NetVibes Digital Life Aggregator

So I discovered NetVibes today. Ok so I didn’t so much discover (as in Christopher Columbus) it, because I’ve known about NetVibes for some time now, but I made the switch from IGoogle(and Google reader) as my DLA/homepage over to NetVibes. NetVibes is a free Digital Life Aggregator, that allows you to organize your entire online life( for the most part) into tabbed pages. Everything from email to blogs to comics and games. Why, might you ask, would such an avid supporter of the googleverse make such a fundamental digital-life change? Well for what I have lost in one click access to all my various google accounts/apps and tools I have gained in recouped time and ease of use. So here are some of the things that made me switch:

Thing number 1: Visual appeal

The flexible layout ie. 2/3/4 column options make visually much easier to canvas all your feeds in a manner that saves time and space. It truly allows you to get all you information at a glance. Plus there’re just more things that can be optimized to better your experience.

Thing number 2: It’s like Google reader and Igoogle smashed into one app.

Netvibes’ layout and navigation is more like igoogle (on steroids), but the functionality and depth of information is more like google reader. Most widgets display up to the last 25 posts from an rss fee, whereas igoogle only allows you a measly 9.

Thing number 3: Sharing stuff

Incidentally, that’s how I first leart of NetVibes, through an invite which included the invitor’s setup for a particular tab. Yes, I was able to, with one click, start using a presetup netvibes page inclusive of cool widgets and feeds already setup by my friend who invited me to test it out. By the way, here’s a link to try net vibes out:

Thing number 4: It’s portable

If one day I decide NetVibes isn’t for me anymore, I can pack up my digital belongings via OPML and move on the the next DLA. Google has been touting the coming of this feature for a long time, but I am yet to see it. Incidentally, had they already done this, it would have made the switch to NetVibes a lot less time consuming.

Thing number 5: Netvibes supports igoogle widgets!

At least so they claim, and we all know how “support” for a 3rd party format can be. Up until writing this posted, I hadn’t tested the feature, but it does exist.

Thing number 6: They’re going social with Netvibes Ginger.

Yes, now it will be a whole lot easier with NetVibes Ginger (now in testing) to share all this wonderful “Funtastimation” that you’ve amassed in all new ways.

So why doesn’t Google just make one even more killer app like Netvibes?

My guess is: 1. They’re working on it and/or 2. The same internal structure which has led to Google’s great success where people take ownership of projects that are their own ideas can sometimes lead to political/bureaucratic slowdowns when it comes time for the company to change direction, shutdown, or merge projects especially if those project leaders have become more influential in the company . and/or 3. We’re so big and have so many things going on right now that this is the least of our issues. Plus, what is a “netvibe” anyways? Who knows. My point is, give Netvibes a chance, you might just like it.



Top 100 Organically Ranked Domains

Well, once more, being the curious loveable lover of long lists that I was lead in search of the top performing websites in search engines. Well, after searching vigorouusly, I found that very data, presented using a great customizable webscraper called Velocityscape. Velocitscape appears to have a suite of powerful data gathering tools. Definitely worth the download of the demos at least. Spyfu, for example – an Alexa style web data repository – is powered by Velocityscape macros. I will strive to keep this data updated and repost it every now and then.

