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Saad’s Hot Picks – Jan 7, 2009

Search Industry news

Trackbacks for Twitter – Dan Zarella has released a cool tool called tweetbacks which basically works like a blog’s trackback system. So if your post is mentioned in twitter by people, you can show it off in your blog. Installation of this tool is pretty simple – all you need is to copy and paste a one line code in your blog.

6 Social Search engines – Lee odden of TopRank Blog shared a nice list of social search engines which are starting their journey in 2009.

Project Jump Start 2009 – Dazzlin Donna along with David Harry started a wonderful initiative for developing small web entrepreneurs. Check out Project Jump Start 09.

Pagerank Indicator in WebMaster Tools – Barry Schwartz @ Search Engine Roundtable recently did a poll about people’s view on the pagerank indicator inside Google’s Webmaster tools. 56% of his readers have voted it as ‘useless’. Ouch!

Sitemaps Affect Crawling Rate – An interesting post by a Youmoz writer who gave out real statistics and detailed analysis of one of his website to prove that having a sitemap can get your pages indexed faster by Google and Yahoo. Rand Fishkin seems to agree with him and his post was promoted in the SEOMoz Blog.

Yahoo Advertisers Faces Nightmare – Loren Baker @ Search Engine Journal reported that Yahoo Search Marketing has rolled out a new TOS which gives it the right to change the search marketing campaigns of its advertisers via changing their ads and adding keywords.

Google Checkout Increases Conversion  – Google has recently added claims to its Google Checkout Merchant homepage that having Google Checkout as part of your AdWords ads will lead to higher conversions and a better click through rate. More info in Search Engine Land.

How To Ease Into In-House SEO Smoothly – Jessica Bowman did a nice write up on In-house SEO Training and listed 5 important things that one can follow to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Two New SEO Tools from Bruce Clay – Bruce Clay Inc. has just released two new SEO tools – Search Engine Optimization/KSP Tool & SEM Toolbar.

5 Link Building Tactics You Probably Don’t Use but Should – Ann Smary @ SEJ wrote a great article with insights of 5 ‘not-so-common’ link building tactics that are effective.

Save 15% on BlogWell Conference – You can easily save 15% on the BlogWell conference. Andy Beal will tell you how.

Verizon did a mobile search deal with Microsoft – After months of speculation Verizon and Microsoft has finally teamed up with a mobile search deal. Microsoft will now become the default search provider of the second largest U.S. mobile carrier – Verizon.

Tech Industry News

Salesforce.com outage hits thousands – Thousands of business users were left without access to their applications yesterday after Salesforce.com’s servers suffered a service disruption.

Windows 7 beta: First impressions – Windows 7 could be one of Microsoft’s greatest operating systems according to Cnet. Read the complete review of Windows 7 by Renai LeMay.

Motorola unveils phone made from recycled bottles – Motorola Inc unveiled a cell phone made of recycled water bottles on Tuesday, hoping to cash in on the trend for environmentally friendly products.

51 Things You Aren’t Allowed to See on Google Maps – Out of all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it’s due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a “Prohibited” sign on these 51 places.

Sun acquires cloud company Q-layer – Sun Microsystems announced Wednesday it has acquired Q-layer, a Belgium-based cloud-computing specialist

Cisco adds social networking to its forte – Cisco Systems is launching a new product to help companies harness the power of social networking and connect their brands to fans.

£1m web pizza weekends for Domino’s – According to Domino’s latest full year results, while like-for-like sales have grown 10 per cent year-on-year, its web sales have jumped by 74 per cent.

China Announces the World’s Largest Solar Plant – Recently China has announced its latest supermassive project: the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant.

Wibe7.tv: Visually Oriented Search for YouTube – Wibe7.tv allows you to perform YouTube searches and return results based on relevance, views, rating, or publish date. Get More details at Read Write Web.

Facebook Reaches 150 Million Users Worldwide – Facebook has announced that it has reached the 150 million user mark. Their members speak in 35 different languages and represent 170 countries and territories.


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