Articles for March, 2010

No More “Fans” at Facebook

by Mark Hess

FanIn it’s ultimate wisdom, Facebook has decided to change it’s “become a Fan” feature. AP Technology writer Barbara Ortutay fills in the blanks:

Facebook to scrap “become a fan of” for “like”

By BARBARA ORTUTAY
AP Technology Writer  Mar 30, 3:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is about to change the way it asks its users to connect to brands and celebrities on the site. Rather than ask people to “become a fan” of say, Starbucks or Lady Gaga, Facebook will instead let users click that they like the subject.

Facebook already lets people show that they like comments or pictures posted on the site, (more…)

How Google Search Works, Briefly

by Mark Hess

Google video

cccccccccccccccccccccccHow does Google decide a websites ranking? Well there’s a little video they made to help explain it. It’s not very deep, but you do get the idea that quality links to a site are more important than links out or keywords, and quality is measured by how in depth and targeted the whole set of pages are on any given site. There are also little videos on how Google ads and apps work. It’s worth a few minutes.

More Than Just Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube

by Mark Hess

Trying to effectively use social media for promotion becomes harder as more and more companies compete for views. But what about the lesser know social sites out there. Jay Baer writes convincingly that to ignore them is to ignore opportunity. Do you agree with his thoughts?

Are You Taking Social Media Shortcuts?
March 9th, 2010 | Written By: Jay Baer

Are you treating social media like a checklist? (more…)

Report: Facebook Beats Google For Web’s Most-Visited Site

by Alec

Social media is bigger than finding information.

Ok, maybe that statement is ridiculous, but still, facebook beats google for most visited site on the web.

http://consumerist.com/2010/03/report-facebook-beats-google-for-webs-most-visited-site.html

Short History of Link Based Ranking Rationale

by Mark Hess
Building Links
Building Links by Mark Hess

For the best SEO you need lots of things, but links to your site from related sites are at the top of the list. Why? For a simple explanation, our friends at wilsonweb.com provide this entry:

Why You Need Links to Get High Rankings

Eric Enge , Stone Temple – Mar 16, 2010

You’ve heard that you need links to your site to get high rankings, but you may have wondered why. Just why are links to your site are important?

In this first in a series on linking, I’ll give you a brief history of search engines to explain how links fit in. The problem search engines have always faced is how to point users to the best, most relevant webpages in response to their queries.

1. Relevance Based on Human Judgments

The Yahoo Directory was one of the first practical tools for searching the web. It was and is a human- (more…)

SIZE of Social Media. A quick update.

by Alec

YouTube Revenue Approaching $1 Billion Per Year [REPORT]

Yes, it says REVENUE. Not some estimated value figure based on future potential. The website YouTube is bringing in almost one billion dollars every year.

Google bought YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars in 2006.

Read the Mashable article

Twitter Hits 10 Billion Tweets

Read more at Mashable

Sending Money Through Facebook!?

by Alec

The new facebook application “Buxter” allows users to send US dollars or euros to friends.

We send links, photos, updates, messages, and videos already… why not money?

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