:: YouTube Revenue Share
Good news if you're creating original
content which is popular on YouTube. According
to co-founder Chad Hurley, YouTube will soon
be offering a revenue share to creators of popular
videos. The BBC reports, "The system would be
rolled out in a couple of months, [...] and
use a mixture of adverts, including short clips
shown ahead of the actual film." Revenue sharing
will only be available for non-copyright infringing
videos, and its unclear exactly how much money
per video play will be offered.
:: RSS Does Not Equal
RSS Does Not Equal Blogs
Many assume that RSS is only for syndicating
the contents of blogs, nothing could be further
from the truth. Blogs and online journals have
rocketed to popularity in the last few years,
and many bloggers use RSS as a means to distribute
and syndicate their blog posts. Subscribers
receive information each time the blog is updated.
However this is NOT the only use for RSS. RSS
can deliver any kind of content, including forum
posts, discount coupons, newsletters or press
releases. Blogs are just one type of information
syndicated by RSS feeds.
RSS Does Not Equal Blogs
:: Wikipedia and No Follow
Wikipedia has been the recent target
of spammers. Why? Because Wikipedia is considered
a credible source or authority site by many
large search engines. This means if you have
a link from Wikipedia it is worth a lot. As
a result Wikipedia has been struggling with
spammers, attmepting to post external links.
What is the solution? Wikipedia has added "no
follow" to its external links. The "no follow"
command means that the sites linked to from
Wikipedia do not get any of Wikipedia's "link
:: New Educational
A new search engine strictly for educational
RSS feeds has been launched. The new search
engine, aptly named Educational Feeds contains RSS feeds
grouped by subject and it also has a search
feature. Universities, colleges and classes
with feeds or podcasts are encouraged to submit
their listings free of charge.
:: Vista Test Drive
Microsoft recently unveiled a new web
site called Windows Vista Test Drive designed
to allow business users, consumers, and the
merely curious to find out what running Microsoft's
latest operating system might be like without
actually having to install it.
:: How do you get
ideas for blog posts and RSS feed posts?
The best blogs and feeds are those that
contain unique, fresh, compelling, content.
So where do these prolific posters get their
ideas? I talked to a handful of bloggers to
determine where their inspiration originated
for their content.
Not surprisingly, ideas for blog posts or RSS
feed items originate or are influenced by other
web content. The following are venues for finding
your online muse:
How do you get ideas for blog posts and
RSS feed posts?
:: Realtors Should Take Notice
Buying a house is all about location,
and proximity to good schools is one of the
big factors in choosing where to live. Today
we launched nationwide schools search on Yahoo! Real Estate. Users can search
and browse local schools via an interactive
map interface, and refine and sort their search
by school district, distance, grade level, or
school type (e.g. public, private, charter).
My question why are the results not available
via RSS feeds?
:: Vista Available
as a Download
In a marked shift from the past, Microsoft
plans to sell its new operating system through
a new channel: the Internet. Microsoft is using
the shareware marketing method for vista!
:: New RSS Editor Supports Creating
Podcasts for iTunes
FeedForAll v2 has been released. This
new software application is incredibly easy
to use, it has built in wizards that walk users
through RSS feed creation, podcast creation
and creating podcasts for iTunes.
RSS is a great way for small businesses to communicate
with their customers. The website has a lot
of educational tutorials and articles to help
new users navigate their way through using RSS.
The Long Tail
This TIME magazine article takes a stab
at explaining the Long Tail and how it
applies to internet marketing.
:: DMOZ Open for Business
According to Search Engine Roundtable DMOZ is back
open again and awaiting submissions. It is likely
that being listed is still onerous but atleast
there is activity!
:: Bloggers Given
Internet bloggers will be allowed
to cover the criminal trial of former White
House staffer Lewis (Scooter) Libby alongside
reporters from traditional media outlets, a
court spokesman said on Thursday.
This gives bloggers a level of credibility that
may, or may not have been earned. How does one
discern who is a credible journalist if they
are not from a traditional media outlet? This
raises interesting questions, while in the past
blogs were viewed as unvetted tabloids stories,
some bloggers have discovered the "truth" prior
to traditional reporters. But how do you pick
and choose which bloggers are credible? How
do you choose which bloggers should be given
:: Be careful about Domain Renewals
The 10,000 users lost their expiring
.com domains when they were unable re-register
after an underseas earthquake limited Internet
:: Tool to Protect
There’s been a surge of publicity
lately about copyright violations on the Internet
— primarily with music and video postings
at social sites like YouTube and MySpace. Though
copyright challenges are nothing new, when multi-national,
multi-media corporations begin seeing their
works being used (or misused) in popular venues,
they tend to get more attention than a “little
guy” who has his work used without permission.
