Archive for February, 2008

Are Yahoo and Yelp Dating?

Filed in Local Search, Yahoo by Matt McGee on February 27, 2008
Are Yahoo and Yelp Dating?

There’s a lot of buzz here at SMX West about the new “Open Search” idea that Yahoo introduced yesterday. The reaction is generally very positive, and the official announcement on Yahoo’s search blog has also generated a lot of discussion and, no doubt, a lot of traffic. That announcement uses a restaurant listing from Yelp.com […]

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SBS Flashback: February 2007

Filed in Miscellaneous by Matt McGee on February 21, 2008 1 Comment
SBS Flashback: February 2007

For those of you who are new SBS readers & subscribers, here’s a list of noteworthy posts you probably missed from one year ago. I try to put together a post like this each month. You can scroll to the end to see previous Flashbacks. Here come the links…. The Value of Ranking #1 in […]

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Flickr No-Follows (Some) Outbound Links

Filed in Link Building, Social Media by Matt McGee on February 21, 2008
Flickr No-Follows (Some) Outbound Links

I suppose this was inevitable: Flickr has finally put the no-follow tag on some of the outbound links that users can place on the photo-sharing service. Here’s a look at the most recent photo on my personal photo stream, which includes a link to my personal blog, where I wrote about the photo in more […]

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Search Online, Buy Offline Has a Long Way To Go

Filed in Local Search by Matt McGee on February 20, 2008 8 Comments
Search Online, Buy Offline Has a Long Way To Go

Local search industry watchers have been saying for a while now that local search is primarily a search online, buy offline model. We look online for the right product, and then go buy it at a local store. I believe that to be a mostly accurate statement, although there are obvious exceptions. (I don’t go […]

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Latest SEL Column: A Small Biz Valentine

Filed in Miscellaneous by Matt McGee on February 14, 2008 0 Comments
Latest SEL Column: A Small Biz Valentine

I was quite happy a few weeks ago when I looked at the Search Engine Land columnists’ calendar and saw that my next “Small Is Beautiful” column would be published on Valentine’s Day. Any time you publish on a holiday or special event, you pretty much have a free pass to write a cheesy article […]

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Using Photos to Build Inbound Links

Filed in Link Building, Social Media by Matt McGee on February 14, 2008 35 Comments
Using Photos to Build Inbound Links

A lot of great photographers are scared to put their photos online because it’s so easy for other people to steal their work. I totally understand that. I’m hardly a great photographer, and I don’t want people stealing my photos, either! But I do want them to use my photos. In the past year or […]

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