Happy Friday, awesome blog readers!

This week, there were three big pieces of news: YouTube is pushing users to switch to real names (take that, anonymity!), Google rolled out their Fiber product in Kansas City, MO, officially making them a player in the internet service provider space, and they released the Advanced tab for site Index Status in Google Webmaster Tools.

Meanwhile, on the content front, lots to do with big data, unnatural links, and engagement. The must-see link for the week is Annie Cushing’s Must-Have Tools, which is a comprehensive list of tools that any search marketer or marketer in general would find tremendously useful.

Have an amazing weekend, and be sure to catch the opening ceremony for the Olympics today! Should be a good one.

Thanks for reading!


YouTube Pushing Users Switch To Real Names (Jim Youngkin)

Google Fiber (Google)

Behold Google index secrets, revealed! (Google Webmaster Central Blog)


Google’s Unnatural Links Warnings May Not Be Cause for Concern (SEOmoz)

The economics of Google Fiber and what it means for U.S. broadband

How Guest Posting Propelled One Site From 0 to 100,000 Customers (Search Engine Watch)


How To Manage Big Data With Pivot Tables (Search Engine Land)

Dealing Responsibly with Unnatural Links Messages (John Doherty)

Web Analytics Consulting: A Simple Framework For Smarter Decisions (Avinash Kaushik)

How To Find And Engage Your Community On Reddit (Koozai)

The 6 Month Link Building Plan for an Established Website (SEOmoz)

Annie Cushing’s Must-Have Tools (SEER Interactive)

E-commerce and online shopping dominates the time and wallets of Canadians: in 2010, 74% of time spent online was attributed to shopping, the average order size per person was $1,362, and the retail e-commerce market was worth $15.3 billion in Canada.
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Tagged with: Big Data, Google Fiber, Google Index, Guest Posting, Web Analytics, YouTube Real Names

About Alex Rascanu

Alex Rascanu is a digital marketing strategist and speaker. Director of Online New Business Development at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Founder of EVENTS&. Organizer of the Marketers Unbound event series.