Sunday, August 31, 2008

Google AdManager goes in open beta

If you are looking for a free remote-hosted ad-management solution and you were anxiously waiting for Google's Ad-Manager or hosted OpenX to go live, you are in luck! Google Ad Manager is now in open beta. We don't know if OpenX has set a date, if you know, please let us know.

If you have an Adsense account, you can sign up for Google Ad-Manager and get started right away. As with all Google products, it has the spartan and lean Google user interface and the "Google way of doing things" interface (mentality). So you will feel at home (excited or frustrated) if you are familiar with how other Google-developed product look and feel.

Of course free service means no customer support, so if you want fast, efficient and knowledgeable service, you have to use a for-pay service. Adspeed is one we have been using for a few months and we like very much. The best way to get started is the 100,000 ad-impressions for $10 per month plan starting with the 10-day free trial. Here is our long AdSpeed review.

But FREE is something we love! As soon as we can set aside a few hours, we will experiment with the Google AdManager and post our first impressions. And once we become familiar with it, we may post a comparison between AdManager and AdSpeed. Time permitting.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Feedburner subscriber drops across the board today

Do not panic! The subscriber drops you may have seen on your Feedburner blogs appear to be all across the board. So it's not necessarily something wrong with your blog. Perhaps Feedburner is having technical issues, or perhaps they have adjusted their algorithms.

But either way, do not panic. You are not alone! For more be sure to check the discussions at the feedburner Google group.

Adsense for Feeds option in Google Adsense Setup page

Quickly! Drop everything and run to your Google Adsense Setup page! When I was just checking today, I noticed a brand new option, Adsense for Feeds!

This is what Feedburner mentioned in late May 2008. If you are running a feed ad network, you better start crying! Adsense is starting to move in like Godzilla!

Time for the feed ad networks to actually start responding to user's email questions and problems, if they want to have a fighting chance against the Adsense juggernaut!

For now there is a manual migration process from Feedburner to a Google account, but this is only temporary for those who can't wait. An automated process is coming later on.

Interestingly, the url will be feedproxy.google.com, which makes lots of sense since Google is not indexing the feed content, which is the right thing to do.

Will this mean the end of the Feedburner name? I hope not! This is one of the coolest names and logos on the internet!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

More blogging tips at the SEO Progress blog

For more blog tips, be sure to visit and bookmark the SEO Progress blog! They talk about search engine submission, meta tags, web site statistics and counters, and a lot more coming up!

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