Rank Domain Total Organic Results

1 1549769

2 1519410

3 1467135

4 1215115

5 738624

6 728314

7 711328

8 696807

9 596109

10 546739

11 466304

12 462951

13 434465

14 432106

15 407068

16 375818

17 336002

18 303313

19 299166

20 298090

21 280754

22 273855

23 259333

24 257717

25 230585

26 207543

27 199216

28 197176

29 192336

30 178672

31 175972

32 174319

33 171745

34 165903

35 164529

36 153907

37 149448

38 148469

39 145855

40 145088

41 141290

42 136163

43 134824

44 132846

45 129271

46 129202

47 129081

48 126243

49 126182

50 126127

51 124947

52 123069

53 121692

54 117020

55 116787

56 116694

57 114765

58 114098

59 114064

60 113650

61 113454

62 111212

63 110112

64 110050

65 108716

66 106433

67 105462

68 103743

69 103389

70 102925

71 102675

72 101140

73 98210

74 96697

75 95423

76 94173

77 92956

78 92815

79 89621

80 88423

81 88333

82 85424

83 84356

84 84299

85 83961

86 82396

87 80485

88 80417

89 79801

90 76734

91 76642

92 75681

93 74114

94 73984

95 72954

96 72928

97 72896

98 72867

99 72670

100 71307

Last updated 9/1/07. Data is based upon 370,681,167 search results on 1,891,375 keywords across 7,513,090 domains. This data is for entertainment purposes only. I am not responsible for the accuracy of this data.

Do as I say. Not as I sell!

” Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered from the heart.”
– Omaha Proverb


This just never ceases to amaze me whenever it comes up in conversation – as it did again at this year’s SES San Jose.

Memoirs from SES San Jose 2007: Swag review – The Good, The Bad and What The?!!

SES San Jose 2007
So SES San Jose 2007 is over and done with and it was in one word…Awesome! It was my second SES but my first in San Jose. The experience at San Jose’s Search Engine Strategies is an incredible one. The intangible yet palpable cloud of knowledge and industry insight was extraordinary. Whether it came from industry leaders or my SEM peers, information and answers were always on tap. Just knowing that I was getting the best, most efficient strategies in the industry direct from the horse’s mouth as well as the most intelligible guesses as to the future of search engine marketing made the pricey conference fee well worth it. Or, maybe I was just star-struck, at least as star-stuck as one can get in the search industry. I mean, I met Marissa Mayer from Google, I made Matt Cutts chuckle and I got to a chance to one-on-one about link baiting with Rand Fishkin from SEOMoz…all totally awesome!

But enough about the people, great sessions and info at SES San Jose, my more detailed summaries will come in later blogs. Right now I am talking about those unsung heroes of conferences like SES, the foot soldiers of brand equity: Chochkies…a.k.a. leave behinds a.k.a. promotional products, premiums etc. etc. Though we oft take these small stars of the business world for granted, sometimes these knickknacks drive entire industries…for example the pharmaceutical industry spends several millions per year to produce effective leave behinds that keep their drugs top of mind for doctors, especially prior to the availability to them of the mainstream media. So in honor of the creative minds who used their brain juice to work extra hard for brands… here is my review of the chochkies from the exhibitors at SES San Jose 2007.

T-Shirt review.
There was an abundance of T-shirts. T-shirts are always a great. Everyone uses them and of course they’re awesome for branding – think Nike, Versace, Fubu etc. My favorite was, of course, the Google Dance shirt. The creative (artwork) was good…it was in association with an event (great branding and relevance)…and frankly it was cool looking, and will be doubly so once I get back to MCO. Other T-shirts worth mentioning came from LinkWorth – one of the only booths that you HAD to give them your contact info (via badge scan) to get one – hey, if your paying good money for your promotional items…turn them into lead generators. also gave away T-shirts at their mondo display complete with freeplay video games. My T-shirt lust also led me to discover, a forward thinking Domain Asset Management company…I like forward thinking companies – heck! I like the words “forward thinking”.

tshirts from SES San Jose 2007

What the ??!!
The What the Heck award goes to Findology‘s little Findology watch-a-ma-call-it (molecule). I have no idea what it does…but it’s cool looking when arranged in a line on their exhibit table. The downside of this marketing piece is that you don’t do anything with it so after a few days of looking at it, mine will probably eventually find the trash. I guess Findology is a science best understood by those who practice it (ha I kill me!)


Water bottles.

Ah water bottles, colorful, plentiful and mostly boring. But we can always use more. Water bottles offer lots of real estate for brand and tend to be something that people keep around and reuse, so though not the sexiest of chochkies…they can provide good bang for buck. I did get one cool one though on a private tour of Google (but that’s another blog entry :).


