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SEW Expert - Mark Jackson Mark
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Are You Giving Away Free SEO Advice?
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It can be frustrating for an SEO to go to the effort of crafting a customized proposal for a potential client, who then takes that proposal and implements it on their own. How can an SEO provider protect itself from bottom-feeders looking for free advice, while still preparing legitimate prospects for the necessary work that will go into the SEO effort?
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SEW Expert - Carrie Hill Carrie
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How SMBs Can Optimize their Social Networking Time, Part 2
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Small business owners have limited time to spend on social media, so where are the best places to focus? Participating in local and niche forums can help you become an authority on your industry.
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SEW Expert - Ron Jones Ron
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Twitter 101, Part 3
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You can't ignore Twitter's explosive growth, and the conversation is only going to get bigger. The more you know how to use this tool, the more effective you'll become.
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SEW Expert - Joshua Palau Joshua
Palau


The Search Bachelor
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We've all dated someone who, after a few dates, is already picking out baby names; they're in such a rush to get to the end game that they skip over asking the important questions that they really need answers for to know how to make relationships work. That happens a lot with agencies and clients, too.
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News from the Search Engine Watch Blog

Is Social Media The Key To Challenging Google?
Posted by Frank Watson Apr 15, 2009

ValleyWag reported that Facebook is now providing 19% of Google's search traffic, add in 3% or so from MySpace (that could get higher if implemented better) and the fact that Twitter is fast becoming a major traffic source for many websites and you can start to see the influence that ...
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StumbleUpon Buy Themselves Back From eBay
Posted by Frank Watson Apr 15, 2009

The founders of StumbleUpon and a group of investors have bought the company back from online auction giant eBay, ReadWriteWeb reported today. This should allow the social bookmarking company to come out from the shadows and regain some of its popularity. As Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb notes "Founders are where the ...
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11 Myths About Bloggers that Need to Be Busted
Posted by Nathania Johnson Apr 15, 2009

Stereotypes about bloggers have begun to formalize as blogging has taken its place in society. As usual, not all stereotypes are rooted in fact. It's time to address the following 11 myths before they are perpetuated any further. Bloggers live and work in their parents' basements. This one is used when ...
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Is Amazon Homophobic? Or Were Rankings Broke?
Posted by Frank Watson Apr 15, 2009

Seems Amazon has had some problems with books on gays and lesbians intheir sales rankings, according to the Huffington Post. People noticed sales rankings had dropped and search results were giving odd responses recently. A search for homosexuality was returning "A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality" over the weekend. The delisting ...
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Mass Exodus From Silicon Valley Reflecting Increase in Telecommunting?
Posted by Frank Watson Apr 15, 2009

Seems it is hard to come by U-Hauls in Silicon Valley these days. There has been a major exodus from the area, both due to a decrease in jobs and the increased employment of telecommunting. WebGuild reports that thousands of people are leaving the area and few are coming to replace ...
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Google Offers Developers Early Look at Android 1.5 SDK
Posted by Nathania Johnson Apr 15, 2009

Google is offering developers an early-look release at Android 1.5 SDK. Version 1.5 introduces APIs for features such as Soft keyboards Home screen widgets Live folders Speech recognition Additionally, the new version will allow the installment of Android SDK add-ons. The early look version has an add-on for the Google APIs that provides support ...
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NCAA Says Facebook Fan Groups Violate Recruiting Policies
Posted by Nathania Johnson Apr 15, 2009

The NCAA has said that Facebook groups set up by college students to woo high school student athletes violate their recruiting policies. It's against the rules for fans to recruit players, and the NCAA says these groups do just that. NC State sent a cease-and-desist letter to freshman Taylor Moseley to ...
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Search Engine Watch Forum Discussions

Question Marks and Query Strings Apr 14, 2009
Long ago, it was said that search engines didn't index URLs with querystrings in them. Then, it became clear that SEs did index URLs with querystrings. Then it was noted that SEs avoided URLs with session IDs in them, as these often get regenerated and a spider could get stuck in an ...
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Characters : ; in page title Apr 9, 2009
How does google treat characters in the title? Specifically I am talking about the following . . . ; and : Example Accessories: Travel, Apparel, Jewelry Obviously the thought behind this title would be to tie accessories to the following terms in a reader friendly way while saving spaces without having to say ...
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Canonical link use Apr 8, 2009
Hi, first of all thanks for your comments in advanced. My website use session ids so my question is where to add the canonical link and how. Main page - www.example.com/music Thousands of these pages: www.example.com/music;jsessionid=4G5C40SLIHSSYCWIAAOCFEYKZAAB0IWC? Where do I place the canonical link? Do I put it on the main page or do I ...
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Kevin Newcomb joined ClickZ in August 2004, covering search marketing and other online marketing topics. He has been reporting on web-based businesses since 2000.

Before the bubble burst, Kevin was a marketing manager for an online computer reseller, handling copywriting, e-mail marketing, search marketing and running the affiliate program.

With a combination of real-world marketing experience and years of business journalism, Kevin brings to ClickZ a unique ability to deliver news and training materials that help online marketers do their jobs better.