Monthly Archives: June 2008 - Page 2

The great Google conspiracy theory

I love conspiracy theories and as some of you know I have been doing lectures on “The great Google conspiracy theory”. How Google is collecting information for thought control and now that they have started collecting DNA data and adding that to a growing portfolio of user information. Here is a great Reuters / NYT interview with Google’s Chief Executive, Eric Schmidt on ” Good, Evil And Monopoly Fears“.

“We don’t have an ‘Evilmeter’ we can sort of apply — you know — what is good and what is evil,”
Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Google

Then there are the “Big Brother Triblets”, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!

Below is a link to a video from YouTube on how Google is doing things and where they are going.

Remember that this is just for fun, or is it ;-)

Another case of under-cover PR at YouTube?

Clip showing a young woman in her knickers playing the new Wii Fit hula hoop game has been faked on behalf of Nintendo. The UK Telegraph and LA Times have been talking about this online video, showing at YouTube and has gotten over 500.000 views, when last reported. The guy that created it Giovanny Gutierrez has said that even though he works at an advertising firm, the video was not a viral ad for Wii. Nintendo is denaying all links to the guy. I don’t know this smells funky.

Go to YouTube and look for “Wii Fit – Why You Should Buy It For Your Girlfriend”

How do I buy a Country Code Top Level Domain in a European country?

The rules of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) ownership are not the same in all countries; some are strict on the ownership, like Norway, while others are looser, like Germany and the UK.

A great source of information on ccTLD pricing is the Their services are not only for Europe, but cover most domain endings available in the world.

SMX Advanced was all that I expected and more

I just came from Seattle where I attended SMX Advanced, both as a speaker and a guest. And I must say that Chris Sherman, Danny and their team did a great job at this event. Everything from the set-up, the speakers, sessions and not least the speakers and the session moderators. If I had to find anything to complain about it was the noise interruption from the breakfast hall to the main conference room, but as I said other than that, five stars out of five.

Chris contacted me some months back and asked me to be a part of the International SEO panel with three other speakers, WebCertain’s Andy Atkins Kruger whom I have spoken with on several occasions, also in Iceland. Then there was Ian McAnerin and finally, but not least, the lovely Cindy Krum.
As can be expected we all took this topic from a similar point of view, Ian focused on Asia, Andy looked at the broader picture, Cindy looked at the site architecture and Google Webmaster Tools while I was close to home focusing on the Nordics and Yahoo’s concept of region.

So what is this concept of region? Two years ago I needed to create a business case on why a client needed to change their tactics in order to succeed locally with their search marketing efforts. Their focus was on having all of their material through a .COM domain and they actually closed all of their Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) and routed them to the .COM domain.

Through the many conferences I have spoken at, I have had good contact with various search marketing professionals and all of the agreed that the tactics of my client was not going to help them much, but none of the search engine representatives wanted to go on the record on how they deal with localizing search results, except one from Yahoo. This was John Riccardi, who at that time, was the head of search for Yahoo! Europe, if I remember correctly. Since then he has stopped working at Yahoo and is studying MBA in the US – good luck to him!

So what is it all about? Simply put:

1) The ccTLD (.de and .is are ccTLD while .com is a TLD),
2) The text/copy on the site / pages,
3) Type of inbound links, they need to be regional, and finally,
4) The IP address provided by the ISP/hosting company.

So how can you buy a ccTLD? Do you find a hosting company that has a regional IP address or copywriters in the language that you want to target, and do link building to target that region? I am going to answer that question in my next post here so do come back soon!