SMW West 2008 – Fast Debrief

It's the morning after SMX, and here are some impressions I had from the show; It was well attended and had a strong exhibitor presence. My guess is that it was a strong commercial success, The content was well structured and there were a lot of quality speakers. It seemed to me that there was a solid stable of the people who have been speaking at these events for many years, as well as a strong … [Read more...]

Microsoft Blocking Ads Targeted at Hispanics?

I received an interesting tip from the folks at, a Latin dating site. According to this post on their site Microsoft AdCenter won't accept Spanish ads or ads that go to pages with Spanish on them. To clarify this a bit further, the issue appears to be with running these types of campaigns in the US itself. Here is the gist of Microsoft's communication with the site owners: The reason … [Read more...]

Latest Interview: Avinash Kaushik

Avinash Kaushik and I sat down recently to discuss key blogging tips. This is my third discussion and interview with Avinash. Last year we did a Podcast about competitive intelligence tools, and after that we had a detailed discussion about web analytics. Avinash is one of the brightest people in our industry, and is very enjoyable to talk to, as each conversation provides a wealth of valuable information. … [Read more...]

Videos in Blended Search

This post is a follow-up to last weeks post on Images in Blended Search. Today, however, we will focus on videos in blended search. As with last week's analysis, we will look at 10 different search terms to see how each of the four largest search engines behave in response to those queries. Here is the raw data: Yahoo tom brady video shows 2 of them, as 1st and 3rd result, both from … [Read more...]

Images In Blended Search

This post is going to take a look at how far the top 4 search engines have gone with integrating images into their blended search results. I've put it together as part of my background research for my presentation at SMX West on the panel on images and blended search. What I did was take 10 different search terms and tried them out. One of the search terms ended with the word "pics", four ended with … [Read more...]