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Overture Search Term Suggestion Tool Is Dead?

January 30, 2007

For the past week, I have been trying to use the Overture Search Term Suggestion Tool and haven’t been able to get the site to come up. So I did a search today and sure enough, other people are having the same problem. It looks like Yahoo is phasing it out.

Here are a couple of places I found that are talking about it:

SEORoundtable
dmnews

Now, I will have to decide whether to use a different free tool for quick keyword research or whether or not to go ahead and shell out some money for a monthly membership with wordtracker (aff), nichebot, etc.

That’s a bummer, because I really liked using the Overture Search Tool. Oh well…

Google Adsense Might Have Broken the Camel’s Back

January 18, 2007

Google Adsense Terms of Service have just changed. Jensense has this great post about the ramifications of the change. Jensense should be in every Adsense advertiser’s list of feeds. She has always given great updates on the TOS for Google. At first she did it via posts on webmasterworld, but now she does it from her blog.

Anyway, Jennifer does a great job of making sense of the Adsense TOS changes and I highly recommend you check out her post.

It looks like none of the changes will affect my sites and blogs, but with all the restrictions I can see why Darren Rowse (who I first found this story from) says:


I’ve already heard from a number of publishers that if given the choice between AdSense and YPN that they’ll jump to YPN because of the less stringent requirements – this change has put one too many hoops to jump through in front of some publishers.

Google might have just added the straw that broke the camel’s back. Personally, I really like Adsense and I don’t plan on switching to YPN. However, the constant changes to the Adsense TOS are getting to be annoying. I do plan on experimenting with YPN at some point. It certainly has the advantage of being less restrictive and there is something to be said for that.

Some Marketing Tidbits

December 12, 2006

I am going to be out of a town a few days. I thought I would leave you with some good reading from around the net:

Do You Have the Time to be an Internet Marketer or AdSense Publisher

Its not that hard to make $100 US Dollars a month part time

Marketing Your Business on Craigslist

And just for fun, these two blog posts:

Google Copies Yahoo

Yahoo Copies Google

Did Yahoo Ban Squidoo?

October 24, 2006

I was just searching for Squidoo on Yahoo and it didn’t show up on the first two pages. So then I typed in the full url squidoo.com and tried searching for it. Same thing. Usually sites show up as the first result for their domain name unless they have been banned. Has Yahoo banned Squidoo?

Does anyone know?

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