one of my all time favorite Christmas Shows "A Year Without Santa Clause"  and I mean THIS one, not THAT one. I love Heat Miser, that little stop animation puppet cracks me up with his light up hair and little tiny misers dancing around.  Anyway, thanks for humoring me, maybe one day I'll share with you exactly why I love Heat Miser - but that has to be a story over a few Blue Moons or a few Yuengling Lagers at Pubcon or SES. :)

So what about those wish lists, toad stompers and elves?  That's what I bring you tonight, and much more, in the link round up.


And now that my sarcasm, whit and whimsy is depleted for the evening, I leave you with one last parting thought.  Is it only in San Francisco where you find Mentally Deranged Seals, or is this a phenomena that's sweeping the nation?  Maybe that's why we here in Philly must endure another run up those Art Museum steps?

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