This week has been incredibly slow. It's the last week of the year and everyone is having holiday celebrations whereas us Search Engine Roundtable folk (Barry and I) have been working diligently to keep you informed of the latest in Search. In fact, if you missed it (and I really hope you didn't), I spent the entire weekend compiling the best Internet Marketing blog posts of 2007 which was an incredible undertaking. If you're bored this weekend and have been partied out, this is a gift you cannot miss.
But on another note, while I gave an incredible amount of time and energy into that post, you should be advised that it is really Barry who is a much more giving search blogger, so consider that when you vote for us for the Best Search Marketing blogs for 2007. I'll remind you again before this post wraps up.
Over the past few days, you might have noticed Google's logo building project to build a nice holiday greeting logo just in time for Christmas. Cool. And on that day, there was nothing really to talk about (besides a Gmail quota increase to 6GB and the fact that JohnMu was so bury working too) so Barry took all the holiday threads he could round up and shared them with us. :)
Google Reader Privacy Concerns
Google Reader has been under a close watch ever since you can share your Google Reader stories with your contacts without opting out. It's not a pleasant thing for some people who feel that their privacy is compromised. I'm just glad I'm still using Bloglines.
On a positive note, you can remove your phone number and address from Google Search Results, so hopefully Google will solve the privacy concerns related to the Reader side of things quickly.
Is your site now ranking #6?
Have you noticed a Google position #6 penalty? If so, you're not alone. That's a strange change indeed.
Take the Search Marketing Quiz
Did you take Matt McGee's search marketing quiz yet? Well, don't, because I want to win.
Search Facebook App
It's FREEZING cold outside, baby. And you can be notified of these climate changes by installing the Search Facebook application on your Facebook profile. It pulls feeds from Search Engine Roundtable and Search Engine Land and provides a "weather" update of how hot or cold the news is in search. You know you want it. And if you don't, well, at least you can join our Facebook services page and become a fan of Search Engine Roundtable -- for real.
We're in the running for the best Search Marketing Blogs for 2007. I personally am up for three awards (Best Social Media Optimization Blog, Best Conference Coverage in pictures, and Most Giving Blogger). Search Engine Roundtable is up for 5 other categories (Best SEO Blog, Best Search Engine Industry News, Best Overall Search Marketing Blog, Best Contextual Advertising Blog, and Best Search Conference Coverage). I say vote for Search Engine Roundtable for all of those, but Barry says that Search Engine Land deserves one of those votes. I'm not going to argue with the boss man. :) But in any event, vote for us and for me and for Barry and for anyone else you really love right over here. kthx!