Google Analytics (aka Urchin) is now free

by Donna Fontenot November 14th, 2005

Ok, everyone and his brother has already posted about this, but I have to comment as well. Google has announced that they are now offering Google Analytics (which is really Urchin – remember they bought them a while back) for FREE. No big surprise really, as we all expected it to happen at some point. […]

Looking for a job in SEO?

by Donna Fontenot November 11th, 2005

Jobs In Search is a specialist job site featuring jobs with companies who are looking to recruit employees for search engine related roles, including the Search Engines, Search Engine Marketing Firms, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Companies, New Media & Digital Media Agencies, Companies providing Search Engine related Products and Services, and Corporate Employers recruiting for […]

Downtime and lost posts

by Donna Fontenot November 11th, 2005

Unfortunately, the SEO Scoop server had some major problems over the last few days, and several days worth of posts have been lost. I do have backups and will get those posts reposted at some point, but in the meantime, the site has reverted back about a week and a half. Sorry folks, but I […]

Update on Chitika

by Donna Fontenot October 30th, 2005

Way back on June 29, I mentioned the fact that I was going to try out the Chitika eMiniMalls system. Just wanted to update everyone. If you are looking for an Adsense alternative, this could be the one for you. Of course, you'll have to try it to see if it works in your niche, […]

SEO Links Firefox Extension

by Donna Fontenot October 29th, 2005

Kudos to NickW for pointing out this rockin Firefox extension for SEOs. This little tool allows you to hover over a link and not only see the backlinks to that URL from the big three search engines, but the rankings for that URL/anchor text pair. I suggest you keep the tool turned off during normal […]

What NOT to do when optimizing your site

by Donna Fontenot October 29th, 2005

rmccarley spotted a web page and mentioned it over at SEO Chat today. We all spend so much time discussing how to properly SEO a site, that we sometimes forget to mention what NOT to do. So let me make sure this clear to all the SEO newbs out there. Go to (I don't […]

DazzlinDonna finally digs the whole Community thing

by Donna Fontenot October 27th, 2005

For the past year or so, I have skimmed over the numerous discussions based around building communities, using such sites as, flicker, etc. I skimmed because I was never really interested. Sure, I understand the concepts and the benefits, but I just did not really care. Frankly, the idea of was a bit […]

Google update Jagger2 begins

by Donna Fontenot October 26th, 2005

A week ago, the first of a three-part Google update began, and today the second part is beginning. (Note that Jagger3, the third and final part, will begin next week, probably around Wednesday). Jagger 2 can be seen on only a few datacenters at the moment, with being one of them. The theory, based […]

An Adsense Smart Pricing rumor?

by Donna Fontenot October 25th, 2005

Just read a post at WMW that includes the following statement. Apparently with Smart Pricing, if you have multiple sites, and one of them performs badly, it will lower your earnings not only for that 1 site, but for all sites in the account. Now, this has me wondering if I should test this out. […]

Some search related reading for your weekend

by Donna Fontenot October 23rd, 2005

Microsoft has some great reading for those of you interested in how a search engine views things. Titled Web Search and Data Mining, they discuss various MSN Search projects that they are working on, and they also include a nice bibliography of search-related publications. These should keep you busy at least till Monday. Check it […]