In an attempt to look relevant while remaining otherwise, David Pasternack wrote an article about the demise of SEO, based on faulty MarketingSherpa research. His article states self serving garbage like:
Unlike Paid Search, in which it's a requisite to continually monitor and optimize one's campaign in order to navigate through a dynamic auction-based environment, SEO is a job that is essentially a one-time task, not a continuing responsibility requiring the services of an outside firm.
Now this is promising. AND it should get more press. (Though why demean it with that Web 2.0 hype?)
"Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Barack Obama (D- Ill.) and the grassroots Internet campaign that unmasked Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) as the secret holders who had been preventing the consideration of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (S. 2590). The bipartisan legislation, signed into law by the president, requires the Office of Management and Budget to create a public website listing the individuals and groups receiving federal grants and contracts."
"Danielsen, who writes a blog called "The Voice of the Nation's Blind" for the National Federation of the Blind" ..."an organization that represents blind people, is suing Target Corp., saying that its Web site is inaccessible to blind Internet users."
PoundPrivacy.org is a new search privacy standard. The idea is pretty simple, if you include the phrase #privacy at the end of your search query, the search engine should not associate an IP or Cookie-identifying info with that query, nor should that query be included in public keyword suggestion tools. I think most of us here understand the privacy concerns (put your blackhat on and look at the leaked AOL search-data).
There is some confusion as to who exactly organizes the SEOroadshow. The short answer is "anyone willing to do it." Started by those who hope to sustain the incredible experience of pubconference 1, the roadshow is purposely kept informal and member-driven. But it does takes some groundwork (insert loud applause & cheers for those who've done the previous events) and someone has to commit to that. Also, there's the matter of the expense --not crushing, but still far more than pocketchange (more on that later).
Via Joseph Morin, Incisive Media, which bought Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies from JupiterMedia, recently sold out for $375 million to Apex Partners, a private equity investment firm.
PC Magazine recently came out with a list of the 25 worst websites, and topping the list MySpace.com. While the reviewers admit there may be something of a generational gap at play, they do come up with one of the best descriptions eva' of MySpace pages.