SEO Contest News

SEO contests are far from perfect, but some recent ones do test a fair amount of your skills and offer some truly great prizes and perhaps more importantly the attention of heavyweights in the industry. Two new contests were announced this week to join Andy Beal’s Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship contest which started a few weeks ago.
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At Digg, The Inmates Now Run The Asylum

During my routine travels through the blogoshphere yesterday I happened upon a post at Pronet by Muhammad, The Reason Why Digg Removed That Story, and after a read and saving the link for Friday’s This Week In SEO post, I promptly moved on to the next blog awaiting me. It wasn’t until this morning that I realized the revolt that was going on over at Digg about the story in question. Shows what I know huh?
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Privacy Concerns With Google

On Friday I mentioned that privacy advocates are becoming even more concerned with how much information Google knows and will know about us. Two recent events are causing the uproar. First is Google’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick, which would come with a large amounts of user data the ad company has collected over the years. Second is the slightly more recent expansion of search history to web history within Google’s personalized search. Both will give Google more information about our surfing and searching habits than any company has ever had.
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Text vs Graphics In Design

Yuri posted an interesting article last week on using text over graphics on your website. Yuri links to a wide variety of sources including eye-tracking studies to support the case that you should stick to text and avoid graphics for the most part. While I do believe you should lean toward text where you can, I think the what’s most important is to maintain a certain balance between plain text and other visual elements on the page.
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This Week In SEO – 4/27/07

Maybe it was the disheartening sweep of the Yankees at Fenway last weekend after a promising few innings (say it ain’t so Joe, say it ain’t so) or what is now a 6 game losing streak that caused a slow week of posts here at TheVanBlog, but it was hardly a slow week for the rest of the blogosphere when it came to search engine news. I’ve got plenty of links as always and as usual we’ll start things off with social media.
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