According to its site, Numly allows authors and artists to
register their digital works as copyrights.
:: Online Spending Tops 1 Billion
(with a B)
Driven by a strong rise in holiday spending,
U.S. retail Web sites collected $102.1 billion
in 2006, marking a 24 percent increase over
last year, according to a report released friday.
:: The Sky is the
Limit for Amazon
The founder of retail website Amazon
has advertised for engineers to join his private
program aimed at opening the galaxy to more
Jeff Bezos posted his hiring offer at www.blueorigin.com,
the website of the Blue Origin 9 company he
is financing with the goal of making spaceflights
more affordable for the masses.
:: What is Hot and What is Not
Top 10 Winners Predicted for 2007
1. Content Filtering
With web content and syndication growing at
a rapid pace locating information is becoming
more of a struggle for web surfers. The abundance
of content has made filtering critical to time
management. As a result, content filtering and
solutions that help with content filtering will
be winners in 2007.
2. Pesonalized Search and Vertical Search
will be a winner in 2007
Search 2.0 will be all about filtering and personalized
search. Niche portals with targeted focus will
play in vertical search and authority sites
will gain even more traction.
3. Social Bookmarking and Social Networks
Social bookmarking is the new black. The collective
voice has not only gained momentum but it has
also attracted the most savvy web marketers.
While there is still power of the collective
voice, social networks and social bookmarking
has gained attention, the masters behind these
networks will need to stay a step ahead of the
spammers to stay in the game. The danger is
that the crowd, will become upset that a small
group is profiting from the collective voice.
The "crowd" will likely to manipulate the collective
voice in 2007.
RSS is about choice and users choosing the content
they wish to subscribe. RSS' adoption will reach
significant numbers and even the naysayers will
be unable to ignore its success in 2007.
What is Hot and What is Not in Technology
:: Business and Webmaster
Each and every year people around the
world mark the first day of the New Year with
resolutions. They resolve to do a wide variety
of things, and while few resolutions are actually
kept, the tradition is a hallmark of the holiday
Experts suggest that people should make lifestyle
changes rather than resolutions. I am a bit
more pragmatic. Tackle a task you know that
you can succeed at. Do not bite off more than
you can chew, and you will be one of the few
who manages to keep their resolutions. Here
are a few suggested resolutions for webmasters
and small business owners:
small business and webmaster resolutions
:: All You Need to Know About
SEO in 2006
The year 2006 has been full of news
about Google and the way it ranks web sites.
Alexa has put together a 2006 guide to search
engine optimization in 2006.
All You Need to Know about SEO in 2006
:: Have Some Fun
Take the super hero quiz and find out who you
most resemble! I'm happy to report I am Wonder
Woman - "You are a beautiful princess with great
strength of character". Enjoy!
:: Reflections of 2006 and Predictions
For the most part in 2006, the world
escaped Natures wrath, but people were far less
kind to their neighbors. 2006 is scarred not
by the winds and oceans but by political turmoil
across the globe. The Middle East quagmire is
the epitome of how wrong things can go, with
the war in Lebanon, infighting in Palestine,
Iran's nuclear ambitions, and Iraq's sectarian
violence the deepest scars of 2006 were self
inflicted with man being his own enemy. Of course,
the Middle East is not alone with it's own self-destruction.
Genocide in Chad and Sudan show how truly intolerant
the human race really is. North Korea's impatience
and nuclear activity have disrupted Asia. In
fact, few areas of the world were left unscathed
by man's ambitions in 2006.
Again technology has brought the tragedies of
war and the personal stories of families from
the farthest corners of the earth, to the door
steps of the west. Citizen journalism and Internet
propagation has added a complex layer to the
stories. The growth of YouTube, Blogs, Podcasting
and RSS have personalized the media and given
listeners and watchers a personal connection
to the reports.
More on Reflections 2006 and Predictions for 2007
:: Make a Resolution
to Do Something Different
Okay we are on the eve of a new year.
Make a resolution to learn something new. Here
are some ideas:
RSS - learn more at RSS Specifications
Podcasting - learn more at Podcasting Tools
Social Bookmarking - tackle Digg