Winter by the Seaside

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It’s chilly on the Atlantic seaboard, with the days getting shorter and nights getting colder. I love the change of seasons, but hate that it gets dark so early. I’m looking forward to December 22, when the days start getting longer again.

I have some news, and some links to things that I liked to share this morning.

First of all, I would like to thank the many people who visit SEO by the Sea, and take the time to leave their thoughtful comments and questions. It’s a real pleasure to hear from you all.

Please look out for the Winter 08/09 edition of Search Marketing Standard, where I had the honor of being interviewed about topics such as search patents, future features that might be released from the search engines, and new ranking signals that search engines may be using as uncovered from search engines. The online version of the interview isn’t available yet, but the print edition arrived at my mailbox last week.

SEObook just published The Non-profit’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization, and it’s filled with some great suggestions, and approaches that nonprofits can take to market their organization.

One of our sponsors, Lobolinks, is offering a special discount through SEO by the Sea. If you use the coupon code “seobythesea” with your submission, you can save 33% on the cost of a listing. The offer is good for the first 500 people to use the code.

I really like the idea behind the Change the Web 2009 Challenge, where Social Actions is launching a competition to “build the best web applications that embed opportunities to take action on the websites, blogs, and social networks that we already visit online.”

If you use Mybloglog, and want a peek behind some of the technology that they use, a couple of patent filings came out last week on how two of the features they offer work:

Another patent filing that I can’t help but pass along is one aimed at helping preserve rainforests:

I’m not sure that the ideas behind the patent filing are all that new or unique, but I hope to see the invention described in the patent application in use. Giving people a chance to directly participate in preserving rainforests sounds like a great idea.

Thanks, and have a great winter.


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8 thoughts on “Winter by the Seaside”

  1. I live on the Atlantic coast and it’s windy and cold here, especially yesterday! I love SEO related blogs because there is always a useful tidbit here and there for me to implement. I suspect webmasters will have to be more and more resourceful when it comes to getting rankings in the se’s.

    TomG. – The Blog Flipping Fool 🙂

  2. Hi Sphinn Japan Admin,

    I’ve sent an email to the publisher, asking if he could provide me with a date. I’ll post it here if and when I get a response.

    Hi TomG.

    Chilly days, indeed. 🙂

    Building a search engine friendly site is only half the battle. Writing something that interests people, or that they find useful is what really makes a difference….

  3. Hi Sphinn Japan Admin,

    I checked with the editor of Search Marketing Standard, and unfortunately, he told me that articles from the print publication of the magazine aren’t usually published online. I was hoping to see it there. Thanks for asking, though.

  4. Hi Bill. Thanks for the thank you’s. 🙂

    It’s interesting how absorbed we can become by the powerful influences in the social change and environment limelight around us isn’t it? It begins as a subtle concern/interest, then begins to feel so important that we redirect, and change ourselves, then our lives.

    The next stage is the one where we begin to ask ourselves what it is we can contribute to these efforts with the skills we have at our disposal. SEO can certainly be a huge contribution to our environment.

    I’m glad to see that you are becoming so involved in this mode. It’s territory that many SEOs are either unconcerned with or just do not see as potential for betterment.

    Since I shifted into enviro and social change media myself, it has transformed my life and those around me. It’s the narrow road, as Stephen Pitts had mentioned in a previous post comment, but one that leads to much fulfillment.

    Have a nice winter Bill. 🙂


  5. Hi Kimberly,

    Thank you for your influence in getting me to think about how I can begin to make a difference, and for being such an important part of my life.

    Taking action to effect social change and to improve the environment can make this world we live in a better place for everyone. It is a narrow road, but an important one to set out upon.

  6. You’re welcome.

    I wish that I could have pointed you to a version of the interview online. I hope that you enjoy the interview, and the issue. If you have any questions about anything in the interview, please let me know. Thanks.

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