SEO by the Sea in 2006

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I would like to thank all of the visitors to SEO by the Sea in 2006, and all of the folks who helped make this the interesting year that it has been. I thought it might be fun to turn a little introspective here, and take a look back at some of the posts at SEO by the Sea from 2006.

I’ve created three lists – most views, most comments, and my favorites.

Most Views in 2006

Some of these posts were from 2005, but they proved to continue to be popular in 2006.

  1. Google Acquisitions
  2. Google’s most popular and least popular top level domains
  3. Yahoo Acqusitions since Overture
  4. 20 Ways Search Engines May Rerank Search Results
  5. Duplicate Content Issues and Search Engines
  6. Fighting Web Spam with Algorithms
  7. Early Yahoo! Acqusitions (the 1990s)
  8. Google Acquires Neven Vision: Adding Object and Facial Recognition Mobile Technology
  9. Flickr Interestingness Rankings Patents Released
  10. Innovating Product Reviews at Google

Most popular by comments made in 2006

I’m not sure that ranking pages by number of comments made is as much a reflection of a good post, or just one that inspired people to comment, but I did receive some very nice comments about the redesign of the site this year, and from news that I would be speaking in New York, and in San Jose.

  1. 20 Ways Search Engines May Rerank Search Results Oct 14, 06 (53)
  2. A new look for SEO by the Sea Nov 07, 06 (48)
  3. Local Search at Rest, and Local in Motion Nov 08, 06 (42)
  4. Early Yahoo! Acquisitions (the 1990s) Jan 03, 06 (21)
  5. Improving the Wikipedia results for Search Engine Optimization May 01, 06 (19)
  6. Belgian Copyright Ruling Against Google News Sep 25, 06 (18)
  7. Speaking at SES NY on Search Algorithms and Patents Feb 08, 06 (18)
  8. Flickr Interestingness Rankings Patents Released Oct 27, 06 (17)
  9. Attending Wordcamp 2006 and SES San Jose 2006 Aug 04, 06 (17)
  10. Google Local Search Patent Application on Ranking Businesses at a Location Dec 01, 06 (15)

Some of my favorites of the Year

This was a difficult list to put together, and I’m pretty sure that if I started over again, more than half of these posts would be replaced by others. I didn’t include any of the posts from the lists above, so that you could see some of the other posts I’ve made in 2006.

I had a lot of fun writing posts here this year, learned a lot while creating them, enjoyed the comments and responses to them by visitors, and look forward to writing more next year. In no particular order:

Feedback about SEO by the Sea is more than welcomed. Please let me know what you enjoyed, and didn’t. Thanks.

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13 thoughts on “SEO by the Sea in 2006”

  1. Great job this year Bill. Keep up the reporting on patents its invaluable.


  2. Thanks, Dave and Chris.

    I’m looking forward to 2007, and I’m hoping that we see one last set of patent applications for 2006 that let me start the new year strong.

    Best to you both for 2007.

  3. “and look forward to writing more next year”

    Bill – I definitely look forward to reading more of your posts next year! I really enjoy your site and your insight is amazing.

    Have a great 2007!


  4. Without a doubt, one of the best things about the past year for me was getting the chance to meet more folks in the industry. It was great getting to meet you in person, CK.

    2007 will be tremendous.

  5. One of my favorites, too. I had a chance there to bring together a lot of things that I posted about individually in other blog posts.

    I’m wishing that the new year will be good to you.


  6. Great year, Bill! It was great to meet and get to know you a bit this year.

    2007’s gonna be HUGE!!! 😛

  7. Bill,

    2006 has been a pleasure, and I have high hopes for the new year.

    By far, of the top visited and commented posts, my personal favorite would have to be: 20 Ways Search Engines May Rerank Search Results.

  8. I was just going to say something like Stephen 🙂
    I like “20 ways…”

    Bill, you had really great year of posts. Keep going with it.
    Information technology it’s the way how to get deep into SEO from another point of view.

    Best wishes.

  9. I agree, Kelvin.

    I’ve been reading through a few top blog post lists myself the last couple of days. It’s been a lot of fun.

    Looking through those, and writing up my own list has given me some ideas for some future posts, too. 🙂

  10. I’m loving everyone revealing their top blog posts of the year, as a relative new comer to the world of SEO its really interesting to see some of the great posts from earlier in the year!

    Plenty to read between now and the new year!

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