Are Blogs The New Yellow Pages Directories?

Posted on: January 25th, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

[kaltura-widget wid="mem10w8pi2" width="410" height="364" addpermission="3" editpermission="3" /]I have been asked before: If blogs would take the presence of a yellowpages.com site or a yellowbook.com site.? The answer is YES. Blogs can and do have high ranking power, then most the yellow page directories online in 2009 which is sad.

If you think about it, all a yellowpage.com type site is a database of companies in business, that display their old or current business information, whether the business is current or is out of business.

Blogs directly talk about the topics the users want to read and will get the SEO keywords these major power house online ” Yellow Page” type directories had.

Now with this said, having adsense or ads on the blogs, that are locally and nationally searched, will take over the ad placements on the directories themselves, as users will find their favorite blog directory.

Look in 2009 for blogs to take over search results and start pushing many ” immovable websites” off their prize Seo Keywords. Written by Michael Rotkin an Internet marketer since 1994 with research done over the past 15+ years.

Using the Data that Google Site Search Uncovers

Posted on: January 24th, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

More Helpful Advice From Google- Using the Data that Google Site Search Uncovers

I recently posted about ways to get more conversions from Matt Cutts Blog out of Google Site Search. This was based on tips that Google itself offered for capitalizing on its potential.

These tips were:

1. Make your search box easy to find
2. Make sure search is always available
3. Customize the appearance of search to fit your site
4. Experiment
5. Be open to feedback
6. Learn what users are looking for
7. Let visitors know who’s got your back

Google reports drop in profit for 1st time

Posted on: January 24th, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

Google reorted its first ever drop in quarterly profit. January 23rd 2009.
Google Inc. reported its first-ever drop in quarterly profit Thursday, but the Internet search leader is weathering the economic storm better than analysts anticipated.

The fourth-quarter results indicated Google was able to rein in its spending enough to offset a slowdown in the online ad market that generates most of Google’s revenue. That contrasted with a missed forecast and 5,000 layoffs announced earlier in the day by rival Microsoft Corp.

Even so, there were signs the recession is starting to bear down on Google.

Google was forced to write down $1.09 billion of the combined $1.5 billion that it has invested in two troubled companies, AOL and Clearwire Corp. And Google is allowing its 20,222 employees to swap their outstanding stock options for new ones that will carry a lower exercise price, giving the workers a better chance of making money from the options.

The move was driven by a 48 percent drop in Google’s stock price over the past year, leaving about 17,000 employees holding options that are “underwater” and can’t be cashed in now at a profit.

Although hailing Google’s strength in a weak economy, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt signaled the challenges are becoming more daunting, describing the fourth quarter as “the easy part” and calling coming months “uncharted territory.”

Google made $382.4 million, or $1.21 per share, in the quarter, down 68 percent from the year-earlier period. Google’s profit had climbed by at least 17 percent in its previous 17 quarters as a public company.

Revenue climbed 18 percent, to $5.7 billion. That marked the first time Google’s revenue growth had fallen below 30 percent from the previous year.

The results came after the close of regular stock market trading. Google shares declined in after-hours trading.

UnitedHealth Group Inc.: Shares of the health insurer jumped after it released a fourth-quarter report that showed signs it might be building momentum in a recession-battered industry.

The company said profit fell 40 percent compared with the year ago’s quarter. But adjusted earnings, which didn’t count a lawsuit settlement, matched analyst expectations.

That carries extra weight these days, said BMO Capital analyst Dave Shove.

“The world’s so crummy that not being bad is a positive,” he said.

Revenue rose 9 percent, to $20.45 billion, surpassing Wall Street expectations.

Shares rose $2.14, or 8.5 percent, to $27.19.

New Blu-ray players from Panasonic-Pioneer include first portable unit

Posted on: January 23rd, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player at CES Weekend. I’ll still going through all the CES news, and did not want to forget mentioning the new Blu-ray players.

Pioneer BDP-120 Blu-ray player

Panasonic DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player

Blue Ray Players from Panasonic and Pioneer, including the world’s first portable Blu-ray player, the Panasonic DMP-B15 (pictured below). It includes an 8.9-inch screen, an HDMI port to connect it to an HDTV, an SD card slot, and even BD-Live (Profile 2.0) support. Pricing wasn’t announced, but Panasonic says it’s coming in May.

The company also has three component-sized players in the works for this year, including a nod to the not-so-old days with the DMP-BD70V Blu-ray/VHS combo unit. It promises upconversion for those VHS tapes as well as standard DVDs, though it will be interesting to see just how well that taped video quality can be improved. The main differences between the DMP-BD60 and DMP-BD80 are that the latter has analog out for 7.1 surround sound audio, along with a playback information window that displays image info during video playback. These three players also support BD-Live technology and Panasonic’s Viera Cast Internet-based services like streaming content from Amazon Video on Demand. No pricing or availability dates have been disclosed.

