Archive for September, 2009

Kindle Blog Subscription Now In Amazon Feed

September 30, 2009

I was surprised to discover the Kindle blog feed I have set up at is now included in an Amazon “Top Search Engines Recommended Products” feed.

Top Search Engines Recommended Products

Top Search Engines Recommended Products

When I set up my blog “for sale” within Amazon I wasn’t quite sure how the data would propogate.

The above example is one way it has appeared that I hadn’t considered possible.

Below are the specifics of the SearchMarketingCommunications Kindle blog feed on

Amazon Kindle Subscription

Amazon Kindle Subscription


The Anonymous Rich Neighbor

September 29, 2009

Over the last several days I have received several emails from “The Rich Neighbor” asking me to become an affiliate.

Have you bought this course?

If so, what did you think about it?

Did it work?

The Rich Neighbor

The Rich Neighbor

Google and YouTube Videos Account for 40 Percent Viewed Online

September 28, 2009

comScore has released their August 2009 data from the comScore Video Metrix service, showing that 161 million U.S. Internet users watched online video during the month, the largest audience ever recorded.

Online video reached another all-time high in August with more than 25 billion videos viewed during the month, with Google Sites accounting for more than 10 billion.

The Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties* by Videos Viewed according to comScore were:

Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties by Videos Viewed

Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties by Videos Viewed

The Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties* by Unique Viewers:

Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties by Unique Viewers

Top U.S. Online Video Content Properties by Unique Viewers

How long will it take before total audience time spent viewing video online surpasses total audience time spent viewing television?

Google’s 11th Birthday Logo

September 27, 2009

Today is Google’s 11th birtday.

To celebrate, Google has modified their logo to incorporate 11 into its spelling.

Google: Googlle's 11th Birthday

Google: Googlle's 11th Birthday

Amazing how Google’s search engine has become a utility hundreds of millions of people depend on.

WordPress Blog Stats

September 26, 2009

One of my blogs reached a milestone today – an unusually round number of hits: 130,000.

Blog Stats 130,000 Hits

Blog Stats 130,000 Hits

If only Google would index all of its pages and not just the half they have included so far.

Google Adwords Call In Propsects!

September 25, 2009

There is nothing more exciting that getting a call from a Google Advertiser who has a problem they can’t solve themselves!

Got a Google Adwords problem you haven’t been able to solve in house?

Call 415-935-3608 to see if I can help you creatively solve your Google Adwords problem.

Adding a Name to Google Voice Numbers

September 24, 2009

Today I noticed I could append voice mail messages left in my Google Voice mail account by clicking on the speaker icon next to the message sender’s number.

Google Voice Number Recognition

Google Voice Number Recognition

Clicking the add link opens a text box to type in a name for the phone number.

Add Name to Number

Add Name to Number

Pressing Create/Add saves the “Name” entered for identifying all future voice mail or text messages originating from the same telephone number.

Two Google Local Business Results

September 23, 2009

I was happy to see my consulting practice receive not one but two listings in Google’s 10 pack for a geo specifc marketing consultant query in Google Maps.

Two Google Local Business Results

Two Google Local Business Results

Google Adwords Low Share of Voice

September 22, 2009

Back in February of this year I noticed Google Adwords had introduced “Low share of voice” into my new Adwords Interface beta.

The message was visible throughout my account for about a week and then disappeared.

Apparently, “Low share of voice” has been pushed into a much larger group of Google Adwords accounts today because I along with a lot of other Adwords advertisers are seeing the term at the keyword level in their accounts.

Sarah Q on Twitter asked how she could have high Quality Score keywords and still receive a “low share of voice” status.

My reply: Google Adwords “Low share of voice” replaces “Impression Share” and doesn’t impact Quality Score.

Increasing a Keyword’s Max CPC and or campaign’s “daily budget” should increase a keyword’s share of voice.

Google defines “Low share of voice” as follows:

Share of voice
A measure of how often your ads appear as compared to the total impressions available to you in the market you were targeting for a relevant time period. A “Low share of voice” status indicates missed opportunities, or impressions. In which case, there may be a problem with your keyword, such as a low bid or poor quality score. Point your cursor at the status message to find out more about the potential issues.

Google Adwords Share of Voice Definition

Google Adwords Share of Voice Definition

Google Voice Text Message Call Back

September 21, 2009

Today I noticed a feature I hadn’t yet seen in my Google Voice account: Google Voice accounts can have the text messages they receive “returned” with a telephone call set up by Google Voice.

Google Text to Voice Call

Google Text to Voice Call

After a text message has been received, Google Voice will call you and connect you to the text message senders phone. Pretty cool.

Hopefully, Google Voice accounts will eventually see all of their voice account functionality embedded within their gmail account’s user interface.