I’m now taking nominations for the 2007 top 10 list of the funniest/most irreverent blog entries in search. Why?
The search industry is important. I mean, what industry (besides the sex industry) can singlehandedly cause Google to change its vaunted PageRank algo? However, on occasion we tend to take ourselves too seriously.
I have always thought that the “10 Best of the Year” idea always had merit as a blog entry, but it was so often used by others that I couldn’t see my way clear to figure out how to play in that game… I mean, when you are competing with marketers on how to best market yourself and you are but a rank amateur, this can be a difficult nut to crack. But crack it I have.
It is hard to come up with a “10 Best List” in this industry that hasn’t been done by someone. It is difficult to think of a form of self promotion that stands out from the crowd. After all, it is an industry founded by marketers, fueled by marketers, and facilitated by marketers, so not just anybody can come up with a Top 10 list that gets noticed..
In that vein, I have decided to come up with a top ten list for 2007. This list will clearly demonstrate why Google had to take such drastic action as to hand tweak the PR algo on our behalf.
I am now accepting nominations for (drum roll please):
To add a sense of gravitas to this exercise, I have invited Bill Slawski and Greg Sterling to act as judges. To honor the SEM world’s grace while shamelessly promoting the industry and others in the industry, I have also asked Rand Fishkin and Danny Sullivan to act in the capacity as judges.
Results will be tallied and published here at Search Engine Land before the end of the year.
Rules and other specifics may be found at Understanding Google Maps and Yahoo Local.
Don’t wait: vote early and often! :-)
Mike Blumenthal is a student of life, political economy and local search. He writes the blog Understanding Google Maps and Yahoo Local Search and is a partner in a small web design company in upstate NY.
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