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Roundup Thursday for the Week of 8/31/08

SEO digest

Stories, news, and other notable items from the past week:

Three star links:

  • Back to Blogging is a new project that will run from September 8th through October 10. Its goal is to provide blogging tips to help people learn how to design a better blog, create content, and promote and monetize their blog.
  • Who knew that MC Hammer loves web analytics? First Tonya Harding gets fat and becomes a boxer, then Screech from Saved By the Bell turns into a royal turd and puts out amateur porn videos, and now MC Hammer's touting the benefits of web analytics. What's next, Vanilla Ice comes up with a practical renewable energy source plan?
  • Going out of town and need a guest blogger? Try out, a new service that helps you either become a guest blogger or find one for your blog.
  • Julie Magro came up with 14 cute suggestions on what to do with your old Yellow Pages. I'm a fan of the Yellow Pages car, though I don't think it would hold up well in soggy Seattle.
  • Slightly Shady SEO teaches us how to hide the inner shadiness of our blackhat sites. He has some really interesting strategies, and even if you're a pure whitehat, his tips are a good learning experience.
  • Rae Hoffman wonders why Twitter decided to nofollow links in the "bio" section of user profiles. She wonders if Google is subtly threatening high-profile companies like Twitter into complying with with their rules, else these companies get dropped from Google's indexed or heavily penalized.
  • Speaking of Twitter, Phil Baumann shares some tips on how not to Twitter your professional license to death. It's pretty embarrassing if someone compromises his professional license or reputation by acting like a jackass on social media sites, but hey, we all know it happens from time to time. Ah, the "anonymous" allure of the Internet...
  • Seth Godin dispels the myth of launch PR. It's a nice reminder that you don't necessarily have to launch your company or product with tons of media exposure and PR in order to be successful.
  • Want to know what's likely to kill you? Well, here's a nifty chart! Hmm, no "crushed to death by vending machine"? Now that would be a hell of a way to go...
  • Target shelled out $6 million to the National Federation of the Blind for having a search-unfriendly website for vision-impaired users. If this isn't a cautionary tale to ensure that your website is usable for users, both able-bodied and handicapped/impaired, then I don't know what is.
  • Sweet, apparently a wandering mind can do important work. More daydreaming, everyone! We've got important work to do!

Four star links:

Five star links:

  • OnionMap is the "global people map," and it's pretty damn cool. It provides 3-D map imagery for a city and also details other facts such as the city's area code, population, form of currency, language, mayor, and more.

YOUmoz entries:

Best of YOUmoz:

New events added to the Events Calendar:

No new events added.

Upcoming events:

  • Internet Marketing Conference September 11-12 at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Melbourne SEO Meetup September 13 at The Palms Food Court in Mt. Waverley/Syndal, Australia
  • Webdagene September 18-19 in Norway
  • Social Networking Conference at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington and Conference Center September 22-23 in London, UK
  • PPC Summit September 25-26 in Los Angeles, CA
  • SMX East October 6-8 in New York, NY. SEOmoz members get a 20% discount if they use discount code SEOmoz@SMX while registering. This discount can be applied to all access passes (full and one day) only. Early bird registration expires Monday, September 8, so if you're thinking of attending then you should sign up soon!

New additions to the SEOmoz Marketplace:

Featured job postings:

Featured companies:

United States/North America:


Featured resumes:

Happily employed:

  • Nicholas Gadacz in San Francisco, CA, is an SEM architect for CNET and dreams of becoming a director of SEM and building a search marketing department from the ground up.
  • Aji Isaac is the head of the web marketing department for Digital Avenues.

published @ September 5, 2008

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