Hey guys, how is everyone? I hope you all had a great three-day weekend (those
of us lucky enough to). While we have been gone, it's obvious you guys spent a
great deal of time here, judging by the "New Posts Since Your Last Visit"
link, which was pretty full when I got here this morning. That's really great
Hopefully, today's update will provide you all with the necessary content to keep
up such quality forum attendance and participation. Much like Friday's issue,
the search engine-related forums received the bulk of the traffic this weekend,
so a lot of today's update comes from these sections.
However, we do have an interesting article from Jason that looks at a new method
of advertising for the mobile phone industry, an area many consider to be the
next frontier for marketing. The advertising method being introduced by Virgin
Mobile US is tied to their minutes renewal program.
To participate, customers watch advertisements and then take tests on what they've
just watched. Those willing to go through this process will be awarded additional
minutes to use. Is this something you could see yourself taking part in? Or would
you opt for the traditional method of charging minutes to a credit card? Let us
know what you think.
Well, I think this is a good stopping point. Enjoy the issue and let us know if
you have any questions or comments. Take care,
Getting Really Fed Up with Waiting...
It takes so long for the search engines that matter to re-index and recognise any changes in your sites. MSN is about the quickest and Google... well, if you're prepared to wait, you're looking at several months before your ranking gets changed or you see any major changes in how it views your site.
I've got inbound links from recognised and higher PR sites. I have Google sitemaps. My sites are accessbile, relevant and follow useability guidelines...
Is this lag a ploy to make you spend more on PPC?
If, like me, you have relevant sites but not a lot of traffic, is there a way
to speed this process up? Read
Hey guys, please review my site. Thanks.
I've assumed, based on "Google's Quality Guidelines" that hidden content is not acceptable when attempting to obtain good rankings in Google or other engines.
However, I've been monitoring some competitor's sites and found several using this method on their main index pages to obtain good rankings.
In one case there's a splash page with a language redirect and the other two are
flash splash pages with redirects. In all 3 cases there are keywords hidden in
the index page off to the bottom and colored to match the page background. The
catch is they have no qualms about using their competitor's names in this hidden
text and as a result they get a top 10 listing for someone searching the competitor's
One of the 3 of these had (more about that later) links to their content within
the hidden content. Read
a 301 Redirect Cause an Infinite Loop?
Earlier I asked the same
question about 301 redirection to one of my seniors in our office, and following
was his reply:
"The default page is index.php so if you type site name with or without index.php it will going to call index.php itself. The solution of redirection won't work because it will get a infinte loop of page calling and the page won't load."
Will it get in an infinite loop of page calling? Neither I understood it nor agreed
with him. So I had to post this dilemma here. Read
Ad Model Uses Attention As Currency
Virgin Mobile USA is breaking new ground in mobile advertising by announcing its plan to offer customers a way to earn free talk time on their phones by watching ads - and taking tests afterward. SugarMama, as the program is called, will debut on June 14.
Pre-paid customers, when running low on minutes, will be able to boost their time by up to 75 minutes, earning one minute of talk time per 30-second commercial message viewed. The customers then fill out a survey about the product advertised.
Microsoft's Xbox 360, PepsiCo's Diet Mountain Dew, and American Legacy Foundation's
anti-smoking "Truth" campaign are tapped to be the first sponsors participating
in the program. Customers will also have the option of receiving SMS advertising
with promotions and discounts. Read
AdWords Discussion Forum
PPC Software Decision
We're looking into a PPC Software to help us manage our list of approximately
100 keywords. (in the future maybe more). The reason for this is ... bids change
and we want to be able to secure 1st Page position on Google Adwords even when
we sleep. :-)
I am looking into these companies:
Bid Hero (ClickTracks)
Atlas One Point
All 4 have very different prices and we're a bit confused at which one to use.
I hope I can get some feedback here. Which one have you used??? Read
“Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.”
- George Carlin
What or where do you recommend for going to find unique header graphics?
I really don't want to use templates as I like to make my own and I want something unique.