Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Google Experimental Labs: Google Social Search

I was checking out Google Experimental Labs and stumbled upon this interesting experiment called Google Social Search. Google Social Search is basically an added element to your search results based on public content from your social circle. Your social circle is a combination of Gmail chat buddies, contacts, and people you are publically connected to on social sites such as Twitter and Friendfeed. In order to use Google Social Search, you must be logged into your Google account, and go to to Join the experiment. Do a search, and if there is web content relevant by people in your social circle, you will see these results on the bottom of the search results. You can also click on '+ Show options' on the top of the result page, and choose 'Social' under All Results.

Here is an example of a search I did for ‘iphone case.’ Choosing only options from Social search, I can see if anyone in my social circle mentions ‘iphone case,’ on twitter. In this case, a friend of mine mentions a Hello Kitty iPhone case, which allows me to read about it.

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There is a great video that illustrates what social search is and how it can be used. I think Google Social Search is pretty interesting, as it shows results from your connections, allowing you to read about your friends’ opinions on certain products, services or topics.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Product Plusbox Beta Test Commencing

You may have seen a plusbox below some AdWords ads that displays several products right on the Google results page. This is because Google has been giving certain advertisers a chance to participate in their beta test of combining AdWords ads with Google base to display product feeds directly below ads.

If you want to be a part of the test, however, you are out of luck because the test is coming to an end. Google will now be assessing feedback from the advertisers that participated. Look out for availability of this feature in the near future.

Monday, October 26, 2009

GDI Power Path actually WORKS!

If you are interesting in actually succeeding with Global Domains International (GDI), then you need a plan. But not only do you need a plan, you also need a SYSTEM. GDI Power Path is both a plan and a system. In my two years of Internet Marketing, I can honestly say that I've never been more impressed with anything.

That's the truth.

I have promoted GDI in a variety of ways and have had varying degrees of success, though my signups (with a few notable exceptions) typically do very little with regards to getting signups on their own. It's not just GDI, of course, it's that way with every affiliate MLM.

GDI Power Path solves this problem in an absolutely brilliant way.

Just imagine having FIFTY motivated people finding recruits for you! GDI Power Path is a group of people willing to help you grow a real GDI business if you will help them grow theirs. There is no investment of money because it doesn't cost you anything to participate.

The current projected timeline to complete a 6x5 matrix ($9330/month) within the GDI pay plan is 9-10 months. THAT is exciting!

Since GDI only costs a lousy 10 bucks a month to participate in, why wouldn't you try this?

If you have tried GDI and failed, you have got to try this program. It is pure GENIUS in its design and function. If you're like me, your greatest challenge is getting your signups to sign up others. This incredible system solves that problem once and for all.

I'm not kidding. This is new, it's revolutionary and it is Red-HOT.

Check it out for yourself: GDI Power Path

p.s. This is NEW and the ones who are going to make the serious money the fastest are the ones who join today Presents Webinar On PPC Strategies VP, Margie Schneider will be hosting another Webinar focusing on creative PPC strategies. The event will take place on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT and to register, please visit; PPC Strategies Webinar.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Presents Rockstars Of Twitter Webinar

Jay Berkowitz will be hosting a free webinar along with Warren Whitlock, Gail Goodwin and @Iconic88 to discuss the best ways of doing business and building your personal brand on Twitter. The event will take place on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT and to register, please visit; The Rock Stars of Twitter Webinar.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Early Holiday Gift From Google and Virgin America

With the ever-increasingly hectic holiday season around the corner, Google and Virgin America decided to make things a bit easier for travelers this year. Google will be providing Free Wifi on all Virgin America flights from November 10 to January 15.

This will give travelers a chance to get ahead on their holiday shopping, business demands, or whatever else they may need to do online all for free while they fly.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ways To Share Video on Twitter

We all know we can share pictures on Twitter, otherwise known as 'Twitpics' but did you know you can also share video? There are a few sites out there that allow you to upload video to their site and give you a link to share on your Twitter stream.

