Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship Contest: Spring 2007

About a month ago I mentioned the second Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship was on it’s way. Earlier today Andy Beal made the announcement that it’s begun. You can start submitting articles now and have until 9:00 EST on April 6th to get one in. The prizes have increased from the last time and the prize package for this second contest is valued at $10,000

For the complete rules visit SEM Scholarship: New Contest Spring 2007
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Google Gets A Facelift: Themes For Your Homepage

Say good bye to the plain old search box on a white background. If you want to say good bye that is. Google added custom themes to your personal home page today. You’re still welcome to keep the old standard, but I’ve already got a new theme.
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How Might Google Rank Your Blog?

Bill Slawski found a new patent on ranking blog documents that should be of interest to anyone with a blog. As you would expect Bill has given his usual overview of the patent, explaining things and making simple for the rest of us. Bill was also nice enough to highlight some of the main factors that might affect blog ranking in this Cre8asite thread.
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This Week In SEO – 3/16/07

It’s Friday and that means another installment of “This Week In SEO.” Some of you may know why I specifically chose “This Week In SEO” as a name for these link posts, but I’m guessing most of you may not. The title fits naturally enough as the links are all from the week since the last post and with a few exceptions here and there will all be about something SEO related. But there’s a little more to it. I’m a very big baseball fan and grew up watching the Mel Allen show weekend mornings called “This Week In Baseball.” The reference to the show was an obvious choice for me. And now on to the links and the articles from this week in seo.
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Google Takes Steps To Protect Privacy

Yesterday Google took a step in the right direction when it comes to protecting our privacy. Expected to be implemented before the end of the year Google will begin anonymizing the search data it collects so it can no longer be identified with any individual user, after 18-24 months. This is a good step, but does it go far enough?
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