Pioneer BDP-120 Blu-ray player

Sadly, Pioneer wasn’t introducing any new plasmas in Vegas, having released its latest ones at CEDIA last fall. It did announce three new Blu-ray players, however, all of which will support BD-Live interactive features. Closer to the value end of the spectrum, the BDP-120 (pictured above) comes with a 1GB flash drive that you can connect to the player’s USB port for BD-Live-related storage, while the step-up BDP-320 has its gigabyte of storage built in. It also comes 48-bit deep color support, a suite of video adjustment options, and advanced noise reduction circuitry. For those looking for an even higher-end unit, the Elite BDP-23FD has an RS-232C interface to make it easier to link with home automation systems often used with custom home theater installations as well as precision quartz lock system (PQLS) that reduce jitter from high-definition audio transmission. All come with a built-in Ethernet port, which is necessary for any Web-based BD-Live features. The good news is you won’t have to break the bank for the BDP-120—it’s being reported to be priced at $249 when it arrives in April. According to CE Pro, the BDP-320 will cost $399, and the Elite BDP-23FD is priced at $599.

Scott Paton of Podomatic Invites Michael Rotkin To Chat on SEO-SEM Podcast

Posted on: January 22nd, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

I just did another podcast with Scott Paton out of Canada, with PodoMatic.com. Scott Paton is the Dean of Blogonomics and Podology and is top Podcaster for Podomatic.com

Scott Paton has extensive knowledge in podcasting and has a great interview website. Scott invited me on another podcast session today and it was a good one. Todays Podcast is on SEO-SEM and is called Internet Marketing Unleashed by Podcasting.

The Episode On Scotts Podcast Network is -Mike Rotkin SEO Champion on Internet Marketing Unleashed-Podcast #50

Hear the whole interview, as its timeless and its worth it for all the curious SEO newbies and bloggers.
Check out Seo Champion Interview on PodoMatic.com with Scott Paton’s podcast network and Michael Rotkin as a guest speaker.

Enjoy this podcast brought to you by
Scott Paton
The Dean of Blogonomics and Podology
January 22nd 2009

Barack Obama Inauguration Live Blog Pictures

Posted on: January 20th, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

Barack Obama Inauguration on January-20-2009 Barack Obama Inauguration and videos taken-welcomed by many college students in attendance across Pennsylvania Ave.

The President is currently riding in his Armor Proof-Bomb Proof Cadillac going down the street right now.

Barack has stepped out of the his motorcade a few times. He walked with his wife Michelle. This is a great day in history and now we can finally call a end to the ” Bush Era” January 20th, 2009. By Michael Rotkin

President-elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive for church service at St. John's Episcopal Church

President-elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive for church service at St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)



CBS-AP on Barack Obamas inauguration.

To rousing cheers, newly inaugurated President Barack Obama stepped out of his limousine to greet part of the enthusiastic crowd that lined the route of his inaugural parade.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, got out of their car on Pennsylvania Ave., waved to the cheering spectators on both sides of the street, and then walked part of the way, smiling and waving.

A couple of moments later, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, joined them on the walk.

Along the way, hundreds of people who had been

Seo Champion CEO Welcomes Barack Obama As 44th President

Posted on: January 20th, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

Barack Obama, joined by his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol.

I have always been a supporter of Barack Obama and today he was inaugurated as our 44th President of The United States. I am throwing a big private party today in Los Angeles in celebration.

Barack Obama joined by his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol.

Its good that there is time for a change. Barack is not only back by many millions of Americans, but the CEO of Google, Ebay and many other major Internet companies have talked on video about his great wealth of knowledge on the highest level”.

Now it is time for all of us to go after our goals in life” By Michael Rotkin

Google Maps Street View now available in New Zealand

Posted on: January 18th, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

See The Google Maps Street View, which is a feature of Google Maps that allows you to quickly and easily view and navigate high-resolution, 360 degree street level images of various cities around the world.

Check out Street View on Google Maps. Learn the new ways to enter Street View, look at our full screen mode, navigate through driving directions, and more. See New Zealand Maps here maps.google.co.nz/streetview



Surf Through Google Earth Video At Conference

Posted on: January 18th, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

Google Engineer David Phillip Oster shows off Earth Surfer on video, an open source application that allows you to surf through Google Earth.



Youtube Upload You Tube Box Video

Posted on: January 18th, 2009 by Michael Rotkin

YouTube transformed an old phone booth into a YouTube Upload Booth for the Macworld Expo this year 2009. Search “macworld you tube booth” to see videos from the booth!