TwitVid allows you to upload a video or record a video from your webcam and then automatically updates your Twitter steam. TwitVid also has an app for your iPhone 3Gs and Blackberry so you can even record video from your cellphone and then upload it straight to TwitVid. You can even embed TwitVids on other websites as well.

Twiddeo is another site that also allows you to upload video from the web, cameraphone or through your webcam. You can also embed these videos on other websites, and if you have the Firefox plugin, Greasemonkey installed, you can even view Twiddeos on your stream.

Monday, October 12, 2009

How Many Backlinks Does Your Website Have?

Building backlinks (links from other websites) to your website is a common tactic in most search engine optimization campaigns. Knowing how many backlinks your website has and monitoring the growth is an important aspect of assessing the success of your linkbuilding campaign. If you don't know how to determine the number of backlinks your website has, here is a simple command to give you an idea.

In Yahoo search, use the following query:

Of course you will substitute "yourdomain" with your actual domain name. For example, if you wanted to know how many webpages link to the website, the Yahoo query would look like this:

This will provide you a good estimate of how many backlinks your website has.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Test Different Messaging on a Single Search Engine Results Page

It is a long standing debate on whether or not to bid on phrases in pay per click that your website already ranks for organically. One school of thought would ask why someone would pay for clicks on a search engine results page in which their website is already ranking for organically. There are actually several answers to that question, one being that it gives a website the opportunity to use different messaging variations.

Various messaging may be attractive to some people but not others. The messaging/offer included in your organic search listing may attract clicks from some users, but not others. Additionally, you do not have complete control over the messaging that is displayed in your organic listing. Adding a paid listing with a different message or a specific offer can appeal to an additional cross-section of searchers. You also have much more control over what is displayed in a pay per click listing than what is displayed in an organic listing.

FTC Announces New Blogger Policy for Endorsements or Testimonials

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that bloggers disclose that are getting freebies or being paid by companies to endorse their products, or else get fined up to $11,000. This is a new policy for bloggers in order to make product information more accurate for consumers.

Social media has become a big part on consumers' decisions to buy products that this type of policy was going to come up eventually. I think it's better for a blogger to mention they are either being compensated or getting an item in exchange for a review, so the reader knows that the review is biased or not.

Although it is not binding law, the FTC mentions the following, "In any law enforcement action challenging the allegedly deceptive use of testimonials or endorsements, the Commission would have the burden of proving that the challenged conduct violates the FTC Act." When in doubt, make sure you note whether or not a company is giving you money or a free product in exchange for a product review.

Read the entire policy straight from the FTC and let us know what your thoughts are.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The best strategy to learn Internet Marketing "Just Do It" !

I am often asked by people who have a traditional marketing background how they can get into the new marketing.

My best advise is to: "Just Do It!"

As Nike says in their marketing, you must jump in and immerse yourself in the new tools and technologies, it is free and so easy a 10 year old can do it.

Get set up with your own WordPress blog right away so you can practice the different internet marketing skill sets. It only takes about 15 minutes! Pick a subject that you are passionate about and start developing blog posts. Learn how to link, set up Google Analytics and track how many people visit your blog and where they come from. Set up and track your own revenue generating programs such as affiliate banners and Google AdSense Ads - Yes you can make money from a simple blog!

Get involved with one or more of the popular social media sites. Pick one that people you know are always talking about among Facebook, LinkedIn, You Tube and Twitter. I love Twitter, if you'd like some basic tips on how to start a Twitter account and learn about this exciting new communications world read my Ten Tips Twitter Beginners Guide.

Good Luck Just Doing It - Please let me know how it turns out.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Bit.Ly: a URL Shortener with More

If you use Twitter, then you definitely know what a TinyURL is. If you don't, it's a service that shortens your URL so it will fit within the 140 Characters that Twitter provides for every tweet. Bit.Ly is a 'Simple URL Shortener,' that also provides tracking for each '' that is generated. It's simple. You can sign up for a free account, and even sync your Twitter account to it, so if you decide to share a link on Twitter, Bit.Ly will keep track of how many people have clicked on that link, as well as referring sites and where in the world the link was clicked.

The great part about using is that you can sync it to your TweetDeck so you don't have to log into your account through their website.