That’s cool.
I haven’t had so much fun with two magnets since elementary school. ABC search‘s noisy, disruptive spinning magnet things were fantastic…I even almost got put out of a session before it started just because they could possibly be potentially! Oh yeah! Also, I loved Hakia‘s totally novel “Search Music”. It was music composed and performed by members of staff at the search engine. They all seemed very proud of this piece at the booth…and rightfully so…I could easily see this charting well on Billboard’s ethno-techie-world-ambience genre!

abcsearch2.jpg hakia.jpg

Best of Show.
A lesson in relevance, and relevance really is what search is all about. a business directory and local search engine owned by Idearc Media Corp. out of Dallas, Texas. So for Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2007, they gave away a very comprehensive Survival Kit and guide to the city of San Jose. Kudos to the marketing team and forward-thinking executives who approved what I’m sure was a fairly costly and well branded leave behind piece. It included an offline paper version of their mapping technology (it’s great…you have to see it), hand sanitizers, key rings, a flashlight and other small useful items plus a (complete) 2007 Zagat survey. For their great effort and execution, they get from me a keyword rich backlink: yellow pages maps directions.


Others worth mentioning…

The light up bouncyball from ClickPath. My 2-year-old daughter has already gleaned hours of fun from this gadget.


MP3 Player speakers from Island Data. I just wish there was more about their brand included on this piece – like a tag line &/or website.

A USB jump drive I got from Google (on my tour of the campus).

The moral of today’s story?
1. The best leave behinds are those that are most relevant to the event and to your audience!
2. Not all link baiting needs be online…as a matter of fact, if you want a link back to your website, send me your best chochky, T-shirt or whatever and I will review it and give you a backlink to your site.
mailto: Ryan Weidman, 7450 Sandlake Commons Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819.

09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 dies tragically after Idol disappointment!!

At 1:00am tonight the body of 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 was found in his Silicon Valley home. Earlier this evening, 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 was voted off of the hit Fix network show, Yodel Idol and in a tragic turn of events, was allegedly later electrocuted at his home by a short circuited trackball while trying to book a cheap vacation for his family to Orlando to go see the M-O-U-S-E. Ironically, the trip was supposed to lift spirits after the disappointing showing at the Yodel Idol polls.Reports suggest that the hex had hidden his suffering with bouts of Tourette’s Disorder from family, friends and fans. understands that the violence of his Tourette’s twitches had rendered his home a veritable danger zone as the contents of his home lay in dissaray. 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 is survived by his wife ___ and daughter Digh, now doomed a sad future of corporate prostitution and pain.

Funeral arrangements for 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 will be announced as they are made available.

Could one really long number mark the end of Digg?? Who really “owns” web 2.0 content?

Could 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 mark the end of the mighty Digg? Has become just another .com prostitute posing most virginally as a haven for freedom of speech? Oh one would wish not, but this is what seems to have happened.

The greater picture, however, that we have to look at is…is this the beginning of the end of Web 2.0 as we know it? Are our most sacred spaces on the web in danger of this kind of corporate sponsorship? It then begs the question…who REALLY owns the content we put up on social sites like Digg or MySpace or LiveJournal…if the content really belongs to the people…let the people be free to decide what stays and what goes.

Frankly these numbers mean nothing to me – yet they mean everything to us all!! Let freedom ring!!

09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0

Great places to generate SEO backlinks

Backlinking is at the heart of search engine optimization. Search engines essentially interpret each link back your website as a “vote” for your site with respect to importance on the world-wide web. “Votes” from websites that are seen as more important are more valuable than websites that are less important.

So I found a list of websites that will allow you to create backlinks.

Below is a list of sites to which you can submit articles that contain backlinks to your websites.

These lists are provided by on Mr. SEO – a website with GREEAAT SEO resources.