Internet Shakeup, Learning Local Search

No shortage of Internet-related news this week: one of the top 10 spammers was arrested, meaning inboxes can rejoice, YouTube will be offering up music videos by EMI artists, and…

Microsoft Jumps in the Ad Company Buyer’s Club

Things have been hot for online advertising companies. Google bought DoubleClick for $3.1 billion, followed by Yahoo’s $650 million purchase of Right Media. Now Microsoft jumps to prove they’re not…

Sage Insights 2007 Wrap-up

Tom Hall with Mike and Laurie Renner at Sage Insights 2007 Well, the 45 degree weather and drizzle was a striking welcome home as we returned road-weary from the Sage…

Off to Florida!

Well, our bags are packed, the signage and t-shirts are in, and Hall Web Services ambassadors Tom and I leave gorgeous Maine spring for humid Orlando for the Sage Software…

Befriending Bloggers

Though some on LiveJournal seem to think so, blogging is not a broadcast of the “me me me” channel — rather, it should be a dialogue where the lines between…

Finding Blogs in your Niche

In his book “On Writing,” Stephen King famously says that if “You don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write.” This…

Google and Yahoo Turf Wars Heat Up

Well, it’s no news that Yahoo, among others, is fighting for its life against the megalithic efforts of Google. The ink just dried on Google’s $3 billion buy of the…

Google Continues to Get Local with Voice-Based Service

Clickz News reports of Google’s new experimental service offering 411-type information by calling 1-800-GOOG-411. This service is free and intermittent at the moment, but shows Google’s growing effort to penetrate…

Back to the basics: Meta Tags

With so much forward momentum in the world of search, it’s not long before what was an essential practice yesterday becomes a penalty today. To further complicate things, search engine…