Marketing Pilgrim Announces SEM Finalists

By now you know I’m a fan of the SEM Scholarship contests Andy Beal runs over at Marketing Pilgrim. Given all the posts I’ve written like this one on the results fo the first contest or this one about seo contests in general I thought I’d be remiss if I didn’t let you know that the finalists have been announced for the spring contest.
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An Update On Paid Links

Over the weekend Matt Cutts updated his now infamous post on reporting paid links with a Q&A session. The update was designed to shed more light on what links to report as well as alleviate some of the concerns webmasters might have. While most of Matt’s answers do shed some light and alleviate fears I think the answer to the most important question was missing.
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3 Tips To Improve Your Blog

Not being a magazine reader, Matt felt bad that he wasn’t able to participate in the last blog meme on reading magazines. He decided instead to start a new meme offering 3 tips for bloggers And lo and behold I get to be the first person tagged. I like Matt’s idea of making the meme helpful so without further ado here are my 3 blogging tips.
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This Week In SEO – 5/11/07

Ever have one of those weeks? Do I really need to ask? This week had that feeling for me. The main project I was working on had a few delays and a few other small projects forced their way into the mix. I started looking forward to Friday as early as Tuesday. It got here though, didn’t it? Somehow I managed to collect the usual assortment of links for what I hope is your reading pleasure.
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Are You Drinking The Google Kool Aid?

Tamar linked to an interesting WebmasterWorld thread, Todays Webmaster & Their Relationship with Google, this week. The original poster makes some good points about how we’ve fallen under Google’s spell, spend too much of our energy focused on Google, think that Google’s guidelines are what define ethical seo, and give Google access to more data than we should. I agree, though not completely with most of the points and think they make for an interesting discussion.
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