Weekly Marketing Skinny • February 15, 2014

Weekly Marketing Skinny • February 15, 2014

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In the marketing spotlight this week:

  • Google’s Matt Cutts On Being A Spam Fighter: his longest video yet
  • Google Updates Its Page Layout Algorithm To Go After Sites “Top Heavy” With Ads
  • Google’s Matt Cutts: Don’t Worry About Poor Grammar In Comments
  • What happens when you combine Google, Bing, Amazon, and YouTube Keyword Suggestions?
  • No Budget for SMX West? Free Expo+ Pass
  • The Donkey Cutts SEO Game: Avoid Panda & Penguins
  • Facebook wants teens back, even though they are not admitting it
  • Facebook Call-to-Action Buttons: Create for Ads and Organic Posts
  • Block Facebook From Autoplaying Videos
  • Tools and Tips to Help Marketers Inspire and Engage on Instagram
  • Twitter is testing an interface design that looks a lot like Facebook.
  • Looking for ways to increase your YouTube views? DON’T do it this way
  • Flickr Turns 10
  • WOW: You can now pay for your airline tickets via social media?
  • Gmail can now tell senders when a recipient opens an email
  • Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin in 2 Minutes
  • …and more.

Don’t have the time to read all the marketing news, blog posts, announcements, and other content related to SEO/social media/online marketing published each week?

I’ve got you covered.

I sift through trillions (well, hundreds) of online publications to stay on top of marketing news that might affect your online business.

By the way, here’s what you can do with each piece of news:

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Let’s start with the news from Traffic Generation Café.

At TrafficGenerationCafe.com

seo link building is dead

SEO Is Dead. Link Building Is Dead. Your Pony Is Dead.

Link building is dead.

SEO is on its last leg.

The tricks to beat and spam Google no longer work as well (dang!).

SEOMoz.com has dropped “SEO” and turned into Moz.com.

SEO agencies are bound to start closing their doors any day now.

Unless, that is, they are hired by the same clients they’ve built bad links for to remove those links.

Wait a minute… What happened to the pony again?

bad blog name don'ts

Top 10 Domain Name Suggestion Tools: Find a Good Blog Name with Ease

Have you ever spent hours trying to come up with a catchy website name and THEN to find a good domain name to go with it?

With more then 46 Million active .com domain names registered, it’s harder and harder to find a creative blog name that matches your product, service, or website concept that is not already taken.

I came up with the list of 10 domain name suggestion tools to help you to get that creativity flowing.


Google’s Matt Cutts: His Longest Video Yet

Google Goes After Sites “Top Heavy” With Ads

Matt Cutts: Poor Grammar In Comments

Google, Bing, Amazon, and YouTube Keyword Suggestion Tool

No Budget for SMX West? Free Expo+ Pass

The Donkey Cutts SEO Game: Avoid Panda & Penguins


Social Media

Facebook Wants Teens Back

Facebook Call-to-Action Buttons

Block Facebook From Autoplaying Videos

Tools and Tips to Help Marketers with Instagram

Twitter Aspires to Be Facebook

YouTube Has New Views Policy

Flickr Turns 10

WOW: You can now pay for your airline tickets via social media?

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Marketing This & That

Gmail can now tell senders when a recipient opens an email

Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin in 2 Minutes

Why Conan O’Brien Turned Down The Microsoft CEO Job

Google Will Take Over NASA’s Hangar One

BEST Valentine’s Cards Inspired by the Inspiring

House of Cards is back on Netflix

Thank You

To all of you who mentioned Traffic Generation Café in any share or form in the past week, my whole-hearted THANK YOU.

Traffic Generation Café would NOT be what it is today without you.

Here are just some of the mentions I came across in the past week:

How To Find Great Available Domain NamesFrancisco Perez at iblogzone.com

Best WordPress Plugins: 40 Experts Share Their Favorite WordPress PluginsDevesh Sharma at wpkube.com

Ask the Experts: The Women In SEO Speak Up about Getting SEO HelpAmanda DiSilvestro at highervisibility.com

Why Use Social Media Signals and How They Impact Search Engine RankingTheodore Nwangene at aha-now.com

Tools: What Every SEO Practitioner NeedsJim Rudnick at canuckseo.com

The Weekly Measure: Top Internet Marketing News, Tools, & Events-February 14, 2014Brooke Brown at verticalmeasures.com

The Truth about Web Traffic #myblogguestAnn Smarty at myblogguest.com

Warning: Sharing That Image Could Get You Banned or BlacklistedDustin Stout at dustn.tv

Page Layout Algorithm, New Klout, Suck At Marketing, Rich Snippets, SpeedlinkFrancisco Perez at iblogzone.com

Have I missed your mention? Let me know in the comments!

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11 Comments (click here to leave a comment)

  1. Ana,

    Rich resource! Neat note about poor grammar and comments. Makes sense to me, and I think MC and Google are moving in the right direction with this one.


  2. Thanks a lot for the including my post here Ana,
    I really mean a lot to me. I so much enjoyed this weeks marketing skinny especially the post about keyword research.

    Keep on providing great values and quality as always Ana. Thanks for sharing and do enjoy your weekend.

  3. Hi Ana,

    Ah.. yet another lovely roundup, something we all look forward to :)

    Yes, it’s tough to cover up ALL the posts during the week, and your one weekly post is the one we all look forward to as it takes care of making a new reading list for the weekend.

    Thank you SO much for the link love to the guest post on my blog this Friday here as well – much appreciated. Have a lovely weekend :)

    • Ana Hoffman

      Right back at you, Harleena.

      It amazes me how you manage to always be the first one to comment on my Skinnies; do you ever sleep?!

      • Lol….that’s what I should be asking you too – when do YOU sleep :)

        With such awesome posts that take so much of time and effort, how do you find the time! Yes, I’m here as soon as I get your email, don’t ever want to miss out on all the goodies :)