Category Archives: Metablogging

Information about the SEO by the Sea Blog, blogging, and so on.

Researching Corporate Acquisitions

Since writing about Google acquisitions a few months ago, and Yahoo Acquisitions, I’ve received more than a couple of requests from people asking about some strategies and methods for researching corporate acquisitions online.

There are a lot of potential sources of information that you can look at, but a few that you might want to start with first.

1. Web-based searches for reference sites, news articles, blog posts.

It’s possible to find lists of acquisitions on reference sites, on blog posts by people whose companies have been acquired, and through news stories about purchases. Search for things like “Google Acquired” (with the quotation marks) or “Google acquisitions” (again, with the quotation marks). Make a list of all of the companies that you can find that way, and then conduct searches for those companies to see if you can find out more about the acquisitions.

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On a Hypertext Roadtrip

Came across a lot of interesting stopping points on my travels around the web over the last few days, some fun stories, and some thoughtful musings…

Favorite title, and analogy, Please Stop With Your Chinese Math, reminded me of all the meetings I’ve been in where I’ve inadvertently rolled my eyes at some statistics, and hoped that no one noticed.

Book on the Science of Google Rankings – Probably has too much math for my tastes, but I’m going to have to get a copy after reading their Deeper Inside Pagerank to see where they pick up the storyline. I hope they don’t kill off any of the main characters.

LEGO’s Incredible Marketing Strategy (yes, legos and marketing are a great match)

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25 links on Search and Design

Fun with graphs

This graph comparing Judas vs. Da Vinci is very interesting. I also enjoy the other graphs over at the data mining blog. This one uses data from blogpulse to see the reactions to the release of the National Geographic article on The Gospel of Judas compared to interest in The Da Vinci Code .

Interviews

The International Symbol for Man Tells All
Thoroughly enjoyed this Design Observer article, in which an icon is asked questions about what it’s like to stand for everyone.

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Joining Search Engine Watch as a correspondent on patents

I remember back in 1997 when a friend of mine sent me a link to a site started by Danny Sullivan, named Search Engine Watch.

We were just getting our hands and minds wrapped around promoting a site on the web, and learning as much as we could about how the web worked, and about how to run a business online. It was exciting to see Danny’s post at the Search Engine Watch Blog yesterday on My Decade Of Writing About Search Engines, and it brought back some memories of resources like his “A Webmaster’s Guide To Search Engines” that helped tremendously.

We had launched a site in 1996, and tried to learn and implement something new almost everyday. It’s ten years later, and I’m still excited about learning new things about the web, and marketing, and online promotion.

I’ve also tried to share some of what I’ve been learning as an administrator at Cre8asite Forums, and I discovered early on there that the conversations that evolve out of sharing ideas and information with others can be richly rewarding, and lead to friendships, career changes, and a deep satisfaction in finding something that you love to do.

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20 links on search and design

I compiled another quick list of links this week, but you might want to read them fast, because as Kid Mercury noted almost a week ago, On April 11, The Internet Gets Destroyed (No longer available)

OK, it might not be demolished, but it may just be broken in a number of places after Microsoft issues a new patch that treats some HTML tags involving embedded objects differently, instead of paying licensing fees for the technology.

Search Engines

Google Buys Search Algorithm Invented by Israeli Student
Ori Alon (or Allon), an Israeli student, who has been studying in at the University of New South Wales in Australia, appears to now be working in Google’s Mountain View offices. After a press release in September of last year, it appears that Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google were all seeking this software, which finds links to related resources, based upon text found on a page from a query on a specific subject.

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Around the web

Some sites and stories I’ve seen recently that I wanted to share.

I’m a big fan of RSS feeds, and think that they give many sites a chance to have a much larger readership than they would otherwise. How widespread has the use of syndication through RSS feeds grown? Ravenews takes a look at the use of RSS last year in RSS Year in Review. (via Dana VanDen Heuval)

Over the last few years, it’s become increasingly clear that Dr. Jakob Nielsen knows at least as much about marketing himself as he does about usability, if not more. I’m not sure that there are too many other people online who can attract as much attention with an article as he can, and he’s done a good job of doing so with his latest, Search Engines as Leeches on the Web.

I’m finding it difficult to agree with some of his opinions, and this is an opinion piece without any usability of scientific backing behind it, but I do agree that it isn’t a good idea to rely solely on search engines, and their paid and organic listings. Danny Sullivan has a very nice response to a number of the issues that Dr. Nielsen raises at: Search Engines As Leeches, The Difference Between Paid & Free Listings & Keyword Price Rises.

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Saw it on the web

I’ve been running into a number of interesting, amusing, fun, and entertaining articles lately, and wanted to share some of them.

I’m finding myself in agreement with Jeff Jarvis, when he makes the following statement about Tagging at BuzzMachine. Interesting thought for companies like Google that want to organize the world’s information.

The web is about connections and the value that arises from them if you enable people to collect and communicate. In the old, big, centralised, controlled world of media, a few people with a few tools – pencils, presses and Dewey decimals – thought they could organise the world and its content. But as it turns out, left to its own devices, the world is often better at organising itself.

Speaking of Tagging, Gene Smith has a very nice recap of The Year in Tagging.

Barry Welford’s post at BPWrap on the Internet and the Enigma Machine had me thinking for days, and strangely (maybe not so strangely) wanting to reread Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon.

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Honored and Surprised: SEO by the Sea was nominated for search blogs awards

Search Engine Journal is holding a vote for Search Engine Journal’s 2005 Search Blogs Awards.

I nominated a number of sites last night, but found it difficult because there are so many excellent search engine blogs. If you look at the blogroll to the right, you’ll see what I mean. I visit as many of those sites as I can via RSS, and another twenty or more that I haven’t added to the blog roll yet.

I have to confess that I was surprised this morning to see an email from Loren from Search Engine Journal telling me that this site had been nominated.

I would like to thank whomever nominated SEO by the Sea. It’s an honor to be included along with these others nominated as Best SEO Blog:

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